Connaught took the first place in the interprovincial final with Philippe Renaut defeating Geoffrey Crespino on KGS to secure a 2-1 victory over Leinster. They will play the winners of the Ulster Munster match. Ulster currently hold a 1-0 lead with 2 games left.
In other news Roger Clarke defeated Tiberiu Gociu over two very exciting and keenly contested games in the semi final of the Ulster championship. He will now play James Hutchinson in the final.
Ireland have emerged victorious once again, storming to victory against Kazakhstan. John’s opponent resigned after losing a mere 13 stone group. Tom, with a magnificent 25 stone sacrifice, managed a comfortable 18.5 point win. James had a comparatively dull win with no killing whatsoever. The piece de resistance, however, was surely Tibi’s delayed fixture. With 150 dead stones in the game, Tibi correctly calculated that he was heading for a 2.5 point loss, and resigned. Final score Ireland 3 Kazakhstan 1.
There will be a five round tournament in Belfast on August 8th and 9th.
For full details see here
John Gibson secured final victory for Ireland in the latest match in league C of the PGETC. Playing in a postponed match, his opponent had no answers for his famed high chinese moyo strategy.
His victory secured a 3-1 win, after Tiberiu Gociu and James Hutchinson had secured wins earlier in the week.
Next up, Kazakhstan in a 2pm Sunday match due to extreme differences in the time zones.
The ladder competition has started up again for the new year. In a break with tradition a match has already been played. Philippe defeated James in an exciting game at the top of the ladder.
To enter, contact Tibi.
The Galway Main Tournament is coming !
After a nice winter warm up, it’s time to get your tesujis sharpened again !
All information, location and registration forms can be found here
The tournament starts on Saturday 25th of April at 10:30, we hope to see you all for a joyful week-end in Galway !
The tournament will have different categories so beginners and under-18s welcome !
See you soon,
The Galway Go Club team
To keep a good pace and have a little (a wee ?) go reading moment, we decided to revive the IGA newsletter.
We are happy to publish here the 2015-Q1 edition ! You will find a biting editorial, some news of the latests events (not including the Dublin Confucius Cup which will be covered in the next Newsletter), a technical note on how to organize a go event and some games comments.
Of course to make it more and more complete, feel free to contribute in any way, the easiest one being probably to review one of the last game you found interesting and to send it to be published in the newsletter.
To read it, it’s here : IGA Newsletter, Q1 – 2015
Philippe, in the name of all the happy contributors of the Newsletter
On March 13th, Philippe won by resignation against Tom.
On March 11th, Noel won by resignation against John.
On March 8th, Philippe won a lost game against James.
On March 5th, 2015 the first of the remaining TOP8 games was played: Philippe Renaut vs. Tiberiu Gociu.
It was a very tense game until White managed to live in Black’s territory. Philippe won by Resign.
The remaining games are as follows:
Philippe Renaut 1 - 0 Tiberiu Gociu
Philippe Renaut 1 - 0 James Hutchinson
Philippe Renaut 1 - 0 0 Thomas Shanahan
Thomas Shanahan 0 – 0 Tiberiu Gociu
Thomas Shanahan 0 – 0 James Hutchinson
James Hutchinson 0 – 0 Tiberiu Gociu
Roman Pszonka 0 – 0 John Gibson
Roman Pszonka 0 – 0 Noel Mitchell
Roman Pszonka 0 – 0 Peter Kasko
John Gibson 0 – 1 Noel Mitchell
John Gibson 0 – 0 Peter Kasko
Noel Mitchell 0 – 0 Peter Kasko
The Confucius Institute for Ireland has generously sponsored Go lessons to the Irish Go Association.
Fan Hui 2p will be giving lessons starting next week, March 11th on KGS.
More details can be found here.
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.
Next up, the mighty Cyprus.
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 !
in the name of all Galway Go Club players
Full report, results, and photos here.
Results from Round 4 of the 2015 Confucius Cup Go Results are here.
Results from Round 3 of the 2015 Confucius Cup Go Results are here.
Results from Round 2 of the 2015 Confucius Cup Go Results are here.
Results from Round 1 of the 2015 Confucius Cup Go Results are here.
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.