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...
Action!
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

Tenuki

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 – president@irish-go.org

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.

Feb 012020
 

Looking forward… February

Irish Go Congress
The Rapid and the Irish Open will take place in Dublin over the weekend of February 28th – March 1st

2020 Top 8 (Irish Championship)
James is tentatively scheduled to play Alex on the 15th at 14:00 on KGS to decide who will face Matei in the final

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

Further ahead… March

2020 AGM
This year’s AGM will be held on March 1st, after the prize-giving ceremony at the Irish Open. IGA members are invited to submit motions to Carol – secretary@irish-go.org

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 retains lead position in league C after a 3-1 victory over Slovenia in round 4. They will face South Africa on the 25th.

Looking back… January

2020 Top 8 (Irish Championship)
Defending champion Matei was undefeated last weekend, securing his place in this year’s final. A summary of results so far can be found on the IGA site.

Philippe has shared a behind the scenes look at the event.

On the continent…

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

3rd European Grand Prix Finale 2019
An article by Antonius Claasen about the Grand Prix Final

Book Review
Antonius Claasen has posted an overview of EGF 2p Mateusz Surma’s You won’t get dumber while thinking series as well as Shapes of Minds, which are available from polgote

European Youth Go Yearbook
The 140-page pdf version of the SEYGO 2019 yearbook is available for purchase. A limited paper edition will be on sale at several events during the year.

Västerås Open 2020
A two-day tournament in Sweden on 8th-9th Feb.

Tenuki

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. Interested parties should contact Eoghan – president@irish-go.org

Ing Cup Postponed
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”.

Feb 012020
 

The IGA has received the following invitation from the Shanghai Ing Foundation:

International Collegiate Tournaments which gathers 100 players from over 40 universities and more than 15 countries each year. This year’s tournament will be held in Shenzhen, China, from July 7 – 13.

The tournament is open to any current undergraduate or graduate level college student. All costs related to room, board, and tours during the event will be covered by the tournament organizer. Travel costs associated with getting to and from Shenzhen will be the student’s responsibility.

This is a truly unique experience as the Shanghai Ing Foundation does not spare any expense during the planning of this event. If you would like to know more about this program, you can find the schedule and regulations as well as additional information on the Shanghai Ing Foundation’s website.

While play is competitive, players of all skill levels are welcome to participate. There will be five divisions: Open, low dan, single digit kyu, double digit kyu, and a women’s division.

The deadline for applying is March 15th

Interested parties should contact Eoghan – president@irish-go.org

Dec 312019
 

Looking forward… January

Correspondence Championship
With a near-record number of signups, this kicks off on New Year’s Day in the OGS Ireland group.

WAWGC 2020
The deadline for applications to the 2020 World Amateur Women’s Go Championship in Tokyo is on the 5th.

Irish Women’s Championship
Carol and Michele will advance to the final of the 2019 Irish Womens Go Championship. This best of three will kick off in the new year.

Top 8 (Irish Championship)
The main tournament runs the weekend of 25th–26th. The best-of-three series will follow in February.

Further ahead… February

Irish Go Congress
The Rapid and the Irish Open will take place in Dublin over the weekend of the 28th February – 1st March

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 stays atop the table after drawing 2-2 against Slovakia in round 3. They will face Slovenia on the 28th.

Looking back… December

2019 Top 8 (Irish Championship)
Matei emerged triumphant in the final game of the Championship.

On the continent…

30 years of Pair Go
Several teams from Europe were in Tokyo to participate in tournaments organised by the Japan Pair Go Association to celebrate 30 years of Pair Go at international level.

Västerås Open 2020
A two-day tournament in Sweden on 8th-9th Feb.

Tenuki

KGS+ Now Free
The AGF has “a very long list of things [they] want to improve”, such as removing reliance on Java, to open KGS up to more people.

The Littlest 1-dan
Today’s Power Report gives an update on the exploits of Nakamura Sumire, along with other events from the month just gone.

