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

2019-01 January

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Jan 042019
 

The bumper new year edition

There’s a block of European content near the end which I thought was relevant enough to be interesting, or at least interesting enough to be relevant… Comments on whether such should be included or omitted are welcome. I assume all IGA members are getting their copy of the AGA newsletter, but the European one didn’t seem to last long.

Looking forward… January

2019 Online Interprovincials
The classic Online Interprovincials are due to make a comeback in a new format. The IGA site has more info.

Further ahead… March

2019 Irish Go Congress
The Open & Rapid will take place over the weekend of March 22nd-24th

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in the Black Gate (or possibly 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

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
9th PGETC
Round 3 versus Bulgaria finished 3-1 in Ireland’s favour.
Round 4 went even better, 4-0 against Morocco.
The puts Ireland just behind Iceland at the top of the table.
Next match is against Belarus on the 29th.

Looking back… December

2019 Irish Correspondence Tournament
Registration for 2019 is now closed with ten entrants. Some of the most eager have already begun

On the continent…

Organising EGC 2018
Interesting stats and info behind running the European Go Congress

The Euro Pro System
One year on

One Book, Every Language
An overview of the Multilingual Go Book Project.
The project is looking for volunteers.

Tenuki

Toroidal Go
The GO Without Borders Project is looking for beta testers.
the surrounding game logo

Stones in Cork
John in Cork is selling a set of ceramic stones on DoneDeal. They are listed at €15 but he emailed to say he will accept €10 if a member of the Cork club is interested.

April

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Apr 052018
 

Looking forward… April

Irish Championship Overhaul
The format for this is under review, with four options presented so far – https://docs.google.com/document/d/13Icw60TGUxF2FlI1AmxdOXu9mGgJ780atea3ZGdjUJA/edit

PGETC Round 8
Opponents for round 8 will be Morocco on April 17th – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/448

Go Server Rank Survey
OGS are running a rank survey to compare across online servers and real world associations – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQwUR1N2-QuDpYS6H0Nc7wTjAHCFzJoUdROkv-I1ETgZ_R0A/viewform

2018 Worldwide Iwamoto Awards
Go projects may be nominated online for this international contest until the end of May – http://www.iwamoto-awards.com

Weekly Meetings

Cork – Monday 19:00 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 – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/917134471757020/

Looking back… March

Confucius Cup & AGM
In brief, the Rapid was cancelled, the main tournament ran in a reduced format, and the AGM was postponed.

PGETC Rule Violation
A player in League A has been banned after it was ruled that he used computer software to assist him in his Round 4 game – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/403

2018 Correspondance Tournament
Keep tabs at https://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

Confucius Cup Aftermath

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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.

*** UPDATE ***

BGA writeup – Snow Almost Defeats Irish Open

March

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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 http://www.irish-go.org

AGM
This was scheduled to take place tomorrow at the tournament. No word yet if that will change – http://www.irish-go.org/2018/02/11/agm-notice/

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 – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/448

Weekly Meetings

Cork – Monday 19:00 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 – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/917134471757020/

Looking back… February

2017 Irish Champion
Galway’s Philippe Renaut has taken the title after his final game with Noel Mitchell – http://www.irish-go.org/2018/03/02/philippe-renaut-2017-irish-champion/

2018 Correspondance Tournament
All games started; a few have even completed already. Keep tabs at https://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

PGETC Round 6
Portugal defeated Ireland 3-1 on Feb 20th – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/446

3rd European Professional Go Championship
Full report, including mention that Ilya Shikshin has become the first European 2p, over on the EGF site – https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=192

London Go Centre Opens
London’s first Go Centre in 40 years opened last month – http://www.britgo.org/news/2018/lgcopening

December

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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 – http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Tournament_Card.php?&key=T171125G&pin=16274137

An album of pictures from the weekend is up on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/The3rdCoyote/media_set?set=a.10215552175744024.1073741900.1428742620&type=3

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

PGETC
Ireland will face Slovenia on December 12th – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/444

2018 Correspondance Tournament Entry
December 15th is the last day for signups – https://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

Survey
The EGF have posted a survey asking for feedback on their new site – https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=176

Much further ahead… 2018

Next year’s Confucius Cup will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of March – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/10/14/dates-for-2018-confucius-cup-set/

If anyone is willing to host a visiting player for the duration of the tournament, kindly get in touch with the IGA – https://groups.google.com/forum/#!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 – 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/

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

Looking back… November

PGETC
Ireland conceded all 4 games in round 3 to Greece – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/443

92
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 – https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=177