Ilya Shikchin won Grand Slam in Berlin, the most important tournament of the year, confirming "best European player" status.
Ilya Shikchin, one of the 2 new (2015) pro "European made", won the most important European tournament of the year (...and 10.000 €): the (1st) Grand Slam Tournament (in Berlin).
Schikchin beat in final the other new (2015) pro: Mateusz Surma. It was a fantastic game, in which he showed all his talents (find here the commented game by video: https://gogameguru.com/).
He confirms his n°1 status of European-born players !
A selection tourmament, reserved to the top European amateur players, had been organised so as to select 8 players, to join the 4 new European pros for this Grand Slam tournament.
Here are the complete results:
Note: 3 of the 4 European-made pros played the semi-finals (Pavol Lisy was surprisingly eliminated by Cristian Pop in quater finals)
Thomas Connor (3-d) captured unbeaten the 2015 Belgian Champion title. Congratulations to him !
Runner-up is Lucas Neyrinck (5-d), and bronze medail: Jan Ramon (4-d).
Further, Kevin Prist (3-d) (4th) and the surprising Gabriel Mercier (1-d) (5th) are also directly qualified for the 2016 final tour.
François Gonze, Bram Vandenbon, Kwinten Messiaen, Joost Vannieuwenhuyse and Voja Stojanovic will have to fight in the next preliminaries to join them.
Complete results: http://people.cs.kuleuven.be/~jan.ramon/go/ratings/events/2015/bk.txt
Things are going definitely bad for Belgium, who lost against Germany in the 9th round (Lucas, Kwinten, Nelis, Gabriel - Kwinten won).
It remains 2 rounds to play.
Detailled result of the 9th round:
After 9 of the 11 rounds, Belgium is 10th (out of 12 teams).
On 10th March, contrarilly to our football team, Belgian go team (Lucas, François, Kwinten, Gabriel) lost to Israel (0-4 !).
Detailled result of this 8th round:
It has begun.
This year the interclubs rises to its old glory with 6 clubs competing : Antwerpen, Ath, Gent, Leuven, Liège and Pantin.
And the first results are in:
On 8th April at 6 PM at the Bozar Ciné 1, the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (www.BIFFF.net) will show "The Divine Move" - a Korean thriller in which the central theme is baduk !
The organisation of the BIFF offer the Belgian Go Federation 20 free places to our members.
Should you be interested to receive a free entrance, you only have to send us an e-mail (email@example.com) BEFORE 01/04 with your firstname and name.
In "exchange", we would like you to promote (= speak about) the film and the BIFF among your friends, relatives,...(should they play "go"...or not !).
After the first weekend of the finals of the Belgian Championship, Lucas Neyrinck (5D) and Thomas Connor (3D) are leading the pack with 5/5. Jan Ramon is trailing in 3th place with 4/5.
The 2nd Pro-qualification-tournament, which took place 6-7-8 March, selected the 2 new European pro among the "top" European (amateurs - of course) players.
These are Ilya SHIKCHIN and Mateusz SURMA
They join Pavol LISY and Ali JABARIN, the 2 first European "home-made" pro, who qualified trough a tough competition last year