Results

1st round of the European team Championship: Belgium - Denmark 2-2

A new season (the 6th edition) of the European Team Championship has just started. On 15th September, Belgian team (Nelis -, Kwinten - , Christopher +, Gabriel +) made draw against Denmark in the 1st round (a rather expected result).

Here are the results of the round:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/285

And here the standings after this round:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

8th Antwerp Go Tournament Results

The 8th Antwerp Tournament was won by Dick Riedeman (3d) who won all his games, the runner up was Jefferson Huang (4d) with 4 wins.

All results can be found here

Fan Hui (Fr, 2-p), European Champion 2015; Wang Zhemin (CHI, 3p) open European champion

In the European Championship / European Go Congress organised this year in Liberec in Czechia, Frenchman (ex-Chinese) Fan Hui became European Champion - for the 3rd time in a row !

He won the final against Ali JABARIN (Israël, 1-p)

Ilya Shikchine (RUS, 1-p) beat Thomas Debarre (Fr, 6-d) in the "little" final for the 3rd place.

Here are the complete results of the European Championship (only for players with an European passport):

--> results of the top 8 players (quarterfinals, semifinals and finals)
http://egc2015.cz/results/main/playoffs

--> results of the top 24 players
http://egc2015.cz/sites/default/files/Results_European_Championship.pdf

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Wang Zhemin (China, 3-p) won the open main tournament undefeated, ahead Kim Young-Sam (KOR, 8-d) (who lost only to him). Further, the 4 European-made professionals (Pavol Lisy, ALi Jabarin, Ilya Shikchine and Mateusz Surma) joined by Ukranian Artem Kachanovskij (7-d).

Complete results of the main tournament:
http://egc2015.cz/results/mainwall

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Kim Young-sam won the week-end tournament (in which Wang did not play) with a perfect score, ahead of four players with 4/5: Dinerstein (RUS, 3-p), Lisy (SK, 1-p), Chan (TW, 7-d) and Ma (CHI, 7-d).

Complete results of the WE tournament:
http://egc2015.cz/results/wallweek

PS: 8 Belgian participants played in the European Congress / tournament: Joost Van Vannieuwenhuyse, Kris Boyen, Roel Van Nyen, PHilippe Tranchida, Jonh Cassidy, Voja Stojanovic, Bart Cars and Catherine Fricheteau.
All of them scored about 50 %, what seems to proove Belgian rating is well-balanced compared to the other European countries ! :-).

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Last but not least: France (5 pts) won the Pandanet European Team Championship 2014-2015, ahead of Ukraine (5 pts) , Czechia (2 pts) and Romania (0 pts)
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/teams/7/FRA

Changhun Kim (Korea) world amateur champion 2015; Thomas Connor 34th (out of 56)

Changhun Kim (KOR) won the 36th World Amateur Go Championship (held in Thailand), ahead of Aohua Hu (CH) (losing only to the Korean) and young Jyun-Fu Lai (Taiwan).
Satoshi Hiraoka (Japan) ended 5th just ahead of the best Western players, Cornel Burzo (RO) and Artem Kachanovskyi (UA).

Our representative, Thomas Connor, ended 34th with 2 victories (with all "expected" results).

Complete results here: http://www.pandanet.co.jp/event/worldama2015/live_e.htm

(note that for the 1st time in its history the WAGC employed the MacMahon system)

Belgian Blitz Championship 2015

Dominique Versyck is our new Belgian Blitz Champions of 2015, the runner up was Demian Walvisch who only lost to Dominique.

We had a cozy 8 participants this year, which is just the right amount to play a full 'round robin' of 7 rounds.

Detailed results to be found here.

11th (and last) round of the European team Championship: Belgium - Austria 2-2 . Belgium ended 8th (out of 12) in B league

On 26th of May, Belgium (Jan, Kwinten, Nelis, Gabriel) made a draw against Austria is the 11th and last round of this competition.

Detailled result of the 11th round:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/244

Season 2014-15 of the European team championship is now over: Belgium ended as 8th (out of 12 teams).
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

Congratulations to all players who have played for Belgium !

10th round of the European team Championship: Belgium - Slovakia 3-1

On 28th April, by beating Slovakia, a direct opponent, Belgium is sure to stay in B-league next year: it remains only one round to play and "we" have now enough points to avoid relegation.

This time, the team was composed by Jan, Thomas, Nelis and Gabriel.
Not quite unexpectfully, Jan lost against Pavol LISY ( 1-p !)...but fortunately the 3 other Slovakian players were by far weaker :-)!

Detailled result of the 10th round:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/243

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

Note that the qualification phase in A-league has come to an end. The 4 qualified teams for the final round (which will be played during the European Congress this summer) are: Czechia, Romania, France and Ukraine. Russia finished 5th...and is eliminated, despite its 2 pro players (Shikchin and Dinnerstein)!

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

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