Sep 302020
 

Looking forward… October

EGM
All IGA members are invited to attend a general meeting on Zoom at 19:30 this tuesday. Details in the #discussions channel on the IGA Discord server.

If you have not already joined the IGA Discord server, you can do so using this link – https://discord.com/invite/4vSnhjd

Weekly Meetings

All local meetups are on hiatus. The IGA encourages people to play online.
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
11th PGETC
This is scheduled to begin on Tuesday 20th. Ireland has been placed in league C alongside Denmark, Greece, Lithuania, Norway, Slovakia, South Africa, and Spain.

Looking back… September

Irish Summer Go Cup
The new online tournament has now ended, with team ChoChiHun emerging victorious. Final comments and game review posted by Philippe. Articles and reviews for all previous rounds: semi-finals, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

On the continent…

EGF Academy
Founded to train promising European youths, the academy is looking for additional supporters

Tenuki

4th New York Go League
Due to COVID-19, NYGHS has opened the league to all players with a stable rank in the AGA, CGA, EGF, or a credible server. Registration closes soon.

Ratings & Rankings
OGS is looking into rank conversion between different organisations and servers. Reference is also made to a discussion about upcoming changes to the EGF system.

Sep 022020
 

Looking forward… September

Irish Summer Cup
The final will take place on Monday at 20:00 between the two remaining teams – ChoChiHun and Takemiya.

Further Ahead… October

11th PGETC
Cian will be passing the captaincy to Philippe this year. If you are interested in participating, head over to the IGA Discord server.

Weekly Meetings

All local meetups are on hiatus. The IGA encourages people to play online.
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00

Looking back… August

Korean Prime Minister’s Cup
Philippe reached the top 32 while representing Ireland in this year’s KPMC

Irish Summer Go Cup
Results so far for this new online tournament
Semi-Finals – review by Philippe
Round 10 – commentary and game records
Round 9 – commentary and game records
Round 8 – commentary and game records
Round 7 – commentary and game records
Round 6 – commentary and game records
Round 5 – commentary and game records
Round 4 – commentary and game records
Round 3 – commentary and game records
Round 2 – commentary and game records
Round 1 – commentary and game records

On the continent…

EGF Academy
Founded to train promising European youths, the academy is looking for additional supporters

European Students vs Fudan University Team
The EGF has published an article covering a tournament between European Students and team from Fudan University in China

EGF AGM
Minutes have been published and a summary is also available. Date for next year is undecided.

Tenuki

Baduk Stadium
A stadium exclusively for Go is being planned in South Korea for 2023.

2020 e-Go Congress
Results and videos.

Mind Sports Olympiad
This year’s MSO was moved online. With free entry and the travel barrier removed, attendance was up. The Go events were hosted on OGS. The BGA has posts covering 19×19, 13×13, and 9×9

Aug 012020
 

The staycation edition

Very little to report this month. Even the Pandas at IGS are taking a break until PGETC 11.

Looking forward… August

Korean Prime Minister’s Cup
This will be held on Tygem this month

2020 e-Go Congress Schedule
The organizers have published a list of Broadcast events and group lessons with pros and strong amateurs.

Weekly Meetings

All local meetups are on hiatus. The IGA encourages people to play online.
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00

Looking back… July

Irish Summer Go Cup
Results so far for this new online tournament
Round 6 – commentary and game records
Round 5 – commentary and game records
Round 4 – commentary and game records
Round 3 – commentary and game records
Round 2 – commentary and game records
Round 1 – commentary and game records

On the continent…

EGF AGM
This took place a few days ago. Minutes are not yet available but should appear here soon.

EGF Rating System Commission Report 2020
The outcome of proposals put forward last year to modify the EGF rating system

Tenuki

Coronavirus Impacts Tournaments

  • Yep, that’s all of them.
Jul 052020
 

Looking forward… July

Irish Summer Go Cup
A new online tournament which started last month and looks set to run through September.

Further ahead… August

Korean Prime Minister’s Cup
This will be held on Tygem in August

eGo
The AGA has announced the 2020 eGo Congress to take the place of the cancelled US Go Congress.

Weekly Meetings

All local meetups are on hiatus. The IGA encourages people to play online.
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
Ireland lost out on promotion by the smallest of margins. There is a brief summary on the IGA site, a mention in the BGA article, and a results table on Pandanet.

Looking back… June

Irish Championship
Matei retains his title for the second year running.

