Ilya Shikchine won the 5th European Pro Championship

Eight European pro players participated in the 5th European Pro Championship
Ilya Shikchine appeared to be the strongest: he won 6 out of his 7 games.
He is followed by a trio : Andrii Kravets, ALi Jabarin and Mateusz Surma (all with 4/7).
Noteworthy: Artem Kachanoskyi, winner of the last year edition, ended at a desappointing last place (2/7).
Complete results:

2020 European Go Championship has started (on-line); Lucas Neirynck won in 1st round

32 top European players, amateur and pro - selection made according to the European ranking, participate in this event played "on-line" (among the top 10 European rated players, only Pavol Lisy and Cristian Pop do not play).

Lucas Neirynck has won in 1st round against Sinan Djepov (BG, 5d), and will now play Alexander Dinerstein (RU, 3p) in the 2nd round on 5th October 9:30 AM.

Results to be followed here:

China won KPMC; Lucas Neirynck, our representative, reached the final tour, but lost in 1st round to Japan

Lucas Neirynck is our representative in the 2020 KPMC (Korean Prime Minister Cup), which is the "Korean version" of the World Amateur Go Championship. There are 61 participants.

All games are played on-line.

Through the first part of the tournament, Lucas qualified from a group of 4 European countries by finishing 2nd (defeat to Hungary, but wins against Cyprus and Turkey).

He lost in the 1st round of the final rounds of the tournament, a knock-out tournament with the 32 qualified competitors.

Quarters of final are: Korea-Canada, South Africa-Japan, China-USA, Taïwan-Hong Kong
Semi finals: Japan - Korea and China - Hong Kong
Final: Japan - China (yes, Japan won to Korea ! )
Winner: Tianfang Ma (China)

Complete results:

2020 Edition of the Stage canceled !

Dear all,

As on 11/08/20 we got not enough registration for the Go WE (go stage), we decided to cancel the 2020 edition. :-(

More info: here

Artem Kachanovskyi wins the 1st European Professional Online League

6 out of the 7 "European made" pro participated in the 1st edition of this on-line league (Mateusz Surma did not participate).

Artem won the final against Pavol Lisy (3-0), who had defeated Ilya Shikchine in the challenger designating match.

Complete results:

9th (and last) round of the European Team Championship: Belgium makes draw against UK and ends 5th in B-league

On 19/05/2020, Belgium team, composed by Lucas Neirynck (+), Jan Ramon (+) Lucman Bounoider (-) Gabriel Mercier (-) makes draw against United Kingdom in the 9th round of the ETPC.


Belgium ends in the middle of B-league (5th out of 10 teams).
Serbia ends 1st and goes up in A-league and Italy, who ends 2nd, will play a barrage match against Israël to possibly do the same.

Definitive Standings: (extreme right on the screen).

In A-league, Russia, France, Czechia and Ukraine will play each other in a final tour this Summer to find out who will succeed France, winner of last year.

Kim Young-Sam wins unbeaten the Corona Cup

The Corona Cup is an on-line tournament organised by Lukas Podpera.
This tournament meets a great success with 360 participants from all parts of Europe.

Ex-yoengusaeng (ex-insei) Kim Young Sam appeared - once more - to be too strong for the European competitors: he wins unbeaten the Corona Cup.

Behind Kim, Pavol LISY (SK, 2p) ended second with 5 wins.

Four players follows with 4 wins: Benjamin DREAN-GUENAIZIA (FR, 6d), Ilya SHIKSHIN (RU, 3p), Anton CHERNYKH (RU, 6d) and Sinan DJEPOV (BG, 5d). Ben makes a great performance, and so did Anton and Sinan, who are still teenagers !

Outside the "top group", Vassili JAKOVLEV-CHERNUSHEV (RU, 4d) managed to win 5 games.

Inversely, strong players as Artem KACHANOVSKIJ (UK, 2p), Lukas PODPERA (CZ, 7d), Stanislaw FREJLAK (PL, 7d) only got a mild 3-3 score...

Lucas NEIRYNCK (BE, 5d) scores 2 wins.

Complete results here:

1st China Junior Pros vs Europe Online Go Match: 19/04 and 20/04: China smashes Europe 18-2 :-(

News from Artem Kachanovski:
The team of Europe plays this time against the Chinese Junior National Team.
Each team will have ten players.
Two rounds are scheduled: one on 19/04 and one on 20/04 at 12:00 CEST. Each round there will be ten games played.
The Chinese team is composed by professional players of maximum 16 years.
Artem stated : "if we win at least 1 game, it will be already a brilliant result".


Comments on the results: European players, even the professional ones, have still to grow: China won 18-2 ! (wins by Viktor Lin and by Ali Jabarin; many games were lost by resignation after only +/- 150 moves) :-(

European Professionals Online League (21/03 till 17/05)

Starting from March 21, the EGF professionals (except Surma) play in an online league at every Saturday and Sunday at 18:00 CET/CEST. One match is played per day: a single pair of participants will play a two game match, switching colours in the second game. Another participant will comment these games live on the EGF Twitch channel.
Tournament system: Round-robin, "best of 2" in each match (2 games with alternating colors).

1st online match Chine vs. Europe: a genuine amateur (Yu Suhao, 6-d) crushes single-handedly (nearly) whole European team !

This tournament (described in the news here under) turned out as a nightmare for the European team. :-(

Ariane Ougier (FR, 4d) lost to the Chinese female representative, who was then soon outcasted by Benjamin Dréan-Guénaizia (FR, 6d).

Benjamin won the next game too, before losing to a certain Yu Suhao (6d).

This Yu Suhao crushed the rest of the European players - 9 straight wins - including the strongest European amateurs and even some professionals !
(in this order) he eliminated: Benjamin Dréan-Guénaizia (FR, 6d), Anton Chernykh (RU, 6d), Cristian Pop (RO, 7d), Lukas Podpera (CZ, 7d), Alexander Dinerstein (RU, 3p), Stanislaw Frejlak (PL, 7d), Ali Jabarin (IL, 2p), Mateusz Surma (PL, 2p) and Artem Kachanovskii (UK, 2p) !

China won 10-2, only 3 of the 10 members of the Chinese team had to play ! What a lesson of humility for Europe !

More comments on this match by Artem here:

photo Yu Suhao: