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Coming soon: Sunday 19/12: 2021 Belgian pair championship

Championnat de Belgique de "rengo" ("pair") : en live, le dimanche 19 décembre
Association Belgique-Chine
Av. Paul Deschanel 92, 1030 BRUXELLES Schaerbeek

Nous souhaitons ressusciter le championnat de Belgique de pair go dont la dernière édition remonte à 2011 !
Il s'agit d'un tournoi dans lequel des équipes de 2 joueurs s'affrontent, pas obligatoirement des paires mixtes (mais seules les paires mixtes seront éligibles pour une éventuelle qualification à des compétitions internationales).
Veuillez compléter le formulaire suivant pour y participer: https://forms.gle/ufJdoixyejRk6gMo7

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Belgisch kampioenschap "rengo": live, zondag 19 december (georganiseerd onder voorbehoud)
Vereniging België-China
Avenue Paul Deschanellaan 92
BRUSSELS Schaerbeek 1030

We willen het Belgisch kampioenschap pair go, waarvan de laatste editie dateert uit 2011 nieuw leven inblazen!
Dit is een toernooi waarin teams van 2 spelers het tegen elkaar opnemen. Ditmaal wordt het een “rengo” toernooi (in de plaats van “pair go”), wat betekent dat teams niet noodzakelijk uit gemengde (1 man & 1 vrouw) paren moeten bestaan (wat betreft kwalificatie voor internationale competities komen echter enkel gemengde paren in aanmerking).
Vul het volgende formulier in om deel te nemen (één formulier per team): : https://forms.gle/ufJdoixyejRk6gMo7

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TOURNAMENT RULES:
Round-robin tournament (every pair plays every pair)
1 hour main time + 3 times 30s Japanese Byo-yomi
Handicap -2 (based on the average rating of the players in a pair)

Tie-breaker rules: Result mutual game, then average registration strength.

REGISTERED PAIRS:

Sven Cuyt (1D) - Gints Engelen (2k)
Yvan Nollet (4k) - Naomi Bensel (4k)
Guillaume Jouret (8k) - Thomas Lemaire (6k)
Umut Inal (8k) - Raoul Richard (6k)

Ilya Shikchine (4-p) is 2021 European Champion

Favourite Ilya Shikchine (RU, 4-p) became European Champion this year.
He defeated Artem Kachanovskii (UK, 3-p) in final (2-0).

Ali Jabarin (IL, 2-p) won the "little final" against Pavol Lisy (SK, 2-p) to take the bronze medal.

It is his 8 European title (Ilya has already been European champion in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2019 and in 2020). He equalizes the record of late Jürgen Mattern (DE, 6-d) (who has been also 8 times European champion, in the 60's and the 70's).

Completed results: https://www.eurogofed.org/egc/2021.html

PS: in the preliminary rounds (4 pools of 4 players), Lucas Neirynck (BE, 6-d) won against the European rising star, Oscar Vazquez (SP, 6-d), but later lost to Jonas Welticke (DE, 6-d) and to Dusan Mitic (SR, 7-d)...and was eliminated.

Coming soon (12/12): online lesson by Lucas Neirynck, 6-d, and 11 times Belgian champion

Lucas gives this Sunday between 11 AM and 12 AM-PM a on-line lesson in English, whose topic will be the good use of the walls.
This lesson is free of charge but reserved to our BGF members.

Registration: https://forms.gle/M8Rj5BbBdWUsmGm1A

Lucman Bounoider (3d), 2021 rapid games Belgian champion

Lucman Bounoider won the 2021 edition of the Belgian Championship of rapid games (15 min per player, sudden death; handicap - 2).
He has already been champion in 2017

There were 8 participants (a rather dissappointing figure)

Lucman got 6 wins in 7 rounds (he only lost to Renaud Gaban).
Two players ended with 5 wins and completed the podium: Yvan Nollet (4-k) (2nd) and Renaud Gaban (4-k)(3rd).(Yvan won their mutual game, which is the criterium as tie-breaker).

Jinming He (3-d) and Naomi Benseid (4-k) got 3 wins. And Michael Silcher (4-k), Jean-Denis Hennebert (4-k) and Gaspard Leleux (8-k) got 2 wins.

Coming soon (Sunday 28/11 PM): 2022 Belgian blitz championship

Het Belgisch Kampioenschap Quick Play 2021 (15 minuten absolute bedenktijd; voorgift - 2) wordt online georganiseerd op 28/11 vanaf 14u.
Gratis maar alleen voor de BGF leden.
Vul het volgende formulier in om deel te nemen: https://forms.gle/PSehdACVgcQuTjb86
Winnaar laatste jaar was Thomas Connor 4-d.

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Le championnat de Belgique 2021 de parties rapides (15 minutes de réflexion sans temps additionnel; handicap - 2) sera organisé en ligne le 28/11 à partir de 14h.
Gratuit mais réservé aux membres FBG.
Veuillez compléter le formulaire suivant pour y participer: https://forms.gle/PSehdACVgcQuTjb86
L'année passée, le vainqueur était Thomas Connor, 4-d.

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Practical information for the participants:

The tournament will be played ON LINE on the OGS server and organized on Discord.
so, if you do not have yet a OGS-account, create one on OGS https://online-go.com/
You will find more practical information on the specific "welcome page" of the tournament on Discord: https://discord.gg/DUVzGz3f
Could you also please complete here https://discord.gg/Mnsvk4pa your "OGS pseudo" beside your name ?