Learn (Basic) Joseki
A new site listing 248 joseki for kyu players.

Dec 012019
 

Looking forward… December

Top 8 (Irish Championship)
James and Matei stand at one win each, with the deciding game provisionally scheduled for the 14th.

Further ahead… 2020

Correspondence Championship
Next year sees this tournament moving to OGS. Registration closes December 15th.

Top 8 (Irish Championship)
Registration is now open for next year’s Top 8. Deadline for entry is December 15th.

Irish Go Congress
The Rapid and the Irish Open will take place in Dublin over the weekend of the 28th February – 1st March

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
Ireland returned another 3-1 result in round 2 against Croatia. They will face Slovakia on the 3rd.

Looking back… November

Cork Go Tournament
This year ended up being a cosy affair, without the traditional disaster. Results via EGD. Some photos have also been posted.

Irish Womens Championship
The Irish Womens Championship is underway. Results so far

On the continent…

European Youth Go Championships
The 25th EYGC will take place on 11-14th March 2020. More info on L19

Silk Road Tournament
Tony Claasen has written an article covering the 6th Silk Road Tournament, which took place in Vienna at the start of November.

Västerås Open 2020
A two-day tournament in Sweden on 8th-9th Feb next year. (The TD has tenuous links to the IGA.)

Tenuki

Invincible – The Games of Skynet
Lee Sedol has resigned from professional play, citing the rise of AI opponents that cannot be defeated.

Yutopian Enterprises
The US retailer is offering a retirement discount, and looking for someone who might be interested in carrying on the business.

Nov 012019
 

Looking forward… November

Cork Go Tournament
This will take place on the 23rd-24th of November

Further ahead… 2020

Correspondence Championship
Next year sees this tournament moving to OGS. Registration closes December 15th.

Top 8 (Irish Championship)
Registration is now open for next year’s Top 8. Deadline for entry is December 15th.

Irish Go Congress
The Rapid and the Irish Open will take place in Dublin over the weekend of the 28th February – 1st March

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
Getting off to a good start in League C, Ireland beat Denmark 3-1 in the first round. The team will face Croatia in round 2 on the 5th.

Looking back… October

Irish Correspondence Championship
Philippe claimed the 2019 title with an impressive 8/9 wins

Top 8
Matei beat Roman in a tie-breaker to decide who would advance to face James in the best-of-three final matches

Korean Prime Minister’s Cup
The IGA advises that it has changed the selection process for the KPMC

On the continent…

Europe gets a sensational victory in the 4th MLily Cup
Artem Kachanovskyi has posted a detailed writeup

European Student Go Championship
The 2019 EGSC was held on 28-29 September in Kyiv, Ukraine


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

qGo
The alternative IGS client has hit the version 1.0 milestone


BadukPop!
Haijin Lee (aka Haylee) has announced a new tsumego mobile app. Its freemium nature has received some criticism on reddit.

Oct 032019
 

We are pleased to announce The Cork Go Tournament of 2019, to be held over the 23rd-24th of November.

Here in friendly Cork, on the banks of the Lee by the famous St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, we are delighted to host another Go tournament for all you go aficionados out there.

GENERAL INFO and RULES

This will be a class B Swiss Tournament (Handicap -1) of 5 rounds; 40 minutes main thinking time and 5X30 seconds byoyomi. Komi will be set at 6.5 and Japanese counting will be used for scoring the game.

As always we will supply various teas, coffee, fruit, biscuits and other goodies!

SCHEDULE

Saturday
9.30: Registration
10:00 Round 1
13:30 Round 2
16:00 Round 3
19:00 Dinner at a nearby restaurant

Sunday
11:00 Round 4
14:30 Round 5

VENUE: St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall, Dean Street, Cork.

Entry Fee – €15 (€8 for students and unemployed).

REGISTRATION

Please fill out the registration form

OR

You can email tomasoseanachain@gmail.com with your name, email address, rank, club, and whether you would like to join us for dinner.

Registered players

Looking forward to seeing you all there!