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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

June

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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.

Tenuki

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.

April

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Mar 312020
 

The COVID-19 edition

I hope this month finds everyone well and adapting to the new remote-working paradigm that has been hastily rolled out.

Physicality is Overrated
All local meetups are on hiatus given the current situation. With the IGA encouraging people to play online, some clubs are ramping up their virtual presence in response:
Galway have set up a club on OGS
Dublin will be meeting in the Irish room on KGS at their normal time (Weds 19:00)

Looking forward… April

The Corona Cup
JIGS is sponsoring an online open tournament on KGS. Registration closed with over 350 signups. Rounds continue weekly through the end of April. Progress can be tracked here.

Correspondence Championship
21 players across 4 divisions. Keep tabs through the OGS Ireland group

2020 Top 8 (Irish Championship)
The championship match between James and Matei has been postponed. Updates to follow.

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
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
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
The first board of round 6 against Greece was brought forward a few days and won by Karl. Two of the remaining three boards were also wins for the team. This will apparently put Ireland back in second place once the leaderboard is updated.
Ireland faces Norway in the 7th and final round on 2020-05-05. A win there could mean a chance at promotion (possibly depending on other match outcomes) by challenging the second-last team in B League (currently the Netherlands).

Looking back… March

IGA website overhaul
The new incarnation is now live!

Irish Go Congress
Lucas Ye won both the Rapid and the Open, continuing to rack up wins after his victory in the Cork tournament at the end of last year. The BGA gave the occasion a brief mention.

2020 AGM
The minutes from this year’s AGM are now available

On the continent…

European Pro Online Go League
Artem has posted an article introducing this new professional league. Due to the cancellation of the Pro Championship, the League is now already underway. Progress can be tracked here.

European Youth Championship
Russia’s winning streak (all 5 previous tournaments!) has finally been broken by Germany.

1st China vs Europe Online Go Tournament
1st China vs Europe Online Go Tournament
An introduction to this new tournament is available over on the EGF site, again by Artem.

European Go Congress 2020
EGC 2020 Update
The 2020 European Go Congress will take place in Ukraine from July 25th to August 9th

Go Retreat at Ask Island
The IGA has received an invitation from Antti Törmänen 1p to a unique Go retreat in Bergen, Norway, this August

polgote promotion
EGF pro Mateusz Surma is running a promotion “Stay at home. Study Go online. Don’t spread the virus.” This brings the hourly price for individual lessons to under €30

Tenuki

2020 Cross-Server/Federation Rank Survey
2 years since the 2018 surveytime for a redo – kindly share and repost!

AlphaGo to Zero
AlphaGo to Zero
Redmond and Garlock have released Volume 1 of AlphaGo to Zero, the first of a 4-volume EPUB series. More info in this AGA article.

Coronavirus Impacts Tournaments

  • Due to start in April, the Ing Cup has been postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic. The Ing Chang Ki Goe Educational Foundation said “the exact time will be announced after the epidemic is under control”.
  • The World Amateur Women’s Go Championship, scheduled for early May, has been cancelled due to uncertainty of the Coronavirus.
  • The 49th Amsterdam International Go Tournament will not now run in May as the Dutch government had forbidden all events until June 1st. It is set to return in 2021.
  • 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.
  • The WAGC won’t be happening in Vladivostok this June – it’s now postponed until 2021.

December

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Dec 012019
 

Looking forward… December

Top 8 (Irish Championship)
James and Matei stand at one win each, with the deciding game provisionally scheduled for the 14th.

Further ahead… 2020

Correspondence Championship
Next year sees this tournament moving to OGS. Registration closes December 15th.

Top 8 (Irish Championship)
Registration is now open for next year’s Top 8. Deadline for entry is December 15th.

Irish Go Congress
The Rapid and the Irish Open will take place in Dublin over the weekend of the 28th February – 1st March

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
Cork – every other Tuesday* 20:30 in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College
Cork – every other Sunday* 20:30 at Mr Bradleys, Barrack St

* The rebel county, being awkward as ever, has decided to alternate weekly between two venues on two different nights. Best to check in advance if planning to attend.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
Ireland returned another 3-1 result in round 2 against Croatia. They will face Slovakia on the 3rd.

Looking back… November

Cork Go Tournament
This year ended up being a cosy affair, without the traditional disaster. Results via EGD. Some photos have also been posted.

Irish Womens Championship
The Irish Womens Championship is underway. Results so far

On the continent…

European Youth Go Championships
The 25th EYGC will take place on 11-14th March 2020. More info on L19

Silk Road Tournament
Tony Claasen has written an article covering the 6th Silk Road Tournament, which took place in Vienna at the start of November.

Västerås Open 2020
A two-day tournament in Sweden on 8th-9th Feb next year. (The TD has tenuous links to the IGA.)

Tenuki

Invincible – The Games of Skynet
Lee Sedol has resigned from professional play, citing the rise of AI opponents that cannot be defeated.

Yutopian Enterprises
The US retailer is offering a retirement discount, and looking for someone who might be interested in carrying on the business.

October

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Looking forward… October

Irish Womens Championship
With entry closed, this is starting earlier than advertised

Irish Correspondence Tournament
This is now drawing to a close.
Ian is looking for someone to organise next year – anyone interested can email newsletter@irish-go.org

Top 8
Also has just a few games left

Further ahead…November

Cork Go Tourney
The 2019 Cork Tournament will take place on 23-24 November. Details to follow, but it will likely be a class B tournament of 5 rounds.

