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
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!