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Belgian blitz (rapid games) championship 2012: 11/11

Dominik Versyk (1-d) is Belgian Blitz champion "for one more year".
With 6/7, he ended ahead of Yue Wang, 5/7, and 3 players with 4/7.
A new face, Roel Van Nyen, ended 3rd and defeated Dominik and Yue (with reduced handicap).

Here are the complete results:

1. Dominik Versyck, 1-d, 6/7
2. Yue Wang, 2-d, 5/7
3. Roel Van Nyen, 11-k, 4/7 (sodos: 13)
4. Demian Walvish, 4-k, 4/7 (sodos: 10)
5. Ci-Yiu Wong, 2-k 4/7 (sodos: 9)
6. Joost Van Nieuwenhuizen, 3-k, 3/7
7. Jean-Denis Hennebert, 5-k, 2/7
8. Erwin Cloostermans, 15-k, 0/7

Archive Belgo

All issues of our quarterly review "Belgo" (which was published between 1985 and 2008) are now freely available in pdf format here: http://www.gofed.be/node/662

Pavol Lisy wins 27th Brussels Tournament

The Brussels tournament was won by Pavol Lisy ahead of Ondrej Silt, Lluis Oh and Pal Balogh, all 6-dan.See the full results À word about the winner: Pavol Lisy, 6-Dan from Slovakia, is just 17 years old. He ended 3rd in the last European Go Championship. In 2010-11, he climbed from 1st Kyu to 5 Dan in 18 months !

ETGC 2nd round: Belgium - Switerland 4-0 !

On October 11th-12th, Belgium won against Switzerland the second round in the European Team Go Championship. Read the report of captain Nelis.

06/10 + 07/10: youth and student Belgian championship CANCELLED

Due to the low number of players registrered (only one!) to the Youth and Student Belgian Championship, it has been cancelled. The Student champion title has been attributed to Thomas Connor, the only registrered player.

Go Camp 2012

Despite the low number of participants, the Belgian Go Camp was a real succes this year. You can read a report made by Semi Lee here. Thank you for your participation!

The 1st Belgian 5-d ever: Lucas Neirynck

Thanks to 4 consecutive victories against Dutch 5-d players in the tournament of Delft (that he won undefeaded) last WE, Lucas reached 413 points our national rating. This means he becomes the first Belgian 5-d ever ! Congratulations to him !

Just for the record: the 1st Belgian...
1-d: Marc Ginoux (1988)
2-d: Alain Wettach (1993) (ChiYiu Wong had reached > 100 pts in 1992)
3-d: Alain Wettach (1996)
4-d: Jan Bogaerts (1999)

2nd World Mind Sports Games (in Lille)

The 2nd World Mind Sports Games occured from 13/08 to 23/08 in Lille/Rijssel. 1st edition was organised in Beijing in 2008...so it was a bit closer this time :-)

Belgium had one competitor in the individual men competition (13 to 16/08), Lucas Neirynck (4-d), and one team in the team competition (from 17 to 19/08): Benjamin Gigot (3-d), Bram Vandenbon (1-d), Kristof Bossee (1-d)

RESULTS:

Lucas made 2/5: defeats face to a representitive of Macau (5-d), of Japan (6-d) and of Netherlands (6-d); victories against an Austrian (a young 4-d, who made 4/5) and an USA (6-d !).

Gold medal is a Taïwanese, Lai Yu Cheng (7-d) (the best 4 are from Taïwan)

Our team made 2/5:
Belgium-Macau: 0-3
Belgium-France 2: 0-3
Belgium-Italy 2: 3-0
Belgium-Canada: 0-3
Belgium-Netherlands 2: 2-1

Gold medal: the Taïwanese team: no wonder: the 3 players in this team were the podium in the "individual man championship :-)

Another important competition was organised during these 2nd WMSG: the European qualification tournament for the 2nd Sport ACCORD Mind Sport Games (don't be confused !), which will take place in December 2012 in Beijin.
This competition was only for 10 European top players, the top 3 would represent Europe in that competition.

This time, Ilya Chikchin (RU, 7-d) made honor to his stature of favourite and was unbeaten winner, ahead of Csaba Merö (HU, 6-d), who lost only against Ilya. Jan Hora (CZ, 6-d) was the lucky one among the 3 competitors with 3 victories (the 2 others being Pavol Lisy and Remi Campanie).

Complete results here, with also women, pair, youth,...championships (without any Belgian representatives):

http://www.wmsg2012.org/

Results of the 2012 European Championship (Bonn)

This year Bonn hosted the European Championship.

As usual, the terrible 7-d Korean players dominated the tournaments: Song Jun Hyup, remained unbeated (10/10 in the main + 5/5 in the week-end tournament) ahead of his countryfellow, Kim Young Sam (9/10 + 4/5).

Highest ranked European competitor was Ilya Shikshin (7-d, RUS) with 8/10 and 4/5.

Ilya, in the absence of f.i. Taranu, Dinerstein and Kachanovski was the great favourite. But...

...But European Champion 2012 is, surprinsigly enough, JAN SIMARA (6-d) from CZ, who defeated Ilya Shichin in the final.

How is this possible ? Because the system to elect the European champion is the following: after the 7th round, the 8 best ranked European players in the main tournament played a final phase in a knock-out tournament.

Pavol Lisy (6-d, SK) (who climbed 1-k to 5-d in 18 months by the way) and Thomas Debarre (6-d, FR) were the half-finalists.

Nine Belgian participated.
Great performance of Kwinten Missaen in the main (7/10 - less good in the WE tournament 2/5)
Results of the others:
Claude Burvenich (who is / used to be the best Belgian woman)(2-k) 6/10
Kris Boyen (4-k): 6/10 + 1/5
Steve Hertecant: (5-k): 3/5
Dennis Wolfs (7-k): 4/10 + 3/5
Bart Caers (10-k): 5/10
Laurent Richard (16-k): 7/9 (!)
Stephanie Theunissen (15-k): 5/10
and 2 beginners, unknown to me:
Alexander Wagner (25-k): 3/3 + 4/4
Frederik Berger (30-k): 3/5 + 2/4

Please find the complete results of the main tournament here:
http://www.egc2012.eu/congress/main-tournaments/open-european-championsh...

and of the the WE tournament here:
http://www.egc2012.eu/congress/main-tournaments/weekend-tournament/resul...

WAGC Report and Commented Games

François Gonze was the Belgian representative for the WAGC 2012. You can read his report here and if you've logged on with an active account on this website (which should be the case if you registered for 2012), you can see commented games from this event and from the Belgian Championship reviewed by top Chinese and Korean players.

If it doesn't work, please contact your club captain :-)