Results

2nd round of the European team Championship: Belgium - Slovenia 3-1

On 14th of October, Belgium won against Slovenia 3-1.

Belgian team was composed by Jan Ramon (4-d), Thomas Connor (3-d), Nelis Vets (2-d) and Gabriel Mercier (3-k).

Complete results of the 2nd round here:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/235

The 2 new "home-made" European professionals winners of a strong amateur Chinese tournament

Read report of the 1st Qinling Mountain Cup about "our" 2 new pro Pavol Lisy (1-p) and Ali Jabarin (1-p) on http://eurogotv.com/

(a funny story: in the 1st round, a local Chinese 6-d amateur played Pavol Lisy. He thought Pavol was 1-d...amateur; so, he was quite surprised to be so dramaticaly destroyed :-).

They have also been impressive in Japan: see report "Pavol and Ali at the 11th Sankei tournament in Japan", also on http://eurogotv.com/
They played good games against top pro: the ones they lost were only decided in endgame and Ali won a game against a 8-p !

(it is then amazing to notice that nor Pavol neither Ali are good enough for the top divisions of the Chinese Weichi Academy: they play now only in the 7th out of the 13 divisions (each division counts with 6 players).
http://senseis.xmp.net/?CEGOAcademicSystem%2FEdition20142015
We can thus probably conclude that there are dozens of top Chinese amateurs who are as strong as top (Japanese) professionals !

Vladimir Danek wins 29th Brussels tournament

Vladimir Danek has won the 2014 Brussels tournament ahead of Kim Ouweleen and Olivier Drouot. See full results

Lee (Yi) Sedol won historic "jubango" against Gu Li (6-2)

A jubango is a 10 game match between two players. The first player to win six games wins the match.

Two of the world's top Go players, Lee Sedol and Gu Li, played a jubango to decide which of them was the stronger player (and probably thus the present world best player - NDLR).

The most anticipated Go event for decades concluded on September 28, 2014, when Lee Sedol defeated Gu Li in their 8th game of the historic 10 game match.
Game 8 took place in Gu Li’s hometown and finished after 350 thrilling moves, with Lee Sedol winning by 2.5 points…

More info: https://gogameguru.com/tag/mlily-gu-vs-lee-jubango/

1st round of the 5th edition of the European Team Championship: Belgium - Denmark 1-3

Belgium lost the 1st round of the European Team Championship 1-3 against Denmark.

Complete results of the round:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/234

Standing after the 1st round:
http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

9th Korea Prime Minister Cup ("the Korean version of the World Amateur Championship")

WEI Taewoong (Korea) won the 9th edition of the Prime Minister Cup. Second was HU Yuqing (China). Surprinsingly enough, the podium was not completed by the Japanese representative (who ended 4th), but by the competitor from Thailand !
Best European was Dmitry SURIN (Russia) who ended 8th.

"Our guy" was this year Bram Vandenbon (2-d) who scored 3 out of 6. He won against Australia, Peru and Norwegen and lost against Japan, Finland and Netherlands.

Here are the complete results:
http://www.wbaduk.com/event/premier/index.asp?tab_div=3

7th Gent Go Tournament Results

Here are the results for the 2014 Gent Tournament that took place in July.

The tournament was won by Bram Vandebon(1D), with runner up Dave De Vos(3D) en third place for Kenny Debacq(5k).

The tournament had a total of 15 worthy participants.

Full Results

2014 European Championship: Yulin Tong (a 4-p pro) open champion; Fan Hui European champion

Open Championship:

Tong Yulin, a professional player from Shangai won the open competition of the 2014 European Championship with a perfect score.

2nd is Wang Chen (9/10), also from Shangai (Wang Chen is the reigning World Student champion), with 8/10.

3rd is another Chinese: Sui Zexiang, 8/10 (one of the very top amateur players).

4rd (and 2014 European Champion; see hereunder) is the French professional (from Chinese origin) Fan Hui.

The fact that Kim Young-Sam, one of these terrible 7-d Korean amateurs who dominated the previous editions of the European Championship (f.i. Kim was open champion in 2011) landed only as 5th is a good indication the strengh of these players !

(Tong Yulin remained also undefeated in the WE tournament.)

European Championship

The final part of European Championship, which is reserved to the European players, starts after the 6th round of the main (open) tournament. The 8 best European players are then selected to play a knout-out tournament.

Here are the results of the final part
(name of the winner first):

Quarter Finals
Fan Hui - Csaba Mero
Ilja Shikshin - Lukas Podpera
Ali Jabarin - Artem Kachanovskyi
Alexandr Dinerchtein - Pavol Lisy

Semi-Finals
Alexandr Dinerchtein - Ilja Shikshin
Fan Hui - Ali Jabarin

Final: Fan Hui - Alexandr Dinerchtein

So, Fan Hui defended his European champion title !

PS: they were only 2 Belgian participants this year: Kris Boyen (4-k) scored 4/10 and Sander Theetaert (17-k) 5/10.

Complete results here:
http://www.eurogofed.org/results/congress/egc2014.htm

Chinese Taipeh representative is 2014 amateur world champion

Yitien Chan (Chinese Taipei) snatched victory in the 35th World Amateur Championship with a 7/8 score.

In a tie-break lottery, he scores 46 pts SOS, followed by 45 pts SOS for Korea and 43 points for China.

The followers are Hong Kong (4th), Ukraine (5th), Czech Republic (6th), Russia (7th), Sweden (8th), Japan (9th) (only !) and USA (10th).

The Belgian representative, Dominique Versyk, ended 31th among 54 participants, with a 4/8 score (...and expected results).

Complete results here: http://ranka.intergofed.org/?page_id=10900
and a report here: http://ranka.intergofed.org/

Go Seigen (Wu Qingyuan) turned 100 years old !

On 12/06/14, Go Seigen, considered by many as the best player ever in the history of go, turned 100 years !

http://www.usgo.org/news/2014/06/go-seigen-turns-100/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Seigen

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