Since 3 years, a match (of 5 games) has been organized between the strongest commercially available software and a top European amateur player.
Up till now the human (Franz-Josef Dickhut, D, 6d) had triumphed against the machine/s ("Crazy Stones" in 2014; "Zen" in 2015), both times by 3-1).
But this year, "Zen" beats Lukas Krämer (D, 6d, German champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015) also by 3-1.
This is a new milestone in Computer-go because "Zen" (unlike "Alpha Go") is a publicly available go programs running on regular hardware...
More info here: https://go.codecentric.de/
Young Chinese Rundong Yang wins 2016 KPMC (Korean Prime Minister Cup)
Four other players ended with one defeat: Yu-Cheng Lai (7d, TW), Kim Heesoo (7d, insei, KR), and the representatives of Canada and Thaïland (in this order).
"Our guy" was this year Gabriel Mercier.
Complete results here: http://kpmc.kbaduk.or.kr/eng/result/gameTable.asp
Natalia Kovaleva (RU, 5d) won the 2016 European Championship which was organized this year in Belgium (Antwerpen)!
She remains the only undefeated participant.
Read here the report by one of the participants:
Full list of the final standings:
1. Natalia Kovaleva
Nobody expected this just a few days ago, but Kim Youngsam 7d managed to win the EGC 2016 Main Tournament!
At the end of the 7th round, Taïwanese Chan YiTien (world amateur champion in 2014 !) was the only unbeaten player...and thus favorite (Kim YS has already been defeated 2 times).
But in the 8th round, Ilya Shickine did a great performance by beating Chan.
And when Ilya went on to beat in the 9th round his last European rival Ali Jabarin (IL, 1-p), he joined Chan as co-favorite.
In the 10th and last round, Chan lost to Kim YS so that Ilya had just to win against Zhang (CN, 7-d) to be the only one with 9 wins...But he lost, offering the final victory to Kim YS (after tie-break).
Finally, it was a very narrow result, as four players ended with 8 points.
Three players ended with 7 wins:
Here are the complete results:
1. Ilya Shikchin is 2016 European champion as he won the "European Championship" (a knock-out tournament for the 8 best European competitors after 4th round of the main tournament).
2. Fan Hui(FR, 2-p), European champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015, was well partly present in St P...but did not compete!
2. the other professional European players (Artem Kachanovski, Alexander Dinerstein and Catalin Taranu) did not play the entire main tournament...Among them, only Artem made his way to the European Championship; the 2 others did badly.
And what about the Belgians ?
Kim Young-Sam (KR, 7-d) won unbeaten the WE tournament in Saint-Petersburgh.
Pavol Lisy (SK, 1-p), Andrei Kravets (UK, 6-d), Lee Kibong (KR, 7-d) and Kim DoHyup (KR, 7-d) followed, each with only 1 defeat.
remarks: suprinsingly enough, 2014 world amateur champion, Chan Yi Tien (TW, 7-d), was beaten 2 times (by Dusan Mitic and by Lee Kibong)
Here are the complete results:
By winning the final against Ali Jabarin (IL, 1-p), Ilya Shikchin (RU, 1-p) is European Champion this year. At 25, this is already his 4th European title !
Here are the results of the European Championship (the 8 participants were selected after the 4 first rounds of the main tournament)
This weekend Bram Vandenbon won the Ghent Go Tournament for the second time, Dominique Versyck took second place and Joost Vannieuwenhuyse was
In the 37th edition of the WAGC, Chinese Baoxiang Bai defeated everyone by resignation (except Japanese ex-world champion Satoshi he beats by 2,5 points) to win his second world amateur championship (he had won 5 years ago) with - one again - a perfect 8-0 record.
Korean Kibaek Kim finish clear second at 7-1.
Six players ended with 6-2 records, Chinese Taipei’s Chia-Cheng took 3rd place, ahead of Andreii Kravets (UK), 4th and best European, Japanese Hiraoka Satoshi, Hungerian Csaba Mero, Serbian Dusan Mitic, and Romanian Cristian Pop..
Our representative was Nelis Vets, who ended 28th out of a field of 56 competitors with "expected" results (wins against Mongolia, Argentina, Portugal and Malaysia; defeats to China (!), Slovenia, Czechia and France).
More details here: http://www.ranka.intergofed.org/
Thomas Connor, 4d won with 7/7 the Blitz Championship 2016. Eight players took part in the round on Sunday 5th June in the cite center of Brussels. Complete results:
In the weekend of 15 and 16 May go club 'Le Pantin' held its first ever tournament. The tournament was won by Olivier Drouot and had 21 participants.