Nov 202020
 

Looking forward… December

2021 Top 8
Entries are now open for the qualifying tournament for next year’s National Championship. Deadline: December 15th

Second Ireland-France Match
A sequel to the recent Grenoble-Ireland match will take place on Monday 7th of December. More details on the IGA Discord.

IGA Membership
Philippe would like to remind people that annual membership fees will be due soon:
If you love Irish go and want to help making it grow, please don’t forget your membership, it is nearly a gift, as the membership is for now 10€ (yes for the whole year!). Next year we will try to have some of these special events for members only so don’t forget to renew or take the membership if you are new to the IGA!

If you have not already joined the IGA Discord server, you can do so using this link – https://discord.com/invite/4vSnhjd

Weekly Meetings

The IGA encourages people to play online while all local meetups are suspended.
Online – Wednesday 20:00 on Discord, with games played on OGS/IGS/KGS
Galway – visit their club on OGS

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
11th PGETC
After facing Lithuania in Round 2, all 4 games went to Ireland. The third round is scheduled for January 26th. Ireland’s opponent is South Africa, who have won all their games so far, putting them just a single board point ahead at the top of the leaderboard.

Looking back… November

Winter Rengo
James has organised a live online rengo tournament on KGS

IGA Grenoble
Franco-Irish Tournament
Philippe posted an article covering the first round of this project.

Take Two
The 2nd 2020 Corona Cup kicked off last month

On the continent…

IGA Grenoble
European Championship
The EC 2020 Online was won by Ilya Shikshin. The EGF have posted an interview with Ilya and the IGF have posted an interview with Jean-Yves Papazoglou, EGF Vice-President, discussing organisation of the EC.

Fuseki Teaching Videos
Not quite on the continent, but the London Go Centre‘s youtube channel has added Fuseki Insights, a series by Mateusz Surma 2P

World Amateur Women’s Go Championship
Also from the UK, Alison Bexfield has posted a small writeup on playing in this tournament

EGF Academy
Founded to train promising European youths, the academy is looking for additional supporters

Tenuki

OGS live tournaments group
Live Tournaments Group
A new group for weekly/biweekly live tournaments has been created on OGS

Hikaru no Go live action
Hikaru no Go
A new live-action remake is available on iQIYI

AlphaGo
AlphaGo
For those stuck at home and looking for something else to stream, the full AlphaGo movie is available on Deepmind’s youtube channel

Murugandi Christmas Sale 2020
Murugandi Christmas Sale
Kim’s art prints and postcards are discounted on Etsy

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Looking forward… November

Take Two
The 2nd 2020 Corona Cup will kick off tomorrow. (Registration is open until midnight tonight, November 1st.)

Franco-Irish Tournament
The first match against Grenoble is being organised to take place probably on Monday the 9th of November. As of last week, Philippe was still looking for additional signups, especially double-digit kyus. Interested players should respond on Discord.

If you have not already joined the IGA Discord server, you can do so using this link – https://discord.com/invite/4vSnhjd

Weekly Meetings

The IGA encourages people to play online while all local meetups are suspended.
Online – Wednesday 20:00 on Discord, with games played on OGS/IGS/KGS
Galway – visit their club on OGS

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
11th PGETC
As mentioned on facebook, Ireland secured a 3-1 victory against Greece in the first round. With a 5-week gap, round 2 is scheduled for December 1st. Ireland will face Lithuania who, along with South Africa, won all their games in the first round.

Looking back… October

EGM
After last month’s Zoom meeting, a new channel was set up on Discord to discuss potential changes and improvements #iga_admin_public

On the continent…

Recent News
Artem has posted a roundup of recent(ish) happenings on the EGF site.

European Championship
This was cancelled but subsequently moved online for 2020.

EGF Academy
Founded to train promising European youths, the academy is looking for additional supporters

Tenuki

Jena International Go School starting English Go News
JIGS announced they will be streaming news in English every Monday evening on Twitch

Chess Cheats
Proportion of computer assisted cheating increases across several competitive games played online during pandemic

Sep 302020
 

Looking forward… October

EGM
All IGA members are invited to attend a general meeting on Zoom at 19:30 this tuesday. Details in the #discussions channel on the IGA Discord server.

