7th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium made a draw with Croatia (2-2)

In April, Belgium team made a draw with Croatia. Lucas and Gabriel won (Gabriel against a 4-d opponent !), but Gints and Renaud lost against stronger opponents.

Complete results here:

It remains 2 rounds to play. Belgium is still 8th out of the 10 teams in the B-league, just above the "risk zone"
(the team which ends 10th is automatically demoted to C-league, the team which ends 9th plays against the 2nd of the C-league).

6th round of the European team championship: Belgium made a draw against South Africa (no quite situated in Europe, but ok) 2-2

Belgian team made a draw against South Africa in the 6th (out of the 9) round of the ETGC.

Lucas Neirynck surprisingly lost against a "mere" 3-d, Lucman Bounoider won, so did Gabriel Mercier and Renaud Gaban lost by some points to a 1-k.

Complete results here:

Belgian team is still 8th out of 10 teams in the B-league:

Unfortunate Lukas Podpera lost the final of the "pro" qualification tournament for the 3rd time in a row. Jan Simara becomes 1-p

All European amateur players 6-dan or stronger (but the Russian ones) were invited by the EGF to the 7th European pro qualification tournament, whose winner would become the 9th European-made professional.

Among the (only) 8 participating players (there were 9 positive answers), Lukas Podpera (7-d, CZ), the best ranked European amateur, was the big favorite, especially in absence of any Russian candidates.

He had lost the final of the 2 previous editions:
in 2019 against Tanguy Le Calvé:
and in 2021 against Stanislaw Frejlak:

And, against all odds, he faced exactly the same cruel destiny in this year edition !
he lost the final (1-2) to his countryfellow Jan Simara (6-d) (he lost the 3rd - and deciding - game by...1,5 point).

Jan Simara is certainly very strong (he has been European champion in 2012), but undoubtely weaker than Lukas. Nevertheless, Jan fully deserves to become the 9th European-made professional ! Congratulations to him !

More info:

Preliminaries Belgian Championship

The following players will join the pre-qualified players in the finals:

  • Lucas Neirynck
  • Jan Ramon
  • Victor Schneider
  • Renaud Gaban

Reserve players are (in that order):

  • Marie Jemine
  • Joost Vannieuwenhuyse
  • Guillaume De Keijser
  • Roel Van Nyen

Coming soon (11+12/03): preliminaries Belgian championship

On WE 11+12/03 the preliminaries rounds of the Belgium Championship will be organised.
This tournament is reserved to our BGF members but it is free of charge.
A particularity: it is played without handicap.
The best 4 players will join the already 4 qualified players (the best 4 in last year championship) in the final rounds in June.

Please come and play !
The tournament starts Saturday at 10 AM exactly !

Practical info here:

Registered players (last updated Wednesday 08/03/2023 5 PM ):
1. Lucas Neirynck 6D
2. Marie Jemine 1D
3. Joost Vannieuwenhuyse 1k
4. Roel Van Nyen 2k
5. Renaud Gaban 2k
6. Victor Schneider 2k
7. Guillaume De Keijser 5k
8. Ghislaine Weissgerber 8k
9. Midas Vanooteghem 8k
10. Moad Boukricha 12k
11. Adam Beguin 18k

5th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium made a draw against Turkey

On 07/02, a partly new Belgian team with 2 new faces, made a draw against Turkey:

Lucas Neirynck (6-d) won against Franco-Turkish Denis Karadaban (5-d).
Gabriel Mercier (2-d) lost to a 3-d.
as did Renaud Gaban (2-k) - who played for the 1st time in the European Team Championship - against another 3-d.
Another new face in Belgian team, Victor Schneider (3-k) realized a great feat by beating his 2-d opponent ! Congratulations to him !

Complete results here:

Belgian team is still 8th out of 10 teams in the B-league:

Stanislaw Frejlak (PL, 1-p) wins the 6th European Grand Prix Final; Lucas Neirynck (BE, 6-d) finalist !

Lucas Neirynck realized a great achievement in the 6th European Grand Prix Final organized in Grenoble: he reached the final, wherein he lost against the Polish professional Stanislaw Frejlak (Lucas had won against him in the preliminaries rounds).
The young Italian rising star Davide Bernardis (IT, 5-d) beat Lukas Podpera (CZ, 7-d) in the small" final for the 3rd place.

More info :

4th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium made a draw against Switzerland (2-2)

On 17/01, Belgian team made a draw against Switerland.
Lucas Neirynck and Lucman Bounoider won, Jan Ramon and Gabriel Mercier lost

Complete results here:

Belgian team is now 8th out of 10 teams in the B-league:

Pair Larisa Popescu 1d & Sven Cuyt 2d became 2022 rengo Belgian champion

By beating in the last days of 2022 the only other registered pair (Marie Jemine 1d & Gints Engelen 1k), the pair Larisa Popescu 1d & Sven Cuyt 2d conquered the title of 2022 Belgian champion.
Congratulations to them.

Hopefully, there will be more participating pairs in the 2023 edition in this (fun) tournament (in which non-mixed pair are allowed).

coming soon (05/02): general assembly of the Belgian Go Federation 2022-23

The Belgian Go Federation wishes you a happy new year.

And invites you to the annual General Assembly of the Belgian Go Federation, which will be held ON LINE on 05/02 at 2 PM

Please come with your enthusiasm and your projects to shape up the future of the Belgian go life !

This meeting is the unique moment to discuss over it !

Agenda :
1. report on the 2022 activities (by the president) and financial report 2022 (by the treasurer)
2. projects for 2023 (and later) and adoption of the 2023 budget
3. election of the Board of Administration

If you wish to participate, send an e-mail to «».
The meeting will take place on Discord (the invitation link will be send to you after your registration)