Changhun Kim (KOR) won the 36th World Amateur Go Championship (held in Thailand), ahead of Aohua Hu (CH) (losing only to the Korean) and young Jyun-Fu Lai (Taiwan).
Our representative, Thomas Connor, ended 34th with 2 victories (with all "expected" results).
Complete results here: http://www.pandanet.co.jp/event/worldama2015/live_e.htm
(note that for the 1st time in its history the WAGC employed the MacMahon system)
Dominique Versyck is our new Belgian Blitz Champions of 2015, the runner up was Demian Walvisch who only lost to Dominique.
We had a cozy 8 participants this year, which is just the right amount to play a full 'round robin' of 7 rounds.
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)!
On June 6th the BGF organizes the 2015 Belgian Blitz Championship. This tournament is open and free for all BGF members.
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).