Irish Summer Go Cup
Round 1 – commentary and game records
Round 2 – commentary and game records

On the continent…

European Pro Online Go League
Season 2 started last month with some important changes, including a best-of-three match format, patreon perks, and two commentators for every game. Progress can be tracked here.

European Go Congress 2021
EGC 2021
Postponed until 2021. (Romania will host 2022.)

Tenuki

AlphaGo vs the World
A new series on Michael Redmond’s Go TV

Coronavirus Impacts Tournaments

  • The previously postponed World Go Championship 2020 and Senko Cup World Go Women’s Strongest Player 2020 have now been cancelled.
  • The Ask Island Go Retreat has been cancelled for this year. The organisers plan to try again next year.
Jun 072020
 

Looking forward… June

Galway Tournament
Given the continuing epidemic, a physical tournament will obviously not be possible. Awaiting further updates.

Weekly Meetings

All local meetups are on hiatus. The IGA encourages people to play online.
Belfast – Monday 19:00
GalwayTuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans visit their club on OGS
Cork – every other Tuesday* 20:30 in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in Toners the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
A 4-0 victory over Norway allowed Ireland to finish in second place in League C, securing a playoff against Sweden. This has been scheduled for the 16th at 20:00 on IGS and will consist of 5 rounds (to avoid a draw).

Looking back… May

Correspondence Championship
Final results now available

On the continent…

European Pro Online Go League
Progress can be tracked here

Recent News
The EGF has posted a summary of some recent events, including trivia such as the Corona Cup having 361 participants.

European Go Congress 2021
EGC 2020 2021 Update
This has been postponed until 2021. Romania will now host 2022.

Tenuki

Through the Years
When they say Long Correspondence, they are not kidding… Over 1200 players have signed up to this +1 week per move tournament.

Love Letter to KataGo
Go AI past, present, and future

KGS adds web registration
Helping you avoid Java completely.

Weiqi Wonders
Conversations about Go in China

Professional Go resumes in Japan
The Nihon Ki-in resumes tournament activity this month.

Coronavirus Impacts Tournaments

  • The WAGC won’t be happening in Vladivostok this June – it’s now postponed until 2021.
  • This year’s Korea Prime Minister Cup will be played on Tygem.
  • The Ask Island Go Retreat has been cancelled for this year. The organisers plan to try again next year
  • According to the IGA, the Nihon Ki-in board is holding meetings to discuss whether to cancel or postpone international Go tournaments which are planned to take place in Japan in the coming months.

May

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Apr 302020
 

COVID-19 Episode II

The restrictions continue…

Physicality is Overrated
All local meetups are on hiatus.
The IGA encourages people to play online.
Galway have set up a club on OGS
Dublin will be meeting in the Irish room on KGS at their normal time (Weds 19:00)

Looking forward… May

Correspondence Championship
21 players across 4 divisions. Keep tabs through the OGS Ireland group

BGA Online Tournament
The BGA is running a members-only online tournament on OGA Friday 8th to Sunday 10th

Further ahead… June

Galway Tournament
Currently scheduled to take place June 13th/14th – details to follow

Weekly Meetings

Belfast – Monday 19:00
Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
Cork – every other Tuesday* 20:30 in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in Toners the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
No matches in April. Ireland is currently placed second and will face Norway in the final round on the 5th. Retaining second place would mean a chance at promotion by challenging the second-last team in B League (currently the Netherlands).

Looking back… April

2020 Top 8 (Irish Championship)
After a postponement, the 2020 Irish Championship series began on Saturday. Matei started his title defence with a win by resignation over challenger James.

The Corona Cup
Results table here

On the continent…

European Pro Online Go League
Progress can be tracked here

1st China vs Europe Online Go Tournament
Artem has detailed China’s win on the EGF site. Of note are the 9 consecutive victories by Yu Suhao 6d.

1st China Junior vs Europe Online Go Match
Another new competition started last month on Tencent Fox Weiqi Server

European Go Congress 2021
EGC 2020 2021 Update
This has been postponed until 2021. Romania will now host 2022.

