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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:
http://www.eurogofed.org/EuropeanGrandPrix/grandslam2015.html

Note: 3 of the 4 European-made pros played the semi-finals (Pavol Lisy was surprisingly eliminated by Cristian Pop in quater finals)
(another surprise was the defeat of Catalin Taranu, a japanese made pro, in the 1st round)

Thomas Connor, our new Belgian Champion

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

9th round of European Team Championship: Belgium - Germany 1-3

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.
We are not quite saved, but it is rather unlikely Belgium could be demoted to the C-league as we we have still 3 points more than the penultate team...

Detailled result of the 9th round:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/242

After 9 of the 11 rounds, Belgium is 10th (out of 12 teams).
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

8th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium - Israel 0-4

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:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/241

Interclubs 2015

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:

Antwerpen-Liège 3-0
Gent-Ath 2-1
Pantin-Leuven 3-0

International Fantastic Film Festival

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 !

http://www.bifff.net/fr/festival/movie-fr/divine-move-the/

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 (board@gofed.be) 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 !).
The Belgian Go Federation will animate a stand to present the game and the Federation to the spectators when they come out after the movie

remarks:
- you have to be member of the Belgian Go Federation to ask a free place
- if we receive more demands than tickets, we will hold a lottery
- of course, please be sure to come when you ask a place !

Belgian championship (1st weekend)

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.

Full results: http://people.cs.kuleuven.be/~jan.ramon/go/ratings/events/2015/bk.txt

The 2 new European Pro are: Ilya SHIKCHIN and Mateusz SURMA

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
(my guess was right :-)

www.eurogofed.org/proqualification/

They join Pavol LISY and Ali JABARIN, the 2 first European "home-made" pro, who qualified trough a tough competition last year
(see: http://www.eurogofed.org/results/proq14.htm)

Results of Leuven Tournament 2015

Complete results of Leuven Tournament 2015 can be found here.