Mar 292021
 

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.

Feb 282021
 

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.

Jan 312021
 

Looking forward… February

2021 Correspondence Championship
Entries are open until Sunday 7th. The tournament will begin on Monday 15th.

2021 Top 8
Rounds 2-5 will be played on wednesdays this month, with the championship games scheduled across the first three wednesdays in March.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
Tournoi de l’OGGRE (Online Go GREnoble)
Club de Grenoble invites Irish players to join their free online tournament the first weekend in February. (Scroll down the page for details in English.)

BGA Online Congress 2021
The British Go Association’s first Online Go Congress is now open to all until Thursday 18th. Beginning on Saturday 20th, there will be multiple side-tournaments, plus two pro lectures by Mateusz Surma.

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
A 2-2 draw against South Africa in round 3 keeps Ireland in second position overall. Interestingly, 2 of the other 3 matches also resulted in draws, with the only decisive outcome being Lithuania beating Greece 4-0.
Round 4 is scheduled for the 23rd and will see Ireland facing Slovakia.

Looking back… January

Top 8
First qualifier round results
Second qualifier round results
Round 1 took place on the 27th – see the main tournament page for results.


Ici, c’est Paris!
Another epic Irish vs French Club battle, this time against Paris-Aligre.

On the continent…

EGF SGM
There has apparently been a Special General Meeting (however that works) of the EGF on Jan 21st. While there are no details as to the outcome, of particular note on the agenda was item 7c3 – Allow tournament submissions to the EGD with higher class. Also listed is the perennial discussion of EGF membership fees.

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

Tenuki

The fairest of them all…
Komi that is

OGS Rating Adjustments
OGS are revising their rating system in an effort to fix some bugs and move it closer to the EGF/AGA ratings. After the proposed upcoming changes to the EGF system, the comparison may be something like this:
EGF OGS new ratings comparison
Red curve is from the new OGS conversion formula
Blue curve is from the new EGF conversion formula (to be implemented soon)

GoKibitz
Move-by-move conversations about go games

SmartGo
SmartGo
I thought I had posted this previously but seems not – SmartGo for Mac is currently free, pending work on a new version at some point in the future.

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

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

Nov 012020
 

Looking forward… November

Take Two
The 2nd 2020 Corona Cup will kick off tomorrow. (Registration is open until midnight tonight, November 1st.)

Franco-Irish Tournament
The first match against Grenoble is being organised to take place probably on Monday the 9th of November. As of last week, Philippe was still looking for additional signups, especially double-digit kyus. Interested players should respond on Discord.

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
As mentioned on facebook, Ireland secured a 3-1 victory against Greece in the first round. With a 5-week gap, round 2 is scheduled for December 1st. Ireland will face Lithuania who, along with South Africa, won all their games in the first round.

Looking back… October

EGM
After last month’s Zoom meeting, a new channel was set up on Discord to discuss potential changes and improvements #iga_admin_public

On the continent…

Recent News
Artem has posted a roundup of recent(ish) happenings on the EGF site.

European Championship
This was cancelled but subsequently moved online for 2020.

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

Tenuki

Jena International Go School starting English Go News
JIGS announced they will be streaming news in English every Monday evening on Twitch

Chess Cheats
Proportion of computer assisted cheating increases across several competitive games played online during pandemic

October

 Ireland, Online, World  Comments Off on October
Sep 302020
 

Looking forward… October

EGM
All IGA members are invited to attend a general meeting on Zoom at 19:30 this tuesday. Details in the #discussions channel on the IGA Discord server.

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

Weekly Meetings

All local meetups are on hiatus. The IGA encourages people to play online.
Galway – visit their club on OGS
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in the Irish room on KGS
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
11th PGETC
This is scheduled to begin on Tuesday 20th. Ireland has been placed in league C alongside Denmark, Greece, Lithuania, Norway, Slovakia, South Africa, and Spain.

Looking back… September

Irish Summer Go Cup
The new online tournament has now ended, with team ChoChiHun emerging victorious. Final comments and game review posted by Philippe. Articles and reviews for all previous rounds: semi-finals, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

On the continent…

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

Tenuki

4th New York Go League
Due to COVID-19, NYGHS has opened the league to all players with a stable rank in the AGA, CGA, EGF, or a credible server. Registration closes soon.

Ratings & Rankings
OGS is looking into rank conversion between different organisations and servers. Reference is also made to a discussion about upcoming changes to the EGF system.