EGC Grand Prix 2016 -French International Tournament

Dunkerque, France
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!

Kostopil, Ukraine Yearly tournament

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.

Cosy tournament in Bilbao

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!

Cflag wins May Stratego tournament in Greece

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:

1st round

zanters55  –  IOLAUS1926                      6 – 1

Kambia  –  Katia                                             6 – 1

pasxalistz   –  stamen feson           1 – 6

CFlag bye

 

2nd round

CFlag – IOLAUS1926   6 – 1

Kambia – zanters55     6 – 1

Katia – stamen feson   1 – 6

Pasxalistz bye

 

3rd round

CFlag – Pasxalistz            3 – 3

Kambia – stamen feson   1 – 6

Katia – zanters55    1 – 6

IOLAUS1926 bye

 

4th round

CFlag – zanters55    6 – 1

Katia – Pasxalistz   1 – 6

IOLAUS1926 – stamen feson    3 – 3

Kambia bye

 

5th round

CFlag – stamen feson       3 -3

Kambia – Pasxalistz        3 – 3

Katia – IOLAUS1926                      1 – 6

zanters55 bye

6th round

Cflag – Kambia                    6 – 1

zanters55 – stamen feson    1 – 6

IOLAUS1926 – Pasxalistz      1 – 6

Katia bye

 

7th round

zanters55 – Pasxalistz     3 -3

Cflag – Katia                                     6 – 1

Kambia – IOLAUS1926              6 – 1

stamen feson    bye

 

Final Results

CFlag                          30

stamen feson   30

Kambia           23

Pasxalistz       22

zanters55       18

IOLAUS1926       13

Katia                     6

 

Live Activities in Greece

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.

 

For more info visit strategohellas on Facebook.

 

NK Barrage 2016 Nijmegen

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.

Dutch EGC Grand Prix Rotterdam 2016

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.

Grand Prix Flanders 2016 Gent

April 9 we played the Flanders Open, which was an International Tournament, This was a very well organised tournament. The location was very nice, and the service was even better! Local organiser Piet Declercq gave every participant a warm welcome and offered everyone a cup of coffee or tea. There was also a free lunch, and a piece of cake around tea time. The turnout was good. There where 12 players in total, of which 8 local players, and four Dutch players. One of them was local top player Steven Meyer. As a result the Flanders Open will be promoted to a Grand Prix next year. Congratulations Piet!

The tournament was again very exciting. The winner was Dennis Baas. Although he lost in the first round, the other wins were enough for the final victory. Loris Collart became second with a first round win against Dennis putting him on the top till the last rounds. Loris also made a draw against Steven Meyer but lost against Kees de Vos. Kees got third, despite four wins (like against Loris and Steven), and a draw. Well done! Three players got 28 points. Pieter Torn was the unlucky number 4  and ended outside the podium.

Grand Prix Wallonia 2016 Auvelais

Many Dutch players visited first EGC Grand Prix 2016

The first Grand Prix of the year, the Grand Prix of Wallonia, started in a nice location in the town center, which was arranged by local organiser Loris Collart, and sponsored by the Community of Auvelais. The tournament was attended by 17 players. Four of them were Dutch, and travelled many kilometers to join the tournament once again. It was a very exciting tournament, because the players where very close to each other. There where many draws. For example, Pieter Torn played two draws against the Walloon player Claude de Leener and the National Champion of Belgium, Philippe Bergiers. Philippe even made three draws. Although he won the two other games, this was not enough for the podium, and finished 5th. There game between Pieter and Kees was very close and therefore with a lot of sportive emotions. Pieter was behind, but he still managed to beat Kees by capturing his flag at the end of the game. Okke Oomen won a game against the local top player Fabrizio Lunari. The winner of the tournament was also surprising. With four wins and one draw John Schepers from Breda managed to win the tournament. It did not only deliver him many points, which made him the proud leader in the standings of the Grand Prix, but it is also a nice revenge for the result in Rotterdam last year, in which he was the only player who got no points. Congratulations John!

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