Sep 042018
 

Looking forward… September

Belfast Tournament
There will be a four-round one-day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 29th

Galway Meetups
The group is now meeting every Tuesday evening at the Black Gate in Galway City. Kevin intends to keep their facebook page active, starting with a life or death problem from one of the club’s recent games.

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 20:00 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… August

EGF AGM
The EGF have posted some updates and the minutes are available. There is some related discussion on L19.

2018 Correspondance Tournament
Just a handful of games left

Tenuki

AlphaGo Monument
I had read about the touchscreen go table in Austria, but missed this installation entirely.

AlphaGo monument humanity future overlord
The AlphaGo sculpture in Vienna is the first monument in the world that is dedicated to AI

Jul 032018
 

Summer “Overcompensating for Emma” Edition

I couldn’t find any reports of goban spontaneously bursting into flames (at least, not with pictures) but I’m keeping mine in the fridge until August, just in case…

This issue moves further away from the old-style links in an effort to improve the layout. This has the dubious benefit of letting me liberally scatter more links throughout the bulletin without breaking up what little content there is. It may also make editing easier; ask me in a few issues. Everything looks fine posted on CorkGo, but do let me know if anyone has issues following the links from any particular email client.

European Go Yearbook
A source at the EGF confirmed that plans for further yearbooks have been shelved for now. There is speculation about making the existing one available as an ebook after the next congress. Meanwhile, there are still some physical copies available from https://www.eurogofed.org/yearbook/

Looking forward… July

EGF AGM
This will take place on 2018-07-31 in Pisa, Italy.
Agenda
There is a discussion over on L19 started by Ian (of course) about two ratings proposals.

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
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

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

Looking back… June

2018 Top 8
There is a brief note regarding Cian’s blitzkrieg over on the IGA site.
Tibi has also posted photos on facebook:
Round#1
Round#2
Round#3
Round#4

2018 Top 8 Go Tournament

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

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

Go Meme of the Week
go memes

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

 Ireland  Comments Off on Confucius Cup Aftermath
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

 Europe, Ireland, Online  Comments Off on March
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

Not So Rapid Now

 Ireland  Comments Off on Not So Rapid Now
Mar 022018
 

Due to ongoing extreme weather conditions the decision has been taken to cancel the Irish Rapid on Friday night. Travel, even in Dublin itself, is very difficult. A RED weather warning remains in place today.

Regarding Saturday and Sunday. The Confucius Cup will no longer be an EGF Grand Prix event, it will still take place, but in a reduced format.

More information will be posted when we have it. The IGA can only offer its apologies to everyone who hoped to enjoy the weekend in these circumstances.

source: http://www.irish-go.org