After four rounds, there are four players with 4 points: Japan, Korea, Poland and Romania. Not unexpectedly it is east against west. What is unexpected is that China plays against Chinese Taipei, certainly eliminating one of both Chinese players from the semi-final. That means the probability that a European player will enter the top four has increased considerably. China won easily, as did Japan and Korea.
With 6 rounds before a two round knock-out, the pecularities of the system really influence people's chances. Of course it is a great publicity for European Go, but there should have been seven rounds before the semi-final. We think the organisers also realise this and might change the system next year.
Because of the particularities of the system (and the early loss in round 3), China is most likely already out of the semi-final even if he wins, and there is a good chance that two Europeans will enter the semi-final. After round 5 the situation is as follows.
The results after round 6
The following four will play in the semi-finals.
China, Canada and Russia are 5-7 respectively, place 8 goes to Taiwan.