It is now possible to register (before 03/09, please !) for the annual Go Camp, which is organised by the Belgian Go Federation from 11 to 14/09.
Please read here more about the Go Camp:
We hope to welcome you ! Don't miss this big event in the Belgian Go life !
Tong Yulin, a professional player from Shangai won the open competition of the 2014 European Championship with a perfect score.
2nd is Wang Chen (9/10), also from Shangai (Wang Chen is the reigning World Student champion), with 8/10.
3rd is another Chinese: Sui Zexiang, 8/10 (one of the very top amateur players).
4rd (and 2014 European Champion; see hereunder) is the French professional (from Chinese origin) Fan Hui.
The fact that Kim Young-Sam, one of these terrible 7-d Korean amateurs who dominated the previous editions of the European Championship (f.i. Kim was open champion in 2011) landed only as 5th is a good indication the strengh of these players !
(Tong Yulin remained also undefeated in the WE tournament.)
The final part of European Championship, which is reserved to the European players, starts after the 6th round of the main (open) tournament. The 8 best European players are then selected to play a knout-out tournament.
Here are the results of the final part
Final: Fan Hui - Alexandr Dinerchtein
So, Fan Hui defended his European champion title !
PS: they were only 2 Belgian participants this year: Kris Boyen (4-k) scored 4/10 and Sander Theetaert (17-k) 5/10.
Complete results here:
Yitien Chan (Chinese Taipei) snatched victory in the 35th World Amateur Championship with a 7/8 score.
In a tie-break lottery, he scores 46 pts SOS, followed by 45 pts SOS for Korea and 43 points for China.
The followers are Hong Kong (4th), Ukraine (5th), Czech Republic (6th), Russia (7th), Sweden (8th), Japan (9th) (only !) and USA (10th).
The Belgian representative, Dominique Versyk, ended 31th among 54 participants, with a 4/8 score (...and expected results).
On 12/06/14, Go Seigen, considered by many as the best player ever in the history of go, turned 100 years !
15 days after Pavol LISY (see our "older news"), Ali JABARIN, 19 years old, from ...Israël (!) became on 20/06 the second European professional go player by winning the loser's section of the 2014 pro qualification tournament...
Here are the results:
On 5 and 6 July the Gents Go Genootschap welcomes you, yes you, to come to the marvellous Ghent Go Tournament. Don't miss it.
Thomas CONNOR is 2014 Belgian blitz champion.
He ended with 5 wins out of 6 rounds, just one 1-"sos point" ahead of unlucky Dominique VERSYCK, winner of the 3 previous editions, who was the only other competitors with 5 wins.
Complete results will follow soon.
Young Pavol LISY (18 years !, SK, ex 7-d) became last WE the 1st European player to be promoted professionnal go player within the European Go Federation.
20th of June, he will be joined by another European top amateur to be selected among half-finalists of the "1-defeat competition": Cornel Burzo vs. Lukas Podpera and Mateusz Surma vs. Ali Jabarin.
Here are the results:
(I remember that, 2-3 years ago, Pavol took only 18 months to raise from 1-k to 5-d !)
Despite this heavy lost against Denmark (with 2 narrow defeats), Belgium ended 7th of 10 teams and will stay in the B-league next year.
For your information: in the A-league, the 4 best teams: Tchequia, Russia, Ukraine and France will play aginst each other for the title during the European Go Congress in Sibiu (Roumania) this summer.
Complete results here: http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps