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:
Note: 3 of the 4 European-made pros played the semi-finals (Pavol Lisy was surprisingly eliminated by Cristian Pop in quater finals)
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:
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.
On 25th of January, Belgium team (Jan, Kwinten, Nelis, Gabriel) defeated Switzerland 3-1 in the 6th round of the ETC.
Detailed resuts of the 6th round here:
After 6 of the 11 rounds, Belgium is 7th (out of 12 teams)
In 2014 we had 4 clubs competing in the Interclubs: Antwerpen,Ath,Gent en Leuven. Each club played three rounds, for a total of 6 rounds played.
Unfortunately there can be only one winner. And this year the interclubs was won by Gent.
On 7th January, Belgian team, composed by Lucas Neyrinck, François Gonze, Thomas Connor and Gabriel Mercier made draw against Italy.
Lucas ("4-d", 5-d) surpringly lost against a 3-d...but, even more surprinsingly, Gabriel ("3-k", 1-d) won against another 3-d.
Complete results of the 4thd round here:
After 5 (of the 11) rounds, Belgium occupies 9th place out of 12 teams. Standings after 5 rounds:
Rmq: to be noticed: in this B-league (!), a match opposed our 2 European professionals, Pavol Lisy (for Slovakia) and Ali Jabarin (for Israël). Pavol won...but Slovakia lost.