Jul 312022
 

Looking forward… August

IGA League
Keep tabs on the first season of this new league here

Further Ahead… September

Date Change for the Confucius Cup
Fans of both country music and Go will be relieved to hear that the dates for the Confucius Cup have been pushed back by a week to September 23rd–25th to avoid conflicting with the Garth Brooks concerts.

Weekly Meetings

Dublin – Wednesday 19:30 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00 on Discord, with games played primarily in the OGS Ireland Group
Lisburn – Saturday 10:00 at 60-62 Longstone Street as part of Lisburn Chess club. Also Monday 18:30 – check FB or message to confirm!

On the continent…

European Go Congress 2023
Due to ongoing events, the Ukrainian Go Federation has decided it will not be able to host the 2023 Congress as planned. The EGF are now looking for “a motivated team which can set up a congress with only 1 year of preparation”.

EGC 2022
European Go Congress 2022
Results are being posted

Transatlantic Professional Go League
2nd Transatlantic Professional Go League
Won by Ryan Li 3p – more info

Issyk-Kul Cup 2022 international tournament
A report on the first international Go tournament to be held in Kyrgyzstan

EGF AGM
This was scheduled to be held on July 26th. No minutes available yet, but the agenda is here

Tenuki

Where to Learn Go and Have Fun With Other Players
An evergreen list on OGS which includes the IGA league

19×19 for Beginners Series
A 6-part (so far) series being posted on OGS
Introduction: Making sense of Go
Part 1: Sente and Gote
Part 2: Settling your Stones
Part 3: Playing a Balanced Opening
Part 4: Joseki Basics
Part 5: The Stages of the Game
Part 6: Shape – Playing with Blocks in the Sandbox

Jun 282022
 

Looking forward… July

IGA League
Keep tabs on the first season of this new league here

2022 Correspondence Championship
There are just a handful of games left to close in each of Brackets A and B

Further Ahead… September

Korea Prime Minister’s Cup
The IGA is seeking a player to represent Ireland at this year’s KPMC, which will take place in Gwangju from September 24th-30th. Interested members should contact Eoghan or Niall on the IGA discord server no later than July 9th.

Date Change for the Confucius Cup
Fans of both country music and Go will be relieved to hear that the dates for the Confucius Cup have been pushed back by a week to September 23rd–25th to avoid conflicting with the Garth Brooks concerts.

Weekly Meetings

Dublin – Wednesday 19:30 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00 on Discord, with games played primarily in the OGS Ireland Group
Lisburn – Saturday 10:00 at 60-62 Longstone Street as part of Lisburn Chess club. Also Monday 18:30 – check FB or message to confirm!

Looking back… June

IGA Resources
The IGA has added an introductory section to the website for those new to the game. There’s also a list of additional benefits for members.

On the continent…

EGF AGM
The IGA is seeking a trusted proxy to attend this during the European Go Congress (22nd July to 7th August) – contact Niall on the IGA discord server

Transatlantic Professional Go League
2nd Transatlantic Professional Go League
Current standings can be seen at the foot of this page

EGC 2022
European Go Congress 2022
Latest update

Tenuki

Latin American Go Congress 2022
15 national Go associations will join in Buenos Aires this October for the 4th Latin American Go Congress. Registration opens July 1st for this face-to-face event.

Go Magic
The EGF has a short article about Go Magic’s official release, along with an offer for club organisers or teachers.

May 302022
 

Looking forward… June

IGA League
Keep tabs on the first season of this new league here

2022 Correspondence Championship
Currently underway in the Ireland group on OGS

Further Ahead… July

Hungarian Go Camp 2022
People interested in attending the 11th Hungarian Go Camp in Százhalombatta from July 10th-17th should check out the provided pdf or register online

Lithuanian Go Association
Lithuanian Go Association Summer Camp
The LGA’s 2022 summer camp takes place July 7th-10th

The far future… September

Confucius Cup 2022
Kindly note that this has been rescheduled for the weekend of 23rd-25th September

Weekly Meetings

Dublin – Wednesday 19:30 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00 on Discord, with games played primarily in the OGS Ireland Group
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Lisburn – Saturday 10:00 at 60-62 Longstone Street as part of Lisburn Chess club. Also Monday 18:30 – check FB or message to confirm!

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
12th PGETC
Ireland finished fifth in League C after defeating Slovenia in the final round.
Tangentially, despite winning 4-0 in the last round, the UK have been relegated and will be joining League C next season.

Looking back… May

Outreach
Do you know a group or community that might be interested in learning Go? The IGA is here to help!

