Oct 012019
 

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

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

2019-02 February

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Feb 092019
 

The unexpected Gutenberg update edition

WordPress has updated; the cogs and gears look different. Not sure how this will pan out on the site’s front end.

Looking forward… February

2019 Online Interprovincials
Teams are assembling for the renewed Online Interprovincials.

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 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 took 3 of the 4 games against Belarus in Round 5.
On the 26th, Round 6 sees Ireland facing Iceland, currently the top of the table.

Looking back… January

2019 Irish Correspondence Tournament
This is now well underway

On the continent…

European Grand Prix
The EGF has posted an article explaining the structure of the Grand Prix, along with details of the recent 2018 Finale.
The winner, Ilya Shikshin, was promoted to become the first EGF-bestowed 3p

Saijo European Youth GO Tour
SEYGO is a new, long-term project, focusing on Go events for youth across Europe

Tenuki

Explore Baduk
A new website for our favourite game. Home to Go Studies: A History of Adventure which the author, Sinan Djepov, describes as “an adventure into the deepness of Go in my three months of study in the Ge Yuhong Go Academy as part of the CEGO Academic Programme in China, Beijing”.

Leela dev steps back
Developer Gian-Carlo Pascutto (gcp) has passed the torch on to the community

Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship
Billed as a “formal setting for a healthy rivalry between the growing fields of EGF and AGA certified pros”, the 2019 TPGTC will be co-hosted by the EGF and AGA

2018-11 November

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Oct 312018
 

Looking forward… November

Cork Tourney
Unfortunately, there is no tournament scheduled in Cork this winter.

9th PGETC
Ireland will face Bulgaria in round 3 on Nov 27th

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in the Black Gate
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… October

2018 Correspondance Tournament
The final game seems to be caught in a ko fight for the last several dozen moves… Irish Correspondence 2018

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
Ireland finished 2-2 against Georgia in round 1 and sat out round 2 due to there being an odd number of teams in D League

Tenuki

Black Swans
Another interview with the creator of LeelaZero, this one by Black Swans. (The previous one was by EGN.)

Not a halloween ghost story
Tales from Huai An

the surrounding game logo

June

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Jun 042018
 

Observant readers will have noticed that there was no bulletin for May. Real life got in the way. I’ll try not to let it happen again…
The email version of this edition may look a little different. Let me know if anyone has trouble viewing it.

Looking forward… June

IGA Internet Tournament
https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/1209837599153371/

Further ahead… July

EGF AGM
This will take place on 2018-07-31 in Pisa, Italy. Agenda available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qYqtlX12Ml3pxs5HIInk9bhFdh9_c58h76Etp0gnIgI/edit

Weekly Meetings

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/

Meetings in Cork seem to have petered out for now.

Looking back… April/May

PGETC
Ireland beat Morocco 3-1 in round 8, followed by a draw against Belarus in round 9, finishing 6th of 9 in League D – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/draw/73

PGETC Rule Violation Update
The previous decision (that Carlo Metta used Leela computer software to assist him) has been overturned by the appeals committee – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/403

WAGC 39
Ireland was represented by Michael (2k) who placed 48th in a field of 61 – http://www.irish-go.org/2018/05/04/39th-world-amateur-go-championships/

Rank Survey Results
Results from the cross-server and international rank survey run by OGS are available – https://idex.github.io/go-rank-survey/go-survey-results

LeelaZero
The EGF have posted an interview with LZ’s creator – https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=205

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

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