The Irish Open Weekend will be on the weekend of February 6th-8th 2015. More details to follow soon.
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.
The Korean Prime Minister’s Cup, one of the premier international amateur competitions, took place in Seoul this year. Ireland’s representative was Thomas Shanahan. Over 6 rounds of play, he scored 2 wins over Hungary and Argentina. This placed him in 41st position, just above his seeding of 42nd, and was thus a very good performance. Congratulations to him! The results are available to view here.
You can now read Thomas’s own notes on the event.
Arrived on Wednesday – sandwich for dinner! Next day, tour around a Baduk school and Baduk Association building, then a banquet in the evening – some lovely drummers and then to follow some band whose music can only be called noise. However the food was lovely. Off to bed early for the raging battles ahead. There was much heat; on the board and culinary wise.
First day of games:
There were 6 opponents – Norway, Hungary, Mexico, England, Indonesia and Argentina.
First from Norway on table 1. Unfortunately Odin was not on my side this day and I was defeated but not without the usual scrap here and there spreading all over the board. The game can be found onhttp://www.wbaduk.com/
Second game was with the Hungary. Hadúr was in a funny mood this day, giving Hungary the advantage early on but in classic Irish style the underdog grasps the win. Success!!!
Third game against Mexico – a disaster – it was all so normal until I realised that so much was dead on the board – just outdone by the cheeky Xipe-Totecian Mexican 5D!
Fourth game against old rivals – England. A nice game, went back a forth, unfortunately….
Fifth game against Indonesia – 4 point game – what more can I say.
Ahhh, and then there was Argentina. Fairly bad from the start, lots dead on the board, about to resign but decided to battle on- and then it was there- the light at the end of the tunnel, found the crucial cut .Yes!!! Cú Chulainn was with me in spirit that game.
Final result – 2 out of 6. Rest of the time was spent; eating Kimchee, rice and other fancy Korean food, visiting a palace, playing a 9P and another professional at the Baduk festival (1004 simultaneous games at once), getting ripped off in touristville and doing some Swing dancing. All in all – fair craic.
Both James have now secured victory in the Irish Correspondence Championship. James Hutchinson topped the Open section with 9 wins, losing only one game. That game was to Martin Klemsa, who shared second place with Irina Davis and Noel Mitchell. Earlier this year, James Aitken had won the Intermediate section. The competition proved to be quite popular, with 21 people taking part. Planning for next year can now begin, and all suggestions are welcome. Next year we might have some prizes!
The 2014/5 season of the European Team Championships started tonight on Pandanet. Ireland were drawn against newcomers Lithuania, the strongest Baltic nation. They managed a fairly solid 3-1 victory over our team, with only new captain James Hutchinson salvaging a point. Hope is not lost though, as Ireland traditional plan is to start slowly, before tilting the head back for a late surge toward the finish line. Next fixture on the list is Portugal.
The 41st London Open Go Congress will take place on 28th-31st December 2014. Registration is now open, details are available here.
The Belfast Open took place on the 30th and 31st of August at the now traditional venue of Belfast Boat Club. Continuing this year’s theme of French dominance was Ngoc-Trang Cao (1-dan), who won with a perfect score of 5/5. Congratulations to her! Coming second and third, were James Hutchinson (1-dan) and Peter Kasko (4-kyu). Then tied together in 4th place came Tiberiu Gociu (4-kyu), Louise Roullier(5-kyu), and Piotr Gawron(6-kyu). For those of you who missed out on the tournament, you can view the photo album from Tibi, and the full results.
You may have expected nothing to happen on the Irish Go Scene until the upcoming Belfast Go tournament, but you were entirely wrong. Not 1, but 3 full ladder games have been played! As a result Philippe Renaut, newly resident in Co. Galway, has reached the top rung. James Hutchinson, the reigning champion slips down into second place.
We also have our regular dose of history..
This time from 1994 we have two newsletters for you to enjoy
IGA Newsletter 11 (needs to be rotated unfortunately)
As promised, here is the next batch of newsletters to fill a few hours of July. Included, is a game from the 1992/1993 championship final.
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– Bernard Palmer and Noel Mitchell
The teaser from the last post? Something of a trick question. Eugene Mallon is the name, although definitely not the man. To Irish Go players the fugitive was known as Ben Moore, when captured in France he was using the name Eugene Mallon, whom he had met and played Go with in Dublin, but Ira Einhorn was his real name of the man labelled the Unicorn Killer who the FBI were chasing.
The World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) took place in Korea this year, normally it is in Japan. Ireland’s representative this year was John Gibson. Every year the field seems to get stronger, and gone are the days when you could expect mark down an easy victory when you saw that you had been drawn against a certain country. John finished in 49th place from 54, picking up good wins against the South American giants Brazil and Argentina. Francis Roads from the UK finished in 44th place, and John Leuner (ex Dublin) from South Africa, took 45th. Japan, Korea, and Chinese Taipei were all tied at the top on 7 wins, but the latter had collected the most SOS to win the event. You can find full coverage of the event at the USGO and Ranka websites.
Click to see one of John’s games from the world championships
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Credit to Ranka&AGA e-journal team for making this record available