12th edition of Ghent Go Tournament 9th and 10th July 2022

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Haisen Huang triumphs in Leuven

Haisen Huang (aka Huang Yongsen) (1-d) won the 32th edition of the tournament of Leuven, ahead of Sven Cuyt (1-d), both with 4 wins.
Gints Engelen (2-k) took the bronze medail and Marie Jemine (1-d), back to a tournament after a long absence, took 4th place.
There were 28 participants.
Complete results here:

7th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium won the last round, finish 1st,...and is promoted to B-league !

Belgian team won the last round against Slovakia 3-1 (wins by Lucas, Jan and Gabriel; loss by Sven), and ends at the 1st place of the C-league.
That means that the team will play in the B-league.
Congratulations to all members of the team !

Results of the round here:
Final standings:

6th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium defeated by Norway (1-3). The last round will be decisive !

Belgian team has been defeated for the 1st time this season.
Norway won 3-1 against a Belgian team in which Lucas Neirynck and some other "big shots" did not play this time, and thus less strong than usually.

Before the last round, Belgium remains leader, but Lithuania (who did win this round) has catched up: both teams have 9 points.
And further, Spain (8 points) and even Norway (7 points) can still hope to climb in B-league !
Hitchcocks's suspense thus ! :-)

Results of the round here:

5th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium made (only) a draw against Ireland but remains leader

In the 5th round of the European Team Championshipon played on 22/03, Belgium team (Lucas +, Jan Ramon -, Lucman Bounoider - and Sven Cuyt +) made (only) a draw against Ireland (2-2).

Belgium remains leader, 2 points ahead of Lithuania, with still 2 rounds to play.

Results of the round here:

NB: in 1st division, Russian team has been excluded (decision of the EGF/IGF).

Belgian Championship Preliminaries 2022

The Belgian Championship Preliminaries of 2022 took place in Brussels on the 5th and 6th of March 2022.

In total, 5 rounds were played, and the following players have qualified for the 2022 Belgian Championship Finals:

Huang Haisen 1d
Sven Cuyt 1d
Renaud Gaban 4k
Guy Dusausoy 5k

The full results can be found here

Communication: position of the Board of the Belgian Go Federation concerning the war in Ukraine

Here is the position of the board of the Belgian Go Federation concerning the war in Ukraine.

This statement has been communicated to the European Go Federation (EGF).

NB: a special EGF general meeting has been organized Thursday 03/03/2022 to discuss and vote on some resolutions.

The Belgian Go Federation....

1. condemns the Russian invasion in the strongest terms and expresses strong support for the Ukrainians, but also for the Russians who have the courage to affirm their opposition to the war.

2. calls the EGF and the European Go community to condemn the war on Ukraine in the strongest terms; even though as being apolitical the EGF may want to refrain from strong ethical / political statements, the EGF constitution makes it our mission to protest against actions perturbing or even destroying Ukrainian Go activities.

3. appeals to cancel all events planned in Russia (and to the extent it can't be guaranteed that events won't get disturbed by violence or sanctions also in Belarus and Ukraine).

4. hopes that the administrators of the Russian Go Federation will (join us to) condemn the Russian invasion (should they be able to do so without risking their own safety !).

5. thinks that the Russian Go players should not be allowed to represent their country in EGF events, but should not be further stigmatized and should be authorized to participate individually under neutral EGF banner.

4th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium continues his winning streak: 3-1 against Lithuania

Belgian team won once again (Lucas Neirynck +, Jan Ramon +, Lucman Bounoider +, Gabriel Mercier -), this time against the most direct concurrent, Lithuania (for the 1st time this season, the Belgian lost a game).

Belgian dominates the C-division more than ever.

Complete results here:
3rd round:

Standings after 4 rounds: