Mar 092018

Ian has posted a writeup of the weekend over at the IGA site:

For the ordinary player, the Confucius Cup is normally the highlight of the year’s competition calendar. Unfortunately this year we were the target of the disruptive storm Emma. The early forecasts suggested that we would be able to carry on as normal, but by Thursday all the airports had shut down, roads and railways became impassable, and a Red Alert was put in place countrywide by Met Eirann. As a result the Irish Rapid was cancelled and the Confucius Cup was only able to run in a reduced format. As usual, the Xiangqi competition ran alongside the Go, but it too was run in a reduced format. The Annual General Meeting was planned to take place during the event, but it too had to be cancelled given the weather.

Lukáš Podpěra (7-dan) emerged as the winner this year, collecting 200 euros by way of reward for managing to travel across to Dublin from the Czech Republic. In second place was Yishen Wang (5-dan), whilst Geoffrey Crespino (2-kyu) came in third. The final results can be seen at 2018 Tournament Results

Beyond that, the hard work of Prof. Liming Wang and the Confucius Institute in securing invites for professional players and special guests from China did not go amiss. Liu Shizhen (7-pro) and Chen Tianhui (6-dan) were both too strong to be stopped by a closed airport. They arrived and entertained with simultaneous games and teaching. Thanks go out to the organisers John Gibson, Arthur Cater, Carol Doyle, and referee Tony Atkins.

Mar 022018

Looking forward… March

Confucius Cup
As mentioned earlier, tonight’s Rapid has been cancelled. The hope is that the main tournament will still run over the weekend, albeit in a reduced form. Keep track of updates at

This was scheduled to take place tomorrow at the tournament. No word yet if that will change –

Further ahead… April

PGETC Round 8
Due to the uneven number of teams, Ireland will sit out round 7. Opponents for round 8 will be Morocco on April 17th –

Weekly Meetings

Cork – Monday 19:00 in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street –
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 –
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS –
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College –

Looking back… February

2017 Irish Champion
Galway’s Philippe Renaut has taken the title after his final game with Noel Mitchell –

2018 Correspondance Tournament
All games started; a few have even completed already. Keep tabs at

PGETC Round 6
Portugal defeated Ireland 3-1 on Feb 20th –

3rd European Professional Go Championship
Full report, including mention that Ilya Shikshin has become the first European 2p, over on the EGF site –

London Go Centre Opens
London’s first Go Centre in 40 years opened last month –

Dec 042017

Cork Winter Olympics Edition

Cork Go Tournament 2017

The 2017 Cork Go Tournament was held over the last weekend of November. As suggested by the locals sporting the latest in arctic fashion, it was cold…

Cold weather gearSkiing anyone?

Thirteen players took part in all. Kim and Justyna, of murugandi fame, won 1st and 3rd places respectively. 2nd place was taken by Przemyslaw Dyszczyk.

Results are available on the EGD –

An album of pictures from the weekend is up on facebook –

Thanks to Tom and K for running another successful tournament. Hope ye are looking forward to doing it all again next year…
Unable to restrain excitement

Looking forward… December

Ireland will face Slovenia on December 12th –

2018 Correspondance Tournament Entry
December 15th is the last day for signups –

The EGF have posted a survey asking for feedback on their new site –

Much further ahead… 2018

Next year’s Confucius Cup will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of March –

If anyone is willing to host a visiting player for the duration of the tournament, kindly get in touch with the IGA –!topic/irish-go/T4rvBPhpslc

Weekly Meetings
Cork* – Meetings have moved to Monday nights at 19:00, but are still in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street –
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 –
Online – Thursdays 20:00-22:00 on OGS –
Cobh* – Thursday 20:30 in Whitepoint –
Stillorgan – Sunday afternoons 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College –

* Some dates are doubtful this month. Best to check with one of the locals if you are thinking of attending.

Looking back… November

Ireland conceded all 4 games in round 3 to Greece –

What is thought to be the shortest official game to be counted, ending after just 92 moves, occurred at the Russian 2017 Championship between Ilja Shikshin and Vjacheslav Kajmin –

ten years on…

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Sep 042016

Cork Go launched just over ten years ago, making it one of the longest running projects I’ve been involved with. As with my own go playing, there have been occasional breaks along the way. While it has never reached any great level of activity, dashboard stats show 115 posts to date – about one a month.

The biggest recent step was definitely the start of a monthly bulletin back in February, which met with positive feedback. So far, this little experiment has been well worth the time. The monthly format strikes a reasonable balance between timely content and production effort.

If anyone has ideas for the future of the site, or would be interested in getting involved in some way, feel free to post a comment below, or get in touch with me directly (check the Contact page).

DeepMind announces recipients of million dollar prize fund

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Jun 082016

The fund will be split between UNICEF UK, Raspberry Pi/Code Club, the American Go Association, the European Go Federation and the Korean Baduk (Go) Association.


*update* The AGA later posted a breakdown

The biggest recipient, UNICEF UK, will receive $450,000 to support global education work including girls’ education and gender equality, while $100,000 will be granted to Code Club UK for the creation of more clubs around the world for children to learn to program. The go community grant is $150,000 each to European Go Federation, the Korea Baduk Association and the American go entities. The AGF will receive $60,000 and the AGA $90,000, DeepMind said.

AlphaGo goes Pro?

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Jan 272016

processing power

Google Deepmind‘s AlphaGo has beaten Fan Hui 5-0. It seems they’re not done yet though, as they have issued a challenge to Lee Sedol for a match in March.

The BGA have posted a writeup with links to news posts and videos on Nature.
The AGA has an article which includes the game records.
Discover have a blog entry on why we should be playing poker instead.
And of course, Google themselves have provided some context.

*** update ***

The IGA has posted a video of RTE’s coverage, including guest appearances by two of the local Dublin players. Sure, ye’re famous now lads!

*** update ***

Cian recommended a synopsis of Myungwan Kim 9p’s analysis of the games on reddit