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

June

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May 302022
 

Looking forward… June

IGA League
Keep tabs on the first season of this new league here

2022 Correspondence Championship
Currently underway in the Ireland group on OGS

Further Ahead… July

Hungarian Go Camp 2022
People interested in attending the 11th Hungarian Go Camp in Százhalombatta from July 10th-17th should check out the provided pdf or register online

Lithuanian Go Association
Lithuanian Go Association Summer Camp
The LGA’s 2022 summer camp takes place July 7th-10th

The far future… September

Confucius Cup 2022
Kindly note that this has been rescheduled for the weekend of 23rd-25th 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!

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
12th PGETC
Ireland finished fifth in League C after defeating Slovenia in the final round.
Tangentially, despite winning 4-0 in the last round, the UK have been relegated and will be joining League C next season.

Looking back… May

Outreach
Do you know a group or community that might be interested in learning Go? The IGA is here to help!

On the continent…

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
The organisers have confirmed their intent to organise EGC 2022 in Vatra Dornei

Tenuki

Digital Go Education and Go Globalization
The Korean Baduk Association and the University of Seoul have agreed to cooperate with the aim of creating a metaverse and an AI-based platform for Go education – AGeJ

A Contemporary Art Experiment, From Go Seigen to AlphaGo
Selected as the winning exhibition for the 2021 OCAT Research-Based Curatorial Project – AGeJ

Wave Games cover
Music in the stones
Wave Collector releases new go-inspired album – AGeJ

April

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Apr 012022
 

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

November

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Nov 012021
 

Looking forward… November

Ulster Open 2021
Taking place in Lisburn on Saturday November 20th

Further ahead… December

2021 Irish Winter Rengo
Entries are now open – details on the IGA site

Even further… January

TIGGRE – Ellie Cup
TIGGRE – Ellie Cup
Takes place on the 29th and 30th of January in the Grenoble Centre des Congrès

Go & Ski course
Like Go and Skiing? This combinational camp runs from the 31st of January to the 5th of February in Vaujany.

Weekly Meetings

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 recently minted Instagram account

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
12th PGETC
Ireland won just a single game against Norway in the first round.
Ireland faces Slovakia in the second round on the 16th.

Looking back… October

October Rip-Off
Eoghan has posted a writeup of this inaugural tournament

British Go Congress
Niall placed second in this year’s “Lighting Championship

London Go Centre
London MindSports Centre
The London Go Centre is now open at its new home

On the continent…

6th European Pro Qualification 2021
Won by Stanisław Frejlak, who is now the 8th European Professional

European Pair Go Championship 2021
Won by Natalia Kovaleva 5d and Dmitrij Surin 6d for the 7th time

Online European Youth Go Championship
Coverage of the EYGC courtesy of the European Go Journal

PolGoTe
Polgote.com
Mateusz Surma is crowdfunding The Marketplace of Online Go Lessons which has garnered some discussion on the OGS forum

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

Tenuki

On the Shoulders of Giants
KGS gets in on the AI action

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

May

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May 032021
 

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

January

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Jan 012021
 

The new year edition

Happy Level 5 all! Plus ça change

Just a number

This edition marks the 200th post on the bulletin’s original home – CorkGo

Looking forward… January

2021 Top 8
A total of 18 contenders this year. The first qualifier round will consist of 6 matches taking place on Wednesday, January 13th at 20:00. Those not eliminated will join a second round the following week. Those who survive both will face the four top finishers from last year in the main Top 8, which begins on the 27th and continues through February.

IGA Membership
Philippe would like to remind people that annual membership fees are now due, and that for the first time it will be possible to pay the annual sub this year using PayPal:
Hey dear Go Players. Bad news for you, you have absolutely no more excuses to NOT pay your membership as Niall has implemented PayPal payment on the website, all modern and all, isn’t that cool ?
If you love Irish go and want to help making it grow, please don’t forget your membership, it is nearly a gift, as the membership is for now 10€ (yes for the whole year!). Next year we will try to have some of these special events for members only so don’t forget to renew or take the membership if you are new to the IGA!
Click on this link and make your move to make sure we have ample budget to organize more of all the fun and exciting go events that you like!