If you have not already joined the IGA Discord server, you can do so using this link – https://discord.com/invite/4vSnhjd

Weekly Meetings

All local meetups are on hiatus. The IGA encourages people to play online.
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
11th PGETC
This is scheduled to begin on Tuesday 20th. Ireland has been placed in league C alongside Denmark, Greece, Lithuania, Norway, Slovakia, South Africa, and Spain.

Looking back… September

Irish Summer Go Cup
The new online tournament has now ended, with team ChoChiHun emerging victorious. Final comments and game review posted by Philippe. Articles and reviews for all previous rounds: semi-finals, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

On the continent…

EGF Academy
Founded to train promising European youths, the academy is looking for additional supporters

Tenuki

4th New York Go League
Due to COVID-19, NYGHS has opened the league to all players with a stable rank in the AGA, CGA, EGF, or a credible server. Registration closes soon.

Ratings & Rankings
OGS is looking into rank conversion between different organisations and servers. Reference is also made to a discussion about upcoming changes to the EGF system.

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Looking forward… September

Irish Summer Cup
The final will take place on Monday at 20:00 between the two remaining teams – ChoChiHun and Takemiya.

Further Ahead… October

11th PGETC
Cian will be passing the captaincy to Philippe this year. If you are interested in participating, head over to the IGA Discord server.

Weekly Meetings

All local meetups are on hiatus. The IGA encourages people to play online.
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00

Looking back… August

Korean Prime Minister’s Cup
Philippe reached the top 32 while representing Ireland in this year’s KPMC

Irish Summer Go Cup
Results so far for this new online tournament
Semi-Finals – review by Philippe
Round 10 – commentary and game records
Round 9 – commentary and game records
Round 8 – commentary and game records
Round 7 – commentary and game records
Round 6 – commentary and game records
Round 5 – commentary and game records
Round 4 – commentary and game records
Round 3 – commentary and game records
Round 2 – commentary and game records
Round 1 – commentary and game records

On the continent…

EGF Academy
Founded to train promising European youths, the academy is looking for additional supporters

European Students vs Fudan University Team
The EGF has published an article covering a tournament between European Students and team from Fudan University in China

EGF AGM
Minutes have been published and a summary is also available. Date for next year is undecided.

Tenuki

Baduk Stadium
A stadium exclusively for Go is being planned in South Korea for 2023.

2020 e-Go Congress
Results and videos.

Mind Sports Olympiad
This year’s MSO was moved online. With free entry and the travel barrier removed, attendance was up. The Go events were hosted on OGS. The BGA has posts covering 19×19, 13×13, and 9×9

Jul 052020
 

Looking forward… July

Irish Summer Go Cup
A new online tournament which started last month and looks set to run through September.

Further ahead… August

Korean Prime Minister’s Cup
This will be held on Tygem in August

eGo
The AGA has announced the 2020 eGo Congress to take the place of the cancelled US Go Congress.

Weekly Meetings

All local meetups are on hiatus. The IGA encourages people to play online.
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
Ireland lost out on promotion by the smallest of margins. There is a brief summary on the IGA site, a mention in the BGA article, and a results table on Pandanet.

Looking back… June

Irish Championship
Matei retains his title for the second year running.

Irish Summer Go Cup
Round 1 – commentary and game records
Round 2 – commentary and game records

On the continent…

European Pro Online Go League
Season 2 started last month with some important changes, including a best-of-three match format, patreon perks, and two commentators for every game. Progress can be tracked here.

European Go Congress 2021
EGC 2021
Postponed until 2021. (Romania will host 2022.)

Tenuki

AlphaGo vs the World
A new series on Michael Redmond’s Go TV

Coronavirus Impacts Tournaments

  • The previously postponed World Go Championship 2020 and Senko Cup World Go Women’s Strongest Player 2020 have now been cancelled.
  • The Ask Island Go Retreat has been cancelled for this year. The organisers plan to try again next year.

