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

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 222017
 

Since the new year, meetings in Cobh have been running on thursday nights in Whitepoint. Start time is around 20:00. Player strength ranges from 9k down into the 20’s.

We aim to continue the irregular tues/weds nights in Ballyvoloon as well. Details will be updated here when the schedule settles down.

 Posted by at 14:37
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 082016
 

The Cork Go Club will be breaking for the holidays and we’ll be back in full swing come mid January 2017! Please feel free to join the group Cork Go Community for the most up to date information ! https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950/

source: HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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Dec 072016
 

2016-tourney-1 2016-tourney-4

This year saw a relatively modest turnout, tying with 2015 as the smallest to date (11 players total). With no bar in place and such a small field, several of the later games involved 9-stone handicaps. Let’s just say some of the DDK players had an interesting sunday!

2016-tourney-3 2016-tourney-2

The EGD has the usual detailed results listing.

The IGA has posted a brief article.

There are some photos on the Cork facebook page.