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
After facing Lithuania in Round 2, all 4 games went to Ireland. The third round is scheduled for January 26th. Ireland’s opponent is South Africa, who have won all their games so far, putting them just a single board point ahead at the top of the leaderboard.

Looking back… December

Winter Rengo
James & Ruari won the tournament, after an additional 2 tiebreak rounds were required to decide the outcome.

Second Ireland-France Match
The second Grenoble-Ireland on December 7th ended 9-4 to Grenoble

On the continent…

end polio now
International “End Polio Now” Go Tournament
The EGF has posted an article about a tournament on the 16th from which all participation fees will go entirely to End Polio Now. Registration closes on the 15th.

Euro Pro OGL 3
The European Professional Online Go League Season 3 started on December 5th. One best-of-three match is played each saturday and sunday. More detail is available on the EGF site.

EGF Academy
Founded to train promising European youths, the academy is looking for additional supporters

London MindSports Centre
The BGA announced that it has, in association with the Young Chelsea Bridge Club, purchased the ex-Salvation Army citadel in Ravenscourt Park, to turn it into the London MindSports Centre.

Tenuki

Conquest of Go
The Conquest of Go
Now available on Steam
In Sente review
Baduk Scholars long reviewed
Dwyrin review

Quantum Go
Quantum Go
Playing with entanglement

OGS live tournaments group
Live Tournaments Group
A new group for weekly/biweekly live tournaments has been created on OGS

December

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Nov 202020
 

Looking forward… December

2021 Top 8
Entries are now open for the qualifying tournament for next year’s National Championship. Deadline: December 15th

Second Ireland-France Match
A sequel to the recent Grenoble-Ireland match will take place on Monday 7th of December. More details on the IGA Discord.

IGA Membership
Philippe would like to remind people that annual membership fees will be due soon:
If you love Irish go and want to help making it grow, please don’t forget your membership, it is nearly a gift, as the membership is for now 10€ (yes for the whole year!). Next year we will try to have some of these special events for members only so don’t forget to renew or take the membership if you are new to the IGA!

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

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

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
11th PGETC
After facing Lithuania in Round 2, all 4 games went to Ireland. The third round is scheduled for January 26th. Ireland’s opponent is South Africa, who have won all their games so far, putting them just a single board point ahead at the top of the leaderboard.

Looking back… November

Winter Rengo
James has organised a live online rengo tournament on KGS

IGA Grenoble
Franco-Irish Tournament
Philippe posted an article covering the first round of this project.

Take Two
The 2nd 2020 Corona Cup kicked off last month

On the continent…

IGA Grenoble
European Championship
The EC 2020 Online was won by Ilya Shikshin. The EGF have posted an interview with Ilya and the IGF have posted an interview with Jean-Yves Papazoglou, EGF Vice-President, discussing organisation of the EC.

Fuseki Teaching Videos
Not quite on the continent, but the London Go Centre‘s youtube channel has added Fuseki Insights, a series by Mateusz Surma 2P

World Amateur Women’s Go Championship
Also from the UK, Alison Bexfield has posted a small writeup on playing in this tournament

EGF Academy
Founded to train promising European youths, the academy is looking for additional supporters

Tenuki

OGS live tournaments group
Live Tournaments Group
A new group for weekly/biweekly live tournaments has been created on OGS

Hikaru no Go live action
Hikaru no Go
A new live-action remake is available on iQIYI

AlphaGo
AlphaGo
For those stuck at home and looking for something else to stream, the full AlphaGo movie is available on Deepmind’s youtube channel

Murugandi Christmas Sale 2020
Murugandi Christmas Sale
Kim’s art prints and postcards are discounted on Etsy