On the continent…

Transatlantic Professional Go League
2nd Transatlantic Professional Go League
Current standings can be seen at the foot of this page

EGC 2022
European Go Congress 2022
The organisers have confirmed their intent to organise EGC 2022 in Vatra Dornei

Tenuki

Digital Go Education and Go Globalization
The Korean Baduk Association and the University of Seoul have agreed to cooperate with the aim of creating a metaverse and an AI-based platform for Go education – AGeJ

A Contemporary Art Experiment, From Go Seigen to AlphaGo
Selected as the winning exhibition for the 2021 OCAT Research-Based Curatorial Project – AGeJ

Wave Games cover
Music in the stones
Wave Collector releases new go-inspired album – AGeJ

May 032022
 

Looking forward… May

IGA League
Registration closes soon for the first season of this new three-month-long, (mostly) online league

Outreach
Do you know a group or community that might be interested in learning Go? The IGA is here to help!

2022 Correspondence Championship
Currently underway in the Ireland group on OGS

The far future… September

Confucius Cup 2022
This is scheduled for the weekend of 16th-18th September

Weekly Meetings

Dublin – Wednesday 19:30 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00 on Discord, with games played primarily in the OGS Ireland Group
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Lisburn – Saturday 10:00 at 60-62 Longstone Street as part of Lisburn Chess club. Also Monday 18:30 – check FB or message to confirm!

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
12th PGETC
Ireland managed a single win against Lithuania in the penultimate round.
The last round sees Ireland facing Slovenia on the 10th

Looking back… April

April Rip-Off
Eoghan posted a writeup of the tournament

2022 Ulster Open
Pictures
Results

Ireland vs SITS
Interclub Battle
Ireland take on the French club Stones in the Shell – commentary on twitch

On the continent…

Statement from the Ukraine Go Federation
A letter from the UFGO President

European Go Federation logo
EGF Statement
The EGF’s statement about the war in Ukraine
Related discussion on L19

Lithuanian Go Association
Lithuanian Go Association Summer Camp
The LGA’s 2022 summer camp takes place July 7th-10th

49th Paris International Tournament
A writeup has been posted by Milena on the EGF website

Transatlantic Professional Go League
2nd Transatlantic Professional Go League
Current standings can be seen at the foot of this page

EGC 2022
European Go Congress 2022
The organisers have requested that those who plan to attend book so they can get a better idea of how many people they need to cater for

Tenuki

SmartGo
SmarterGo
SmartGo One is out for iPhone and iPad

IGA Resources

The email version of this bulletin is moving over to the IGA’s mailing list. People who want to keep receiving it should sign up over on the IGA website.

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Apr 012022
 

The customary “Looking forward…” opening feels overly optimistic this month, given the times we are living through. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the war in Ukraine.

The Irish Go community has suffered a heartfelt loss. John Gibson, long time stalwart of the game, has passed away. Eoghan posted an eloquent piece on the IGA site. The Irish Chess Union has a thoughtful article by Paul Cassidy.

Just ahead… April

April Rip-Off
In place of the postponed Confucius Cup, the Rip-Off will be held on April 2nd at the Teachers’ Club in Dublin.

2022 Ulster Open
This 1-day, 3 round tournament will take place in Lisburn on April 23rd.

British Congress 2022
This will be held Friday 8th – Sunday 10th on Lancaster University Campus

2022 Correspondence Championship
Currently underway in the Ireland group on OGS

The far future… September

Confucius Cup 2022
This is scheduled for the weekend of 16th-18th September

Weekly Meetings

Dublin – Wednesday 19:30 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00 on Discord, with games played primarily in the OGS Ireland Group
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Lisburn – Saturday 10:00 at 60-62 Longstone Street as part of Lisburn Chess club. Also Monday 18:30 – check FB or message to confirm!

Kindly note that the Dublin and Online meeting nights were moved earlier this year.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
12th PGETC
Ireland drew 2-2 with Belgium in the fifth round.
The penultimate round sees Ireland face Lithuania on the 19th

Looking back… March

2022 Annual General Meeting
The IGA’s AGM took place on Thursday March 24th. Minutes will probably appear on Discord or the IGA site

On the continent…

European Go Federation logo
EGF Statement
The EGF has published a statement about the war in Ukraine after its recent emergency meeting

European Go Journal logo
European Go Journal
Artem has a few updates on the EGJ blog as well as several posts on facebook

Transatlantic Professional Go League
2nd Transatlantic Professional Go League
Starting April 2nd on OGS

EYGC Reports
Two articles by Tony Claasen

TheBigGreekSchach
TheBigGreek, the biggest german Chess-Streamer, made a stream where he learns Go from Tobias Berbenfrom L19

Issyk-Kul Cup 2022
The first international Go event in Kyrgyzstan will be held this June

EGC 2022
European Go Congress 2022
web site for this year’s EGC
Congress newsletter – Feb, March

Tenuki

Go Teacher Play for Ukraine
Play Go for Ukraine
GoTeachers are organising 3:1 simultaneous games in aid of Ukraine

OGS Stats
A new OGS stats page

Korean Prime Minister’s Cup
The KBA have announced this year’s KPMG will take place on 24th–30th September

AGeJ Miscellany
A selection of random articles to round out an already overly long issue…
Saudi Arabia Includes Go in Government Project
15-year-old Wins First Title 9 Months after Becoming Pro
Chinese Go player gets one-year ban for using AI during national competition

IGA Resources

The email version of this bulletin will be moving over to the IGA’s mailing list in the near future. People who want to keep receiving it should sign up over on the IGA website. I will include a final reminder in next month’s edition, which will probably go out on both feeds as we change over.

