The welcome 9x9 bag you received and the T-shirts that are on sale at the Congress have been made by a sewing workshop in Pondicherry (South India). This workshop was created 15 years ago by the Belgian-Indian NGO « A Way With You » (AWWY) to ensure regular employment to Indian Women and help them to develop micro-credits projects to become independant, educate their children and remain healthy.
Every T-shirt you buy in the hall entrance 15 euros helps a woman.
Thank you for your help!
Pair Go Registration
If you forgot to register for the Pairgo yesterday, today is your last chance! Please write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 18:00.
Korea - Europe Friendship Match
We hope to have a Friendship Match between Korean and European on Sunday evening(28th of July).
The players from the Korea team will be the current players of Daegu City of the National Baduk League. At this moment (July) the Daegu team is the top ranking team of the League due to 9 wins and 2 losses out of 17 rounds total. We are looking forward to playing with Strong European players.
Starting from tomorrow you can find red and white wines at the bar.
We are also going to supply a large self service salad bar with an offer of fresh products for each one to compose their own salad. It will be priced 6€ for a large bowl and 4€ for a regular one.
Tomorrow’s menu: Meat balls and salad liègeoise 12€ Poke Bowl with smoked salmon 10€
The Ukrainian team has set up shop in the entrance hall, next to the stairs leading up to the playing rooms. You can ask them about the EGC 2020, and register yourself. Please visit their website egc2020.org.ua
Marchand - The Belgian store specialized in strategy games since 1985.
You can visit their pop-up shop in the Glass Building.
Visit them and find the perfect book to improve your Go-game :)
A recap of the current events in the European Championship
The European Go Congress has started with 541 participants.
Among them, 32 - representing almost all the best European players - are struggling for the title of European Champion in a specific competition: the European Championship.
The system of this tournament is a mix of double knockout and single knockout systems. Starting with double knockout in the first 5 rounds, 8 players compete for the championship in a single knockout tournament from the quarters of finals to the final.
Up till now, three rounds have already been played in the main knockout, and two in the looser section.
Four players remain unbeaten: the favourites pro Ilya Shikchine, Mateusz Surma and Pavol Lisy, joined by the surprising Lukas Podpera (7D, CZ), who took revenche of his lost final in the pro qualification tournament some weeks ago by beating new pro Tanguy Le Calvé (1p, FR). This is the Lukas second victory against pros in this tournament !
Up till now, most results were the ones expected...But still, some surprises occurred. Here they are: -The two greatest surprises are the victories of 2 amateurs against professionals competitors. Jonas Welticke (6d, DE) defeated Alexander Dinerstein (3p, RU) in the 1st round, whereas Lukas Podpera (7d, CZ) triumphed over Artem Kachanovskyi in the 2nd round. - Russian Viacheslav Kaymin (6d) is also in very top form: he eliminated two opponents better ranked than him: Cristian Pop (7d, RO) in the 1st round, and Stanislav Frejlak (7d, PL) in the second one (but he finally lost to Ilya Shishine in the 3rd round). - In the losers section, there were 4 astonishing results: in the 1st round, Antoine Fenech (5d, FR) got rid of Csaba Merö (6d, HU), Oscar Vazquez (5d, SP) eliminated Nikola Mitic (7d, SE) and "home player" Belgian representative Lucas Neyrinck (5d, BE) surprised Cristian Pop (7d, RO). And, in the 2nd round, pro Alexander Dinerstein is now definitively out after his defeat by the hands of Stanislas Frejlak (7d, PL).
Short trips you can make today
Spend even a short time in Belgium and you’ll quickly realise that this tiny country has something of a split personality. Wallonia, the Southern part of Belgium, is definitely not to be missed. What are the must sees in Wallonia, Belgium? - Step back in time at Villers Abbey, dating back from the 13 th century - Visit the old town of Namur’s and enjoy sunset from its citadel - Learn about the bloodiest battle of World War II in the Bastogne War Museum & Mardasson - Explore the wonderful Pairi Daiza theme park with over 5000 animals, voted best zoo in Europe in 2018 - Take in the gritty streets of Liège and discover the La Boverie art museum, featuring Van Gogh and Monet - Discover the little gem Dinant, birthplace of the saxophone - Hike along the beautiful river banks of the rivers Semois, Lesse, Sambre or Ourthe.
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