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
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).
At the leading online , www.stratego.com the 2nd World Championship Online Stratego (WCO) is running at full speed.
Over 40 players from amongst others The Netherlands, Greece, the USA, Belgium, The United Kingdom Switzerland, France and South Africa are contending for the second world title online.
Among them big names in online and real live Stratego : Nortrom, Sohal, Hielco, playa1 and gkaros are in the top of the tournament. In a few more rounds there will be a new World Champion Online.
For more info check out the forum posts at forum.stratego.com
Breda, The Netherlands
BSC De Baronnen, the local Stratego Club in Breda traditionally organises The Cup Tournament on a yearly basis. This year EGC was asked to organise it. The players were divided into two groups. The reason for this is that we think that it is more interesting for new players to play against players with a lower rating. This is more exciting for both players, since the difference in level is smaller.
When we have a look at the results, this is indeed the case. In the second group Vincent and Peter finished with an equal number of points. They both lost one game. Because Vincent won from Peter, Vincent was declared winner of the second group. This was the same with the numbers three and four. Joost van Ham won from Geert Verdoodt from Belgium. Geert became fourth, although he was the only one who won against Vincent! In the second group ruling Dutch champion, Pim Niemeijer, managed to win all of his games, accept one. Athough Wout Gulden became second, the lost in the fifth round from number five, Edy Schurink. This was also the case with number three, Anjo Travaille. So here, too, it was really thrilling!
In an attempt to get more players for the tournament we visited a number of schools. As a results we are now invited to other schools. As it looks now there will be a junior tournament in Breda since a number of years in December in the Christmas holidays.
We will keep you up to date on news regarding this!