Mar 042020

The bumper 2020 Irish Go Congress edition

A lot of random bits and pieces this month, most of it not actually relating to March…

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.

2020 AGM
The minutes from this year’s AGM are now available

Looking forward… March

IGA website overhaul
Niall is hard at work bringing the new incarnation of the site online

Correspondence Championship
21 players across 4 divisions. Keep tabs through the OGS Ireland group

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 alternates between two venues and nights. Best to check in advance if planning to attend.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
Ireland did not fare well against South Africa in round 5 and so slipped slightly on the leaderboard. To be fair, the team’s performance thus far has been outstanding given that they were only promoted to league C for the current championship. They will face Greece in round 6 on March 31st.

Looking back… February

2020 Top 8 (Irish Championship)
After winning his game against Alex, James will advance to face Matei in the championship series

lights, camera...
The Cork group was visited by a team of film students from UCC. They have chosen Go as the focus of their term project. Two of them learned the rules at their first meeting and returned with recording equipment for the following two.

On the continent…

European Youth Go Yearbook 2019
European Youth Go Yearbook 2019
Artem has posted a review of the SEYGO 2019 yearbook. A 140-page pdf version is available for purchase.

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 – brochure


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.
  • 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.

Not Go
Simon in Cork is looking for people or groups interested in mahjong. If you play, or would like to learn, check out his facebook page

Shanghai Ing Foundation International Collegiate Tournament
This year’s tournament will be held in Shenzhen, China, from July 7 – 13 and is open to any current undergraduate or graduate level college student. Deadline for applications is March 15th. Interested parties should contact Eoghan –

Uncommon Creativity
A list of Go books and other content that have been released under Creative Commons licenses.

Janice Kim's Learn to Play Go
Learn to Play Go now available in ePub format
This expands Janice Kim’s five-volume series to users of Android and Windows.

Nakamura Sumire receives Kansai prize
Sumire has been awarded the 2019 Kansai Area New Power Prize. She also won the Japanese 2019 Journalists Prize for both her personal performance and contributions to the spreading of Go. With 21 wins, 11 losses to date, Sumire may see promotion in 2020, though her win rate has dropped to 50% since the new year. There is an active thread over on L19 tracking her progress.

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 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

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).

News in Brief

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Nov 092012

UCC Go: There has been a change in our Sunday meetings – from now on we will be meeting in the Marlboro 32 pub (on Marlboro street obviously). They’re still be on from 4PM on as that’s when the pub opens! It’s a nice and quiet place on a Sunday afternoon.

Also, only one week until the tournament!

IGA: The previously announced IGA EGM will be held on Jan 26th, during the weekend of the Top 8 Kick-Off.

NUIG Go: November’s issue of Knight’s Atari is now online.

IGoLocal: Too late to be considered news, but it seems will not be making a return. The sidebar link to the right has been removed.

more is more

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Oct 042011

Hard to believe this site went live a little over five years ago. While there’s never been anything cutting edge about the place, time and technology have moved on. With monitors getting ever bigger, corkgo’s been getting relatively narrower and less space efficient. The old Ocadia theme wasn’t designed to handle a lot of the newer wordpress features, so attempts to activate stuff was hit and miss. To address these issues, I’ve (finally) switched over to Suffusion, which should scale well with whatever size your browser window is set to. There are a lot of other bells and whistles that I’ll now be able to play around with, so if something appears broken overnight, it’s probably just a test. If it’s still broken the next day, let me know.

Ratings Updated

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Sep 302006

I’ve updated the rating estimates in the People section. In case anyone was wondering, the club ratings have for some time been based on the KGS system, which has recently been overhauled. Where a player had a solid KGS rating, that was used. Where a player did not, his current handicaps against other players with solid ratings were used to estimate one for club use. This (in theory) has the advantage of giving some idea of relative strength compared to players outside the club, while not forcing members to play online. (In any case, most people know their strength relative to the others they play near their own level, so they don’t even need to worry about any of this.) Of course, it’s not totally accurate, but it generally works out within a stone or two. If anyone has a better idea, let me know.