11th (and last) round of the European team Championship: Belgium - Austria 2-2 . Belgium ended 8th (out of 12) in B league
On 26th of May, Belgium (Jan, Kwinten, Nelis, Gabriel) made a draw against Austria is the 11th and last round of this competition.
Detailled result of the 11th round:
Season 2014-15 of the European team championship is now over: Belgium ended as 8th (out of 12 teams).
Congratulations to all players who have played for Belgium !
On 28th April, by beating Slovakia, a direct opponent, Belgium is sure to stay in B-league next year: it remains only one round to play and "we" have now enough points to avoid relegation.
This time, the team was composed by Jan, Thomas, Nelis and Gabriel.
Detailled result of the 10th round:
After 10 of the 11 rounds, Belgium is 9th (out of 12 teams).
Note that the qualification phase in A-league has come to an end. The 4 qualified teams for the final round (which will be played during the European Congress this summer) are: Czechia, Romania, France and Ukraine. Russia finished 5th...and is eliminated, despite its 2 pro players (Shikchin and Dinnerstein)!
Ilya Shikchin won Grand Slam in Berlin, the most important tournament of the year, confirming "best European player" status.
Ilya Shikchin, one of the 2 new (2015) pro "European made", won the most important European tournament of the year (...and 10.000 €): the (1st) Grand Slam Tournament (in Berlin).
Schikchin beat in final the other new (2015) pro: Mateusz Surma. It was a fantastic game, in which he showed all his talents (find here the commented game by video: https://gogameguru.com/).
He confirms his n°1 status of European-born players !
A selection tourmament, reserved to the top European amateur players, had been organised so as to select 8 players, to join the 4 new European pros for this Grand Slam tournament.
Here are the complete results:
Note: 3 of the 4 European-made pros played the semi-finals (Pavol Lisy was surprisingly eliminated by Cristian Pop in quater finals)
Thomas Connor (3-d) captured unbeaten the 2015 Belgian Champion title. Congratulations to him !
Runner-up is Lucas Neyrinck (5-d), and bronze medail: Jan Ramon (4-d).
Further, Kevin Prist (3-d) (4th) and the surprising Gabriel Mercier (1-d) (5th) are also directly qualified for the 2016 final tour.
François Gonze, Bram Vandenbon, Kwinten Messiaen, Joost Vannieuwenhuyse and Voja Stojanovic will have to fight in the next preliminaries to join them.
Complete results: http://people.cs.kuleuven.be/~jan.ramon/go/ratings/events/2015/bk.txt
Things are going definitely bad for Belgium, who lost against Germany in the 9th round (Lucas, Kwinten, Nelis, Gabriel - Kwinten won).
It remains 2 rounds to play.
Detailled result of the 9th round:
After 9 of the 11 rounds, Belgium is 10th (out of 12 teams).
On 10th March, contrarilly to our football team, Belgian go team (Lucas, François, Kwinten, Gabriel) lost to Israel (0-4 !).
Detailled result of this 8th round:
On 17th Feb, the 7th round of this competition was played.
Belgium team (Lucas, Kwinen, Nelis, Gabriel) lost rather logically against a stronger Hungarian team 1-3 (despite a great performance by Nelis, who won against a 4-d).
Detailled result of the 7th round:
After 7 of the 11 rounds, Belgium is 8th (out of 12 teams).
The 25th Leuven go tournament was won by the Chinese 6D Fu Yaqi. Fu is a student at Gent University and after only 20 days in Belgium, he is already winning his first tournament!
Second place was for Kim Ouweleen (4D) from the Netherlands, the co-author of "Baduk Movies". Ouweleen was defeated by Fu with 1,5 points, with Fu having 3 seconds left on his clock (sudden death!). Third place was for the winner of 2013, Thomas Connor (3D), Losing only from Fu and Ouweleen. Very succesful with 5 wins in 5 games were Vincent Quoilin (5k) from Liege and Philippe Tranchida (10k) from Brussels.
The 25th anniversary was celebrated with free cake and a lot of special prices in the lottery at the end of the tournament. There were 38 participants.
Full results will appear here soon.
On 25th of January, Belgium team (Jan, Kwinten, Nelis, Gabriel) defeated Switzerland 3-1 in the 6th round of the ETC.
Detailed resuts of the 6th round here:
After 6 of the 11 rounds, Belgium is 7th (out of 12 teams)