European Grand PrixThe European Grand Prix (EGP) is a competition which consists out of a number of major European Othello tournaments. At every tournament players can earn points. Who manages to get the highest number of points in one season becomes the European Champion.
The European Grand Prix was founded in 1986 and consisted out of four tournaments: Milan, Cambridge, Copenhagen and Paris. In 1991 Brussels came along so that five tournament took place every season. In the 21st century Amsterdam (2001), Stockholm (2003), Gdansk (2005), Barcelone (2006), Prague (2007), Berlin (2008), Moss (2009), Athens (2013) and Moskou (2014) were added. In 2017 for the first time a tournament will be held in Finland.
Until 2009 tournaments were hosted in all cities. In that year no less than 12 tournaments were organised. The pressure on the international calendar became to high and there was decided to create a cycle of 2 years. Both in 2010 and 2011 tournaments were organised in six cities. In both years a European Champion was crowned. The system was found satisfying and continued in 2012. Again six tournament took place in that year. As Greece, Russia and Finland joined the series, every year now consists out of 7 or 8 tournaments.
The European Grand Prix of Belgium has the following list of honour:
(Until 2007 the tournament was organised in Brussels, since 2008 the competition has moved to Ghent)
|1991||Imre Leader||GBR||Emmanuel Caspard||FRA||David Shaman||USA|
|1992||Dominique Penloup||FRA||David Shaman||USA||Imre Leader||GBR|
|1993||Imre Leader||GBR||Marc Tastet||FRA||David Shaman||USA|
|1994||Graham Brightwell||GBR||Nils Berner||SWE||Didier Piau||FRA|
|1995||Graham Brightwell||GBR||Emmanuel Caspard||FRA||Dominique Penloup||FRA|
|1996||Marc Tastet||FRA||Graham Brightwell||GBR||Dominique Penloup||FRA|
|1997||Graham Brightwell||GBR||David Shaman||USA||Karsten Feldborg||DNK|
|1998||Emmanuel Caspard||FRA||Takuji Kashiwabara||FRA||Dominique Penloup||FRA|
|1999||Stéphane Nicolet||FRA||Takuji Kashiwabara||FRA||Emmanuel Caspard||FRA|
|2000||Stéphane Nicolet||FRA||Emmanuel Caspard||FRA||Romy Hidayat||IDN|
|2001||Emmanuel Caspard||FRA||Stéphane Nicolet||FRA||Andreas Hoehne||DEU|
|2002||Takuji Kashiwabara||FRA||Albert Kortendijk||NLD||Matthias Berg||DEU|
|2003||Takuji Kashiwabara||FRA||Emmanuel Caspard||FRA||Arnaud Delaunay||FRA|
|2004||Emmanuel Caspard||FRA||Andreas Hoehne||DEU||Marc Tastet||FRA|
|2005||Graham Brightwell||GBR||Frédéric Auzende||FRA||Daisuke Tsuchida||JAP|
|2006||Albert Kortendijk||NLD||Takuji Kashiwabara||FRA||Nicky van den Biggelaar||NLD|
|2007||Pawel Peczkowski||POL||Vladislav Dolezal||CZE||Arnaud Delaunay||FRA|
|2008||Michele Borassi||ITA||Sébastien Barre||FRA||Nicky van den Biggelaar||NLD|
|2009||Tom Schotte||BEL||Matthias Berg||DEU||Takuji Kashiwabara||FRA|
|2011||Nicky van den Biggelaar||NLD||Takuji Kashiwabara||FRA||Marc Tastet||FRA|
|2013||Katie Wu||HKG||Martin Odegard||NOR||Nicky van den Biggelaar||NLD|
|2015||Nicky van den Biggelaar||NLD||Jeroen Everts||SWE||Arthur Juigner||FRA|
|2017||Nicky van den Biggelaar||NLD||Imre Leader||GBR||Matthias Berg||DEU|
Also Belgian players were represented throughout the years in stages of the European Grand Prix. They not only participated these stages in Belgium, but travelled through Europe to represent Belgium.
Only two Belgians managed to win a tournament of the European Grand Prix. Alexandre Cordy won in Turin (2000) and Cambridge (2001), whilst Tom Schotte celebrated in Ghent (2009), Prague (2009), Cambridge (2016) and Moscow (2018). These performances led both players to the title of vice European Champion. Alexandre Cordy in 2001 and Tom Schotte in 2009 and 2016.