Belgian Blitz Championship 2016

Thomas Connor, 4d won with 7/7 the Blitz Championship 2016. Eight players took part in the round on Sunday 5th June in the cite center of Brussels. Complete results:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Wins SODOS Place
Jean-Denis Hennebert, 5k - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
Demian Walvisch, 2k 1 - 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 10 3
Victor Schneider, 8k 1 0 - 0 0 1 1 1 4 11 2
Michael Silcher, 5k 1 0 1 - 0 0 0 0 2 4 7
Thomas Connor,4d 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 7 21 1
Joost Vannieuwenhuyse, 2k 1 0 0 1 0 - 1 1 4 9 4
Julien Wautelet, 10k 1 1 0 1 0 0 - 0 3 6 6
Dominique Versyck, 2d 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 - 4 9 5

Results of the first Pantin Tournament

In the weekend of 15 and 16 May go club 'Le Pantin' held its first ever tournament. The tournament was won by Olivier Drouot and had 21 participants.

Full Results

Ilya Shikchin (RU, 1-p) wins Kido Cup

Ilya Shikchin (RU, 1-p) wins unbeaten the 2016 Kido Cup, in which 4 out of the 5 new European professionals participated, along with 4 top amateurs.

2nd: Ali Jabarin (IL, 1-p) who only lost to Shickhin.
3rd: Pavol Lisy (SL, 1-p)
4th: the probably best European amateur, Cristian Pop (RO, 7-d)
5th: Mateusz Surma (PL, 1-p)

Here are the complete results:

PS: there were no less than 177 participants in the "main" (open section) tournament ! impressive !

11th (and last) round of the European Team Championship: Belgium - Austria 3-1

On 17th May, Belgium team (Lucas +, Kwintens +, Nelis -, Gabriel +) won against Austria (to be noted: Lucas' victory on Viktor Lin, 6-d, one of the top European player)

Belgium ended finally 8th out of 12 teams in B-League.

Here are the results of the round:

And here the standings after this round:

In A-league, the 4 best teams (Russia, Ukrainia, Romania and France) will compete against each others for the final victory during the European Go Congress in St-Petersburgh...

10th round of European Team Championship: Belgium - Israel 0-4

End April, Belgian team (Jan, Nelis, Dominique, Gabriel) lost heavily (0-4), like the 2 previous month, this time against the future champion of B-League, Israël (pity for Jan on table 1: Ali Jabarin, the pro, did not play).

There is now a last round to be played. With 2 points more than the potentially descending teams, Belgium should avoid relegation...

Here are the results of the round:

And here the standings after this round:

2nd European Grand Slam Tournament in Berlin

The most (qualitatively) important European tournament of the year was organized this WE in Berlin (top amateurs had to fight in a preliminary tournament to join the European pros for this Grand Slam tournament).

Ali Jabarin (1-p, IL) won 1st prize (10.000 € !) by beating in final Artem Kachanovski (1-p, UA)
(winner of the 1st edition last year, Ilya Shikchin, lost already in 1/4 finals)...

Here are the results:

Preliminary round
Lukáš Podpera vs Artem Kachanovskyi B+Resign
Alexander Dinerchtein vs Andrij Kravets W+Resign
Catalin Taranu vs Csaba Mero W+12.5
Dusan Mitic vs Cristian Pop W+2.5

Quater Final
Artem Kachanovskyi vs Ilya Shikshin W+Resign
Pavol Lisy vs Dusan Mitic W+Resign
Alexander Dinerchtein vs Ali Jabarin B+5.5
Mateusz Surma vs Catalin Taranu W+1.5

Mateusz Surma vs Ali Jabarin B+6.5
Pavol Lisy vs Artem Kachanovskyi B+3.5

Ali Jabarin vs Artem Kachanovskyi W+Resign

Small Final: Mateusz Surma vs Pavol Lisy B+Resign
Place 5-6: Alexander Dinerchtein vs Catalin Taranu W+Resign
Place 7-8, Dusan Mitic vs Ilya Shikshin W+Resign

Dominique Versyck (2-d) wins in Liège

Dominique Versyck (2-d) made his comeback into Belgian go life by winning the 1st edition of the tournament of Liège. Second was Guillaume Lescuyer (2-k)

There were an encouraging 22 participants.

Complete results:

9th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium - Hungary 0-4

In April, Belgian team (Jan, Kwinten, Nelis, Gabriel) lost heavily (0-4) like previous month, this time against Hungary.

With 2 rounds still to be played, Belgium is now 8th out of 12 teams in this B-league, having only 2 points more than the potentially descending teams !

Here are the results of the round:

And here the standings after this round:

Lucas Neirynck is Belgian champion 2016

Lucas Neirynck conquered his 6th title of Belgian Champion (see palmares here:
He remained unbeaten in the finals of the Belgian Championship.

François Gonze ended at the 2nd place.

Gabriel Mercier, Kevin Prist and Jan Ramon, ex aequo, completed a (large) podium.

These 5 players are qualified for the 2017 finals.

Thomas Connor, Nelis Vets, Vincent Quoilin and Joost V. will have to fight in the premiminaries to get a qualifying place to the finals...

PS: Wang Yue was absent (and informally replaced by Tom, a double digit kyu)

Here are the global results (detailled results will follow)

1. Lucas Neirynck 9/9
2. François Gonze 7/9
3. Gabriel Mercier, Kevin Prist and Jan Ramon 6/9
6. Thomas Connor 4/9
7. Nelis Vets 4/9
8. Vincent Quoilin 2/9
9. Joost Vannieuwenhuizen 1/9
10. Tom 0/9

interesting: a dynamic view of the top-10 champions since 1974 (you tube)

So as to think about something else in this dark day...
This dynamic video shows the day-to-day evolution of the top 10 go players since 1974...

Interesting to see the emergence of China and Korea since 1990...(and sudden AlphaGo's appearance at 2nd place a few days ago)...

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