Two Japanese, two Russians, Swedish and Estonian player advance to the AT final as Aivo Oll wins Renju QT

Fedotov vs Koyama

1  Oll, Aivo                 2392 6     13:W  3:L 16:W  8:W  2:W  9:W  7:W 
2  Gardström, Petter         2336 5.5    8:W 18:W  3:W  9:W  1:L  6:W  4:D 
3  Fedotov, Denis            2278 5.5   19:W  1:W  2:L 11:W  6:D  5:W  9:W 
4  Nakayama, Tomoharu        2558 5     10:D  7:D 13:W  5:W  9:D 15:W  2:D 
5  Epifanov, Dmitri          2210 4.5    7:D 10:W 15:W  4:L  8:W  3:L 14:W 
6  Koyama, Jun               2326 4.5   17:W 15:W  9:L  7:W  3:D  2:L 10:W 

7  Keong, Wai Chan           2441 4      5:D  4:D 18:W  6:L 14:W 11:W  1:L 
8  Hõbemägi, Martin          2120 4      2:L 12:W 14:W  1:L  5:L 16:W 18:W 
9  Mesila, Villem            2233 3.5   20:W 14:W  6:W  2:L  4:D  1:L  3:L 
10 Topkin, Georg-Romet       2221 3.5    4:D  5:L 11:L 19:W 20:W 12:W  6:L 
11 Sun, In                   2138 3.5   15:L 17:D 10:W  3:L 13:W  7:L 16:W 
12 Nikonov, Konstantin       2264 3.5   18:L  8:L 17:W 16:W 15:D 10:L 19:W 
13 Kim, Hong-soon            2141 3      1:L 19:W  4:L 15:L 11:L 17:W 20:W 
14 Wang, Qingqing            2357 3     16:W  9:L  8:L 18:W  7:L 20:W  5:L 
15 Li, Xiaoqing              2381 2.5   11:W  6:L  5:L 13:W 12:D  4:L 17:L 
16 Jang, Won-Cheol           2134 2     14:L 20:W  1:L 12:L 18:W  8:L 11:L 
17 Sandström, Richard        1982 2      6:L 11:D 12:L 20:L 19:D 13:L 15:W 
18 Rahumägi, Brenet          1744 1.5   12:W  2:L  7:L 14:L 16:L 19:D  8:L 
19 Jonsson, Peter            1975 1.5    3:L 13:L 20:D 10:L 17:D 18:D 12:L 
20 Park, Woong-bae           1910 1.5    9:L 16:L 19:D 17:W 10:L 14:L 13:L 

After very exciting last round with possibilities for many players to advance finally two Russian and two Japanese players, one Estonian and also one Swedish player made it to the A-tournament final played between 12 players in round robin system.
For Aivo it is his 4th AT final – so far no strong finishes but perhaps this is the time he is ready to keep a medal home.

Newer players might be surprised to see Petter Gardsdröm get to the final but actually he is very experienced player – he played already in the first AT final in 1989 and his best place was achieved also in Tallinn in 1995 when he was 5th. This is his 6th AT final.
For Epifanov and Nakayama it is their 2nd AT final.
Koyama and Fedotov play the A-tournament for the first time.

The list of AT players:
Vladimir Sushkov (Russia, Reigning World Champion)
Dmitri Epifanov
Denis Fedotov
Cao Dong
(China, World Champion in 2011)
Mei Fan
Hiroshi Okabe
Shunsuke  Kamiya
Tomoharu Nakayama
Fumiya Inoue
Jun Koyama
Aivo Oll
Petter Gardsdröm

Tomorrow is the opening ceremony and AT final games start day after tomorrow.

Nikonov vs Li
Wai vs Koyama
Jang vs Wang