Things are getting worse, as Belgium team (Lucas +, Nelis -, Gabriel -, Joost -) lost once again, this time against Turkey on 12th of December.
More than ever, Belgium stay in the red zone.
Complete results of the round:
The Korean pair (Kim Sooyoun 6d and Park JongWook 7d) won the 27th International Pair Go Championship, ahead of the Taïwanese couple and the Chinese duo.
Best European pair was Hungary (Rita Pocsai 4d and Pal Balogh 6d), who ended 7th.
This year, Belgium was invited.
Complete results here: http://www.pairgo.or.jp/amateur/27th/players/results_e.htm
Read here very interesting commentary by Fan Hui of the 5 games of the match between Lee Setol and AlphaGo...
For the 1st time in go history, there will be a "World Champion" (...with "Zen" as one of the 4 competitors !)
For the 1st time, a "world champion" will be selected by a specific competition (to be organized in Osaka in March 2017).
There will be 4 competitors: the best player of each of the 3 big countries (South Korea, China, Japan)...and "Zen" defending the AI (Artificial Intelligence) side!
Japanese representative will be Iwama Yuta. Probable players for China will be Ke Jie, and for Korea: Park Junghwan
This will be very exciting!
The participating "big shots" (Bram Vandenbon, 2-dan; Nelis Vets, 2-dan and Kwinten Missiaen, 3-dan) made their way to the final rounds as expected.
Outsiders Joost Vannieuwenhuyse (2-k) and Steven Foulon (4-k) took their chance and also qualified theirselves.
These 5 competitors will join the 5 already qualified players: Lucas Neirynck, François Gonze, Gabriel Mercier, Kevin Prist and Jan Ramon in the final rounds in Mars.
Unlucky Joris Oren (1-k)ended as 6th and is thus 1st reserve.
There were 10 competitors.
PS: surprisingly, Thomas Connor (Belgian champion in 2015) did not participate...
Complete results here: http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Tournament_Card.php?&key=T161126F
Cho Chi Kun managed to win his match against the computer "Zen" by 2-1.
(not yet updated with the 3rd game, which is commented here:
Meanwhile, I read "Zen" has climbed to nr 1 on KGS.
On 22th of November, Belgium (Gerald +, Lucas -, Nelis +, Gabriel -) obtained its 1st point by making a draw against Switzerland.
Note the reinforcement by Gerald Westhoff (ex-European top Dutch player, now living in Ghent) and the defeat of Lucas by a tiny 2,5 pts...
Detail of the round here:
Present standings here:
We are in the red zone (with a risk of demotion to the C league), but there are still many rounds to come...
On 1st of November, Belgian team (Lucas -, Jan +, Kwinten -, Nelis -) lost...for the 3rd time consecutively :-(.
Detail of the round here:
The "Zen" team expects to overcome "Alpha Go" in 2017...and plays legendary Cho Chi Kun in a 3 games-match in November.
"Zen", the best publicly available software, has made incredible progress the last months (I reported he won a match against German champion Lukas Krämer, 6-d, by 3-1 in September).
The objective of its developers is now to beat "Alpha Go" before end 2017 ! Yes, guys !
The team managed to organize a test match of 3 games against the legendary Cho Chi Kun starting just now (end November).
Cho is certainly not as strong as he was in the eigties, but he is one of the most prestigious go players. He has won no less than...75 titles !
Please find here more info about this match (in French):
The 31st Brussels tournament took place on the weekend of the 29th and 30th October 2016 and gathered 63 players!
The winner is Fabien Lips (4d, FR), followed by Lucas Neirynck (5d, BE), Antoine Fenech (5d, FR) and Manuel Frangi (2d, FR).
Complete results: http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Tournament_Card.php?&key=T161029G