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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
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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

May

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Looking forward… May

Live Twitch Event
To celebrate StarWars Day (not really) Stephen and Matei will be reviewing a live OGS game between James and Philippe on Twitch at 20:00 this tuesday, May 4th.

2021 Correspondence Championship
Both Division A and Division B are in progress

Further ahead… June

WAGC 2021
Gavin will head to Vladivostok, Russia to represent Irish at the 41st World Amateur Go Championship 2021, June 4th-9th.

Weekly Meetings

The IGA encourages people to play online 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

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

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
11th PGETC
Ireland drew 2-2 against Norway in round 6 and will face Spain in the final round on the 11th.

Looking back… April

IGA Twitch Channel
Philippe has created a “mid-Kyu level” channel where he plans to review games played on Wednesday evening in the OGS Irish room
He followed up with creation of a YouTube channel – part of the first Twitch stream has been made available for posterity.

Go On Air
Tibi appeared on Liveline at short notice (start at 1:02:07)

IGA AGM
Minutes from this year’s AGM are now available

On the continent…

EGC 2020-2021
Both the European Go Congress and European Youth Championship have been cancelled for this year.

New EGF Rating Algorithm Implemented
Discussions on L19 and the OGS forums

Tenuki

Statistical Supremacy
Following on from last month’s news that Sumire set a new record for promotion to 2-dan in Japan, yesterday’s Power Report details the success that she and several other Japanese female pros are having so far this year.

Interactive AI analysis meme
Interactive AI analysis now available on OGS
Forgot to mention this one last month

Bugcat’s thread guide
An attempt to collect a non-exhaustive list of threads on OGS that might hold long-term interest

April

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Looking forward… April

IGA Twitch Channel
Philippe has created a “mid-Kyu level” channel where he plans to review games played on Wednesday evening in the OGS Irish room

2021 Correspondence Championship
Both Division A and Division B are in progress

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

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

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
11th PGETC
Ireland drew 2-2 against Denmark in round 5 and will face Norway in round 6 on the 20th.

Looking back… March

2021 IGA AGM
This year’s AGM took place on March 24th. Keep an eye on Discord for updates.

2021 Top 8
Matei won the first two of three potential games, securing his third consecutive championship

Ireland v France
The are two reviews of the battle against the Lyon-Shinogi club that took place on Friday 19th

On the continent…

European Go Journal February 2021
European Go Journal
The EGF have launched a new monthly publication. The February issue is available for free.


48th Paris International
The 2021 Paris International Go Tournament will take place on OGS from the 3rd to 5th of April

3rd Corona Cup 2021
This is ongoing from 8th March – 20th April

EGC 2020-2021
The status of this year’s EGC will be announced by the end of the month:
Given the current situation with COVID-19, it is impossible to predict anything now. We hope that the Congress will take place this year. However, we need to announce that the deadline for reporting whether the Congress will take place according to plan or not, is the end of April.

BGA YouTube Channel
Following on from the success of the London Go Centre channel, the BGA now has its own, starting with some of Mateusz Surma’s recent lectures and game reviews

Tenuki

Girl Power
AGA’s Power Report last month had a summary of Nakamura Sumire’s progress, as well as noting that Yoshida Mika has become the first female Japanese Pro to win 700 official games.
On the flip side, Korean 2p Kim Eun-ji has been suspended from competing for a year after she admitted using AI during an online competition.

March

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Looking forward… March

2021 IGA AGM
This year’s AGM will take place online, Wednesday 24th of March at 20:00. All are welcome to attend (though only members will have voting rights). Keep an eye on Discord for updates.

2021 Top 8
The best-of-three between James and Matei will take place on the first three (or possibly two) Wednesdays in March.

Ireland v France
The next Irish vs French Club battle, against the famous Lyon-Shinogi club, will take place on Friday 19th at 19:30 Irish time

2021 Correspondence Championship
This is now underway

BGA Online Congress 2021
Also currently underway

Czech Go Association 1st Weekend Online Tournament
A 5-round online tournament happening the first weekend in March

6th New York Go League
Registration is open to anyone with a stable rank with any association or online go server until March 13th

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

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

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
11th PGETC
Ireland lost 3-1 to Slovakia in round 4, dropping to 3rd position on the leaderboard. This is a single point behind Denmark, who Ireland will face in round 5 on the 23rd.

Looking back… February

2021 Top 8
Results so far

Tournoi de l’OGGRE (Online Go GREnoble)
Tournoi de l’OGGRE (Online Go GREnoble)
The Tournoi de l’OGGRE (Online Go GREnoble) took place on the first weekend in February. (Scroll down the page for details in English.)

On the continent…

EGF SGM
The EGF has posted some info about their recent Special General Meeting

Further afield…

North American Go Federation
North American Go Federation
AGA and CGA announce the formation of NAGF

Chinese-English Dictionary of Weiqi Terms
This may be publicly available soon

Tenuki


Multilingual Go Book Project
The project has completed their French and Spanish versions. They have also managed to print 25 copies in Greek, which have been sent to the Greek Go Association, and 25 copies in English, which are available for free upon request.