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.
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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!
The French International Tournament was the last tournament in the Western part of Europe in which players could get points for the Grand Prix standings. It was the fifth edition, of which the latest ones were held in Dunkerque. The level was very close.
The winner had three draws and two wins, as well as Lorenzo Arduini from Italy. He and Philippe Bergiers ended first after 5 rounds. There needed to be played a barrage to determine, who would win the tournament. Finally Philippe took the gold. Lorenzo was able to claim a draw against Loris Collart. Loris won from Kees de Vos for the first time in an official tournament.
Lorenzo earned enough points to qualify for the Grand Prix Final, as well as local French player JB Lemaire. Congratulations!
In August Edvard Lytvynenko organised the International Tournament in Kostopil, in which participated 15 players. It is held for quite some years now. Many of the participants started playing as small children. Now they became students, of who some study or moved to Kiev. Roman Suschyk even returned from the eastern front (with Russia) for a few days. Although Kees de Vos won the tournament, the level is improving each year. Good news! We certainly hope to return there next year.
On July 9 we played the Bilbao International Tournament. It counts for the EGC Grand Prix. The tournament location was situated in a local bar not so far from the city center. We played four rounds with 8 players. After that we played an extra round with four players who did not play each other, yet. There was a random pairing in the first round. This way the strongest players might play each other already in the first round! This happened: Kees played Egoitz, and Mark against Imanol.
New player Ivan Sanchez managed to win in the first round from Anthony. He even won from one of the best local players in round 4, Widen Aroni. However, Anthony on his part took revanche on Lisandra Cruz, who won against Ivan in the second round. In round three Garcia Imanol also got his first win against Ivan. Despite two wins he ended just outside the podium, because of which he earns 4 points for the Grand Prix standings. In the last round with all players the best local player managed to play a draw with Mark Kunin from Ukraine.
Kees de Vos remained undefeated, and won the International Tournament and 11 points for the Grand Prix, Mark became second (8 points), and Egoitz Campo Gonzalez third (6 points). Congratulations!
In an exciting tournament held in Greece, well known internet players Cflag and Kambia attended. Cflag managed to take the first place with the same number of points as Stamen Feston. Kambia got the bronze medal.
The results were as below:
zanters55 – IOLAUS1926 6 – 1
Kambia – Katia 6 – 1
pasxalistz – stamen feson 1 – 6
CFlag – IOLAUS1926 6 – 1
Kambia – zanters55 6 – 1
Katia – stamen feson 1 – 6
CFlag – Pasxalistz 3 – 3
Kambia – stamen feson 1 – 6
Katia – zanters55 1 – 6
CFlag – zanters55 6 – 1
Katia – Pasxalistz 1 – 6
IOLAUS1926 – stamen feson 3 – 3
CFlag – stamen feson 3 -3
Kambia – Pasxalistz 3 – 3
Katia – IOLAUS1926 1 – 6
Cflag – Kambia 6 – 1
zanters55 – stamen feson 1 – 6
IOLAUS1926 – Pasxalistz 1 – 6
zanters55 – Pasxalistz 3 -3
Cflag – Katia 6 – 1
Kambia – IOLAUS1926 6 – 1
stamen feson bye
stamen feson 30
12 June in Athens: seminars for adults and free games
16 June in the Plaza Meteors Area seminars and games with the big 3*3 Stratego Board and 10 tables focused on junior new players
23/24 June at the Shopping Center One Salonica – Westside of Thessaloniki, seminars and games for juniors and adults, games with the 3*3 board and 5 small tables
27/28/29/30 June in Thessaloniki Center seminars for adults and free games.
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As part of the large number of activities organized in Greece, a tournament will be held in Thessaloniki.
One June 1 there will also be an event in the Plaza Meteors area with the big 3 *3 Stratego Board and 10 small tables focussed on junior new players.
More info about the activities can be found here
In a tournament with many big names attending, Pim managed to get his first Barrage title ever. In the final round he was up 10 points against organizer Ruben and managed to keep the difference. Ruben ended second. Last years champion Anjo Travaille managed to get the Bronze medal, before all time Barrage player Roel Eefting.
11 heroes at Dutch Grand Prix
Despite the beautiful weather, this day was the hottest one on this date for many years, 11 players decided to participate in the Dutch Grand Prix in Rotterdam. The location was different from last year.
It is great for organising bigger tournaments. For example, in the future it will be possible to organise a junior event as well. We earlier organised a school tournament in Rotterdam in which participated 7 players. The winner was Francisco van der Lee. On the tournament were two junior players present: Boaz van der Linden and Nick van der Leeden. They had an interesting match, which was decided only in the end of the game in favour of Boaz. Congratulations! In the Dutch Grand Prix Gert-Jan van der Linden played his 2nd Stratego tournament this year. He managed to get 20 rating points on the Kleier list by defeating the active Grand Prix player Pieter Torn and ended on an impressive 4th spot in the tournament just behind Belgian Master Phillipe Bergiers. George Franka, who is a top 10 player, was also in Rotterdam. He got in an impressive draw against Pim Niemeijer in round 2 and had chances to win the tournament until the final round, where he drew again against John Schepers. This way ruling world champion and the leading player on the world ranking, Pim Niemeijer, was able to gather enough points to keep the Rotterdam title for another year.
In the Grand Prix Standings we now have a new leader: Pieter Torn with 24 points. Second is John Schepers with 23 points, and Philippe Bergiers from Belgium is third with 22 points together with Kees de Vos. The next tournament will be the Basque International Tournament, which will be held on July 9. We will send you more information as soon as possible.