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.
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!
The next activity on the EGC Grand Prix part of the calendar will be the International Tournament in Basque on 9 July 2016.
Players can get Grand Prix points for playing and winning games in this tournament.
At least 3 people from The Netherlands will travel to this event.
If you want more information about it or might be interested to travel there , please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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