Leuven 2014

François Gonze ( 3D, Louvain-la-Neuve) has won the 24th edition of the Leuven Go Tournament. Gonze won all his games, a good general rehearsel for the upcoming Belgian Championship in March. Second place with 4/5 was for local player Nelis Vets (2D). Kwinten Missiaen (3D), also from Leuven took third place with 3/5. Scoring 4/5 were Steve De Clerq (Antwerp, 6k) and Steven Foulon (Leuven, 12k). There were 22 participants.
Complete results here:

4th round European Team Championship: Belgium - Austria 1-3

Despite another great performance by Lucas, who defeated one of European top player, young Victor Lin, Belgium lost to Austria. Belgium stands now 7th (out of the 10 teams in the B-league)

Complete results here:


PS: note the victory of Ukraine on Russia...4-0 in A-league! (interestingly linked to the present events :-)

Who is the strongest player in the world ? A jubango between the top 2 world players to find out !

By now, Gu Li (China) and Lee SeTol (Korea) are commonly considered as the 2 best players in the world.
But who of them is the strongest one ?
Some sponsors succeeded in organising a jubango (a match of 10 games) to find this out. There will be about one game a month all along 2014. In November, we will know who is the n° 1 world player (well, non offically of course, but the whole go community will watch carefully this prestigious event).

More info here:

The 1st European Internet (WBaduk) Championship with the top 8 European players

For your information: the very best European players (all are pro or 7-dan) will play an internet tournament every Monday and Thursday at 7 PM between 23/01 and 13/02...
Il will certainly be very enjoyable to watch !

Preliminaries of the Belgian Championship 2014

Only 4 players participated in the preliminaries of the Belgian championship 2014 !

Thus of course, all are qualified for the finals:
Gonze Francois (3pt)
Boyen Kris (2pt)
Versyck Dominique (1pt)
Vannieuwenhuyse Joost (0pt)

As a 5th player was missing (!), the Board decided to invite the best non-qualified finisher of the Belgian Finals of 2013. According to this decision, WONG Chi-Yiu (who had ended 9th in the finals last year) is also qualified.

3rd round of the European Team Championship: Belgium - Slovakia 2-2

In the 3rd round of the European Team Championship, Belgium (composed this time by Lucas, Jan , Nelis and Dominique) made draw against Slovakia.

Complete results of the 3rd round:

After 3 of the 9 rounds, Belgium is in the middle of the standings of the B-league

Standing after 3 rounds:

Change of playing site for Le Pantin

Chez Parrain, the cafe where the go club Le Pantin was gathering until now every saturday, has recently closed. We are looking for a new playing room. Next saturday, the club will be held at L'Union, Parvis de Saint-Gilles, Brussels at the usual playing times. However, this is not definite and we will update the new playing room as soon as we have found one. Check our website for updates.

2013 belgian Blitz championship : Dominique Versyck won his 3rd consecutive title !

Dominique Versyck has won the 2013 Belgian blitz championship. This is his 3rd consecutive title.
(this tournament has been played in May, but we forgot to mention it at that time; as "late is beter than never", we do it now !)

There were only 5 (!) participants this year.

Here are the results: (all games played handicap minus 2 stones).

1. Dominique VERSYK (2-d) 4/4
2. Thomas CONNOR (3-d 3/4
3. Nelis VETS (2-d) 2/4
4. Demian WALWISH (3-k) 1/4
5. Jean-Denis HENNEBERT (5-k) 0/4

Preliminaries of Belgian Championship 2014

The preliminaries of the Belgian Championship 2014 will take place on November 23rd-24th, 2013. The tournament place will be Cafe Sport and Restaurant De lange trappen, both in Leuven. This tournament aims at selecting 5 Belgian go players who will join the already qualified 5 finalists of last year's edition. Participation is free but you need to be a member of the Belgian Go Federation. Best luck to all!
More details

2nd round of the European Team Championship: Belgium-Italy 3-1

In november, Belgium team (composed by Lucas, Jan, Nelis and Dominik) won against Italy in the 2nd round of the European Team Championship.

Here are the complete results of the 2nd round:

Here are the standing after 2 rounds: