Europe, Ireland, Online, Somewhere, World  Comments Off on March
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…

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)


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

Join the IGA Discord server – – or follow along on Twitch, YouTube, or Instagram
IGA Discord serverIGA Twitch channelIGA YouTube channelIGA Instagram feed


 Europe, Ireland, Online, Somewhere, World  Comments Off on June
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.


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.

2017 Congress location overturned by majority vote

 Europe, Somewhere  Comments Off on 2017 Congress location overturned by majority vote
Dec 212016

As posted by the EGF, the next european go congress will be in Oberhof, Germany

The heated discussion on previous articles, and on the EGF L19 forum, suggests that there were going to be unhappy people whichever way this vote went, so hopefully everyone will stay calm at this outcome.

The EGF president, Martin Stiassny, posted an open letter apologising and clarifying the situation. Reaction has been muted.