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
On 17th Feb, the 7th round of this competition was played.
Belgium team (Lucas, Kwinen, Nelis, Gabriel) lost rather logically against a stronger Hungarian team 1-3 (despite a great performance by Nelis, who won against a 4-d).
Detailled result of the 7th round:
After 7 of the 11 rounds, Belgium is 8th (out of 12 teams).
The 25th Leuven go tournament was won by the Chinese 6D Fu Yaqi. Fu is a student at Gent University and after only 20 days in Belgium, he is already winning his first tournament!
Second place was for Kim Ouweleen (4D) from the Netherlands, the co-author of "Baduk Movies". Ouweleen was defeated by Fu with 1,5 points, with Fu having 3 seconds left on his clock (sudden death!). Third place was for the winner of 2013, Thomas Connor (3D), Losing only from Fu and Ouweleen. Very succesful with 5 wins in 5 games were Vincent Quoilin (5k) from Liege and Philippe Tranchida (10k) from Brussels.
The 25th anniversary was celebrated with free cake and a lot of special prices in the lottery at the end of the tournament. There were 38 participants.
Full results will appear here soon.