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2nd Irish Women’s Championship

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 20:51
(on behalf of Carol Doyle)

It has been 22 years since the women of Ireland competed over the board for the illustrious moniker of Irish Women’s Go Champion.  Naomi Gibson is the long standing holder, taking the title in 1992.  The game of Go has historically had a small following in Ireland, yet on February 7th 2015 the IGA hosted the largest annual Irish Go Congress yet!  Over 60 Go players competed in a strong field, with a contingency of Galwegian youth players making the trip over from the west coast.  This marks a milestone not only in Irish Go, but sets the stage for the next level of Go in Ireland.

As a woman playing Go in Ireland, I am buoyed by the surge of excitement surrounding my beloved game in recent years.  The IGA can now be proud to boast a club in each province of the island – the cities of Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway – yet the feeling of one close-knit group of Go players.  Prestige takes second place to shared exploration of themes and ideas which make you better in ways that often seem entirely unrelated to Go.  The Irish Women’s Go Championship 2015 forges ahead with the goal of increasing opportunities for players at any level to discover the joy in the game and feel confident in the hard work required to advance their skill.

Entry is open to any and all females who are resident in Ireland for a period of at least 6 months or who hold an Irish passport.

Register by emailing the IGA Committee: committee [at] irish [dash] go [full stop] org  Closing date for applications 31/03/2015

All entrants must be a member of the Irish Go Association.  You can sign up during the registration process.

System:  League format.  Each player will play one game against each person in the league. Winner:  The champion will be decided in a best-of-3 game between the top two players in the league table. Rules:  Japanese Rules with no handicap, komi at 6.5.  Main time 60 minutes, byoyomi 5 periods of 30 seconds. Playing:  Games may be played live online using a Go server such as KGS, or face-to-face.  It is the responsibility of the winner to report the result to the tournament organiser.

All league games must be played before 31/10/2015.
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Ireland victorious once again

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 22:39

Ireland have heroically secured their first victory in the PGETC with a fabulous triumph over Portugal.

Team captain James Hutchinson started the rout with a comfortable win by default, before number 1 board Ian Davis stormed to victory. John Gibson secured the win in a bloody game with many dead groups. Finally, Tiberiu Gociu managed to exploit the aji in his opponent’s large moyo to secure a fabulous 4-0 victory.

Results here

Next up, the mighty Cyprus.

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Matthew Macfadyen in Galway…

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 17:08

We had the immense honor, here in Galway, to receive the visit of Matthew Macfadyen, 6 dan and 25 times UK champion.

The session was a busy one : we were having one of our not-so-usual-but-usual-anyway wine and go evening session at my home plus some students who were already practicing with me in their school who decided to join the evening club plus some new beginners and finally Matthew and his wife Kirsty who joined out of the blue. Altogether, 17 players took place around gobans in the middle of glasses, tables, chairs, arms and legs, and it was cosy, and it was messy and it was absolutely great time ! Matthew played something like 14 games, with simultaneous games, commented games, and Kirsty teached some new beginners about the game. Their kindness and generosity brought a fabulous atmosphere to the evening and the Galway go club wanted to thank them deeply for their venue ! We are all going to play again and again so that for their next trip to Galway, Matthew will meet three or four 6 dans to compete with !

Philippe Renaut
in the name of all Galway Go Club players

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Young-Sam Kim and Huang Chunlong Win 2015 Irish Confucius Cup

Tue, 10/02/2015 - 01:05

Full report, results, and photos here.

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2015 Confucius Cup Go Results Round 4

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 14:36

Results from Round 4 of the 2015 Confucius Cup Go Results are here.

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2015 Confucius Cup Go Results Round 3

Sat, 07/02/2015 - 20:27

Results from Round 3 of the 2015 Confucius Cup Go Results are here.

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Confucius Cup Go Standings – Round 2

Sat, 07/02/2015 - 17:11

Results from Round 2 of the 2015 Confucius Cup Go Results are here.

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Confucius Cup Go Standings – Round 1

Sat, 07/02/2015 - 13:52

Results from Round 1 of the 2015 Confucius Cup Go Results are here.

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2015 Confucius Cup – Last Call!

Thu, 05/02/2015 - 22:00

The weekend you’ve all been waiting for starts tomorrow – the 2015 Confucius Cup! All the details for the Go and Chinese Chess tournaments are available here.
If you can’t come along then you can watch the top Go board from each round broadcasted live on KGS (username ‘IrishGo’) and video stream on UStream. Tune in on Saturday to get all the live updates.

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Venkata triumphs in Galway

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 19:26

Venkata Velpuri of the Belfast club secured victory in the recent ‘Warming up’ tournament in Galway. Second place went to Philippe Renaut with James Hutchinson in third.

