A new book for learning go

The American Go Foundation just released a new book free for download. It is a complete introduction to the game of go, known as baduk in Korea. The rules are thoroughly explained with lots of examples and exercises to guide the beginner to master the rules.

This is most certainly a nice book to recommend to newcomers in clubs and it could be used as a teaching material. You can download it by following this link : .

9th (and last) round of the European Team Championship: Belgium - Austria 0-4

As expected, Belgium was severly beaten by Austria, one of the 3 strong teams of the B-division.

Finland (1st, next year thus in A-league), Austria (2nd, will play a match against Israël to possibly climb into A-league) and Netherlands (who ended 3rd at tie-break and will thus stay in B-league) dominated by far the other teams.

Thus this match did not matter for the final standing: Belgium ended 4th (out of 10 teams).

Here are the detailled results of the 9th round:

Here are the final standings of this 3rd edition if the European Team Championship:

PS: the 4 best teams of the A-division (Russia, Ukraine, Czechia and Hungary) will play against each other during the next European Congress in Poland this summer to designate the champion team...

7th and 8th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium - Italy 2-2 and Belgium - UK 2-2

Belgian team made 2 draws in Mars and April against Italy and UK.

It is now certain that we wil stay in B-class next year (not be promoted neither be demoted).
It remains just one round to play.

Here are the results of the 7th round:

And here those of the 8th round:

Finally, here are the standings after 8 out of the 9 rounds:

(you see also the domination of the Eastern countries in A-class !).

Belgian Championship second weekend

In the second weekend of the Belgian Championship, Kevin Prist lost against Jan Ramon and Lucas Neirynck lost against Kwinten Missiaen. As Jan had already lost to Lucas in the first weekend, before the last round three players had 7 points.
In the last round, Jan won from Bram Vandenbon.
But Hitchcock was hanging by, as Lucas and Kevin were to meet in this last round: Should Kevin wins, Jan would be Belgian champion. If Lucas wins, Lucas would be champion.
The game, which lasted very long and counted nearly 400 moves (both players ended with negative points !), was finally decided with the last ko !
Kevin felt short of just ONE ko thread and thus lost by half a point. Ironically enough, there was actually still another ko thread ...that a tired and byo-yomied Kevin did not see !
So, Lucas became a little luckily Belgian champion 2013, and Jan an unfortunate silver medal.
In the end, the first five (qualitiving) places went to Lucas Neirynck, Jan Ramon, Kwinten Missiaen, Kevin Prist and Bram Vandenbon (curiously enough, places 1 to 7 are the same as in 2012 !) See full results

First week-end of the Belgian Go Championship

The first week-end of the Belgian Go Championship ended today. Two players have 5 wins: Lucas Neirynck and Kevin Prist. See .

Some games have been broadcasted on KGS with the account BelChamp13.

C2P - Coup2Pousse

Christopher Annachachibi, a Belgian player from Brussels, just launched a website dedicated to the game of go. He describes it as a "plateforme d’échange de connaissances et d’expériences sur le Go. Commentaires de parties en ligne ou hors ligne."

There is also a nice guide for beginners. Have a look at .

6th round of the European Team Championship: Finland - Belgium 4-0

As feared, Belgium was crushed by the very strong team of Finand (who is leading the B-division).
After 6 out of the 9 rounds, we are still 4th (out of 10 teams) and will very probably stay in B-division next year.

Results of the 6th round:


Leuven 2013

Thomas Connor (3D,Brussels) won the 23th Leuven Go Tournament with 4/5. After a dramatic last game, Kwinten Missiaen (Leuven,3D) finished second with 3/5, before Dominique Versyck (1D) also with 3/5. Winning 4 games out of 5 were Dieter Daems, Jeremie Dubois-Lacoste, Roel van Nyen and Leslie Perez.There were 24 participants.
Complete results

5th round of the "European Team Go Championship": Belgium -Poland 2-2

Belgium made draw against Poland in the 5th round of the European team go ch'ip, which was played in January.
A logical result: the strenght of both teams being on paper equivalent.

Complete results, for each player here:

After 5 of the 9 rounds, Belgium is now 4th (out of the 10 teams of the B-league)