Opening day in Basel concludes with wins for Russia, Denmark, Canada and Scotland

  • Russia third Artem Shmakov in action against Korea Photo: WCF / Céline Stucki

In Saturday’s (2 April) second session of round-robin play at the World Men's Curling Championship 2016 - in Basel, Switzerland - Russia faced Korea. Both teams had lost their opening games and were looking for their first win.

In the fifth end of the game, with Korea leading by 4-3, Russia's skip Alexey Tselousov played a hit to score two points and take a 5-4 lead. In the ninth, Korea's skip Soo Hyuk Kim scored two points with a raise take-out to take an 8-6 lead. This game eventually went to an extra end, and in that extra end, Kim was heavy with his last draw attempt, giving Russia a single-point steal and a 9-8 win.

USA and Denmark were both making their first appearance at this year's Championship, and it was the Danes who opened strongly, scoring two points in the first end. From then on they remained ahead and a single steal in the seventh end, followed by a steal of two in the eighth end helped them to a 7-1 win.

Canada and Finland were both playing their first games of the Championship in this evening’s session and, in the eighth end, with his opponents already up by 4-2, Finland's skip Aku Kauste played a raise take-out to score one point and reduce the Canadian lead to 4-3. In the ninth end, Canada's Kevin Koe played a hit to score three points from the end and win the game by 7-3.

Also in this session, Norway played Scotland and in the third end, Scotland's skip Tom Brewster drew his last stone into the house to score two points and take a 3-2 lead. In the ninth end, Norway's Thomas Ulsrud hit-out a Scottish stone to score one point and reduce the Scots' lead to 5-3. But, Scotland went on to win by 6-3.

They Said It

Alexey Tselousov; Russia skip (after 9-8 extra end win over Korea): "It was a good game for us because we won. Maybe we didn't play so well, but we won and it's important for us to take some points."

Rasmus Stjerne; Denmark skip (after 7-1 win over USA): "First of all we're just happy to be here, we've worked so hard to get here. We played well and started strongly with a two. John [Shuster, USA skip] took a big chance in the seventh end but we stole. I think that's the first time I've started at the Worlds with a win."

Kevin Koe; Canada skip (after 7-3 win over Finland): "It was a close game, but we stayed patient and they were chasing us most of the game. We were solid, but they were good, too, so it was actually a good game for us, to get a test like that.”

RESULTS, session 2

Russia 9-8 Korea; USA 1-7 Denmark; Canada 7-3 Finland; Norway 3-6 Scotland

STANDINGS after session 2

Scotland 2-0
Canada 1-0
Denmark 1-0
Switzerland 1-0
Sweden 1-0
Norway 1-1
Russia 1-1
Finland 0-1
Germany 0-1
Japan 0-1
USA 0-1
Korea 0-2

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