Full results can be found here

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Beijing Sporting Delegation to Visit Confucius Cup Tournament

Wed, 14/01/2015 - 11:40

Another reason to attend next month’s Confucius Cup tournament in Dublin – a special sporting delegation from Beijing will be visiting. They will attend the congress to review top games, play simultaneous games, and award Dan certificates. Below is the list of experts and professional players who will come:

Chen Zelan - Vice President of World Xiangqi Federation, Vice President of Board Games & Cards Administrative Centre of General Sport Administration of China. Hua Xueming - 7d, Go Chinese national Team Captain. 16th and 18th National Go Women Individual champion; China 1st Mixed Pair Competition champion; 2nd Women Fast Game champion. Huang Yizhong - 7d Go professional. Guo Liping - Vice Director of the Chinese Chess Department, General Administration of Sport of the People’s Republic of China. Jiang Chuan - Professional Chinese Chess player, National Champion, World Champion.

More details about the Confucius Cup tournament and registration here.

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Top 8 and AGM

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 17:56

The Irish Championship of 2014 is not yet finished, but a date has been set for the event of next year. On the weekend of January 10th – 11th the Top 8 kick-off event will take place at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin. The Annual General meeting will be held on the evening of Saturday the 10th of January. The AGM will take place on the Saturday, after the Top 8 games finish, provisionally at 5:00pm. Read on to find the AGM agenda.

Discussion items are:
1. The return of qualifier matches to decide who plays in the Top 8.
2. Non McMahon tournaments to be class C for Korea points.
3. The Ladder to be class C for Korea points.
4. Executive positions
5. Korea tax to be increased to 2 points.
6. Korea tax only to apply if you haven’t earned any Korea points in a given year.
7. Inter provincials – Leinster captain sought.
8. Event to mark 60th anniversary of JET in Ireland
9. Creation of a Women’s Championship

 

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Galway go tournament announced

Sun, 07/12/2014 - 14:36

There will be a one day tournament in Galway on Sunday January 18th. See the Galway Club’s Facebook Group for up to date details. The expected format is also given below:

Date : Sunday 18th of January
Location : St-Mary’s College, St-Mary’s Road Galway City
https://goo.gl/maps/OAzJU

30mn by player + 2x30s byoyomi
4 rounds
Handicap Swiss tournament

Registration/Welcoming of the players : 9h15-9h45

First round : 10h – 11h30
Second round : 11h45 – 13h15
-lunch break-
Third round : 14h00 – 15h30
Fourth round : 15h45 – 17h15

Prize ceremony : 17h30

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Ulster Championship

Sun, 07/12/2014 - 12:15

This year the Belfast Club created an Ulster Championship, in which 4 players took part. Losing out in the semi-finals were Paul Kelly and James Aitken. The final was won by James Hutchinson, who beat Tiberiu Gociu by the score of 2-0. The games from the final are attached for you to play through.

Round 1 of the final:

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Round 2 of the final:

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Since EidoGo seems not to work with the latest wordpress, I am using the Glift plugin to display the games instead.

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2015 Irish Go and Chinese Chess Congress

Sat, 06/12/2014 - 13:54

The Irish Go Association in association with The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland is pleased to present the 2015 Irish Go & Chinese Chess Congress. The events will take place from February 6th to 8th. While this will be the 26th annual Open Go tournament, it will also host Ireland’s first ever Chinese Chess tournament. The Congress will take place at its new location at The Gresham Hotel right in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, and will be comprised of three tournaments:

– The Rapid Go Tournament
– The Confucius Cup Go Tournament
– The Confucius Cup Chinese Chess Tournament

Full details here

 

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Renaut dodges ladder breaker

Mon, 01/12/2014 - 11:44

Sunday the 30th of November saw the end of this year’s Irish Ladder tournament. Sitting on top of the pile of combatants was Philippe Renaut of le club de Galway. After playing his way to the top, he survived numerous challenges to his pole position. In second place was James Hutchinson, third placed was Ian Davis. Congratulations to Philippe!

The competition will re-open next year for all IGA members.

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UCC Results

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 16:22

The University College Cork tournament took place on the 15th and 16th of November. The venue for this year was once again the Mardyke Pavillion. The format was a handicap Swiss, which offers up the chance to the lower ranked players to win the event. However, it was the highest ranked player taked part, Philippe Renaut (2-dan) who took home the honours, winning all of his 5 games. In second place was Gerry Gavigan, a UK player who was visiting the tournament. Taking third place on tiebreak was organiser Thomas Shanahan. Although the turnout could have been bigger, it was encouraging to see some new players taking part, particularly we might note the players travelling from Galway.

Full results and photographs may follow!

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Austerity drive continues in Euro Teams

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 18:50

The Irish squad for the European Team Championships continued their strategy of starting slow, in order to end with a glorious late run. Up against the Springboks on Tuesday 18th November, they ended the match with a considered 1-3 deficit. James Hutchinson performed well to topple the 3-dan playing top board for South Africa, but the other squad members failed to follow his lead, despite having some good chances in all 3 games. Next up in the league will be the United Kingdom.

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