added 16/10/2008: Belgian team made 2 out of 7 (1 "bye" and a victory upon Portugal)
added 14/10/2008: today, an interview of Renaud Braye, whose special opening attracted the attention of Ranka http://ranka.intergofed.org/ !
added 10/10/2008: find the last breakiing news here, plus many interviews from players of various countries (very interesting): http://ranka.intergofed.org/
The World Mind Sport Games has started on 4th of October in Beijin (China). These event has been created to launch for the 1st time in history a sort of paralel Olympic Games for the intellectual games. Five games are represented: bridge, occidental chess, drought, xiangshi (chinese chess) and...yes of course...go ! More than 140 countries have sent delegation.
Belgian go is represented by a delegation of 5 players, 4 playing in the "men competition" : Thomas Connor, 3-d, Benjamin Gigot, 1-d, Renaud Braye, 1-k and Michael Meeschaert, 1-k
Find the (their) results here: http://18.104.22.168/en-us/Sport_Info.aspx?xm=GO&dt=0
Kristof holds a blog: http://wmsg-belgium.blogspot.com/
François Gonze won the Korean Prime Minister's Cup Selection Tournament and will be the Belgian representative for the Korean Prime Minister Cup in November.
Thomas Connor and Nelis Vets finished respectively with the second and third place.
Willemkoen Pomstra, from Netherlands, won the Ghent Go Tournament, followed by Siu Hong Chung and Kristof Bossee.
The Belgian representative Alain Wettach has finished on the 37th place in the 29th World Amateur Championship in Japan. He scored 4 victories and lost 4 games. The Korean Ha Sung Bong won the championship with a perfect 8/8 score. Second place was for the Chinese Guo Yuzheng and thirth Fernando Aguilar, both with 7/8. Best European was Cornel Burzo (Rumania) on rank 7.
Young rising star Simon Fain, 1-d, became Belgian champion of quick games 2008, just ahead of another promising young shodan, Lucas Neyrinck.
There were 18 competitors.
The 2nd Korea Prime Minister Cup was held in Suwon city from 12 to 17 October.
Jan Bogaerts 4d went to Japan to represent Belgium during the 28th World Amateur Go Championship. Each year ~70 countries are invited to this tournament by the Nihon ki-in,.
Jan scored 3 points out of 8.