May 302016
 

Before we begin…
James is looking for someone to act as captain for next year’s PGETC as he will be stepping down. Interested persons should post on https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/irish-go or one of the facebook groups.

Looking forward… June

Weekly Meetings
Dublin – Wednesdays 20:30 in Toners – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/dublin/
Online – Thursdays 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Cork – Sunday nights 20:00(-ish) in the Cricket Club Bar – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950
Belfast – Monday nights at the Brewbot Pub on Ormeau Road – https://www.facebook.com/BelfastGoClub/?fref=ts
Galway – Tuesday at 20:00, usually at Westwood House Hotel. Anyone interested should email info [at] alexander [dot] ie or call Richard on 091 555800 to confirm
Cobh – Most Tuesdays 20:00. Contact us if you are interested – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9

Looking back… May

Top 8
Noel beat Tibi in the last game of the main tournament – https://online-go.com/game/5149599
This places Noel 1 point ahead of Michael, avoiding a tie-break and pitting Noel against James in the final – http://www.irish-go.org/national-international/top-8/

2015/2016 Pandanet Go Euro Team Championship
Round 10 – Ireland beat Lithuania 3-1 (after only one of their players turned up)
Round 11 – Unfortunately Ireland closed out the last round with 0-4 against Croatia
The final scoreboard and full list of rounds can be found at http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/draw/49

May 012016
 

Looking forward… May

Ladder Tournament
Time to start climbing the 2016 Ladder – http://www.irish-go.org/2016/04/18/2016-ladder-starts/

Top 8 Final
While results from the last league game were unavailable at time of writing, if Noel beat Tibi thursday, he will face James in the final. Otherwise, there will be a playoff between Noel and Michael to decide who will move forward. Stay tuned for updated results – http://www.irish-go.org/national-international/top-8/

Internet Competition
There is a discussion ongoing in the Irish Go google group about the possibility of an Irish online league. It would be based on the new rating class created by the EGF last year – https://groups.google.com/group/irish-go

Weekly Meetings
Dublin – Wednesdays 20:30 in Toners – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/dublin/
Online – Thursdays 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Cork – Sunday night 20:00(-ish) in the Cricket Club Bar – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950
Belfast – Monday nights are moving to the Brewbot Pub on Ormeau Road – https://www.facebook.com/BelfastGoClub/?fref=ts
Galway – The club is now meeting every Tuesday at 20:00, usually at Westwood House Hotel. Anyone interested should email info [at] alexander [dot] ie or call Richard on 091 555800 to confirm
Cobh – Most Tuesdays 20:00. Contact us if you are interested – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9

Looking back… April

Nothing to see here. Try this video database of game reviews uncovered by Ian instead – http://hajin.nl/games.php?text=e&hide=n

Mar 302016
 

A whole season down already! But at least all the clubs seem to have emerged from hibernation now.

Looking forward… April

Weekly Meetings
Online – Thursdays 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Dublin – Wednesdays 20:30 in Toners – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/dublin/
Cork – Saturday night 20:00(-ish) in the Cricket Club Bar – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950
Cobh – Most Tuesdays 20:00. Contact us if you are interested – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9
Belfast – Monday nights are moving to the Brewbot Pub on Ormeau Road – https://www.facebook.com/BelfastGoClub/?fref=ts
Galway – The club is now meeting every Tuesday 20:00 at various venues in Galway city. Anyone interested should call Richard on 091 555800

Looking back… March

2016 Confucius Cup
Rory has posted a comprehensive report covering the tournament, including results, photos, and a selection of game records – http://www.irish-go.org/2016-irish-confucius-cup-report/

The weekly Adventuring Party podcast featured Cian as their special guest in the latest episode (Per, March 2016). His lucid representation of our favourite game can be found on the Adventuring Party’s feed – https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/per-march-2016-go-irish-go/id304124403?i=365840683&mt=2

Ireland drew 2-2 with South Africa in round 8 of the 2015/2016 Pandanet Go Euro Team Championship – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/303#4
It seems round 6 also just finished. A 2-2 draw vs Kazakhstan – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/301#3 – Hmm, I see a pattern emerging…

Skynet drew a step closer – AlphaGo won 4 of its 5 games against Lee Sedol

On a tangentially random note, the 4th Isle of Skye Tournament was held the first weekend of March – http://www.britgo.org/tournaments/skye
This originally drew my attention when I heard coverage of the first one – what sounded like Irish caught my ear (turned out to be Scottish Gaelic). Also, as it is held every second year, I only fail to attend this one half as often as the Confucius Cup…

Continued thanks to all my informants, without whom this operation would not be nearly as productive.

Feb 292016
 

This issue is on time thanks to the foibles of the Gregorian calendar.

Looking forward… March

2016 Confucius Cup
Only a few days left until the biggest annual tournament on the island. Hopefully everyone has their travel and accommodation sorted at this stage. If you need a reminder of any of the details, check out the IGA site – http://www.irish-go.org/2016-irish-confucius-cup/

Weekly Meetings
Go players seem to be exiting their annual hibernation, with meetings slowly resuming in Cork and Galway…
Online – Thursdays 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Dublin – Wednesdays 20:30 in Toners – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/dublin/
Cork – Saturday night meetings in the Cricket Club Bar will resume this month. Keep an eye on the Cork Go Community for updates – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950
Cobh – Most Tuesdays 20:00. Contact us if you are interested – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9
Belfast – Monday nights are moving to the Brewbot Pub on Ormeau Road – http://belfastgo.yolasite.com
Galway – 1st Wednesday of each month at the Westwood Hotel at 8pm

Looking back… February

Galway – The first go evening at Philippe’s new restaurant was held on Wednesday 17th.

Belfast – Tibi beat Roger in the first leg of their Ulster championship semi final.

Ireland drew with Slovenia in round 7 of the 2015/2016 Pandanet Go Euro Team Championship – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/302#4

Thanks to those who have supplied information for this edition, and all those who are reading.