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.

Feb 082016
 

Five minutes after I had published February, I logged into DGS to make a few moves in the recently-started correspondence tournament. There was a moment of realisation…

I decided to add a brief post with this and some other tidbits that were missed. I know there’s been even more news since, but that will have to wait for the next issue!

February

The IGA launched an online club as an alternative (or compliment) to face-to-face meetings – http://www.irish-go.org/2016/02/02/irish-go-online/

Tiberiu has started a Meetup group for Belfast – http://www.meetup.com/Belfast-Go-Club/

January

The 2016 Irish Correspondence Championship began (officially) on New Year’s Day – http://www.irish-go.org/irish-correspondence-championship/

In other news, James Hutchinson beat James Aitken in the first game in a best of three match in the Ulster semi final

Feb 012016
 

This untitled bulletin is an experiment, aimed at publishing something monthly for the Irish Go community, to keep us informed of upcoming events and recent happenings.

There have been some excellent newsletters produced in the past, with articles, game reviews, publishing standards… This will not be joining their esteemed ranks. It is intended as a brief summary of the month ahead and recap of the month just gone. I hope the low-maintenance and content-light format will be flexible enough to allow its production at the end of each month, even when time is short or there is little to report.

Looking forward… February

Weekly Meetings
Dublin – Wednesdays 20:30 in Toners – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/dublin/
Cork – No meetings in the city this month. The aim is to resume in March.
Cobh – Most Tuesdays 20:00. Contact us if you are interested – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9
Belfast – Mondays in the boat club in Stranmillis, though you may want to contact in advance to confirm – http://belfastgo.yolasite.com
Galway – No regular meetings currently. Stay tuned!

Looking back… January

January has been pretty busy. Makes me wish I had started this experiment a month earlier!

The Irish Women’s Championship final was decided in the third game, with Carol emerging victorious – http://www.corkgo.org/?p=689

The Top 8, opened with 7 players for the first time (that I can find mention of). Current standings – http://www.irish-go.org/national-international/top-8/

Belfast snuck in a one-day tournament right at the end. Results are available – http://www.irish-go.org/2016/01/31/tibi-wins-in-belfast/

The AGM was held. Minutes have been published – http://www.irish-go.org/2016-agm/

Registration opened for the annual Confucius Cup, which is scheduled to take place on March 4th-6th. Full details can be found on the tournament page – http://www.irish-go.org/2016-irish-confucius-cup/

Lastly, I’m sure everyone has read about AlphaGo’s 5-0 victory over Fan Hui, marking the first time that an AI has bested a professional in an even match, something not anticipated to happen this decade. Further reading – http://www.corkgo.org/?p=695

In closing, I’d like to thank anyone who has managed to skim this far. Comments and feedback, positive or negative, are appreciated. If I’ve missed anything, be sure to let me know during the month so that March’s issue can be all-inclusive! And I guess suggesting a name wouldn’t hurt if people deem the experiment worth continuing…