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
Cork – every other Tuesday* 20:30 in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College
Cork – every other Sunday* 20:30 at Mr Bradleys, Barrack St

* The rebel county, being awkward as ever, has decided to alternate weekly between two venues on two different nights. Best to check in advance if planning to attend.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
10th PGETC
The 2019-2020 incarnation kicks off early October

Looking back… September

Confucius Cup
The IGA has posted the final standings. Young-sam Kim won from a very strong field including Pavol Lisy 2p and Cornel Burzo 7d.
SGFs of the top games should be available again whenever KGS stops falling over…

Online Interprovincials
Connaught has now won enough games to be declared this year’s winner.

Belfast Go Tournament
Results from the one day tournament are available on the EGD

On the continent…

EWGC 2019
The EGF has posted two articles on the European Women’s Go Championship


EGC 2020
Next year’s European Go Congress has been announced

Västerås Open 2020
A two-day tournament in Sweden on 8th-9th Feb next year. (The TD has tenuous links to the IGA.)

Tenuki

Play it again, Fan
While looking for something else entirely, I stumbled across the collection of reviews Fan Hui did for IGA members back in 2015

Our Increasingly Benevolent Future Overlords
Two new developments:
DeepMind: The Podcast – hosted by mathematician and broadcaster Dr Hannah Fry
A new version of lizzie

Russian Go Federation handsout two-year ban
The Federation Executive Committee has barred a player until Sep 2021 after finding that he cheated in the 24th international PandaNet tournament.

Sunmire wins on time
A somewhat ambiguous facebook post was given context on L19. She has unfortunately since lost in the final round of the 23rd Female Kisei.


Shanghai Tango

September

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Sep 022019
 

Looking forward… September

Belfast Go Tournament
There will be a one day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 14th

Confucius Cup
This heavyweight of the 2019 Irish lineup (a level C event in the European Grand Prix) will take place over the weekend of September 28th/29th at the Confucius Institute in UCD

Online Interprovincials
Round 3 is still underway

Further ahead…November

Irish Womens Championship
The 3rd Irish Womens Championship will kick off in November. Games will be played over a period of 6 months both in person and online. The deadline for registration is September 22nd.

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
Cork – Tuesday 20:30 in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

Looking back… August

KBA Equipment
The Korean Baduk Association has kindly provided the IGA with sets, books, and clocks, to be divvied up between the Belfast, Cork, Dublin, and Galway clubs.
KBA equipment

Irish Correspondence Tournament
The duracell bunny of Irish tournaments keeps on going

On the continent…

A Day at EGC 2019
Carol has posted a report on this year’s EGC.
Carol EGC 2019

EGF Ratings System Review
A Commission has been set up to evaluate a proposed change to the EGF ratings system. The change would see EGF rankings expanded, allowing those with ranks weaker than 20kyu to participate fairly in EGF rules tournaments. Anyone interested in nominating someone for the Commission or Stakeholder Group should contact secretary@irish-go.org

Teach the Teachers
A special, free event for the bright organising go minds of Europe will take place in the European Go Cultural Centre on the weekend of 5-6 October. Three professionals from Japan, Korea, and China will be present to share their professional knowledge on how to teach our sport, with an emphasis on how to promote go in schools.

Tenuki

The Futurama of AI
Andreas Hauenstein has created a site where you can play against not just Leela, but also three weaker variants dubbed Fry, Bender, and Farnsworth. More info here.
Carol EGC 2019

Nakamura Sumire
The AGA’s John Power reports on the youngest pro’s first (and second) win.

Tenuki Normal
A non-profit brand whose goal is to create Go/weiqi/baduk/igo style clothing for comfortable and casual wear that stays true to the aesthetics of the game

Jul 022019
 

Quite a bit to get through this month, especially if you are the sort who likes to follow all the links.

Looking forward… July

EGC 2019
Starting late in the month, the European Go Congress will run from July 20th to August 4th in Brussels

Online Interprovincials
The final round is currently underway. Results from round 2 were:
Munster v Ulster: 1-2
Connaught v Leinster: 3-0

Further ahead… September

Belfast Go Tournament
There will be a one day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 14th

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
Cork – Tuesday 20:30 in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

UPDATE: Cork meetings will resume Tuesday 9th in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall, Dean Street on a trial basis.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
9th-and-a-half PGETC
While the main tournament has wrapped up, there is a special 2019 Qualifier which will involve face-to-face games.

Transatlantic Pro Go Team Championship
After staying on long enough to pull the AGA back up to 3 – 3, Eric Lui lost to Artem in the 7th round. While the result has not yet made it onto the TPGTP site, the game is available on OGS. (Actually, they have a facebook page too, if you are that way inclined.) The next two rounds will be on the 7th and 14th.

Looking back… June

World Amateur Go Championship
Noel placed 36th representing Ireland at the 40th WAGC

Irish Correspondence Tournament
Play continues

On the continent…

EGCC Closure
In an unfortunate turn of events, the European Go Cultural Centre will shut down later this year

Tenuki

Argentina Walks Towards Gender Equity in Go
“Argentina’s Gender Commission was founded with the purpose of achieving more gender equity and inclusion. There are more males than females playing Go, despite there being no gendered differences in intellectual ability. [There are already some quite strong female players.] An increasing number of clubs are trying to address the causes behind this disparity.”

UK 1k
The London Go Centre is aiming for 1000 subscribers on its youtube channel to level up the account’s streaming privileges

ZBaduk
A new LeelaZero site, with options to play against the bot or review an uploaded game

OGS Joseki Dictionary
Another month, another promising feature