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/

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

Cobh Meetings

 Cobh  Comments Off on Cobh Meetings
Sep 112011
 

The Cobh crew seem to have settled on Wednesday evenings as a reasonably reliable night to play. Time can vary depending on our host’s schedule, but it’s usually around 20:00-22:00 in Whitepoint. Get in touch for more info.

 Posted by at 01:54

Meeting Times

 Cobh, UCC  Comments Off on Meeting Times
Jan 272008
 

Cork
The UCC Go Club meets every wednesday night (19:00-22:00) in room G20 of the Kane Building.

Cobh
The Cobh crew meets up irregularly. If you’ll be in the area and are interested in meeting up, get in touch and we’ll organize something.

 Posted by at 23:40

Summer Update

 Cobh, Cork  Comments Off on Summer Update
Jun 242007
 

Although there hasn’t been any post here for a while now, it’s not that there hasn’t been any activity locally. There have been occasional meetings in Cobh and play continues fairly regularly in Cork. I’ve just not been following play there as closely as someone who’s supposed to be letting others know what’s happening should. (Personal rambling kept to my own blog.) Things always lose cohesion slightly during the summer, with people being preoccupied by exams, vacations, etc. The Yahoo group continues to be the best method to get in touch with other members anyway; this site is more useful for allowing new players in Cork to find us. I will try to make time to catch up on the various forums and such that are linked this week. Expect another update when you see it…

 Posted by at 14:20