Aug 102017
 

The BGA has posted a short writeup of the recent Belfast Tournament:

Lucretiu Calota, the Romanian 4d from St Alban’s Club, won this year’s Belfast Tournament with a perfect score of five. Second place was taken by Karl Irwin, 4d from Belfast Club. Local organiser James Hutchinson (2d) took third. In all 15 players took part in the friendly event, held as usual at the Boat Club. Lower down the rankings Kevin Farrell (8k Galway) did very well winning all five games and Rachel Plomp (16k Dublin) won three games. [Tony Atkins]

Results

Aug 072017
 

Looking forward… August

Weekly Meetings
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 – Wednesday 20:30 in Toners – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/dublin/
Cobh – Thursday 20:30 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 in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950

* Belfast are no longer meeting on mondays.
** Cork are taking a short break for the summer. Meetings will restart soon.

The Surrounding Game
Tom is investigating the possibility of screening The Surrounding Game in Cork – https://www.facebook.com/tomas.oseanachain.1/posts/840055966144800

Looking further ahead… September

PGETC
The PGETC is due to start up again shortly. If anyone is interested in participating in this online team tournament, kindly let Cian know – http://groups.google.com/group/irish-go

KPMC
Kevin of Galway will represent Ireland in the 2017 Korea Prime Minister Cup

Looking back… July

Belfast Open 2017
Results for the field of fifteen players – http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Tournament_Card.php?&key=T170722B

Galway Movers
The loss of Claas to Hamburg, Germany last week was a great blow.
The club had a 4 Dan from Israel visit, also last week.

EGC 2017
The 2017 European Go Congress has just wrapped up – http://www.egc2017.eu

2016 Yearbook
The first ever Euro Go Yearbook was published – http://www.corkgo.org/?p=975

EGF Newsletter
The first edition of the twice-monthly EGF Newsletter was published (the second hit my inbox a few hours ago) – http://www.eurogofed.org/newsletter/

EGF AGM 2017
Notes and minutes are now available – http://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=145

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

Thanks to those who have provided updates from around the country.

Jul 092017
 

Lazy summer days edition…

Looking forward… July

Belfast Open 2017
The Belfast Open will take place on the 22nd and 23rd July – http://www.irish-go.org/belfast-open-2017/

EGF AGM 2017
Tuesday 25th July in Oberhof, Germany – https://docs.google.com/document/d/16aANAUFf0PnihyNRkngOCHP3NTZm-tsWNTrGEFi7Q6o/edit#

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 – Wednesday 20:30 in Toners – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/dublin/
Cobh – Thursday 20:30 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 in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950

The Surrounding Game
Tom is investigating the possibility of screening The Surrounding Game in Cork – https://www.facebook.com/tomas.oseanachain.1/posts/840055966144800

IGA Site Redesign
Ian is looking for feedback on the updated look – https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/irish-go/NZhv1yjYQWI

Looking back… June

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

May 312017
 

Future of Go Summit Edition

Defeating Ke Jie 3-0, and taking down an entire team of cooperating pros, AlphaGo lost only to itself (plus human partner) in Pair Go – https://deepmind.com/research/alphago/alphago-china/
AlphaGo’s next move – https://deepmind.com/blog/alphagos-next-move/
Deepmind say this is AlphaGo’s final match event, but they plan to create a teaching tool, and are releasing a special set of 50 AlphaGo vs AlphaGo games in batches of 10 – https://deepmind.com/research/alphago/alphago-vs-alphago-self-play-games/

Looking forward… June

The Surrounding Game
Tom is investigating the possibility of screening The Surrounding Game in Cork – https://www.facebook.com/tomas.oseanachain.1/posts/840055966144800

IGA Site Redesign
Ian is looking for feedback on the updated look – https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/irish-go/NZhv1yjYQWI

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 – Wednesday 20:30 in Toners – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/dublin/
Cobh – Thursday 20:30 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 in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950

Looking further ahead… July

Belfast Open 2017
The Belfast Open will take place on the 22nd and 23rd July – http://www.irish-go.org/belfast-open-2017/

EGF AGM 2017
Tuesday 25th July in Oberhof, Germany – https://docs.google.com/document/d/16aANAUFf0PnihyNRkngOCHP3NTZm-tsWNTrGEFi7Q6o/edit#

Looking back… May

Galway Tournament 2017
Full writeup, results, pictures, ominous celtic bog wood trophy… http://www.irish-go.org/2017/05/08/tom-and-jan-galway-champions/
GGG Galway Go Glub millenary celtic bog wood trophy

Pair Go
A brief note on the one-day Pair Go event, which ended up including Rengo too – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/05/29/pair-go-in-the-japanese-embassy/

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

OGS Thursdays
The online group is no longer regularly meeting on Thursday nights. However, players can still be found logged in at random times – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/

Dutch Female Champ 2017
Justyna finished second place in the Dutch Female Championship after a 1-2 loss against the defending champion, Marika Anna Dubiel https://www.facebook.com/justyna.kleczar/posts/1702241176460522

Looking further back…

PGETC
Anyone interested in participating next year should get in touch with Cian

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

May 042017
 

In the nearest thing you’re going to get to breaking news here, the American Go Foundation (not to be mistaken for the American Go Association) has assumed stewardship of the ailing KGS – http://www.gokgs.com/ownership_announcement.html

Looking forward… 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 – http://www.irish-go.org/2017-irish-pair-go-championship/

Future of Go Summit
Alpha Go is at it again, this time setting sights on Ke Jie, May 23-27 – https://deepmind.com/blog/exploring-mysteries-alphago/

Thursdays
The online group is no longer regularly meeting on Thursday nights. However, players can still be found logged in at random times – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/

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/
Cobh – Thursday 20:30 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 in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950

Looking further ahead… July

Belfast Open 2017
The Belfast Open will take place on the 22nd and 23rd July – http://www.irish-go.org/belfast-open-2017/

EGF AGM 2017
Tuesday 25th July in Oberhof, Germany – https://docs.google.com/document/d/16aANAUFf0PnihyNRkngOCHP3NTZm-tsWNTrGEFi7Q6o/edit#

Looking back… April

PGETC
Ireland finished 3rd in League D after drawing 2-2 against Belarus in the final round – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/draw/59
Cian would like to thank those involved – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/teams/11/IRL – and asks that anyone interested in participating next year get in touch

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

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

Upcoming Releases
Two upcoming movies had their first screenings:
AlphaGo, a documentary about the 2016 AlphaGo-Lee Sedol match – http://www.usgo.org/news/2017/04/alphago-film-finds-the-humanity-in-the-code/
The Surrounding Game, under development for several years – http://surroundinggamemovie.com/en/schedule/

Alphago spotlight documentary tribeca2017

Looking further back…

Hello China
Rory and John were interviewed about Go and Chinese Chess – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/03/27/hello-china-podcast-interview-rory-john-about-go-chinese-chess/

Irish Elect Stray Cat as President
A satirical take on European Go – https://medium.com/@EuroGoHebdo/irish-elect-stray-cat-as-president-e1ebb5f37dcd

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

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