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1st online match Chine vs. Europe: a genuine amateur (Yu Suhao, 6-d) crushes single-handedly (nearly) whole European team !

This tournament (described in the news here under) turned out as a nightmare for the European team. :-(

Ariane Ougier (FR, 4d) lost to the Chinese female representative, who was then soon outcasted by Benjamin Dréan-Guénaizia (FR, 6d).

Benjamin won the next game too, before losing to a certain Yu Suhao (6d).

This Yu Suhao crushed the rest of the European players - 9 straight wins - including the strongest European amateurs and even some professionals !
(in this order) he eliminated: Benjamin Dréan-Guénaizia (FR, 6d), Anton Chernykh (RU, 6d), Cristian Pop (RO, 7d), Lukas Podpera (CZ, 7d), Alexander Dinerstein (RU, 3p), Stanislaw Frejlak (PL, 7d), Ali Jabarin (IL, 2p), Mateusz Surma (PL, 2p) and Artem Kachanovskii (UK, 2p) !

China won 10-2, only 3 of the 10 members of the Chinese team had to play ! What a lesson of humility for Europe !

More comments on this match by Artem here: https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=292

photo Yu Suhao: https://www.eurogofed.org/newsp/2020/1st%20China-Europe%20match//yu-suha...

8th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium makes draw against Netherlands

On 07/04/2020, Belgium team, composed by Lucas Neirinck (+), Jan Ramon (-) Gabriel Mercier (+) and Dominik Versyk (-) makes draw against Netherlands (on paper stronger than us) in the 8th round of the ETPC.

Results: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/598

Belgium stays presently in the middle of league B and will very likely remain in this league next year. There is still one round to play (we will play UK)

Standings after the 8th round: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps (extreme right on the screen).

de “Nederlandse Internet Go Competitie (NiGC)” (vanaf 15/04)

Onze Noorderburen lanceren een mooi initiatief: een "Nederlandse Internet Go Competitie (NiGC)" die de organisatoren ook voor alle Belgische spelers willen openstellen. De server wordt uitgerust met een chatmodus zodat spelers met elkaar kunnen praten en / of commentaar kunnen geven op hun partijen. De voertaal zal nederlands zijn.
Meer info en aanmelden: www.nigc.nl.

1st online tournament Europa vs. China (starts on 31/03; one game every day)

The tournament system is "arena" tournament. Each round there is a game: one player from each team.
Each team is composed by 10 players, ranked in order of increasing strength. The loser is eliminated, while the winner keeps playing in the next round. The tournament is over when one of the teams has no players anymore. The Chinese team consists of strong amateur players (some of them - top amateurs, world champions). Our European team has a few pros, the rest are strong amateurs.
More info here: https://www.eurogofed.org/1st-china-europe-match/

7th round of the European Team championship: Turkey beats Belgium 3-1

On 03/03/2020, Belgium team, composed by Lucas Neirinck (+), Gabriel Mercier (-), Nelis Vets (-) and Joost Vannieuwenhuyse (-) was beaten by Turkey 1-3 in the 7th round of the ETPC.

Results: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/597

Belgium is presently 4th out of 10 teams, but there are only 2 points difference between us and Netherlands, who is 9th...and who will be our next opponent in April.

Standings after the 7th round: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps (extreme right on the screen).

Corona Cup: an online tournament !

A nice initiative by Lukas Podpera (CZ): https://www.eurogofed.org/tm/files/tournaments/Corona%20Cup%202020%20-%2...
More than 350 participants, among whom plenty of pro and strong amateurs (# 24)
Results here: https://goweb.cz/turnaj/corona-cup-2020/

IMPORTANT - impact of Coronavirus / Covid 19 on Go related activities

The new Covid measures forbids any cultural related activities gatherings.
Go clubs have to stop their activities involving gathering of players starting from this day. This includes weekly meetings as well as any sort of Go tournament (such as Interclubs).

Therefore, until the situation improves, we advice players to meet on Internet to play Go (OGS, KGS...).
See list of Internet Go sites here.

Volunteers needed for 2020 festivals

The 2020 festivals season will start soon with a few important events in Bruxelles.

--> The Made in Asia festival is postponed to September (see below) because of Corona virus.

EPFC - Enseignement de Promotion et Formation Continue

https://www.epfc.eu
Avenue de l’Astronomie, 19 - 1210 Bruxelles
CANCELLED

Bruxelles Games Festival

https://brusselsgamesfestival.be/en/
Parc du Cinquantenaire - Brussels
CANCELLED

Made In Asia

https://www.madeinasia.be
Brussels Expo - Laeken
CANCELLED

I Love Science Festival

https://ilovescience.brussels/en/practical-information
Friday 13 Novembre 9:00 → Sunday 15 Novembre 18:00
Brussels Expo (Palais 1) - Laeken

The Belgian Go Federation will be there in these festivals to present the game of Go and play many mini-board games with festival visitors.
To participate, you don’t need to be of very high level, but enthusiasm and a bit of preparation for presentation and pedagogy is needed.

If interested, your help would be very welcome: then please take contact with secretary@gofed.be.
We will need a minimum of 3-4 volunteers every day.

A duo of winners in Leuven: Gabriel Mercier and Nicola Flagothier

The 30th edition of the Leuven Go Tournament was won by Gabriel Mercier (2D) and Nicolas Flagothier (2D), who ended with 4 wins each and the same SOS and SODOS!

Third place was shared by Joren Oris (1k) and Sven Cuyt (1D).

Six other people managaged tot win 4 games out of 5.

Although there were no high dan players, 35 people participated in the tournament, which was organised by a new tournament director, Tom Van Doorsselaere and which saw un unusual high consumption of coffee, Duvel and cake.

Complete results: https://www.gofed.be/tournament/results?tournament=LEU&year=2020

6th round of the European team championship: Belgium crushes Sweden 4-0

On 04/02/2020, Belgium team, composed by Lucas Neirinck (+), Jan Ramon (+), Gabriel Mercier (+) and Nelis Vets (+), crushed the Swedish one by 4-0 in the 6th round of the ETPC.

Results: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/596

Belgium is presently 3th out of 10 teams and can dream to be promoted in A-division.

Standings after the 6th round: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps (extreme right on the screen).