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Feb 282022
 

Interesting times.

Looking forward… March

2022 AGM
The IGA’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 20:00 Thursday March 24th. Most members should already have received email notification with details of the agenda. Failing that, check out Discord for more info. (There will presumably also be an announcement on the IGA site in due course.)

2022 Correspondence Championship
Currently underway in the Ireland group on OGS

Further ahead… April

April Rip-Off
In place of the postponed Confucius Cup, the Rip-Off will be held on April 2nd at the Teachers’ Club in Dublin.

2022 Ulster Open
This 1-day, 3 round tournament will take place in Lisburn on April 23rd.

British Congress 2022
This will be held Friday 8th – Sunday 10th on Lancaster University Campus

The far future… September

Confucius Cup 2022
This is scheduled for the weekend of 16th-18th September

Weekly Meetings

Dublin – Wednesday 19:30 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00 on Discord, with games played primarily in the OGS Ireland Group
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Lisburn – Saturday 10:00 at 60-62 Longstone Street as part of Lisburn Chess club

Kindly note that the Dublin and Online meeting nights have moved!

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
12th PGETC
Ireland finished 3 – 1 against Denmark in the fourth round.
Ireland will face Belgium in the fifth round on the 22nd.

Looking back… February

Top 8
John Courtney is this year’s Irish Champion. The IGA details the gory saga:
New Bloods Best in Top 8
First Blood to John
He’s Only Gone and Bloody Won It

On the continent…

EGF EGM
The Ukrainian Go Federation has called for an emergency meeting to vote, without discussion, on the expulsion of the Russian Go Federation. The BGA already released an open letter along somewhat similar lines, backed by Lithuania and Iceland. Cyprus and Serbia instead ask to focus on helping Ukraine as the EGF, by its constitution, is not political. The IGA’s current stance is also that the focus should be on assisting Ukraine, in addition to not holding any events in Russia or which involve Russian government support/funding.

2nd Transatlantic Professional Go League
This started over the weekend.

Grand Prix Finale 2021
Grand Prix 2021
While Ilya’s win was mentioned last month, the EGJ has made available a more in-depth article about the Grand Prix plus a (very) brief interview.

2022 TIGGRE-Ellie Cup
Writeup by Loïc Lefebvre

2nd Fudan
Article by Stanis?aw Frejlak

EGC 2022
European Go Congress 2022
web site for this year’s EGC

(Some unofficial discussion has started surrounding EGC 2023 in Ukraine)

Tenuki

OGS logo
OGS Removes Fees for Ukranian-based Players
OGS will not charge any user with a Ukrainian address for the immediate future.

Osaka Go Camp Online
The AGeJ has a short piece on the International Osaka Go School

IGA Resources

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February

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Jan 312022
 

Looking forward… February

Top 8
Taking place on February 5th and 6th in Dublin

2022 Correspondence Championship
Games will begin Monday 7th on OGS.

Further ahead… April

April Rip-Off
In the place of the postponed Confucius Cup, the Rip-Off will be held on April 2nd at the Teachers’ Club in Dublin.

2022 Ulster Open
This 1-day, 3 round tournament will take place in Lisburn on April 23rd.

The far future… September

Confucius Cup 2022
This is scheduled for the weekend of 16th–18th September

Weekly Meetings

Dublin – Tuesday 19:30 in Toners
Online – Wednesday 20:00 on Discord, with games played primarily in the OGS Ireland Group
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Lisburn – Saturday 10:00 at 60-62 Longstone Street as part of Lisburn Chess club

Dublin meetings have resumed. Again.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
12th PGETC
Ireland eked out one win against an all-dan lineup from Spain in the third round.
Ireland faces Denmark in round 4 on the 22nd.

Looking back… January

Basic Plan for Go Promotion
One of the KBA’s top ten news items for 2021. The AGeJ has an article by Daniela Trinks with the full list.

On the continent…

Grand Prix Finale 2021
Grand Prix 2021
Ilya won the finale in January. Commentaries can be found on the EGF’s Twitch channel.

EGC 2022
European Go Congress 2022
web site for this year’s EGC

Tenuki

OGS logo
OGS Price Increases
OGS will be increasing prices for new supporters from February

Weird and Wonderful cover
Weird and Wonderful
Kim Ouweleen has authored a book with Peter Brouwer – Weird and Wonderful – Vol. 1: Extraordinary Moves by Professional Go Players. It is available through SmartGo, Schaak en Go Winkel Het Paard, or Kiseido (soon)

IGA Resources

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