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Oscar Vazquez (4d) wins in Liège

Oscar Vazquez, the young Spanish rising star, won the 2nd edition of the tournament of Liège.
Second was Belgian champion Lucas Neirynck (5d) and Thomas Connor (3d) ended as bronze medail.
All three ended with 3 victories (out of 4 rounds).

Detailed results follow soon...

Park Junghwan (KR) is World champion

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
(this is rather worrying for Japan, beacause Yuta is by far the strongest Japanese go player !).

Most of the games were very disputed.

The results: http://www.worldgochampionship.net/english/

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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 !
Read more about "Fine Art" here: https://www.chinamoneynetwork.com/2017/03/20/inside-tencents-ai-lab-how-...

He did it once again: Lucas Neirynck is Belgian Champion !

This WE, Lucas Neirynck (5d) conquered a new Belgian Champion title. He even remains unbeaten (9/9).
With this 7th title (!), he now equals the record of Jan Bogaerts, who had also been 7 times Belgian champion.

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
or: http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Tournament_Card.php?&key=T170311K

(and here is the palmares of the Belgian Championship since 1st edition: http://www.gofed.be/node/260)

9th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium - Netherlands 2-2

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.
François and Nelis lost logically against stronger (6d) players...

Despite this performance, Belgium stays in the red zone. There is still 2 rounds left...

Complete results of the round:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/350

Present standings:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

Registration is open for Liège tournament and Le Pantin tournament!

Both Liège club and Le Pantin club hold their second tournament this year!

Follow this link to find all informations about Liège Tournament, and this one for Le Pantin Tournament.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

The 1st (ever) World Go Championship coming soon (21 to 23 March)

For the 1st time in the history of go, a "world championship" will be organized.
It will take place in Osaka on 21-23 March 2017.

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
Iwama Yuta (JP)
Park Junghwan (KR)
Mi Yuting (CN) (suprinsingly, not Ke Jie)

More details: http://www.worldgochampionship.net/english/

Finals Belgian Championship 2017, standings after the 1st WE: Lucas and Kwinten still unbeaten

After the 1st WE (5 rounds played out of the 9), Kwinten Missiaen (3d) and Lucas Neirynck (5d) remained unbeaten.
As they are 2 points ahead of the other competitors, their encounter in the second part of the finals could be decisive for the title...even if everything remains possible.

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...

8th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium - Sweden 2-2

On 28th of February, Belgian team (Lucas +, Kwinten -, Nelis -, Gabriel +) made draw against Sweden.
Three rounds left to be played...Belgium remains in the red zone...

Complete results of the round:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/349

Present standings:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

How strong are the home-made European pros ?

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
PS: enjoy the genial move 224 by Kim in his game against Ali !