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IVCI announces 16 semi-finalists

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And here they are, the IVCI's 16 semi-finalists, listed without comment, rationalizing, or otherwise carping, in the order they will be playing:

Nancy Zhou, 21, U.S.
Yu-Chien Tseng, 20, Taiwan
Ayana Tsuji, 16, Japan
Tessa Lark, 25, U.S.
Jinjoo Cho, 26, S. Korea
Stephen Waarts, 18, U.S./Netherlands
Stephen Kim, 18, U.S.
Ji Yoon Lee, 22, S. Korea
Ji Young Lim, 19, S. Korea
Kristi Gjezi, 24, France
Yoo Jin Jang, 23, S. Korea
Bomsori Kim, 24, S. Korea
Suyeon Kang, 25, Australia
Ji-Won Song, 21, S. Korea
Dami Kim, 25, S. Korea
Christine Lim, 19, U.S./S. Korea

I've already shared my thoughts about those playing in the preliminaries' first three days.  If my picks didn't appear to match completely those of the jurors, this certainly wouldn't be the first time.  But I was happy to see Tessa Lark get picked as she played in the first day's round more beautifully than the remaining 15.

Three others selected who merited high on my own list include Kristi Gjezi, Bomsori Kim, and Ji-Won Song.  It would please me to see these three plus Lark and two others make the finals.  But first they have to demonstrate their prowess in the semi-finals.  Sometimes an ersatz juror can change his mind. Sept. 10; Indiana History Center

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