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Ali Jabarin (IL, 1p) wins the 2017 Grand Prix Finale in Olomuc (CZ); great achievement by Oscar Vazquez

The Grand Prix Finale is a tournament in which only the 16 best players in the 2017 Grand Prix season ranking can compete.

Like the F1 Grand Prix, the "Grand Prix" organized by the European Go Federation awards points according to the 6 best placed players in some 2017 European tournaments (some - big - tournaments weights more than - small - others).

The grand Prix Finale was organized in 2 steps: firstly, the 16 players played against each others in 4 groups of 4 players. The 2 best of each division are qualified for a K-O tournament.

In the preliminary rounds, 2 of the 7 pros (Lisy and Kravets) were suprisingly eliminated. The feat was the qualification of "our" Oscar Vazquez (a mere 5-d).
But in the semi-finals, sure enough, there were only pros left...

Finally, Ali Jabarin won the final against Artem Kachanovskij.
Ilya Shikchin got the bronze medal, beating Mateusz Surma in the "little final".

Complete results here: http://www.olgo.cz/en/clanky/2017/grand-prix-final-2017-olomouc/

Belgium team remains undeafed after 4 rounds in the European Team Championship !

Belgium team, composed by François Gonze +, Jan Ramon -, Gabriel Mercier + and Nelis Vets +, won against South Africa (3-1) in the 4th round of the C-league of the European (yes) Team Championship.

Belgium team dominates now the C league...but it remains 3 rounds to run...

Result of the round: http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/430

Standings: http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

PS: note also France's nice victory on Russia in the A league
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/413
France is now leader in A-league !

Coming soon: the annual General Assembly Sunday 14/01/2018 in Brussels

The annual General Assembly of the Belgian Go Federation is the sovereign instance of our federation.

All the members can express their point of view, wishes, critics, suggestions, offer of help (:-),...for the forthcoming year/s.

The president will present the 2017 activity report; and the tresorer the 2017 financial report.

Then, we discuss the future activities and we vote the 2018 budget.

Last but not least, the (new) board is elected.

The annual general assembly of the Belgian Go Federation will take place on Sunday 14 January at 3:30 PM in Brussels.
The exact location is L'Eau Chaude / Het Warm Water 25 rue des renards 1000 Bruxelles

You are very welcome !

PS: in particular, we would very pleased to welcome the club responsibles !

Mini Go Congress in Trier

The German Go Association is organizing a "Mini Go Congress" in Trier on January 13 & 14, 2018. Trier is about 250km away from Brussels, so actually quite easily reachable.

Further information and registration in French is available here:
http://www.triergo.de/Tournoi/
and in German here:
http://www.triergo.de/Turnier/

Lucman Bounoider undefeated at the Selction Tournament of the Belgian Championship 2018

The Selection Tournament of the Belgian Championship 2018 took place on the week-end of the 25th and 26th of November in Antwerpen.

This year, 17 players took part to this tournament, a great success!

The biggest surprise of the week-end was the performance of Lucman Bounoider, 3d: he remained undefeated, winning his games against Oscar Vazquez, 5d and Thomas Connor, 4d. Congratulations to him!

The five seats for the finals of the Belgian Championship are given in order to:

1. Lucman Bounoider
2. Oscar Vazquez
3. Thomas Connor
4. Thibault Pillon
5. Bram Vandenbon

They will play in the finals against Lucas Neirynck, Gabriel Mercier, François Gonze, Kwinten Missiaen and Nelis Vets.

In case one of the finalists drops off, the next candidates are:

6. Victor Schneider
7. Joost Vannieuwenhuyse
8. Marie Jemine

Full results of the tournament can be found here.

Belgium team still unbeaten after 3 rounds in the European Team Championship

After wins on Georgia (4-0), Slovakia (3-1) and Croata (3-1), Belgium team remains unbeaten after 3 rounds in the European Team Championship in C-league.

If things go on like this, Belgium will reintegrade next season the B-league (from which we were demoted last year)...but the season has just begun...

Standings: http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

Results:
round 1: http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/427
round 2: http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/428
round 3: http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/429

Registration for the Selection Tournament of the Belgian Championship 2018 is open!

Registration for the Selection Tournament of the Belgian Championship 2018 is now open!

Please find all relevant information here.

Jonas Welticke wins Brussels Tournament 2017 with a perfect score

The 32nd Brussels Tournament took place on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of October.

Jonas Welticke, 6d, from Germany, won the tournament undefeated. Second was Chen Qi, 4d, and third Oscar Vazquez, 5d.

Complete results can be found under this link.

Stronger than Lee Setol 3 days after having learned the rules !

Who could do this ? AlphaGo of course !

The Deep Mind team has just released a new version of AlphaGo, AlphaGo Zero.

This new version is stronger than the previous versions (AG Zéro won...100-0 against the AG LeeSetol version !).

But now comes the most amazing info...

Why did they named it "Zero" ?

Because, contrarily to the previous versions that has been "fed" by thousands of games played by the humans since centuries, AG Zero version has learned everything from scratch, from just learning the rules.

Just after 3 (yes, three !) days of playing against itself and learning from its own mistakes, without any pollution by human play (!), AG Zero has already reached the level of the LeeSetol version; and after 40 days, s/he - it surpassed the KeJie version, to become the best ever playing entity in this world.

More than even, IA will be modelling our world, and not only in go !

Read more here: (I recommend you to watch the graphic and the video !): https://deepmind.com/blog/alphago-zero-learning-scratch/

PS: the Deep Mind team opened a forum
https://www.reddit.com/r/MachineLearning/comments/76xjb5/ama_we_are_davi...

Coming soon: the 32nd Brussels Tournament on the 28th & 29th of October

Do not miss the most important Belgian (go) event of the year !

More info: https://www.gofed.be/en/tournament/brussels