42 players from 8 different countries came together in Marmari, Greece this year to play the twentieth senior world championship. With 7 juniors playing for their world cup, the total number of players was 49.
By far the largest number of all players came from all over Greece. The players, the amazing weather, the nearby pool and nice restaurants near the location made the tournament a big success that will be remembered by everyone attending.
After 9 rounds Anjo Travaille (NL) got enough points to become the new world champion. Tim Slagboom (NL) ended 2nd and John Vanderos (GR) took the bronze medal.
This year first time part of the ceremonies and impressions of the actual tournament were live streamed on the internet. More information can be found here
In June the Provincial Championships of Brabant (this is a province in the south of the Netherlands) and the Cup tournament of the local Stratego club in Breda were held. This was a great success! There were 31 players, divided in three groups. In the first group 8 of the best players from the Netherlands were present as well as 9 Belgian players, including two players of the French speaking part of Belgium. Pim Niemeijer won the Provincial Championships, and Marc Korosmezey from Wallonia won the Cup.
Provincial Championships of Brabant
- Pim Niemeijer (NL)
- Max Roelofs (NL)
- Vince van Geffen (NL)
BSC de Baronnen Cup Tournament
- Marc Korosmezey (BE)
- Jonathan Ooms (NL)
- Geert Verdoodt (BE)
Please look for all the results at www.kleier.net
With the help of new organisers in Belgium, Maarten Leysen and Kirsten De Boeck we have organised a successful tournament in Flanders, called the Flemish Open. There were 14 participants. A big number of them are new players. This is very good news for Stratego! There were also three players from Wallonia. Two of them became first and second in the tournament. Dutch player John Schepers became third. Like Philippe Bergiers, the coordinator of Stratego, wrote on Facebook: “There was a time that the Dutch were better than the Flemish players, and that the Flemish players were better than the Walloon players. How the time has changed!. Congratulations to Damien Saverino and Loris Collart!”
Open Flemish Championships
- Damien Saverino (BE)
- Loris Collart (BE)
- John Schepers (NL)
In July 2017 we organised the first Open Belgian Championships Barrage in Vorselaar. We played on a nice venue, a camping in the woods near the city.
This was made possible again with the help of Maarten and Kirsten. All the players had a great time. Maarten’s neighbours came to the tournament to have a look, and even played a number a games against each other. They left a nice message on Facebook. Loris Collart became the first Belgian Champion in Barrage. Congratulations! He received a nice self-made statue.
After the tournament we had a small discussion about the development of Stratego in Belgium. We would like to organise an event of two days in Charleroi in May next year. The surroundings are nice, so it is worth a visit. We hope that this concept will attract players from abroad as well, like France and Basque Country. We proposed a program for a number of days, like the Walloon GP and a Team Cup so that it is more interesting to travel together and stimulate international exchange.
Standings Open Belgian Barrage Championships
- Kees de Vos (NL)
- Loris Collart (BE)
- Philippe Bergiers (BE)
The first Grand Prix was held in March 2017 in Schiedam, The Netherlands. The number of participants was 9. Despite the tournament was small, the level was very high. Ruling GP champion Pim Niemeijer lost from the young and promising player Huib Speksneijder, and made a draw with David Bouten. The winner is Wout Gulden, despite his loss against Pim in the last round. Pim became second, and Huib third. Congratulations! It is expected that a number strong players have qualified for the final. Besides the top three there is Ruben van de Bilt and David Bouten. We are gaining strength each year! For the GP standings, please click on Grand Prix.
This Grand Prix is held in Charleroi for the first time. Local organiser Andre Francq got the disposal of a new venue. It looks very nice from the inside. Andre made the tables himself, and bought chairs. At this moment there could play around 20 players. In the break there were big size Belgian sandwiches for all the players. The turnout was quite good: 16 players. Maarten Leysen invited his family members, 5 people in total. Local new player Georges Tison invited two relatives. There were five new players! The winner of the tournament, Fabrizio Lunari played his second tournament this year. He has been absent for more than a year, but still very strong. Welcome back! Belgian ruling champion, Loris Collart took 14 points for the Grand Prix, and three times Walloon champion Marc Korosmezey earned 12 points. Kees de Vos was the only Dutch participant all the way from Schiedam. We have a number of new players on the Grand Prix list, who might finish in the Top 16: Geert Verdoodt and Didier Collart. Also Maarten Leysen might qualify, if he manages to gather some points during the next Grand Prix tournaments.
If you ever wanted to participate in a world championship Stratego and like to have a nice holiday at the same time, this year might be it.
With Marmaris, Greece (close to Athens Airport) we have an exceptional location to play the tournament in the sun, near the beautiful beaches of Greece.
More info can be found at the forums of www.stratego.com in this thread
The Championnat de Wallonie (29-4-2017 Charleroi, Belgium), Open Flanders Championship (6-5-2017 Vorselaar, Belgium) and the EGC Basque open tournament have been added to the calendar.
The 2017 EGC tournament data are now on the site. Apart from classics such as the Rotterdam Grand Prix (11 March 2017), our many Belgian activities (Flanders and Wallonia Grand Prix, National Championships) it contains a new city, Paris, France.
This will be the home for the French Open National Championship 2017.
Did you ever feel like playing Stratego near the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame or the Louvre? Then keep the weekend around 17-June 2017 free.
In what can be called an epic finale Gkaros (GR) managed to outplay the Australian top player Losermaker in a very long game that had everything that makes Stratego such a great game. The difference came down to one scout and a few very well played bluffs.
This win put Gkaros ahead of junior player Hello124 (NL) who lost in the last round to Hielco (NL).