June

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Jun 072020
 

Looking forward… June

Galway Tournament
Given the continuing epidemic, a physical tournament will obviously not be possible. Awaiting further updates.

Weekly Meetings

All local meetups are on hiatus. The IGA encourages people to play online.
Belfast – Monday 19:00
GalwayTuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans visit their club on OGS
Cork – every other Tuesday* 20:30 in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in Toners the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
A 4-0 victory over Norway allowed Ireland to finish in second place in League C, securing a playoff against Sweden. This has been scheduled for the 16th at 20:00 on IGS and will consist of 5 rounds (to avoid a draw).

Looking back… May

Correspondence Championship
Final results now available

On the continent…

European Pro Online Go League
Progress can be tracked here

Recent News
The EGF has posted a summary of some recent events, including trivia such as the Corona Cup having 361 participants.

European Go Congress 2021
EGC 2020 2021 Update
This has been postponed until 2021. Romania will now host 2022.

Tenuki

Through the Years
When they say Long Correspondence, they are not kidding… Over 1200 players have signed up to this +1 week per move tournament.

Love Letter to KataGo
Go AI past, present, and future

KGS adds web registration
Helping you avoid Java completely.

Weiqi Wonders
Conversations about Go in China

Professional Go resumes in Japan
The Nihon Ki-in resumes tournament activity this month.

Coronavirus Impacts Tournaments

  • The WAGC won’t be happening in Vladivostok this June – it’s now postponed until 2021.
  • This year’s Korea Prime Minister Cup will be played on Tygem.
  • The Ask Island Go Retreat has been cancelled for this year. The organisers plan to try again next year
  • 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.

May

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Apr 302020
 

COVID-19 Episode II

The restrictions continue…

Physicality is Overrated
All local meetups are on hiatus.
The IGA encourages people to play online.
Galway have set up a club on OGS
Dublin will be meeting in the Irish room on KGS at their normal time (Weds 19:00)

Looking forward… May

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

BGA Online Tournament
The BGA is running a members-only online tournament on OGA Friday 8th to Sunday 10th

Further ahead… June

Galway Tournament
Currently scheduled to take place June 13th/14th – details to follow

Weekly Meetings

Belfast – Monday 19:00
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 the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
No matches in April. Ireland is currently placed second and will face Norway in the final round on the 5th. Retaining second place would mean a chance at promotion by challenging the second-last team in B League (currently the Netherlands).

Looking back… April

2020 Top 8 (Irish Championship)
After a postponement, the 2020 Irish Championship series began on Saturday. Matei started his title defence with a win by resignation over challenger James.

The Corona Cup
Results table here

On the continent…

European Pro Online Go League
Progress can be tracked here

1st China vs Europe Online Go Tournament
Artem has detailed China’s win on the EGF site. Of note are the 9 consecutive victories by Yu Suhao 6d.

1st China Junior vs Europe Online Go Match
Another new competition started last month on Tencent Fox Weiqi Server

European Go Congress 2021
EGC 2020 2021 Update
This has been postponed until 2021. Romania will now host 2022.

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

polgote promotion
EGF pro Mateusz Surma is running a promotion “Stay at home. Study Go online. Don’t spread the virus.” This brings the hourly price for individual lessons to under €30

Tenuki

China-US Internet Go Tournament
A brief summary on the AGeJ. Briefer summary: China 11 – USA 1

New York Go Honor Society takes New York Go League international
Entry and play is free and open to any player with a stable rank with any association or credible Go server – AGeJ

Go Club Simulator
Linked without comment

2020 Cross-Server/Federation Rank Survey
2 years since the 2018 surveytime for a redo – kindly share and repost!

Coronavirus Impacts Tournaments

  • The World Amateur Women’s Go Championship, scheduled for early May, has been cancelled due to uncertainty of the Coronavirus.
  • The 49th Amsterdam International Go Tournament will not now run in May as the Dutch government had forbidden all events until June 1st. It is set to return in 2021.
  • 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.
  • The WAGC won’t be happening in Vladivostok this June – it’s now postponed until 2021.