François Gonze (3-d) wins in Leuven

François Gonze, 3d won the tournament of Leuven with a perfect score. Lucas Neirynck, 5d ended 2nd (4-1); Jan Ramon, 4d completed the podium (3-2).

This edition met a big success with a total of 46 participants!

Complete results:

The big challenge "Human vs. A.I." coming soon (9th to 15th March)

AlphaGo will face its ultimate challenge: a 5-game challenge match in Seoul against the legendary Lee Sedol, the top Go player in the world over the past decade

Read everything about the match here:

(comments on youtube are planed)

Here some reactions and prognoses by some pro players:

Fan Hui wins the 1st European professional Championship

To participate in this tournament, competitors must have professional status and passport of EGF member.

There were 5:
Fan Hui (FR)
Mateusz Surma (PL)
Ilya Shikshin (RU)
Ali Jabarin (IL)
Alexander Dinerstein (RU)

Missing professional players were: Pavol Lisy, Guo Juan, Catalin Taranu, Antti Tormannen and Svetlana Shikshina.

Impressively enough, Fan Hui won unbeaten (4-0) !

All the other pros, except Alexander Dinerstein (0-4), got a 2-2 score (Mateusz Surma winning the tie-break games to end as 2nd).

Complete results here:

7th round of the European team Championship: Belgium - United Kingdom 2-2

End February, Belgian team (François + , Kwinten -, Nelis +, Gabriel -) made a draw against UK in the 7th round.

Belgium is now in the middle of the "peloton" (6th out of 12 teams) in this B-league.

Here are the results of the round:

And here the standings after this round:

6th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium - Italy 1-3

In February, Belgian team (Lucas -, Jan +, Kwinten - , Gabriel -) lost against Italy in the 6th round.

Here are the results of the round:

And here the standings after this round:

Go software AlphaGo beat European champion Fan Hui

An amazing feat occurred recently. The go software AlphaGo developed by Google DeepMind beat Fan Hui in a 5 games match with a clean 5-0!

This is a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. Please read more at the following links.

Finnish Antti Törmannen promoted pro by Nihon Ki-in (Japan)

Antti Törmannen (ex-7d from Finland) had been insei since some months by the Nihon Ki-in in Japan.

He has just been promoted professional by special recommendation "due to satisfactory results in the insei league and pro examen" (like late Hans Piesch some ...18 years ago).

Congratulations to him !

Here you can read an interview of Antti:

amazing: the (probably) best player in the world is a teenager !

KE JIE, the Chinese teenager prodige did it: he defeated Lee Sedol in a major international tournament: the Mily Cup.

And yet Lee Sedol is (was ?) considered commonly as the best player in the world
(especially since his victory on Gu Li in a "jubango" - match in 10 games - played in 2014).

The match was fierce: Ke Jie won 3-2...and the decisive 5th game by...half a point (with the - official - Chinese rules; with the Japanese rules, he would have lost by half a point !).

Here you find the video live commentary of this unforgettable game (in English):

5th round of the European team Championship: Belgium - Slovakia 1-3

On 5 January, Belgian team (Lucas -, François - , Nelis -, Gabriel +) lost against Slovakia in the 5th round.

Belgium is now 4th (out of 12 teams) in this B-league.
Israel and...Slovakia are dominating by far

Note that Lucas was lucky (?) enough to play against a pro (Pavol Lisy)

Here are the results of the round:

And here the standings after this round:

Brussels "Pantin" wins the 2015 Belgian interclubs

Brussels "Pantin" wins the 2015 Belgian far !
Gent and Antwerpen complete the podium.

All the 2015 results:

Palmares of the interclubs: