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

April

 Europe, Ireland, Online, World  Comments Off on April
Mar 312019
 

A lot to cover this month. I have dropped the numbers from the title, going back to just the month name. Looked a bit unwieldily and these bulletins aren’t really intended for archival purposes anyway. Comments to the usual address

Looking forward… April

2019 Online Interprovincials
Round 2, at some point

TPGTC
The first round of the Transatlantic Pro Go Team Championship is scheduled for 20:00 CET on April 7th

The Young One
The AGA’s Power Report has coverage on the career of 9-year-old Nakamura Sumire, who will make her professional debut this month

Further ahead… September

2019 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
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

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
9th PGETC
Ireland trounced Cyprus 4-nil in the 7th round.
Although Ireland and Iceland now both have the same match points, and total board points, and first board points, Iceland’s second board has more points than Ireland’s second board, so Iceland remain at the top of the table. For now…
The penultimate round will be against Kazakhstan on the 16th, with the final round versus Portugal taking place in May.

Looking back… March

2019 Irish Go Congress
Results for the Open are available

2019 Online Interprovincials
The first round is nearly complete. Leinster claimed a 2-1 victory over Munster, while there was one game to play between Connaught and Ulster when last updated.

2019 AGM
This took place during the Irish Go Congress. No minutes posted yet but Eoghan has stepped into the position of president.

2018 Irish Championship
James is the new Irish Champion. Games can be viewed online (1 2) and Cian has posted sgf files commented by Antti Törmänen 1p to the Irish Go mailing list

2019 Irish Correspondence Tournament
Play continues

On the continent…

2019 Euro Pro Championship
Held last month in Jena, Germany. The EGF has a report.

Grand Slam Qualification
EGF article covering the 2019 tournament. The Grand Slam itself will take place at the end of April.

The EYE
Catalin Taranu has proposed creating an European Youth Elite team

Tenuki

The Future of Go in the West
A lengthy but worthwhile read, focusing on online content

How to “Teach” Go
Taking a different approach to introducing new players.

The Road to Recovery
Janice Kim, a well-known professional, successfully underwent surgery to have a brain tumour removed

Go Compare
A comparison of ranks across servers & associations from OGS survey data
rank comparison from OGS survery

2019-03 March

 Ireland, Online  Comments Off on 2019-03 March
Mar 022019
 

Looking forward… March

2019 Irish Go Congress
The Open & Rapid will take place over the weekend of March 22nd-24th. More than two dozen attendees are already registered, about a quarter being dan-level.

2019 Online Interprovincials
Teams have been formed and round 1 is currently being scheduled.

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 beat Iceland, who are currently top of the table in League D, by 3 games to 1 in the 6th round.
Opponent in round 7 on the 26th will be Cyprus. Two rounds remain after that, in April and May, with Iceland sitting out the final one. (Due to the uneven number of countries, one had to take a bye each round.)
The IGA has posted a brief comment on Ireland’s performance.

Looking back… February

2018 Final
These matches have apparently just gotten started

2019 Irish Correspondence Tournament
Play continues

On the continent…

Go Cards
With Noord-Holland refused entry to the 2019 Online Interprovincials on geopolitical grounds, ambassador Kim of Murugandi has demanded that Irish players purchase at least 3 sets of their new Go-themed post cards in order to prevent the international incident from escalating.

Tenuki

AlphaGo Groupies
A chart showing daily games played on OGS in recent years, with dates for AlphaGo events highlighted.
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2019-01 January

 Cork, Europe, Ireland, Online  Comments Off on 2019-01 January
Jan 042019
 

The bumper new year edition

There’s a block of European content near the end which I thought was relevant enough to be interesting, or at least interesting enough to be relevant… Comments on whether such should be included or omitted are welcome. I assume all IGA members are getting their copy of the AGA newsletter, but the European one didn’t seem to last long.

Looking forward… January

2019 Online Interprovincials
The classic Online Interprovincials are due to make a comeback in a new format. The IGA site has more info.

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 the Black Gate (or possibly 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

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
9th PGETC
Round 3 versus Bulgaria finished 3-1 in Ireland’s favour.
Round 4 went even better, 4-0 against Morocco.
The puts Ireland just behind Iceland at the top of the table.
Next match is against Belarus on the 29th.

Looking back… December

2019 Irish Correspondence Tournament
Registration for 2019 is now closed with ten entrants. Some of the most eager have already begun

On the continent…

Organising EGC 2018
Interesting stats and info behind running the European Go Congress

The Euro Pro System
One year on

One Book, Every Language
An overview of the Multilingual Go Book Project.
The project is looking for volunteers.

Tenuki

Toroidal Go
The GO Without Borders Project is looking for beta testers.
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Stones in Cork
John in Cork is selling a set of ceramic stones on DoneDeal. They are listed at €15 but he emailed to say he will accept €10 if a member of the Cork club is interested.

Irish Go Congress 2019 Announced

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Dec 112018
 

Eoghan has posted details on the Irish Go Google Group:

The dates for next year’s Irish Go Congress will be 22nd-24th March. As usual, the Rapid tournament will take place on the Friday night and the Open will be played in five rounds on Saturday and Sunday. We will be returning to our old home of the Teachers’ Club on Parnell Square, D1.

I’ll update the web page later this week with further details, but in general it will be a more modest affair than recent years.

Dubliners, please let me know if you are willing to put a visiting player up for the weekend. The price of accommodation in Dublin is a major obstacle to attracting players from abroad, and being able to offer a couch or a bed to sleep on is very helpful. In my experience, go players are usually fairly well-behaved guests and strong players will often repay your hospitality with a teaching game or two.

Also, I could use a couple of volunteers to help with setting up, registration, and generally keeping things running smoothly. Again, drop me a line if you are willing to pitch in.

*****

Update: Details are now available on the IGA site.

2018-12 December

 Ireland, Online  Comments Off on 2018-12 December
Dec 012018
 

Looking forward… December

2019 Irish Correspondence Tournament
Registration for next year is currently open but will close on December 25th. Don’t be that guy emailing Ian on Christmas Eve…

2019 Online Interprovincials
The classic Online Interprovincials will make a comeback in a new format. The IGA site has more info.

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

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
9th PGETC
There was an unplayed game against Bulgaria in this week’s round. It is scheduled to take place tomorrow.
Ireland’s next opponent will be Morocco in round 4 on Tues 18th

Looking back… November

2018 Correspondance Tournament
With a tie between James and Noel, both on 9 wins, this is now finally over! But fear not, signups for 2019 are already well underway

Tenuki

Baduk Tourist
A night at the Collegians Go Club
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2018-10 October

 Europe, Ireland, Online  Comments Off on 2018-10 October
Oct 022018
 

Looking forward… October

9th Pandanet Go European Team Championship
The 9th PGETC begins tonight. There is a related thread on L19
Pandanet Go European Team Championship

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… September

Belfast Handicap 2018
Ten players attended in all. Results

New Project for Youth in Europe
The first solid progress for Catalin Taranu’s initiative

2018 Correspondance Tournament
Just two games still running

Tenuki

Surrounding Game
This recent documentary is now available on Netflix (yes, in Ireland) alongside AlphaGo.

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“Don’t just buy books—read them. Don’t just look at the results of pro games—play through them. Don’t just play the same opening moves—try some you’ve not used before. You’ll discover that go is even more fun than you thought”William Cobb