Antti Törmannen (ex-7d from Finland) had been insei since some months by the Nihon Ki-in in Japan.
He has just been promoted professional by special recommendation "due to satisfactory results in the insei league and pro examen" (like late Hans Piesch some ...18 years ago).
Congratulations to him !
Here you can read an interview of Antti:
On february 20 and 21 the 26th Leuven Tournament will be held. You can learn more and register here .
On June 6th the BGF organizes the 2015 Belgian Blitz Championship. This tournament is open and free for all BGF members.
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 Sunday 01/06 (2 PM to 6:30 PM) the BGF organises the Belgian Blitz (quick games) championship, open to and free for all members of the BGF.
More info: www.gofed.be/node/746
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 :-(
By now, Gu Li (China) and Lee SeTol (Korea) are commonly considered as the 2 best players in the world.
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...
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!