Oct 042017
 

Looking forward… October

Ireland back Online
The Online Go Club is restarting this thursday – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/10/03/october-news/

PGETC
Ireland emerged from its first round 2-2 vs Kazakhstan – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/441

25 Years EGCC Anniversary Tournament
The European Go Cultural Centre in Amstelveen celebrates its 25 year existence – http://www.go-centre.nl/Events/AnniversaryTournament.php

Looking further ahead… November

Cork Go Tournament 2017
Dates are set (Nov 25-26) for the 2017 Cork Go Tournament – http://www.corkgo.org/?p=1022

Weekly Meetings
Cork – Meetings have moved to Monday nights at 19:00, but are still in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950
Galway – Tuesday 19:00. Those 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/
Online – Thursdays 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
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/

Looking back… September

Korea Prime Minister Cup 2017
Kevin won 2 of his 6 games in the 12th KPMC and has posted a synopsis of his trip – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/09/13/results-from-kpmc-12/#comments

How to write a Yearbook
Interview with Kim Ouweleen – https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=151

Can’t get enough AlphaGo
Three more games, commented by Ke Jie and Fan Hu, referred by the EGF VP – https://www.facebook.com/eyfel/posts/10154681532646207

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

Sep 022017
 

Looking forward… September

PGETC
With team entries for the upcoming PGETC closing on the 12th, players may still have a few days to get their names in – http://www.corkgo.org/?p=1005

KPMC
Kevin of Galway will represent Ireland in the 2017 Korea Prime Minister Cup – http://www.irish-go.org/national-international/Korea/

Weekly Meetings
Cork – Meetings have moved to Monday nights at 19:00, but are still in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950
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/

Looking back… August

Invisible – The Games of AlphaGo
An account of the story of AlphaGo, including commentaries of 73 games against human pros. Available electronically for €20 – https://gumroad.com/l/VmVNy (or get the dead-tree edition for slightly more)

Looking further back… June

Myosu
I missed the launch of this new (possibly quarterly) Baduk magazine at the tail end of June. Published by Myongji University Baduk Studies, it is aimed at English speakers – http://www.mjubadukstudies.com/en/2017/06/30/launching-global-baduk-magazine-myosu/

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

Aug 242017
 

We’re putting together the Irish panel for the PGETC this year: http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

It starts in late September. We’ll be in league D along with Slovenia, Iceland, Cyprus, Greece, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Portugal, and newcomer Morocco.

It will involve 8 fixtures at the rate of roughly one a month, and the strongest available players from the panel play each match; there’s no need to play all of them.

Last year’s panel: http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/teams/11/IRL

We have 5 players so far, and ideally we’d have 12 on the panel.

If you can join in, head over to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/irish-go

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.

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.