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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

October

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Looking forward… October

Irish Womens Championship
With entry closed, this is starting earlier than advertised

Irish Correspondence Tournament
This is now drawing to a close.
Ian is looking for someone to organise next year – anyone interested can email newsletter@irish-go.org

Top 8
Also has just a few games left

Further ahead…November

Cork Go Tourney
The 2019 Cork Tournament will take place on 23-24 November. Details to follow, but it will likely be a class B tournament of 5 rounds.

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
The 2019-2020 incarnation kicks off early October

Looking back… September

Confucius Cup
The IGA has posted the final standings. Young-sam Kim won from a very strong field including Pavol Lisy 2p and Cornel Burzo 7d.
SGFs of the top games should be available again whenever KGS stops falling over…

Online Interprovincials
Connaught has now won enough games to be declared this year’s winner.

Belfast Go Tournament
Results from the one day tournament are available on the EGD

On the continent…

EWGC 2019
The EGF has posted two articles on the European Women’s Go Championship


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

Play it again, Fan
While looking for something else entirely, I stumbled across the collection of reviews Fan Hui did for IGA members back in 2015

Our Increasingly Benevolent Future Overlords
Two new developments:
DeepMind: The Podcast – hosted by mathematician and broadcaster Dr Hannah Fry
A new version of lizzie

Russian Go Federation handsout two-year ban
The Federation Executive Committee has barred a player until Sep 2021 after finding that he cheated in the 24th international PandaNet tournament.

Sunmire wins on time
A somewhat ambiguous facebook post was given context on L19. She has unfortunately since lost in the final round of the 23rd Female Kisei.


Shanghai Tango

September

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Looking forward… September

Belfast Go Tournament
There will be a one day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 14th

Confucius Cup
This heavyweight of the 2019 Irish lineup (a level C event in the European Grand Prix) will take place over the weekend of September 28th/29th at the Confucius Institute in UCD

Online Interprovincials
Round 3 is still underway

Further ahead…November

Irish Womens Championship
The 3rd Irish Womens Championship will kick off in November. Games will be played over a period of 6 months both in person and online. The deadline for registration is September 22nd.

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
Cork – 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

Looking back… August

KBA Equipment
The Korean Baduk Association has kindly provided the IGA with sets, books, and clocks, to be divvied up between the Belfast, Cork, Dublin, and Galway clubs.
KBA equipment

Irish Correspondence Tournament
The duracell bunny of Irish tournaments keeps on going

On the continent…

A Day at EGC 2019
Carol has posted a report on this year’s EGC.
Carol EGC 2019

EGF Ratings System Review
A Commission has been set up to evaluate a proposed change to the EGF ratings system. The change would see EGF rankings expanded, allowing those with ranks weaker than 20kyu to participate fairly in EGF rules tournaments. Anyone interested in nominating someone for the Commission or Stakeholder Group should contact secretary@irish-go.org

Teach the Teachers
A special, free event for the bright organising go minds of Europe will take place in the European Go Cultural Centre on the weekend of 5-6 October. Three professionals from Japan, Korea, and China will be present to share their professional knowledge on how to teach our sport, with an emphasis on how to promote go in schools.

Tenuki

The Futurama of AI
Andreas Hauenstein has created a site where you can play against not just Leela, but also three weaker variants dubbed Fry, Bender, and Farnsworth. More info here.
Carol EGC 2019

Nakamura Sumire
The AGA’s John Power reports on the youngest pro’s first (and second) win.

Tenuki Normal
A non-profit brand whose goal is to create Go/weiqi/baduk/igo style clothing for comfortable and casual wear that stays true to the aesthetics of the game

August

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Looking forward… August

Online Interprovincials
The final round is partly done

Further ahead… September

Belfast Go Tournament
There will be a one day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 14th

Confucius Cup
This heavyweight of the 2019 Irish lineup (a level C event in the European Grand Prix) will take place over the weekend of September 28th/29th at the Confucius Institute in UCD

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
Cork – 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

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
9th-and-a-half PGETC
The EGF has coverage of the 2019 finals in Brussels

Transatlantic Pro Go Team Championship
After a wedding-related substitution, the EGF team has won the first ever TPGTP

Looking back… July

World Amateur Go Championship
Noel has posted an extensive writeup of his experience at the 40th WAGC

Cork Meetups Resume
And we’re back! Made it past the one-month milestone, with old players returning and a few new faces. Around 3-4 attending weekly, with a high of seven.
Third Cork City meeting of 2019

Irish Correspondence Tournament
Nearly there

On the continent…

European Youth Team Championship
The EGC invites European Youth to take part in the 6th European Youth Team Championship. This will run from November to February on the KGS Go Server. Registration closes September 9th.

EGC 2019 Coverage
The European Go Congress wrapped up at the weekend. Daily reports by the EGF: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

EGF AGM
Minutes (and a summary) are now available

Tenuki

My Journey to Korea – Everyone begins with an empty board!
Follow the adventure of Gabriela as she undertakes a sure to be epic journey from Romania to Korea. (Although I had mentioned this on CorkGo back in March, I’ve neglected to include it in the bulletin since.)

UK 1k
The London Go Centre is nearly halfway to its goal of 1000 subscribers on its youtube channel to level up the account’s streaming privileges