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8th round of the European Team Championship: 1st win for Belgium (against Turkey, 3-1)

Belgian team got his 1st win of the season, against Turkey (Lucas Neirynck +, Jan Ramon +, Lucman Bonoider +, Gabriel Mercier -) !

Thanks to this win, Belgian is no longer last ranked... but not yet out of danger.

Last round (in which Belgium will play Sweden, a direct concurrent) will be decisive !

The rules specify that the last ranked team will be demoted to lower (here c-league) league whereas the one before last will play a play-off against the 2nd best ranked of the lower league to determine which one will "move" from a league to another.

Results of the round here: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/682

Standings: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

Interclubs 2021 it's now - result of first round -

The Interclubs season 2021 is ongoing and the first round has already been played. But it's only a start there are still 4 rounds to come...
See results there

This year there are 5 participating clubs: Ath, Ghent GGG, Bruxelles Phénix, Bruxelles Pantin and Leuven.

Who can play ?

If you are a registered player (i.e. fee paid for 2021 in the Federation) from any of these 5 clubs, you can participate - according how many free places there are in your club. If you are interested to participate, please contact at your club your Interclubs capitain or club president.

How are Interclubs games played ?

The Interclubs games are played in teams of 3 vs 3 and the time settings are 1 hour + Canadian byo-yomi 20 stones in 5 minutes.

Once again this year the Interclubs is played in a 5 round round-robin tournament.
Because there is an odd number of participating clubs one club will have to be bye every round (i.e. no play).

The duration of each round is 6 weeks, matches must be played in this period.
The scheduling of the matches is agreed between clubs. The 3 games can be played on different days and times since we play online this year.

7th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium lost against Finland (1-3).

On 13 April, Belgian team lost 1-3 to Finland (Lucas Neirynck +, Lucman Bounoider -, Gabriel Mercier -, Sven Cuyt -).

This means not only that Belgium remains last, but also that the threat of a relegation to C-league is increasing.
But there are still 2 rounds to go to avoid this.

Results of the round here: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/681

Standings: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

New: the teaching voucher (15 €) for BGF member

You are a Belgian Go Federation member ?
You have taken or will take Go lessons with a pro teacher(*) in 2021 ?
You have spent at least 30 € for these lessons ?

Then, the Federation reimburses you 15 € !

Practical details

Please provide a proof of payment and your bank account by mail to: treasurer@gofed.be
Only the 20 first players who send a request will be reimbursed - please send before 15th December 2021.

Any question ? info@gofed.be.

(*) Recognized pro teachers - list not exhaustive - are listed here: https://www.gofed.be/node/1188

Coming soon: free collective e-lessons for the BGF members given by Lucas Neirynck (6-d) and Kim Ouweleen (4-d)

The BGF is glad to announce the organization of a set of free e-lessons for the BGF members.

They will be given by Lucas Neirynck (6d - 10 times Belgian Champion) and Kim Ouweleen (4d) in English
(you may ask questions also in French or in Dutch).

Please book the following dates:

Kim - Wednesday 7th April 19:30-21:00 - amazing and strange moves played by professionals, unusual joseki and techniques, and spectacular go problems for you to solve.

Lucas - Friday 16th April 19:00-20:30 - Fundamental shapes of go / A way to see the game

Kim - Monday 3rd May 19:30-21:00 - amazing and strange moves played by professionals, unusual joseki and techniques, and spectacular go problems for you to solve.

Lucas - Friday 21st May 19:00-20:30 - Modern joseki / fuseki / what has changed since Alphago

Lucas - Sunday 13th June 10:30-12:00 - Invasion & Reduction / Guidelines of how to chose between the two and how to do

To participate you have to be member of the BGF.
And register by fulfilling this form: https://forms.gle/2C2pvziwPdhWK52JA

Connect yourself, learn and enjoy !

