On the second day of the WAGC, the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean representatives continued their winning streaks. The Chinese Taipei player, Yang Fu-Te, lost on the fourth round to the Chinese Hong Kong player, Chan Nai San, who became the fourth and last player to achieve four wins in four rounds.
The Japanese representative, Kawaguchi Tsubasa, had a close call on the fourth round against the Singaporean representative, Jie Hui Kwa. On move 149, Kawaguchi barely managed to hit the clock before he ran out of time in byo-yomi, but his clock did not register the press and called out a loss on time. The Singaporean opponent, however, showed good sportsmanlike conduct and insisted that he would like to continue the game, and chief referee Takemiya Masaki agreed to this (the Japanese representative obviously didn’t protest either).
Normally the story would end here, but shortly later, on move 160, the very same thing happened again – this time to the Singaporean player. Since there was a precedent from the very same game, the game was again continued. The game itself was very exciting, with Kwa having gotten to a good start and controlling most of the middle game, but with Kawaguchi managing to mount a last-minute attack on a large white group. Both clock mishaps happened during Kawaguchi’s attack sequence, and as the situation was never clear, it is understandable why both players insisted on finishing the game. In the end, Kawaguchi’s attack was successful and he managed to slay the white dragon, winning the game.
Attached below, you can review the game. Kawaguchi Tsubasa held black, with Jie Hui Kwa playing white. Black won by resignation.