The 2014 Irish Go Congress occurred over the weekend on 14th -16th February, with 44 players attending in a surprisingly sunny Dublin. Celebrating 25 years of Go in Ireland, the main tournament, the 3rd Confucius Cup, was well represented with a strong field of players.
Fan Hui (2p France) won with a perfect 5/5 score. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places all had three wins with the order decided with SOS, resulting in Csaba Mero (6d Hungary) in second place, Antoine Fenech (5d France) third, and Ondrej Silt (6d Czech Republic) fourth. Kim Ouweleen (4d) completed the top five results with 2 wins, just ahead of the UK's Matthew Macfadyen (6d).
As an interesting piece of trivia, Prof Liming Wang (Director of the UCD Confucius Institute) played in both this Confucius Cup and the first Irish Open.
Winning four games were Julia Bohle (19k Austria), Josefa Kubitova (8k Czech Republic) and Gabriel Aussibal (1k France).
The Rapid tournament on the Friday evening was won by Karol Janyst (2k Poland) with 5 wins, followed by Marek Gutkowski (7k Poland), who edged out 4 other players also on 4 wins.
Report from Rory Wales at irish-go.org