Europe Go News streaming / European Go Journal (new- monthly journal about Go)

EUROPE GO NEWS

Already streaming for a half year.
You can find the previous news here:
https://www.twitch.tv/search?term=jenaninternationalgoschool

It contains:
* Go news from the world
* Discussions about crucial moments of top games
* News from europe
* Interviews
* Weekly tsumegos

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EUROPEAN GO JOURNAL

It's a new project that has just started in March 2021 (redactors: Artem Kachanovskyi & Kim Ouweleen)

It will be published monthly and the content is of course about the game of Go. It is supported by the European Go Federation.

The journal contains roughly 50 pages in A4 size and features the following topics:
- overview of recent go news, focusing on Europe and including major events worldwide
- game reviews
- interviews
- art & photography
- studying with AI
- problems
- tesuji of the month

Distributed in digital and paperback forms.

Prices:
- digital edition: 5 euro per month
- paperback edition: 15 euro per month (the price of delivery included)

The first edition of the journal (February 2021) is free of charge.

You can subscribe to the journal on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/europeangojournal.
More information you can find in the article on the EGF website: https://eurogofed.org/index.html?id=308.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact: journal@eurogofed.org.

6th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium makes a draw with Germany

On 09/03, Belgian team (Lucas Neirynck +, Lucman Boinoder -, Gabriel Mercier +, Sven Cuyt -) makes a draw against Germany, thanks to a feat by Gabriel (2-d), who succeeded to beat a 5-d !

This is the 3 draw following.
Belgium remains in 10th and last position, but as there are only 2 points difference with team classed 6th, Belgium is far from doomed to the C-league !

Results of the round here: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/680

Standings: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

Preliminaries Belgian championship 2021

A desappointing reduced number of participants (6 only ! ) took part in the 2021 preliminaries of the Belgian championship. Still the competition went very smoothly.
The 4 qualified players for the finals are: Lucman Bounoider (3d), Thomas Connor (4d), Alexandre Terefenko (6k) and Guillaume De Keijser (6k). Congratulations to them !

Complete results here: https://www.gofed.be/tournament/results&tournament=BCP&year=2021

PS: the already qualified players are: Lucas Neirynck (6d), François Gonze (4d), Sven Cuyt (1d) and Gints Engelen (2k).

5th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium makes a draw with Italy

On 05/02, Belgian team (Lucas Neirynck +, Lucman Boinoder +, Gabriel Mercier -, Sven Cuyt -) makes a draw against Italy.

This a good result as Italy is the leader team in B-league....but still: Belgium remains in last position.

Results of the round here: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/679

Standings: https://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

Coming soon: 28/02: inauguration of the online Belgian Baduk Café (OBBC)

La Fédération Belge de Go et le club d’Ath ont le plaisir de vous annoncer l'ouverture du "Belgian Baduk Café" à partir du 28 février 2021

Le “Belgian Baduk Café” est un espace de rencontre en ligne sur Discord accessible à tout moment.

Le club d’Ath vous propose une activité tous les dimanches matin en période scolaire de 10h30 à 12h30 afin de passer un moment convivial.

Cliquez ici pour nous rejoindre: https://discord.gg/wQUJCwnqhm

Inauguration officielle le dimanche 28 février avec une séance spéciale de parties simultanées par des joueurs en “dan” belges ! (sur OGS)
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De Belgische Go Federatie en de club van Ath hebben het genoegen om de opening van het online Belgian Baduk Café aan te kondigen vanaf 28 Februari 2021

Het Belgian Baduk café zal als online ontmoetingsplaats op Discord te allen tijde toegankelijk zijn.

De club van Ath biedt in alle gezelligheid een activiteit aan elke zondagochtend van 10:30 tot 12:30 gedurende de schoolperiode.

Klik op deze link om in de Discord server te geraken: https://discord.gg/wQUJCwnqhm

Er zal een officiële inhuldiging plaatsvinden op zondag 28 februari, waar een speciale activiteit zal worden aangeboden: simultanepartijen met Belgische dan-spelers!(Geen inschrijving nodig… just be there!)
Voor deze activiteit (en meeste georganiseerde activiteiten) is een account op OGS (online-go.com) vereist.