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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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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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Correspondence Championship 2015

Mon, 27/10/2014 - 19:18

As if Irish Go players didn’t have enough excitement, with the upcoming UCC tournament, the finale of the Ladder, and the  announcement of the next Confucius Cup – along comes another event. For those who enjoy life in the slow lane, registration is now open for the 2015 Irish Correspondence Championship. The format is very much the same as last year’s, so for those who enjoyed the competition last year, don’t leave it to late to sign up. The event should be kicking off just before 2015 begins.

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2015 Irish Open Date Announced

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 12:55

The Irish Open Weekend will be on the weekend of February 6th-8th 2015. More details to follow soon.

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UCC Go Tournament

Sun, 12/10/2014 - 19:19

We are pleased to learn that the next Go tournament in Cork is coming up soon. You can find full details on the UCC website, but as a summary we can tell you this.

The tournament will be a 5 round Swiss, and will take place on the 15th and 16th of November at the Mardyke Pavillion in University College Cork. The prize fund is at least 300 euro, but more importantly there will be free tea, coffee, biscuits, and cake available.

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