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Feb 292016

This issue is on time thanks to the foibles of the Gregorian calendar.

Looking forward… March

2016 Confucius Cup
Only a few days left until the biggest annual tournament on the island. Hopefully everyone has their travel and accommodation sorted at this stage. If you need a reminder of any of the details, check out the IGA site –

Weekly Meetings
Go players seem to be exiting their annual hibernation, with meetings slowly resuming in Cork and Galway…
Online – Thursdays 20:00-22:00 on OGS –
Dublin – Wednesdays 20:30 in Toners –
Cork – Saturday night meetings in the Cricket Club Bar will resume this month. Keep an eye on the Cork Go Community for updates –
Cobh – Most Tuesdays 20:00. Contact us if you are interested –
Belfast – Monday nights are moving to the Brewbot Pub on Ormeau Road –
Galway – 1st Wednesday of each month at the Westwood Hotel at 8pm

Looking back… February

Galway – The first go evening at Philippe’s new restaurant was held on Wednesday 17th.

Belfast – Tibi beat Roger in the first leg of their Ulster championship semi final.

Ireland drew with Slovenia in round 7 of the 2015/2016 Pandanet Go Euro Team Championship –

Thanks to those who have supplied information for this edition, and all those who are reading.


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Feb 082016

Five minutes after I had published February, I logged into DGS to make a few moves in the recently-started correspondence tournament. There was a moment of realisation…

I decided to add a brief post with this and some other tidbits that were missed. I know there’s been even more news since, but that will have to wait for the next issue!


The IGA launched an online club as an alternative (or compliment) to face-to-face meetings –

Tiberiu has started a Meetup group for Belfast –


The 2016 Irish Correspondence Championship began (officially) on New Year’s Day –

In other news, James Hutchinson beat James Aitken in the first game in a best of three match in the Ulster semi final

Feb 012016

This untitled bulletin is an experiment, aimed at publishing something monthly for the Irish Go community, to keep us informed of upcoming events and recent happenings.

There have been some excellent newsletters produced in the past, with articles, game reviews, publishing standards… This will not be joining their esteemed ranks. It is intended as a brief summary of the month ahead and recap of the month just gone. I hope the low-maintenance and content-light format will be flexible enough to allow its production at the end of each month, even when time is short or there is little to report.

Looking forward… February

Weekly Meetings
Dublin – Wednesdays 20:30 in Toners –
Cork – No meetings in the city this month. The aim is to resume in March.
Cobh – Most Tuesdays 20:00. Contact us if you are interested –
Belfast – Mondays in the boat club in Stranmillis, though you may want to contact in advance to confirm –
Galway – No regular meetings currently. Stay tuned!

Looking back… January

January has been pretty busy. Makes me wish I had started this experiment a month earlier!

The Irish Women’s Championship final was decided in the third game, with Carol emerging victorious –

The Top 8, opened with 7 players for the first time (that I can find mention of). Current standings –

Belfast snuck in a one-day tournament right at the end. Results are available –

The AGM was held. Minutes have been published –

Registration opened for the annual Confucius Cup, which is scheduled to take place on March 4th-6th. Full details can be found on the tournament page –

Lastly, I’m sure everyone has read about AlphaGo’s 5-0 victory over Fan Hui, marking the first time that an AI has bested a professional in an even match, something not anticipated to happen this decade. Further reading –

In closing, I’d like to thank anyone who has managed to skim this far. Comments and feedback, positive or negative, are appreciated. If I’ve missed anything, be sure to let me know during the month so that March’s issue can be all-inclusive! And I guess suggesting a name wouldn’t hurt if people deem the experiment worth continuing…