Rules:
- if more than 8 participants: 7 rounds Swiss (each round pairs players with same number of wins; everyone in the same starting group); up to 8 participants: round-robin (everyone meets everyone)
- final standings according to the number of wins (tie-breaker: 1. result of the mutual game; 2. declaared strength)
- 15 minutes per player (no extra time - sudden death)
- Handicap - 2 (reference = ranking - kyu/dan - according to the Belgian rating list, or at a stronger level if you prefer)

PS:
- the games won't count for the ratings
- only a Belgian player may get the title of "Belgian rapid games champion" (and the title will be granted only if there are at least 6 participants).

Impressive start by the Belgian team in the 12th European Team Championship

Belgian team made an impressive start in the 12th European Team Championship: our team, composed by Lucas Neirynck, Jan Ramon, Lucman Bounoider and Gabriel Mercier, won the first 2 rounds, each time by a perfect 4-0 score, against Spain and Denmark.

True, Belgium had been demoted to C-league last year, so that the objective of our team captain, Roberto Martinez, oops, Gabriel Mercier I mean, is to finish at the 1st place this year to re-integrate B-league next year.

Complete results here:
1st round: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/782
2nd round: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/783

Coming soon (this Friday 12/11 at 8 pm) : an on-line lesson by Lucas Neirynck (6-d) over the "direction of play"

Lucas gives this Friday a on-line lesson in English (from 7 PM to 8 PM).
The topic will be the direction of play.
This lesson is free of charge but reserved to our BGF members.

Please register here: https://forms.gle/M8Rj5BbBdWUsmGm1A

Polish Stanislaw Frejlak becomes the new European "home-made" professional

Polish Stanislaw Frejlak becomes the new (and 8th) European "home-made" professional by beating in final of the (6th) European Pro qualification tournament Lukas Podpera (CZ, 7-d).

What is this tournament ?
The 16 best European amateurs (according to the EGC ranking list) wishing becoming a go professional player competed in European Pro Qualification, a tournament organised +/- every 2 years.
It is a knock-out tournament in which every round was played as a "best of three".

The 2 great favorites were Frejlak and Podpera.
And they both effectively reached the final.
This final was rather dramatic: Lukas won the 1st game, a very long game (397 moves !), but lost the 2nd one ...by half a point. And the day after, Lukas also lost the 3rd (and decisive) game.
This is very unfortunate for him: he has already reached 3 times the final of a European Pro Qualification, and certainly he also deserves to also become a pro !

NB: "Our" Lucas Neirynck (ranked 13) lost in the 1st round to Frenchman Benjamin Dréan-Guénaizia (ranked 4).

Lucman Bounoider (3-d) wins the 35th edition of the Brussels tournament

Lucman Bounoider (3-d) won the 35th edition of the Brussels tournament unbeaten.
Silver medal was He Jinming (3-d), with a 4/5 score.
And bronze medal, young Louis Baudaux (1-k), best player with 3 wins. Louis is just 15 years old and our Belgian "rising star" !
There 32 participants, among whom Lucman and Sven Cuyt (who did not play all the rounds) were unfortunately the only Belgian "dan" players to participate ! Another desappointment was the low attendance by the local players. But still, it was an enjoyable event.

Here are the complete results: https://www.gofed.be/tournament/results&tournament=BT&year=2021

Participate in the 3rd season of the "Belgian Go Master League" ! (closing registrations: 25/10)

Participez à la 3ème saison de la "Belgian Go Master League" (BGML): en ligne, du 1 novembre au 20 décembre !

(Ré)Inscriptions possibles jusqu'au 25 octobre, via ce formulaire électronique: https://forms.gle/C975BXEoS9CJCikD9.

Pour rappel, il s'agit d'un tournoi dans lequel chaque joueur est placé dans une division de 5 joueurs. Chacun affronte les autres joueurs de sa division pendant un cycle (de 2 mois).
À l'issue de chaque cycle, le premier de chaque division est promu dans la division supérieure. Les autres joueurs sont répartis en fonction de leur classement BGF.

Les parties se jouent sur OGS (online-go.com). Les contacts entre les joueurs se passent sur le "Belgian Baduk Café" en mode Discord (invite link: https://discord.gg/ufyEUsEpN9)

Nous avons prévu des adaptations afin de faciliter la prise de contact entre joueurs et maximiser ainsi le nombre de parties jouées; d'autre part, les parties de la 1ère division se joueront dorénavant avec webcam.

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Neem deel aan de 3de seizoen van de "Belgian Go Master League" (BGML): online, van 1 november tot 20 december.

(Her)inschrijvingen mogelijk tot 25 oktober via dit elektronisch formulier: https://forms.gle/C975BXEoS9CJCikD9.

Ter herinnering, dit is een toernooi waarin elke speler in een divisie van 5 spelers wordt geplaatst. Elke speler speelt één partij tegen elke andere speler van zijn divisie, dit gedurende een cyclus (van 2 maanden). Aan het einde van elke cyclus wordt de eerstgeplaatste speler van elke divisie gepromoveerd naar een hogere divisie. De overige spelers worden opnieuw gedistribueerd op basis van hun Belgische rating.

De partijen worden gespeeld op OGS (online-go.com). Alle toernooi-gerelateerde communicatie gebeurt via de "Belgian Baduk Café" Discord server (invite link: https://discord.gg/ufyEUsEpN9)

let op: we hebben enkele aanpassingen voorzien die het makkelijker maken voor spelers om contact met elkaar op te nemen, en zo het aantal gespeelde spellen te maximaliseren; daarbij zullen de wedstrijden van de 1e divisie voortaan gespeeld worden met een webcam.

By Jhen at 20/10/2021 - 15:25 Tournaments Calendar