Go Retreat at Ask Island
The IGA has received an invitation from Antti Törmänen 1p to a unique Go retreat in Bergen, Norway, this August

polgote promotion
EGF pro Mateusz Surma is running a promotion “Stay at home. Study Go online. Don’t spread the virus.” This brings the hourly price for individual lessons to under €30

Tenuki

China-US Internet Go Tournament
A brief summary on the AGeJ. Briefer summary: China 11 – USA 1

New York Go Honor Society takes New York Go League international
Entry and play is free and open to any player with a stable rank with any association or credible Go server – AGeJ

Go Club Simulator
Linked without comment

2020 Cross-Server/Federation Rank Survey
2 years since the 2018 surveytime for a redo – kindly share and repost!

Coronavirus Impacts Tournaments

  • The World Amateur Women’s Go Championship, scheduled for early May, has been cancelled due to uncertainty of the Coronavirus.
  • The 49th Amsterdam International Go Tournament will not now run in May as the Dutch government had forbidden all events until June 1st. It is set to return in 2021.
  • According to the IGA, the Nihon Ki-in board is holding meetings to discuss whether to cancel or postpone international Go tournaments which are planned to take place in Japan in the coming months.
  • The WAGC won’t be happening in Vladivostok this June – it’s now postponed until 2021.

April

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Mar 312020
 

The COVID-19 edition

I hope this month finds everyone well and adapting to the new remote-working paradigm that has been hastily rolled out.

Physicality is Overrated
All local meetups are on hiatus given the current situation. With the IGA encouraging people to play online, some clubs are ramping up their virtual presence in response:
Galway have set up a club on OGS
Dublin will be meeting in the Irish room on KGS at their normal time (Weds 19:00)

Looking forward… April

The Corona Cup
JIGS is sponsoring an online open tournament on KGS. Registration closed with over 350 signups. Rounds continue weekly through the end of April. Progress can be tracked here.

Correspondence Championship
21 players across 4 divisions. Keep tabs through the OGS Ireland group

2020 Top 8 (Irish Championship)
The championship match between James and Matei has been postponed. Updates to follow.

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
Cork – every other Tuesday* 20:30 in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in Toners the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
The first board of round 6 against Greece was brought forward a few days and won by Karl. Two of the remaining three boards were also wins for the team. This will apparently put Ireland back in second place once the leaderboard is updated.
Ireland faces Norway in the 7th and final round on 2020-05-05. A win there could mean a chance at promotion (possibly depending on other match outcomes) by challenging the second-last team in B League (currently the Netherlands).

Looking back… March

IGA website overhaul
The new incarnation is now live!

Irish Go Congress
Lucas Ye won both the Rapid and the Open, continuing to rack up wins after his victory in the Cork tournament at the end of last year. The BGA gave the occasion a brief mention.

2020 AGM
The minutes from this year’s AGM are now available

On the continent…

European Pro Online Go League
Artem has posted an article introducing this new professional league. Due to the cancellation of the Pro Championship, the League is now already underway. Progress can be tracked here.

European Youth Championship
Russia’s winning streak (all 5 previous tournaments!) has finally been broken by Germany.

1st China vs Europe Online Go Tournament
1st China vs Europe Online Go Tournament
An introduction to this new tournament is available over on the EGF site, again by Artem.

European Go Congress 2020
EGC 2020 Update
The 2020 European Go Congress will take place in Ukraine from July 25th to August 9th

Go Retreat at Ask Island
The IGA has received an invitation from Antti Törmänen 1p to a unique Go retreat in Bergen, Norway, this August

polgote promotion
EGF pro Mateusz Surma is running a promotion “Stay at home. Study Go online. Don’t spread the virus.” This brings the hourly price for individual lessons to under €30

Tenuki

2020 Cross-Server/Federation Rank Survey
2 years since the 2018 surveytime for a redo – kindly share and repost!

AlphaGo to Zero
AlphaGo to Zero
Redmond and Garlock have released Volume 1 of AlphaGo to Zero, the first of a 4-volume EPUB series. More info in this AGA article.

Coronavirus Impacts Tournaments

  • Due to start in April, the Ing Cup has been postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic. The Ing Chang Ki Goe Educational Foundation said “the exact time will be announced after the epidemic is under control”.
  • The World Amateur Women’s Go Championship, scheduled for early May, has been cancelled due to uncertainty of the Coronavirus.
  • The 49th Amsterdam International Go Tournament will not now run in May as the Dutch government had forbidden all events until June 1st. It is set to return in 2021.
  • According to the IGA, the Nihon Ki-in board is holding meetings to discuss whether to cancel or postpone international Go tournaments which are planned to take place in Japan in the coming months.
  • The WAGC won’t be happening in Vladivostok this June – it’s now postponed until 2021.