Mar 142017
 

Confucius Cup Edition

No doubt you are all aware that the Confucius Cup took place the first weekend of this month. For those who want to read up on the tengen of the Irish goban, here are a collection of reports from around the ‘net…
Official IGA report – http://www.irish-go.org/2017-irish-confucius-cup-report
Galway writeup – https://www.facebook.com/galwaygoclub/posts/1838487263073736
EGF report – http://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=111
BGA – Strongest Irish Confucius Cup – http://www.britgo.org/node/5778
AGA – http://www.usgo.org/news/2017/03/kim-seong-jin-edges-out-pavol-lisy-to-win-2017-irish-confucius-cup
Results (IGA) – http://www.irish-go.org/2017-irish-confucius-cup-go-results
Results (EGD) – http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Tournament_Card.php?&key=T170304F

Looking forward… March/April

Training League
Ian has proposed a Training Collective for the IGA – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/933140213489779/

PGETC
Ireland is scheduled to play Georgia tonight in the 6th round – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/365#3
Next month, Ireland will face Belarus in the 7th final round – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/366#1

Weekly Meetings
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
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/
Cobh – 20:30 most Thursdays in Whitepoint – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9
Stillorgan – Sunday afternoons 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/917134471757020/
Cork* – Sunday nights 20:00(-ish) in various venues around the city – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950

*The Cork group will be making use of Discord on a trial basis. To get an invite, contact Padraig or myself.

Looking further ahead… May

Galway 2017
The Galway Tournament will take place on May 6th-7th at the Galway Bridge Club, St Mary’s Road – http://www.irish-go.org/galway-main-tournament-2017/

Pair Go
A one-day Pair Go event is being organised on Sunday May 14th in the Japanese Embassy in Nutley Centre. Interested pairs should contact the IGA committee.

Looking back… February (and March to date)

PGETC
Ireland finished 2-2 against Cyprus in the 4th round – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/363#2

Irish Correspondence Tournament 2017
Progress can be tracked at http://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

European Professional Go Championship
Ilya Shikshin won the second EPGC – http://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=105

The professionals' row (from the left): Alexandre Dinerchtein, Ilya Shikshin, Ali Jabarin, Pavol Lisy, Mateusz Surma and Artem Kachanovsky
The professionals’ row (from the left): Alexandre Dinerchtein, Ilya Shikshin, Ali Jabarin, Pavol Lisy, Mateusz Surma and Artem Kachanovsky

Brian Gallagher
Brian Gallagher, who represented Ireland twice at the WAGC, passed away at the end of 2016

Thanks as always to those who provide updates from around the country.

p.s. Remember to renew your annual IGA membership – http://www.irish-go.org/about/#whyjoin

Feb 032017
 

A slight overlap this time, as we are already a few days into the news for this month.

Looking forward… February

PGETC
Ireland’s 4th round (vs Cyprus) is undecided, with the remaining board to be played this tuesday, the 7th, as 20:00 CET – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/363#2

Cork City
Go restarts in Bradley’s Pub, Barrack St at 20:00 this Sunday (the 5th) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950

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 various venues around the city – 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 – Meetings 20:00 most Thursdays in Whitepoint – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9

*The Cork group will be making use of Discord on a trial basis. To get an invite, contact Padraig or myself.

Looking further ahead…

March
Registration is now open for the 2017 Irish Confucius Cup – http://www.irish-go.org/2017-irish-confucius-cup/

May
The Galway Tournament will take place on May 6th-7th at the Galway Bridge Club, St Mary’s Road – http://www.irish-go.org/galway-main-tournament-2017/

May
A one-day Pair Go event is being organised on Sunday May 14th in the Japanese Embassy in Nutley Centre. Interested pairs should contact the IGA committee.

