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2nd Fudan - Europe Online Go Festival Progress Report
By Stanisław Frejlak | International | 24.09.2021 22:42 | Views: 1537 | Comments: 5
2nd Fudan - Europe Online Go Festival Progress Report
Last Sunday, on the 19th of September, a Youth Match between the team of Shanghai and the European team took place on the Yike Go Server. In Chinese media, the event was called the Blue Elephant Cup, as the Chinese team consisted of students from the Blue Elephant School. Each team lined up six players with levels ranging from 7k to 5d. In total three rounds were played with fast time settings. The match finished with the European team claiming victory!

After the first round, it became apparent that the European players are significantly stronger than the kids from Shanghai. In the next two rounds, most games were played with a handicap of two stones given to the Chinese players. Yet, the European team managed to win 16 out of 18 games. You can find results and links to all the games on a dedicated web page. At the bottom of this article, you can find a record of the first board game in the second round: Askar Khusainov 3d playing White applied mirror go in his game against Chen Yuke 5d.

The first board of the Youth Match was being rebroadcasted on Yike. The games gathered almost eight thousand observers. They were more popular than games of top Chinese professionals playing in a pair go tournament at the same time!

The European team and the Blue Elephant School team

A group photo of the Blue Elephant School team after the match

The Youth Match was only the start of the Europe-Fudan Go Festival. The second part of the event is a Students Tournament starting on the 25th of September. It's going to be the second iteration of the event; you can find information about the first one in Artem's article.

The Students Tournament applies a win-and-continue mode with one game per day. The default time is 11:00 AM CEST.

The first three players in each team are from the youth age category:
  • Fudan team: dan-level students from the Blue Elephant School.
  • European team: Bende Barcza, Mariia Chernova and Tymoteusz Barcicki who have all taken part in the Youth Match.
The next players are 5d students of the Fudan University on one side and students from many European countries on the other.

Let's cheer for Bende in the first game of the Students Tournament tomorrow!

Blue Elephant Cup Round 2 Board 1

Download Sgf-File
Comments:
Stanisław Frejlak
#1
25.09.2021 11:17
The first game of the student match has started: https://home.yikeweiqi.com/#/live/room/78149/1/78406632 On the first board there are youth players playing. Last Sunday Bende Barcza won three games against nominally stronger opponents. Today He is facing a 3 dan! Let's all cheer for Bende!
Stanisław Frejlak
#2
26.09.2021 13:39
Bende showed a great performance yesterday starting the game by killing a big dragon of his opponent, Huang Ruiqiao. The Chinese was very perseverant though and in the late endgame got a lead, winning the game by 1 point.

Today Mariia Chernova is facing Huang Ruiqiao. They play with no handicap stones and no komi. Will Mariia stop the Chinese player? https://home.yikeweiqi.com/#/live/room/78302/1/78547133
Stanisław Frejlak
#3
30.09.2021 15:14
In the third round Mariia faced Xiao Tianchen, Chinese 4 dan. They played an even game. The game was very close all the time. In the endgame Xiao Tianchen had a slight advantage and Mariia started a ko to get a few additional point. Unfortunately, the opponent had enough ko threats. You can watch the game here: https://home.yikeweiqi.com/#/live/room/78558/1/78825654
Stanisław Frejlak
#4
02.10.2021 12:15
Right now Tymek Barcicki is playing an even game against Xiao Tianchen. They are playing really fast and there are big exchanges happening on the board! https://home.yikeweiqi.com/#/game/play/1/79044813
Stanisław Frejlak
#5
03.10.2021 11:22
In the next game Boris Dovčik is trying to stop Xiao Tianchen. The game has just started. In the first joseki Tianchen has chosen the same rarely seen variation as in the game with Mariia: https://home.yikeweiqi.com/#/live/room/78777/1/79112232
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