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Surprises Abound in Saturday Round Robin Play in Division A of the Main Event at Cary Cup

By Barbara Wei | March 16, 2014, 9 a.m. (ET)

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Eugene Wang - Top Seed heading into Sunday

Saturday’s main event play began with placement round robins where the first player qualified for Division A (all of the main seeds qualified without issue). The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th finishing players in each group were placed in Division B, C and D respectively.

The qualifiers for Division A were placed in 4 round robin groups of 9 people each, with 4 advancing from each group to play in Sunday’s knock out rounds. The B, C and D division players were also placed into 4 round robin groups, but only one person advanced from each group to play a final round robin to determine the order.

With the extremely high number of talented players in this year’s Cary Cup event, upsets and surprises were unavoidable in the Division A round robin groups. In Group 1, the top 3 seeds (Eugene Wang, Qingliang Wang, Jiaqi Zheng) advanced without issue, but Junyu Xiao (2261) took the number four spot with 4 wins in the round robin, beating Yadira Silva (2414), who also had 4 wins, to advance.

Group 2 saw the first two seeds advance without issue (Mingyu Shi, XinXu Zhao), but was otherwise full of surprises. Feiming Tong (2392) upset Jim Butler (2557) who upset XinXu Zhao (2573). Feiming Tong’s win over Jim Butler secured her the 3rd spot in the round robin. Zhiqiao Xie (2311) was a huge surprise, finishing 4th in the round robin after upsetting Jim Butler (2557), Feiming Tong (2392), Behram Jamaspi (2390), Alexander Hohl (2328) but then getting upset by Patricio Pereyra (2274). Unfortunately, Jim Butler, winner of the Friday Advanced Open, will not advance to the 8ths tomorrow.

In Group 3, Jack Wang (2330) caused the biggest upsets to advance in 3rd place by beating both Yanjun Gao (2516) and Felipe Morita (2372). Chopper Kewei Li (2711), pen-holder Yijun Feng (2580) and Di Yu (2438) will also advance into the 8ths.

Group 4 had the strongest women players in the tournament, Yue Wu (2495) and Bo Wang (2505) who will both advance into the 8ths along with Ruichao Chen (2600) and Cheng Li (2598). However, in the round robin event, Yue Wu beat Bo Wang, but Bo Wang beat Cheng Li, and Cheng Li beat Chen Ruichao who had beaten the other 3 players. Cheng Li will advance first, followed by Chen Ruichao, Yue Wu and Bo Wang.

Full results and the draw for the single elimination portion of tomorrow’s events can be found online at the Cary Cup website. Live streaming will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. EST for the 8ths of Division A.   

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