Looking back… January (and a bit of February)

Top 8 (2016)
James won the first two games (of three) in the final against Noel, claiming the 2016 Irish Champion title – http://www.irish-go.org/2016-irish-championship-table

Top 8 (2017)
The first four(-ish) rounds took place in Ballsbridge Hotel last weekend – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/01/29/top-8-week-end-results/

AGM
The 2017 IGA AGM took place on the first day of the Top 8 weekend. Minutes: http://www.corkgo.org/?p=884

Tony Goddard (1947-2017)
For those who remember Tony Goddard, it seems that he passed away last weekend. For a few years he was living in Belfast, working at QUB. He started a Go club there during his stay, as well as taking part in the Chess scene. During that time he played in the Irish Open, winning it in 1994 – http://www.britgo.org/node/5745

Irish Correspondence Tournament 2017
Progress can be tracked at http://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

Dutch Female Champ 2017
Justyna tied for 1st. There will be a best-of-three playoff later this year – http://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=101

Marika (left) and Justyna (right) playing the final game

Cobh
Attempting to meet twice weekly this year. Averaged about 1.5/week in Jan.

Thanks as always to those who provide updates from around the country.

p.s. Remember to renew your annual IGA membership – http://www.irish-go.org/about/#whyjoin

Jan 012017
 

This is the twelfth “issue”, which means I’ve been at this experiment for about a year now. Comments, feedback, and suggestions for change in 2017 are welcome!

Looking forward… January

Irish Correspondence Tournament 2017
This is now underway. Updates at http://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

Top 8 + AGM
The AGM will be held in Ballsbridge Hotel, after the first day of the Top 8 (Jan 28th) – http://www.irish-go.org/2016/12/05/irish-top-8-agm-jan-28th-29th-2017/

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/191875150950The Cork Club is taking a break, but will resume later in January*
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 – Irregular weeknights at 20:00. Contact us if you are interested – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9

*The Cork group will be making use of Discord on a trial basis. To get an invite, contact Padraig or myself.

Looking back… December

Cork Go Tournament 2016
A brief summary, with links to results, photos, and the IGA writeup – http://www.corkgo.org/?p=816

2017 Congress Location SNAFU
Final Answer: Oberhof, Germany – http://www.corkgo.org/?p=837

oberhof

Thanks as always to those who provide updates from around the country.

Dec 212016
 

As posted by the EGF, the next european go congress will be in Oberhof, Germany

The heated discussion on previous articles, and on the EGF L19 forum, suggests that there were going to be unhappy people whichever way this vote went, so hopefully everyone will stay calm at this outcome.

**update**
The EGF president, Martin Stiassny, posted an open letter apologising and clarifying the situation. Reaction has been muted.

Nov 302016
 

For those who like to plan their Go vacations well in advance…

Dear club organisers,

Full information on the Leo Phillips Isle of Man Go Festival, with the recently confirmed new dates (30 July – 4 August), is at https://iomgocongress.wordpress.com/. We have also attached a PDF of a leaflet about the event (including entry form) – it would be great if you could spread the word by circulating this to members of your club.

As always, this unique event provides the chance to mix playing Go with sightseeing on the fascinating island. The mix of tournaments means you can spend almost all week playing Go, or less time if you wish.

We have put recent information about accommodation availability as a link from the page https://iomgocongress.wordpress.com/accommodation-in-port-erin/

We hope that a lot of Go players will be interested in the Go Festival, which in the past has always been a really enjoyable event. We have got some entries already and many other people have said they are interested in coming.

We would advise people to book early because, although we have moved the dates to make it easier to find accommodation, Port Erin is not a large place and the places to stay will get booked up at some point.

The page https://iomgocongress.wordpress.com/about/ gives information about how to enter. Please let us know if you need any more information about the event.

Thanks and best wishes,

Paul & Andrea Smith

Oct 312016
 

Looking forward… November

Cork Go Tournament 2016
December 3rd-4th. Keep tabs via the facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/2275359645938088/

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 – Irregular Tuesdays 20:00. Contact us if you are interested – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9

Looking back… October

PGETC
Following their 3-1 result against Kazakhstan in round one, Ireland finished 2-2 against Portugal in the second round. This leaves Ireland sitting at the top of D League with Cyprus – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/draw/59

Weekly Commented Games
Philippe has been posting weekly. The most recent entry is a tesuji from the USGO Cotsen Open – http://www.irish-go.org/2016/10/23/tesuji-of-the-night/

Twitch
Justyna and Kim have a channel where they occasionally review games – https://www.twitch.tv/murugandi

New Equipment
Carol managed to get sets of 10 boards, stones, and clocks from the Korean Baduk Association (KABA), so the IGA currently has plenty of Go equipment.

Thanks as always to those who provide updates from around the country.