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

May 032022
 

Looking forward… May

IGA League
Registration closes soon for the first season of this new three-month-long, (mostly) online league

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

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!

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
12th PGETC
Ireland managed a single win against Lithuania in the penultimate round.
The last round sees Ireland facing Slovenia on the 10th

Looking back… April

April Rip-Off
Eoghan posted a writeup of the tournament

2022 Ulster Open
Pictures
Results

Ireland vs SITS
Interclub Battle
Ireland take on the French club Stones in the Shell – commentary on twitch

On the continent…

Statement from the Ukraine Go Federation
A letter from the UFGO President

European Go Federation logo
EGF Statement
The EGF’s statement about the war in Ukraine
Related discussion on L19

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

49th Paris International Tournament
A writeup has been posted by Milena on the EGF website

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 requested that those who plan to attend book so they can get a better idea of how many people they need to cater for

Tenuki

SmartGo
SmarterGo
SmartGo One is out for iPhone and iPad

IGA Resources

The email version of this bulletin is moving over to the IGA’s mailing list. People who want to keep receiving it should sign up over on the IGA website.

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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.

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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

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June

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May 312021
 

The ‘not quite a bank holiday weekend’ edition

Brought to you by the foibles of the Gregorian calendar

Looking forward… June

Irish Summer Go Cup
Signups are now open for this 5-round online tournament taking place Wednesday nights in July

2021 Correspondence Championship
Division A is still in progress

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

Further ahead… August

Korean Prime Minister Cup
If you are interested in representing Ireland at this year’s KPMC, please email secretary@irish-go.org

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

IGA on Twitch
A “mid-kyu level” channel

IGA YouTube channel
Twitch streams made available for posterity

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
11th PGETC
Ireland won 3 of their 4 games against Spain in the final round, finishing in 4th position overall.

Looking back… May

2021 Correspondence Championship
Carol won Division B with a perfect 6-0 result

On the continent…

Euro Pro League goes Transatlantic
In cooperation with the new NAGF, the EGF announced the 1st Transatlantic Professional Go League. It will include EGF pros, AGA pros, and two strong European amateurs. See the league page for more details.

Go Magic
One Dream… One Goal
A new project aiming to provide “everything you might possibly need on your way to Go mastery”. See the EGF article for more details.

Awesome Baduk
Baduk is Awesome
World class lessons provided as 10-15 minute video lectures by topic and level

Tenuki

Go Variants
Detective Go – asymmetrical variant with a team of detectives trying to find a fugitive that plays hidden moves
Fractional Multicolour Go – multiplayer variant where individual stones can have multiple colours simultaneously
Fractional Multicolour Go

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

March

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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.