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Welcome to the Belgian Go Federation Website !



The official site of the Belgian Go Federation, for all activities related to Go in Belgium.


On this site you can find:
- News from Go in Belgium and in the world
- An updated list of all Go clubs in Belgium
- A calendar of the next Go events (see Calendar on the right site of your screen) - in particular Go tournaments -
- The Belgian ratings list
- Go related documents (guides, promotional material , Belgo publications ...)
- Many interesting links
- Extra services for members* of the Belgian Go Federation. *If you do not have an account ask your club president to create one for you.

or you maybe just want to play Go ?

Volunteers needed for 2020 festivals

The 2020 festivals season will start soon with a few important events in Bruxelles.

Made In Asia

https://www.madeinasia.be
Friday 13 March 12:00 – Sunday 15 March 18:00
Brussels Expo - Laeken

I Love Science Festival

https://ilovescience.brussels/en/practical-information
Friday 24 April 9:00 → Sunday 26 April 18:00
Brussels Expo (Palais 1) - Laeken

Bruxelles Games Festival

https://brusselsgamesfestival.be/en/
Friday 28 Augustus 15:00 → Sunday 30 Augustus 19:00
Parc du Cinquantenaire - Brussels

The Belgian Go Federation will be there in these 3 festivals to present the game of Go and play many mini-board games with festival visitors.
To participate, you don’t need to be of very high level, but enthusiasm and a bit of preparation for presentation and pedagogy is needed.

If interested, your help would be very welcome: then please take contact with secretary@gofed.be.
We will need a minimum of 3-4 volunteers every day.

A duo of winners in Leuven: Gabriel Mercier and Nicola Flagothier

The 30th edition of the Leuven Go Tournament was won by Gabriel Mercier (2D) and Nicolas Flagothier (2D), who ended with 4 wins each and the same SOS and SODOS!

Third place was shared by Joren Oris (1k) and Sven Cuyt (1D).

Six other people managaged tot win 4 games out of 5.

Although there were no high dan players, 35 people participated in the tournament, which was organised by a new tournament director, Tom Van Doorsselaere and which saw un unusual high consumption of coffee, Duvel and cake.

Complete results: https://www.gofed.be/tournament/results?tournament=LEU&year=2020

6th round of the European team championship: Belgium crushes Sweden 4-0

On 04/02/2020, Belgium team, composed by Lucas Neirinck (+), Jan Ramon (+), Gabriel Mercier (+) and Nelis Vets (+), crushed the Swedish one by 4-0 in the 6th round of the ETPC.

Results: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/596

Belgium is presently 3th out of 10 teams and can dream to be promoted in A-division.

Standings after the 6th round: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps (extreme right on the screen).

5th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium makes draw against Finland

Mid-Januari, Belgium team (Lucas Neirinck +, Gabriel Mercier (-), Joost Van Nieuwenhuyzen (–) et Laurent Teirlinck (+)made a draw against Finland in the 5th round of the ETPC.

Results: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/595

Belgium is presently 5th out of 10 teams.

Standings after the 5th round: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps (extreme right on the screen).

4th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium draws against Italy

Mid-december, Belgium (Lucas Neirynck +, Jan Ramon -, Gabriel Mercier - , Nelis Vets +) made a draw against Italy in the 4th round of the ETPC.

Results: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/594

Belgium is presently 6th out of 10 teams.
Standings after the 4rd round: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps (extreme right on the screen).

Coming soon (08/02 + 09/02): 30th Leuven Tournament

Leuven is the second tournament by order of importance (behind Brussels):

Info and registration: https://www.gofed.be/en/tournament/leuven.

SEYGO Tour 2020 (youth < 20 years old)

The first phase of the SEYGO Tour 2020 will take place in Grenoble, on February 1st and 2nd, in parallel with the Grenoble International Go Tournament (TIGGRE - Ellie Cup).

European young players will play in 3 categories (U20, U16, U12) and will receive points and prizes, as explained on the SEYGO page of the EGF website (https://eurogofed.org/seygo/).

We are expecting a large number of participants in the TIGGRE - Ellie Cup (see the website http://tiggre-elliecup.jeudego.org/), many young players in the SEYGO Tour competitions and several dozens of kids from the Grenoble area who will play a « beginners tournament ». We are also happy to announce the presence of two Chinese delegations, one from Beijing (CEGO Group, with Ge Yuhong Academy) and the other one from Suzhou.

Lee Se-tol retires !

South Korean Go master Lee Sedol, widely considered as one of the greatest Go players of the modern era and only human to score a win against AlphaGo, announced his retirement.

Lee, 36 years old, had started playing Go when he was six years old and has turned professional in 1995.

In a career spanning 24 years, Lee scored 18 victories in global competitions and 32 wins in local events.

He declared his retirement was primarily motivated by the invincibility of AI Go programs.

See this article: https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20191127004800315

Info van de VRT: https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2019/11/28/wereldkampioen-bordspel-go-stopt...

Leuven wins the 2019 interclubs

The club of Leuven prolongs its national title

This year, six clubs have participated.

Completed results: https://www.gofed.be/node/1140