A new school Go club in Anderlecht - Collège Matteo Ricci -

We are very happy to announce the birth of a new Go club in the College Matteo Ricci.

Go clubs in schools are not new and this activity is developing progressively and steadily in Belgium.
The club has started a couple of weeks ago and has around 20 players.
Most of the other Go clubs in the secondary education domain are handled by teachers (often math teachers...). Here it's the first time we have a club created by a student: Adam Beguin - who also plays in the Phenix Go club.

We wish the Go club of the College Matteo Ricci to be successful in enlightening the spirit of its players !

Note: by chance, Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit missionaire (1552-1610) who lived in China has been the first Westerner to report about the existence of the game of go (weichi) !

As a reminder, the Federation helps the creation of new Go clubs with material and advice.
In the case there is no Go club nearby, if you feel you have the motivation for it, we would be happy to help you to start one. And even if you don't have much time (or are a bit lazy ;)) you may also become a "point of contact". In any case just contact us. ;)

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.

Coming soon: Sunday 16/01 2 PM on line: 2021-2022 General Assembly of the Members

The annual General Assembly of the Belgian Go Federation will be held on line on 16/01 at 2 PM

Please come with your enthusiasm and your projects to shape up the future of the Belgian go life !
this meeting is the unique moment to discuss over it !

Agenda :
1. report on the 2021 activities (by the president) and financial report 2021 (by the treasurer)
2. projects for 2022 (and later) and adoption of the 2022 budget
3. election of the Board of Administration

If you wish to participate, send an e-mail to «board@gofed.be».
The meeting will take place on Discord https://discord.gg/aAa39wBV

Coming soon (12/12): online lesson by Lucas Neirynck, 6-d, and 11 times Belgian champion

Lucas gives this Sunday between 11 AM and 12 AM-PM a on-line lesson in English, whose topic will be the good use of the walls.
This lesson is free of charge but reserved to our BGF members.

Registration: https://forms.gle/M8Rj5BbBdWUsmGm1A

Coming soon (this Friday 12/11 at 8 pm) : an on-line lesson by Lucas Neirynck (6-d) over the "direction of play"

Lucas gives this Friday a on-line lesson in English (from 7 PM to 8 PM).
The topic will be the direction of play.
This lesson is free of charge but reserved to our BGF members.

Please register here: https://forms.gle/M8Rj5BbBdWUsmGm1A

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 !

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)
(pas d'inscription préalable nécessaire...just be there !)


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.

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