Oscar Vazquez (4d), the young (14 years old) Spanish rising star, won the 2nd edition of the tournament of Liège.
Detailed here: https://www.gofed.be/webfm_send/398
Korean Park Junghwan remains unbeaten in the 1st edition of the World Championship which took place last week in Osaka.
2nd is Mi Yuting from China (who only lost to Park).
"Deep Zen Go", who/which represented the A.I. side, ended 3rd, thanks to its/her/his (:-) victory over...
4th - and last - Japanese Iwama Yuta, who did not gain a single victory
Most of the games were very disputed.
The results: http://www.worldgochampionship.net/english/
PS: meantime "Deep Zen Go" is not longer the 2nd strongest go program in the world (behind AlphaGo/Master): the (2nd) strongest program is now a chinese one, "Fine Art". "Fine Art" is improving so incredibly quickly that many expect him to catch up AlphaGo soon !
This WE, Lucas Neirynck (5d) conquered a new Belgian Champion title. He even remains unbeaten (9/9).
Gabriel Mercier (2d...now probably 3d) did a great performance by finishing second (7/9), ahead of bronze medail Kwinten Missiaen (3d), 6/9.
Also directly qualified for the 2018 finals are the 4th. François Gonze (4d) and the 5th. Nelis Vets (2d).
Surprisingly enough, Jan Ramon (4d) (5/9) will have to play the preliminaries rounds next year. And so will have Bram Vandenbon (2d), Joost Van Nieuwenhuizen (2k) and the 2 younsters, Louis Baudaux and Victor Schneider (both 6k).
Here are the detailled results: https://www.gofed.be/webfm_send/397
(and here is the palmares of the Belgian Championship since 1st edition: http://www.gofed.be/node/260)
On 21th of March, our team managed to make a draw against the "on paper" stronger team of Netherlands.
Lucas won against Gilles Van Eeden (6d), one of the strongest European players in the 80'and 90's. And Gabriel triumphed over a 3d.
Despite this performance, Belgium stays in the red zone. There is still 2 rounds left...
Complete results of the round:
For the 1st time in the history of go, a "world championship" will be organized.
There will be 4 competitors: the best player of each of the 3 big countries + "Zen" defending the AI (Artificial Intelligence) side!
The human representatives will be
More details: http://www.worldgochampionship.net/english/
After the 1st WE (5 rounds played out of the 9), Kwinten Missiaen (3d) and Lucas Neirynck (5d) remained unbeaten.
In the "peloton" of players with 3 points: Bram Vandenbon (2d), Jan Ramon (4d), François Gonze (3d) and Gabriel Mercier (2d).
Further, Nelis Vets (2d) has 2 points, Joost Vannieuwenhuyse (2k), 1 point, and our "rising stars" Louis Baudaux (6k) and Victor Schneider (6k) - who replaced Kevin Prist (3d) and Joris Oren (1k) who were not free - are still waiting for a feat...
On 28th of February, Belgian team (Lucas +, Kwinten -, Nelis -, Gabriel +) made draw against Sweden.
Complete results of the round:
The go server Tygem has just organized a match between Kim Seung-Jun (also known as "Blackie"), a famous 9 dan professional player, against the 5 home-made European pros (Ilya Shikchine, Pavol Lisy, Artem Kachanovskij, Mateusz Surma and Ali Jabarin).
All games were played without komi (Kim playing white, of course).
The final score is 3-2 for Kim (Ilya and Mateusz won).
Conclusion: according to this result, it seems that "our" pros have really a professional strength: the handicap between top professional players and young beginning professionals is currently estimated to be of 1 to 2 stone/s.
More detail here: http://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=99