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7th Gent Go Tournament Results

Here are the results for the 2014 Gent Tournament that took place in July.

The tournament was won by Bram Vandebon(1D), with runner up Dave De Vos(3D) en third place for Kenny Debacq(5k).

The tournament had a total of 15 worthy participants.

Full Results

Go Camp: registration is open !

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:
http://www.gofed.be/node/748

We hope to welcome you ! Don't miss this big event in the Belgian Go life !

2014 European Championship: Yulin Tong (a 4-p pro) open champion; Fan Hui European champion

Open Championship:

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.)

European Championship

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
(name of the winner first):

Quarter Finals
Fan Hui - Csaba Mero
Ilja Shikshin - Lukas Podpera
Ali Jabarin - Artem Kachanovskyi
Alexandr Dinerchtein - Pavol Lisy

Semi-Finals
Alexandr Dinerchtein - Ilja Shikshin
Fan Hui - Ali Jabarin

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:
http://www.eurogofed.org/results/congress/egc2014.htm

Chinese Taipeh representative is 2014 amateur world champion

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).

Complete results here: http://ranka.intergofed.org/?page_id=10900
and a report here: http://ranka.intergofed.org/

Go Seigen (Wu Qingyuan) turned 100 years old !

On 12/06/14, Go Seigen, considered by many as the best player ever in the history of go, turned 100 years !

http://www.usgo.org/news/2014/06/go-seigen-turns-100/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Seigen

Ali JABARIN became the second "home-made" European pro player

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:
http://www.eurogofed.org/proqualification/#tournaments

7th Ghent Go Tournament

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.

registration and further information

Thomas Connor (3-d) Belgian blitz champion 2014

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.
10 players took part.

Complete results will follow soon.

Pavol LISY : the 1st home-made European professional !

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.
He won 4 straight games against other European top candidates.

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:
http://www.eurogofed.org/proqualification/#tournaments

(I remember that, 2-3 years ago, Pavol took only 18 months to raise from 1-k to 5-d !)