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Belgian Blitz Championship

This year the Belgian Blitz Championship gathered 16 people around the boards for a high-frequence series of games (7 games in 5 hours). Unexpectedly, brownies didn't show up: they were kept for the next Cosmic League round, of course.

However spring was calling us outside, the atmosphere was really good inside.
The 2009 Blitz Champion is Lucas Neirynck: he collected victories and only him could beat Christopher Annachachibi, who is thus second.

See you next year !

Full result.

You can find pictures here.

Made In Asia

On the 14-15th of March was standing the "Made in Asia" convention, at Brussels Expo. The BGF had a 27m^2 stand to hold. Only four people had a badge and stayed the both days, but additionnal players (we were maybe 8) came to help them taking care of all the "eager young minds" requesting to learn Go.

On the Saturday : it took half an hour to people to come, then we've quickly been saturated with people, during almost all the day.
On the Sunday : There were a very few less people at the convention, and we were only 5 to ensure the teaching, but the stand remained full most of the time.

Most of people came in couple, had heard about the game thanks to Hikaru no Go. Some were attracted by the magnetic giant goban, and had no idea what game was it.

The mood was relaxed, we have 10 people interested by a "beginner session" to contact. A lot more seemed enthousiastic about the game, and will probably talk about it around, which is a good publicity for the game.

Special thanks to Cedric Declerfayt who brang the gear to the convention, and to Jean-Denis Hennebert who came to bring it back on the Sunday evening.

Daniel French

You can find pictures here.

Ivan Cloostermans

It is with great sorrow and regret that we have to announce the death of our friend Ivan Cloostermans, founder and president of the Roeselare Go club.

In the name of all our members, the board of the BGF sends its deepest sympathy to his wife and his three daughters.

Cosmic Go League Period 1 Round 1

Here are the results of the first game of this first edition of the Cosmic Go League: (the first named had White)

  1. Connor Thomas - Vanborm Hicham : 1-0
  2. Gonze François - Annachachibi Christopher : 1-0
  3. Neirynck Lucas - Fain Simon : 0-1
  4. Missiaen Kwinten - Safran Aron : 1-0
  5. Tolmatchef Frédéric - Annachachibi Kevin : 0-1
  6. Malef Dimitris - Lucke André : 1-0
  7. Prist Kevin - Ver Hoeye Martin : 1-0

bye: Duvernoy Jean-François (which is now sure of playing the next 5 games)

The games were played on 15th March at Outpost.

I hope we'll be at least 20 in two weeks (29th March), there might be chocolate brownies =)

Interclub Tournament 2009

the schedule for the interclub tournament of 2009 has been put online here. Rounds will take place in April, May, September, October and November.

Cosmic Go League

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Le Chaff -> Phénix Go Club

The go club "Le Chaff" is now the "Phénix Go Club" and moved to a new place.

Phénix Go Club

Place :  Outpost game center
Rue de la tribune,8

1000 Bruxelles

Playing times&nbsp:  Wednesday 19h-24h
Email :  club_phenix@gofed.be

Jan Ramon wins 19th Leuven Tournament

Local player and co-organiser Jan Ramon (4D) has won the 19th edition of the Leuven Go Tournament. He was just a few SOSOS points ahead of François Gonze (Louvain-La-Neuve,2D) who defeated in the last round T.Mark Hall (UK,4D). Hall finished on rang 3. There was also a good result for Kwinten Missiaen (5/5), and Marie Jemine, Vincent Lochen, Kenny Debacq, Maarten Fabré and Laure Lambaerts (4/5).

Full results

Interclubs Tournament 2008 complete results

The season 2008 of interclubs is over. The clubs of Antwerp, Le Chaff, Ghent, Leuven, Namur and Le pantin fought for the title, which was won by the Namur Go club. Congratulations!

53 interclub games were played. The interclubs proved to be still very popular; many players took part in three rounds or more. Some players deserve a special mention : Kenny Debacq, Kris Van Bael and Kris Boyen played in all rounds.

Thanks to all captains and club members for their commitment. Hope to see all of you for the season 2009!

Results :

Team Points Weighted Points
Namur 14 28
Antwerpen 11 26
Brussels-"Le Pantin" 10 26
Gent 9 26
Leuven 9 23
Brussels-"Le Chaff" 7 14