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.

December

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Looking forward… December

Top 8 (Irish Championship)
James and Matei stand at one win each, with the deciding game provisionally scheduled for the 14th.

Further ahead… 2020

Correspondence Championship
Next year sees this tournament moving to OGS. Registration closes December 15th.

Top 8 (Irish Championship)
Registration is now open for next year’s Top 8. Deadline for entry is December 15th.

Irish Go Congress
The Rapid and the Irish Open will take place in Dublin over the weekend of the 28th February – 1st March

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
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College
Cork – every other Sunday* 20:30 at Mr Bradleys, Barrack St

* The rebel county, being awkward as ever, has decided to alternate weekly between two venues on two different nights. Best to check in advance if planning to attend.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
Ireland returned another 3-1 result in round 2 against Croatia. They will face Slovakia on the 3rd.

Looking back… November

Cork Go Tournament
This year ended up being a cosy affair, without the traditional disaster. Results via EGD. Some photos have also been posted.

Irish Womens Championship
The Irish Womens Championship is underway. Results so far

On the continent…

European Youth Go Championships
The 25th EYGC will take place on 11-14th March 2020. More info on L19

Silk Road Tournament
Tony Claasen has written an article covering the 6th Silk Road Tournament, which took place in Vienna at the start of November.

Västerås Open 2020
A two-day tournament in Sweden on 8th-9th Feb next year. (The TD has tenuous links to the IGA.)

Tenuki

Invincible – The Games of Skynet
Lee Sedol has resigned from professional play, citing the rise of AI opponents that cannot be defeated.

Yutopian Enterprises
The US retailer is offering a retirement discount, and looking for someone who might be interested in carrying on the business.

October

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Looking forward… October

Irish Womens Championship
With entry closed, this is starting earlier than advertised

Irish Correspondence Tournament
This is now drawing to a close.
Ian is looking for someone to organise next year – anyone interested can email newsletter@irish-go.org

Top 8
Also has just a few games left

Further ahead…November

Cork Go Tourney
The 2019 Cork Tournament will take place on 23-24 November. Details to follow, but it will likely be a class B tournament of 5 rounds.

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
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College
Cork – every other Sunday* 20:30 at Mr Bradleys, Barrack St

* The rebel county, being awkward as ever, has decided to alternate weekly between two venues on two different nights. Best to check in advance if planning to attend.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
The 2019-2020 incarnation kicks off early October

Looking back… September

Confucius Cup
The IGA has posted the final standings. Young-sam Kim won from a very strong field including Pavol Lisy 2p and Cornel Burzo 7d.
SGFs of the top games should be available again whenever KGS stops falling over…

Online Interprovincials
Connaught has now won enough games to be declared this year’s winner.

Belfast Go Tournament
Results from the one day tournament are available on the EGD

On the continent…

EWGC 2019
The EGF has posted two articles on the European Women’s Go Championship


EGC 2020
Next year’s European Go Congress has been announced

Västerås Open 2020
A two-day tournament in Sweden on 8th-9th Feb next year. (The TD has tenuous links to the IGA.)

Tenuki

Play it again, Fan
While looking for something else entirely, I stumbled across the collection of reviews Fan Hui did for IGA members back in 2015

Our Increasingly Benevolent Future Overlords
Two new developments:
DeepMind: The Podcast – hosted by mathematician and broadcaster Dr Hannah Fry
A new version of lizzie

Russian Go Federation handsout two-year ban
The Federation Executive Committee has barred a player until Sep 2021 after finding that he cheated in the 24th international PandaNet tournament.

Sunmire wins on time
A somewhat ambiguous facebook post was given context on L19. She has unfortunately since lost in the final round of the 23rd Female Kisei.


Shanghai Tango

September

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Sep 022019
 

Looking forward… September

Belfast Go Tournament
There will be a one day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 14th

Confucius Cup
This heavyweight of the 2019 Irish lineup (a level C event in the European Grand Prix) will take place over the weekend of September 28th/29th at the Confucius Institute in UCD

Online Interprovincials
Round 3 is still underway

Further ahead…November

Irish Womens Championship
The 3rd Irish Womens Championship will kick off in November. Games will be played over a period of 6 months both in person and online. The deadline for registration is September 22nd.

Weekly Meetings

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

Looking back… August

KBA Equipment
The Korean Baduk Association has kindly provided the IGA with sets, books, and clocks, to be divvied up between the Belfast, Cork, Dublin, and Galway clubs.
KBA equipment

Irish Correspondence Tournament
The duracell bunny of Irish tournaments keeps on going

On the continent…

A Day at EGC 2019
Carol has posted a report on this year’s EGC.
Carol EGC 2019

EGF Ratings System Review
A Commission has been set up to evaluate a proposed change to the EGF ratings system. The change would see EGF rankings expanded, allowing those with ranks weaker than 20kyu to participate fairly in EGF rules tournaments. Anyone interested in nominating someone for the Commission or Stakeholder Group should contact secretary@irish-go.org

Teach the Teachers
A special, free event for the bright organising go minds of Europe will take place in the European Go Cultural Centre on the weekend of 5-6 October. Three professionals from Japan, Korea, and China will be present to share their professional knowledge on how to teach our sport, with an emphasis on how to promote go in schools.

Tenuki

The Futurama of AI
Andreas Hauenstein has created a site where you can play against not just Leela, but also three weaker variants dubbed Fry, Bender, and Farnsworth. More info here.
Carol EGC 2019

Nakamura Sumire
The AGA’s John Power reports on the youngest pro’s first (and second) win.

