Round 4. Kovaleva & Surin vs. Pei & KramerDownload Sgf-File
Round 4. Marz & Palant vs. Shikshina & ShikshinDownload Sgf-File
Another dramatic game from this round was the one between Macha Jumelin & Tanguy le Calve and Julie Artigny & Benjamin Papazoglou. Both pairs had considerable time problems and Jumelin & le Calve passed when they had merely 4 seconds left on their clocks and Artigny & Papazoglou, who were probably taken by surprise with such a pass, and who themselves had only 10 seconds left, just passed as well. So what should happen when both sides have passed, but the territories are not enclosed yet? There is a Japanese rule that explains what should be done in this case and the solution is counting the points in a very special way. After the intervention by the referee and after counting according to this rule, Jumelin & le Calve were the winners.
The 5th round's games were an even tougher experience for the players: the two top Russian pairs got to face each other and it wasn't easy: Kovaleva & Surin lost a big group and they were behind by quite many points, but both pairs continued the game under enormous time pressure. Ultimately, after some confusion with the move order, Svetlana Shikshina & Ilya Shikshin lost on time, but the confusion came immediately after their opponents seemed to have lost on time as well. In the end it was decided by the referee that Shikshina & Shikshin were the first ones to have run out of time (even though they had actually said pass, but the clock wasn't pressed fast enough), so Kovaleva & Surin won the game.
Round 5. Shikshina & Shikshin vs. Kovaleva & SurinDownload Sgf-File
Round 6. Kovaleva & Surin vs. Ente & TeuberDownload Sgf-File
The other European pro player that was hanging around was Ali Jabarin. As opposed to the other two, Mateusz Surma and Ilya Shikshin, Ali was not there to play, but instead to review the top games online for the Pandanet audience and he helped us with reviewing our games in-between rounds. And trust me, when you have a pair made out of people who are extremely confident in their own moves and plans, it does come in quite handy to have a very strong neutral player who can calm down the spirit and elucidate the mysteries ^_^.
The top three places were occupied by:
1. Kovaleva & Surin (5d)
2. Zhao & Krämer (6d)
3. Shikshina & Shikshin (7d)
The full list with results can be found here.
Special thanks go to the organizers who found a splendid place for us to play close to the European Parliament, and who made sure that we had a pleasant time at the tournament and in the beautiful city of Strasbourg.
P.S. If you are not very familiar with the Pair Go rules, then you can watch here a nice video by Hajin Lee explaining how it goes.