Sep 022021
 

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

Aug 012021
 

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

Jun 302021
 

Looking forward… July

Irish Summer Go Cup
This 5-round online tournament runs Wednesday nights from June 30th to July 28th.
Round 1 results and the standings afterwards.

2021 Correspondence Championship
Division A is still in progress

2021 US e-Go Congress
This will take place online from July 17-25, on OGS, KGS, and Pandanet

Further ahead… August

Korean Prime Minister Cup
James will represent Ireland (online) at this year’s KPMC

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

IGA Resources

Join the IGA Discord server – https://discord.com/invite/4vSnhjd
A “mid-kyu level” channel on Twitch
Twitch streams archived on YouTube

Looking back… June

WAGC 2021
IGA reports from the 41st World Amateur Go Championship 2021:
First day, first round
Gavin secures 31st place for Ireland
Artem has also posted interviews with some of the other European participants

On the continent…

Transatlantic Professional Go League
The 1st tournament is underway, with games played every Saturday and Sunday

Tenuki

Making the move online
A report from the Durham tournament in the UK about their experience of moving the tournament online

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 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.

February

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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.