Preliminaries of the 2024 Belgian Championship

The Belgian championship is the only competition in Belgium that is divided in 2 Rounds: 8 players participate in the final round.
4 of them are seeded thanks their results in last year championship (they ended at places 1 to 4): Lucas Neirynck, Thomas Connor, Jan Ramon and Victor Schneider. This preliminary rounds would determine the 4 other players who would join them.

It was an intensive weekend of Go. 8 players battled it out in 7 rounds.

Here are the final results (note that Xin Shu missed the 2 first rounds):

1 Bounoider, Lucman 3 Dan 6 21 128 107
2 Kuy, Yannick 3 Kyu 5 20 129 87
3 Xin, Shu 5 Dan 5 20 120 90
4 De_Keijser, Guillaume 4 Kyu 5 20 108 67
5 Silcher, Michael 4 Kyu 3 18 110 32
6 Boukricha, Moad 8 Kyu 2 17 132 33
7 Dusausoy, Guy 5 Kyu 2 17 132 32
8 JEANJEAN, Edouard 15 Kyu 0 15 134 0

Congratulations to the first 4, who are qualified for the final stage !
The others will be reserve players.
(report by Guillaume De Keijser)

4th round of the European Team Championship: Belgium lost heavily to Italy (0-4)

Belgium team (Lucas Neirynck -, Jan Ramon -, Sven Cuyt -, Nelis Vets -) lost heavily to Italy in the 4th round of the European Team Championship.
Note: Lucas lost by 0,5 point to young raising star Davide Bernardis.

Complete results here:

Standings in B-league after this round:

Belgium is now back in the middle of the division (which is by far dominated by Turkey and Italy, both still unbeaten).

Kim Jung Seon (KOR) wins the 43rd WAGC (World Amateur Go Championship); Bram Vandenbon ends 32th out of 46 players (3/7 score)

As usually, the Asiatic players trusted the 1st places in the 43th WAGC !
1. Kim Jung Seon (KOR) 7/7
2. Yang Chuhun (CHI) 6/7
3. Lai Yu-Chang (TW) 5/7
4. Kurita Yoshiko (JAP) 5/7
5. best Westerner: Alan Huang (USA) 5/7
7. Best European: Jonas Welticke (DE) 5/7


"Our guy" was Bram Vandenbon, who scored a fair 3/7 (wins to UK, Croatia, Mexico; losses to France, Chili, Luxembourg and Poland)

Complete results via the site of the EGF:

3rd round of the European Team Championship: Belgium lost to Tukey (1-3)

Unfortunately, after the 2 wins in the 2 first round, Belgium team has been beaten in the 3rd round by a strong Turkish team (Lucas Neirynck +, Sven Cuyt -, Nelis Vets -, Gints Engelen -).

Complete results here:

Standings in B-league after 3rd round:

Belgium is now 3rd, just behind Turkey and Italy which remains both unbeaten.

Rapid Championship Xin wins undeafeted and Victor becomes Belgian Rapid Champion 2023

Xin Shun wins unbeaten the 2023 edition of the Belgian Championship of rapid games (15 min per player, sudden death; handicap - 2).
Second and Belgian Rapid Champion is Victor Schneider.

Only 7 participants but again a fun tournament for everyone - that has been quietly played from home.

Final result

Xin Shu 6 wins (Tournament winner)
Victor Schneider 5 wins (Belgian Rapid Champion 2023)
Guillaume De Keijser 4 wins (Belgian Rapid Vice-Champion 2023)

Jan Ramon and Xavier Baele 2 win
Jean-Denis Hennebert and Michael Silcher 1 win

Congratulations to Xin, winner of the 2023 Belgian Championship of Rapid Games !
Victor is 2023 Belgian Champion of Rapid Games ! Congratulations to him too !!! (edited)

2nd round of the European Team Championship: another wins for Belgium ! (3-1 against Croatia)

Belgian Team got another win in the European Team Championship, by beating this time Croatia 3-1 (wins by Lucas, Jan and Gabriel, loss by Sven).

Complete results here:

Standings in B-league after 2nd round:

Suspense till the very end in the 2023 interclubs competition !

Suspense till the very end in the 2023 interclubs competition !

This week the last rounds of the 2023 interclubs have been played and the name of the club champion has been decided.

The match between Leuven and Brussels Phénix would determine which team got crowned this year.

Leuven has won the Interclub competition 7 times in the past, whereas Phénix was last year’s champion.

Board one was a clash of the rising stars: Yannick Kuy, playing for Phénix, recently scored 5-0 at the Brussels Go tournament and has just been promoted 3 Kyu. His opponent, Bram Westhovens, scored 14-1 as 7 kyu at the European Go congress this summer (his streak included a win against a 2kyu and Bram is inches away from a 3 kyu rating). The game was played with 0,5 komi and was the one that finished first with the victory of Yannick Kuy. 1-0 for the Phénix Go club.

The next game to finish was played on board 3. It ended with a win by Leuven this time: Simon Janssens (11 kyu) won against Xavier Baele (7kyu): 1-1

So, board 2 would finally determine which team would go home with the interclubs title this year !
In their head to head match up in official competition, Tom Van Doorsselaere (Leuven) (5 kyu) was leading against Guillaume De Keijser (Phénix) (5 kuy). But this time, when the dust settled, Guillaume was able to bring the win home. 2-1 for Phenix Go Club, who got thus the title this year.

Congratulations to our Back-to-Back 2023 interclubs Champions Brussels Phénix

The other match, that followed a couple of days later, opposed Antwerpen to Gent. There was only 12,5% chance of Antwerpen to grab second place. But somehow the stars were aligned for them this time and they managed to win the 3 games, and to finish with thr silver medail.

The full results can be found here;

We hope more clubs will participate in the interclubs next year !

(report by Guillaume De Keijser)

Belgium team wins against Ireland (3-1) in the 1st round of the European Team Championship

Belgian team (Lucas Neirynck 6d +, Jan Ramon 3d + Gabriel Mercier 3d - Sven Cuyt 2d +) won against Ireland in the 1st round of the Pandanet European Team Championship.

Complete results here:

Standings in B-league after 1st round:

Cornel Burzo (RO, 6d) wins the 37th edition of the Brussels tournament (66 participants)

Romanian Cornel Burzo (6-d) won the 37th edition of the Brussels tournament ahead of Chinese Yan Zihan (6-d), Xin Shu (5-d) and Luxemburger Andreas Gottzfried. All with 4 wins (out of 5 rounds).
2 players remained unbeaten: Yannick Kuy (5-k) and Jeffrey Nguyen (12-k). There were 66 participants.
Complete results:

Chinese Chonzhe Tang wins the 18th KPMC; Sven Cuyt ended 40th (on 56 participants) with a 3/7 score

Chinese Chonzhe Tang wins the 18th KPMC with a perfect score (7/7) and is thus 2023 amateur world champion, version Korea.

Three players ended on 6/7: Hwan-Young Choi (KOR), Yu-Cheng Lai (TaÏwan) and...Lukas Podpera (CZ).

Young Ukrainian Valeri Krushelnytskyi (5th) leads the group of players with 5 wins.

Note that the Japanese representative ended at a desappointing 14th place, with a poor 4/7 score !

"Our guy", Sven Cuyt (2d), ended 40th on 56 participants with a 3/7 score
(wins against Guatemala, Brazil and Lituania; losses to Thailand, Slovakia, Turkey and Sweden).

Complete results here:

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