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Lee Se-tol retires !

South Korean Go master Lee Sedol, widely considered as one of the greatest Go players of the modern era and only human to score a win against AlphaGo, announced his retirement.

Lee, 36 years old, had started playing Go when he was six years old and has turned professional in 1995.

In a career spanning 24 years, Lee scored 18 victories in global competitions and 32 wins in local events.

He declared his retirement was primarily motivated by the invincibility of AI Go programs.

See this article: https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20191127004800315

Info van de VRT: https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2019/11/28/wereldkampioen-bordspel-go-stopt...

Leuven wins the 2019 interclubs

The club of Leuven prolongs its national title

This year, six clubs have participated.

Completed results: https://www.gofed.be/node/1140

3rd round of the Eopean team Championship: Belgium - Serbia 1-3

On 19/11, despite having mobilized one of strongest possible team (Lucas 6d, François 4d, Jan 4d and Lucman 3d), Belgium has been beaten by Serbia.

Still, note the remarkable victory of Lucas - by half a point ! - against Dusan Mitic, one of the two terrible "Mitic brothers" (his brother Nikola did win, against François).

Results: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/593

Standings after the 3rd round: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps (extreme right on the screen)

25th European Youth Go Championships 2020 - Stubičke Toplice, Croatia March 11-14, 2020

The European Youth Go Championships is the top European youth tournament.

There are three categories: under 12, under 16 and under 20.

The EYGC 2020 will be held in Stubicke Toplice, a beautiful spa town 40 km north of Zagreb, between 11th March 2020 and 14 March.

Dedicated webpage: https://eygc2020.hgos.hr/

Registration: https://eygc2020.hgos.hr/registration/

Preliminaries Belgian Championship 2020

In two weeks on the weekend of the 30th November we hold the Preliminaries of the Belgian Championship. In this 7 round tournament the 4 best placed players qualify for the Belgian Championship Finals were they will be joined with 4 best placed players from the finals of 2019. The tournament is open to all members of the BGF and only to members.

Unfortunately a definitive location has yet to be decided, hopefully we can bring you news on this soon.

You can register by sending a mail to board@gofed.be stating your name, club and level.

More info

Interclub Results 2019

The results of the 2019 interclub are in. We had 6 participating clubs this year Ath,Phénix, Hasselt, Gent, Leuven and Antwerpen. Leuven was ultimately victorious with Gent and Ath in second and third place respectively

Detailed results can be found here

Jan Ramon wins 2019 Brussels tournament

Jan Ramon triumphed unbeaten in the 2019 edition of our Brussels tournament.

The big surprise was the 2nd place by Sven Cuyts (1k), who won against two 3d and two 2-d competitors !

Dick Riedeman (3d), best player with 3 wins by the SOS tie-breaker, completed the podium.

Beside Sven, 4 (other) participants got 4 wins: Kenny Debacq, Ondrej Skacel (from...Czechia) en two members of Riedeman's family. Congratulation to them !

Complete results here: http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Tournament_Card.php?&key=T191026E

In the history of the Brussels tournament, it is the 1st time that a kyu player ended on the podium (see: https://www.gofed.be/en/tournament/brussels). Without willing to minimize Sven's impressive achievement, this was only possible because of the desappointing small number of "dan" competitors (#6!).
Actually , there were only 38 participants in total, also the smallest ever number for a Brussels tournament.
This being said, all of them have had good time...and those who were absent are wrong !

2nd round of the European Team Championship 2019-20: Belgium made a draw against Lithuania

In the 2nd round (played on 29-10-2019), Belgian team made a draw against Lithuania.

The Belgian team was composed by Jan Ramon (4d) (+), Lucman Bounoider (3d) (+), Gabriel Mercier (2d) (-) and Nelis Vets (2d) (-)

Results: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/592

Standings after the 2nd round: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps (extreme right on the screen)

3rd edition of the TIGGRE Ellie Cup -and first stage of the SEYGO Tour Grenoble 1 and 2 February 2020

The third edition of the TIGGRE - Ellie Cup (International Go Tournament) will take place in Grenoble on 1 and 2 February.

The Ellie Cup (top group of the TIGGRE) will be a bonus C tournament, part of the 2020 European Grand Prix. Registration has already started on the website : tiggre-elliecup.jeudego.org (cheaper registration before 30 November).
Great news for young players : the TIGGRE Ellie Cup will host the first stage of the SEYGO Tour 2020. There will be a SEYGO competition in each of the age categories U20, U16 and U12, and many prizes and points to gain for European youth (more on https://www.eurogofed.org/seygo/project.html)

Reminder: the Go&Ski winter camp will take place in Vaujany, near Grenoble, the week before the TIGGRE Ellie Cup. Stage-go-ski.jeudego.org

new old Belgo available

The scan of 3 old issues of "Belgo", the magazine published by the Belgian Go Federation, have been recently added in the archives (issues 90, 91 and 92; from 2017 and 2018). Enjoy !
https://www.gofed.be/node/662