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
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.


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

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
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


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

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Looking forward… November

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

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


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


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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

Further ahead… July

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

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

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

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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