Who will become the 2 first "home made" European professionals ?

Following the example of the USA, and thanks to the sponsoring of a rich Chinese company, the EGF (European Go Association) has started a European pro organisation !

The 2 first European professionals will be designated among 16 candidates through 3 tournaments in May and June.

Here is the CV of the 16 candidates:

These candidates have been selected going down the European rating list, among the amateurs younger than 40 ready to try to become a pro. (for the record, here is the list of the invitated players:

Here is the presentation of the selection system:

NB: my guess: Pavol Lisy and Mateusz Surma, who are both very young (18).

A regret: the best amateur European player, Ilya Shickchine, has declined, with 2 other "big shots" Antti Törmannen and Artem Kachanovski :-(

Who is the strongest player in the world ? A jubango between the top 2 world players to find out !

By now, Gu Li (China) and Lee SeTol (Korea) are commonly considered as the 2 best players in the world.
But who of them is the strongest one ?
Some sponsors succeeded in organising a jubango (a match of 10 games) to find this out. There will be about one game a month all along 2014. In November, we will know who is the n° 1 world player (well, non offically of course, but the whole go community will watch carefully this prestigious event).

More info here:

The 1st European Internet (WBaduk) Championship with the top 8 European players

For your information: the very best European players (all are pro or 7-dan) will play an internet tournament every Monday and Thursday at 7 PM between 23/01 and 13/02...
Il will certainly be very enjoyable to watch !

Preliminaries of Belgian Championship 2014

The preliminaries of the Belgian Championship 2014 will take place on November 23rd-24th, 2013. The tournament place will be Cafe Sport and Restaurant De lange trappen, both in Leuven. This tournament aims at selecting 5 Belgian go players who will join the already qualified 5 finalists of last year's edition. Participation is free but you need to be a member of the Belgian Go Federation. Best luck to all!
More details

Student and Young Belgian Go Championship

Due to the very low number of participants registered in October, we decided to give the Student and Youth Championships another try. We reschedule them in three weeks time. The tournaments will be played on KGS from Monday 18 November on. Please follow this link for registration : .

To participate in this tournament, you need to be a 2013 member of the Belgian Go Association, to hold Belgian nationality, to
be under 30 and, if you are more than 19 years old, to be a full time student.

(remark: best player aged less than 20 will be the "2013 Belgian young champion").

Begian Pair (rengo) Championship: 09/12 CANCELED

The 2012 Belgian Pair (rengo) Championship HAS BEEN CANCELED because of lack of participants.

(as there were less than 4 teams (4 * 2 players) registrered on 06/12 !


Belgian blitz (rapid games) championship 2012: 11/11

Dominik Versyk (1-d) is Belgian Blitz champion "for one more year".
With 6/7, he ended ahead of Yue Wang, 5/7, and 3 players with 4/7.
A new face, Roel Van Nyen, ended 3rd and defeated Dominik and Yue (with reduced handicap).

Here are the complete results:

1. Dominik Versyck, 1-d, 6/7
2. Yue Wang, 2-d, 5/7
3. Roel Van Nyen, 11-k, 4/7 (sodos: 13)
4. Demian Walvish, 4-k, 4/7 (sodos: 10)
5. Ci-Yiu Wong, 2-k 4/7 (sodos: 9)
6. Joost Van Nieuwenhuizen, 3-k, 3/7
7. Jean-Denis Hennebert, 5-k, 2/7
8. Erwin Cloostermans, 15-k, 0/7

06/10 + 07/10: youth and student Belgian championship CANCELLED

Due to the low number of players registrered (only one!) to the Youth and Student Belgian Championship, it has been cancelled. The Student champion title has been attributed to Thomas Connor, the only registrered player.

2nd World Mind Sports Games (in Lille)

The 2nd World Mind Sports Games occured from 13/08 to 23/08 in Lille/Rijssel. 1st edition was organised in Beijing in it was a bit closer this time :-)

Belgium had one competitor in the individual men competition (13 to 16/08), Lucas Neirynck (4-d), and one team in the team competition (from 17 to 19/08): Benjamin Gigot (3-d), Bram Vandenbon (1-d), Kristof Bossee (1-d)


Lucas made 2/5: defeats face to a representitive of Macau (5-d), of Japan (6-d) and of Netherlands (6-d); victories against an Austrian (a young 4-d, who made 4/5) and an USA (6-d !).

Gold medal is a Taïwanese, Lai Yu Cheng (7-d) (the best 4 are from Taïwan)

Our team made 2/5:
Belgium-Macau: 0-3
Belgium-France 2: 0-3
Belgium-Italy 2: 3-0
Belgium-Canada: 0-3
Belgium-Netherlands 2: 2-1

Gold medal: the Taïwanese team: no wonder: the 3 players in this team were the podium in the "individual man championship :-)

Another important competition was organised during these 2nd WMSG: the European qualification tournament for the 2nd Sport ACCORD Mind Sport Games (don't be confused !), which will take place in December 2012 in Beijin.
This competition was only for 10 European top players, the top 3 would represent Europe in that competition.

This time, Ilya Chikchin (RU, 7-d) made honor to his stature of favourite and was unbeaten winner, ahead of Csaba Merö (HU, 6-d), who lost only against Ilya. Jan Hora (CZ, 6-d) was the lucky one among the 3 competitors with 3 victories (the 2 others being Pavol Lisy and Remi Campanie).

Complete results here, with also women, pair, youth,...championships (without any Belgian representatives):

26th Brussels Tournament

26th Brussels Tournament on Oct. 29th and 30th: information (English) and online registration

26e Tournoi de Bruxelles les 29 et 30 octobre: information (français) et inscription en ligne

26str Brussels Go Tornooi 29-30 Oktober, 2011: informatie (Nederlands) en online registratie

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