Draw for the Round of 32 – 15th KPMC

Draw for the Round of 32 – 15th KPMC


The draw for the round of 32 at the KPMC was made this morning.  Both NZ and Australia have tough opponents in their first game.  Perhaps Rie of Australia has the tougher opponent in the form of Ma (7D) of China while Chahine has one of Europe’s strongest players, Nikola Mitic (7D) of Serbia.  Good luck Chahine!


Group A games (the top half of the draw) will be played on August 15th and the group B games are scheduled for August 16th. Games will start at 8pm NZST.


Players in the 5kyu - 3dan range may find good value in this commentary on one of the games from qualification round 3.   YeonWoo (P1)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KZwkH9BYDU provides a great analysis of the game between Chahine’s previous two opponents in which “Hulk” Edisson Albuja (2D) of Uruguay, threatened to overwhelm Alfonzo Caro (3D) from Equador but failed to take the safe road to victory and paid the price. 


Qualification Round 2 - 15th KPMC

Qualification Round 2 – 15th KPMC



The game did not begin well by not beginning at all.  Someone had added a note to the game that it started at 19:00 (Korean time) instead of 9:00.  It took half an hour to find a referee which meant Alfonso had to play a little later into the Uruguayan evening!

Chahine’s game was a great example of moderation.  He was always in control and was able to coast to a 20 point victory!


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After 2 rounds, those who have won 2 games qualify for the round of 32.  Of course, the big 4, China, Korea, Japan, and Chinese Taipei all qualified from the 4 Asian groups.   From the 8 European groups the qualifiers are Poland, Germany, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary, Czechia, South Africa, and Austria.  The Ukrainian is Vsevolod Ovsiienko 3d.   He is the youngest player at the tournament, having won the 2020 U12 European Youth Championship! 

From the 4 pools of the Americas group, the first qualifiers are USA ( I assume although the results of round 2 for this group have not been posted as of writing), Canada, Argentina and New Zealand.  Jaerong Jie (6D) of Australia lost to Aguilar (7D) of Argentina, so must sweat it out in a sudden death game in round 3 to make the last 32.  His opponent will be the winner of the Peru v Venezuela game.

The matches for the round of 32 will be drawn on August 13 so we must wait until then to discover Chahine's next opponent.