Aug 282022
 

Looking forward… September

2022 Confucius Cup
Register now for the Confucius Cup, taking place over the weekend of 23rd–25th September on the campus of UCD in Dublin. Over 30 players have already signed up, including two European pros.
The IGA are looking for volunteers to scribe board 1 to OGS. If you are interested, contact Niall (The Awesome Penguin) on Discord.

Further Ahead… October

IGA League
The second season of the league will kick off in October

European Pair Go Championship 2022
Taking place in Strasbourg on 8th-9th

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 2024
Registration is open for the 2024 European Go Congress, Toulouse. Join the hundred already signed up.

EGC 2022
European Go Congress 2022
The EGF have a few articles relating to the 64th EGC:
Antonius Claasen has some impressions and an interview with Benjamin Dréan-Guénaïzia the 2022 European Champion.
He also posts about the Pandanet European Team Championship

EGF Academy
Application deadline for the EGF Academy‘s next season is September 16th – more info

EGF AGM
Minutes from the 2022 meeting are now available

New British Champion
Gaoge Wang beat Bruno Poltronieri 2-0 to become the 2022 British Champion, and the first ever female British Champion. Both games are available on the London Go Centre‘s youtube channel with commentary by Matthew Macfadyen.

Tenuki

The AlphaGo Effect
A student from Barcelona is investigating AlphaGo’s impact on the community and would appreciate your feedback

Multilingual Go Book Project
Brazilian Portuguese translation completed

Termsuji
Play Go in your terminal

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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.

April

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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.

Join the IGA Discord server – https://discord.com/invite/4vSnhjd – or follow along on Twitch, YouTube, or Instagram
IGA Discord serverIGA Twitch channelIGA YouTube channelIGA Instagram feed

March

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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

Join the IGA Discord server – https://discord.com/invite/4vSnhjd – or follow along on Twitch, YouTube, or Instagram
IGA Discord serverIGA Twitch channelIGA YouTube channelIGA Instagram feed

September

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Looking forward… September

4v4
There will be a 4-against-4 match with the French online Club Stones in the Shell at 19:30 on the 15th. Interested players should contact Philippe (@thelonious on Discord) asap.

Turkey
Philippe is also looking for as many players as possible of all levels for a large event involving Turkey, probably at the end of the month.

Further ahead… October

2k to 4d event
Something is also being arranged with Hong Kong in October, possibly Sunday 10th. Interested players between 2k and 4d should contact Philippe.

2021 British Congress
Planned as a face-to-face event with a somewhat slimmed-down British Championship

Weekly Meetings

The rumours are true – Dublin meetings have resumed!

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

IGA Resources

Join the IGA Discord server – https://discord.com/invite/4vSnhjd
A “mid-kyu level” channel on Twitch
Twitch streams archived on YouTube
The newly minted Instagram account

Looking back… August

tricky C4 invasion played by the Japanese player
Korean Prime Minister Cup
Some notes on James’ participation in this year’s KPMC, where he reached the top-32 knock-out phase. Groups are listed here

2021 Correspondence Championship
A few words to remind everyone that they only have four study months until the 2022 edition.

On the continent…

European Women’s Championship 2021
This year’s EWC will be played on OGS over the weekend of the 4th-5th

European Go Journal World of Tesuji sample
European Go Journal
World of Tesuji sample article from the EGJ

EGF AGM 2021
EGF 2021 AGM Updates
Lorenz has posted some highlights with a link to the minutes

EGC 2022
European Go Congress 2022
The web site for next year’s EGC is online

European Go Journal February 2021
2021 Mind Sports Olympiad
The MSO Open (19×19) was held online

Tenuki

32nd International Amateur Pair Go Championship postponed
Due to take place in December, this has been postponed until November/December 2022 due to COVID

August

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Nearly There

Rumours of at least one club reopening for outdoor play are hopefully not greatly exaggerated.

Looking forward… August

Korean Prime Minister Cup
James is representing Ireland in this year’s online KPMC. Groups are listed here

Weekly Meetings

The IGA encourages people to play online, especially while all local meetups are suspended.
Online – Wednesday 20:00 on Discord, with games played primarily in the OGS Ireland Group
Galway – visit their club on OGS

IGA Resources

Join the IGA Discord server – https://discord.com/invite/4vSnhjd
A “mid-kyu level” channel on Twitch
Twitch streams archived on YouTube
The newly minted Instagram account

Looking back… July

Irish Summer Go Cup
Category winners were Matei (2k+), Eoghan (3-8k), Ruari (9-20k), and Clara (U18s)
Final standings
Tournament page

2021 Correspondence Championship
Division A has finally finished. Chris finished at the top of the table without a single loss.

On the continent…

2021 EGF AGM
This was held last tuesday. Minutes are expected soon from the 9-hour (!) event. Meanwhile, the agenda is here and there is some discussion on L19.

Transatlantic Professional Go League
The 1st tournament is underway, with games played every Saturday and Sunday
Calvin Sun posted some commentary on his game with Andrii Kravets

Tenuki

32nd International Amateur Pair Go Championship postponed
Due to take place in December, this has been postponed until November/December 2022 due to COVID

Additional Options
If the Bulletin does not fully scratch your need for regular Go news, Stephen has pointed out some reviews of other publications on OGS:
European Go Journal
Dutch Go Magazine
British Go Journal
AGA E-Journal
Go World News

Interactive Diagrams on Sensei’s Library
Make diagrams on SL interactive

Polyominoes
For the curious

The AGA Songbook
No, really