Tenuki Normal
A non-profit brand whose goal is to create Go/weiqi/baduk/igo style clothing for comfortable and casual wear that stays true to the aesthetics of the game

Jul 022019
 

Quite a bit to get through this month, especially if you are the sort who likes to follow all the links.

Looking forward… July

EGC 2019
Starting late in the month, the European Go Congress will run from July 20th to August 4th in Brussels

Online Interprovincials
The final round is currently underway. Results from round 2 were:
Munster v Ulster: 1-2
Connaught v Leinster: 3-0

Further ahead… September

Belfast Go Tournament
There will be a one day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 14th

Weekly Meetings

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

UPDATE: Cork meetings will resume Tuesday 9th in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall, Dean Street on a trial basis.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
9th-and-a-half PGETC
While the main tournament has wrapped up, there is a special 2019 Qualifier which will involve face-to-face games.

Transatlantic Pro Go Team Championship
After staying on long enough to pull the AGA back up to 3 – 3, Eric Lui lost to Artem in the 7th round. While the result has not yet made it onto the TPGTP site, the game is available on OGS. (Actually, they have a facebook page too, if you are that way inclined.) The next two rounds will be on the 7th and 14th.

Looking back… June

World Amateur Go Championship
Noel placed 36th representing Ireland at the 40th WAGC

Irish Correspondence Tournament
Play continues

On the continent…

EGCC Closure
In an unfortunate turn of events, the European Go Cultural Centre will shut down later this year

Tenuki

Argentina Walks Towards Gender Equity in Go
“Argentina’s Gender Commission was founded with the purpose of achieving more gender equity and inclusion. There are more males than females playing Go, despite there being no gendered differences in intellectual ability. [There are already some quite strong female players.] An increasing number of clubs are trying to address the causes behind this disparity.”

UK 1k
The London Go Centre is aiming for 1000 subscribers on its youtube channel to level up the account’s streaming privileges

ZBaduk
A new LeelaZero site, with options to play against the bot or review an uploaded game

OGS Joseki Dictionary
Another month, another promising feature

Apr 302019
 

Exciting happenings in both the PGETC and TPGTC. Also, applications are open for the KPMC.
Clearly, the Go community has not caught on to the idea of backronyms…

Looking forward… May

Galway Tournament
A 2-day tournament will be held on May 25th-26th in the Galway Bridge Centre

Online Interprovincials
Round 2, real soon now
Munster v Ulster
Leinster v Connaught

Further ahead… September

Belfast Go Tournament
There will be a one day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 14th

2019 KPMC
The search is on for an Irish player to attend the 14th Korea Prime Minister Cup International Baduk Championship

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

Kindly note that Dublin meetings are now starting earlier (allegedly in the hope of finishing earlier)

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
9th PGETC
With Ireland’s 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan in the penultimate round, the team now stands at the top of the table. League C beckons next year…
The final round versus Portugal takes place on the 7th.

Transatlantic Pro Go Team Championship
Mateusz Surma has eliminated all opposition so far in the TPGTC. The EGF posted an interview with him after the second round.
The next game will take place on May 5th.

Looking back… April

Top 8
This year’s Top 8 kicked off over the weekend

Online Interprovincials
The third game between Connaught and Ulster was played, putting Connaught ahead 2-1, and bringing an end to round 1.

Irish Correspondence Tournament
Play continues

Further back… March

2019 Irish Go Congress
The IGA has a detailed writeup of the event.
The BGA also posted one entitled Irish Open Runs Smoothly on April 1st, which I’m sure was completely unintentional.

On the continent…

EGF – The Movie?
Someone has started a thread over on L19 about the cons and pros (pun intended) of creating a movie. The concept is vague but the discussion is lively.

Tenuki

Leela Zero Reviews OGS
OGS are building LZ analysis into the site

Autumn 1989
Someone recently linked me an old issue of the British Go Journal, to highlight how far computer Go has progressed in the last 30 years. However, there was an unexpected fragment from the past on page 15…
BGJ fragment

2019-03 March

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Mar 022019
 

Looking forward… March

2019 Irish Go Congress
The Open & Rapid will take place over the weekend of March 22nd-24th. More than two dozen attendees are already registered, about a quarter being dan-level.

2019 Online Interprovincials
Teams have been formed and round 1 is currently being scheduled.

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
Dublin – Wednesday 20:30 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

West Cork
A new player in the Bantry area, Terry, is looking for other players in that region. If you are interested in getting in touch, email corkgo@gmail.com and I will pass along contact details.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
9th PGETC
Ireland beat Iceland, who are currently top of the table in League D, by 3 games to 1 in the 6th round.
Opponent in round 7 on the 26th will be Cyprus. Two rounds remain after that, in April and May, with Iceland sitting out the final one. (Due to the uneven number of countries, one had to take a bye each round.)
The IGA has posted a brief comment on Ireland’s performance.

Looking back… February

2018 Final
These matches have apparently just gotten started

2019 Irish Correspondence Tournament
Play continues

On the continent…

Go Cards
With Noord-Holland refused entry to the 2019 Online Interprovincials on geopolitical grounds, ambassador Kim of Murugandi has demanded that Irish players purchase at least 3 sets of their new Go-themed post cards in order to prevent the international incident from escalating.

Tenuki

AlphaGo Groupies
A chart showing daily games played on OGS in recent years, with dates for AlphaGo events highlighted.
the surrounding game logo