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Welcome to our website. The Irish Go Association is the official organisation for promotion of the ancient oriental game of Go in Ireland. We are members of the European Go Federation and the International Go Federation, and organise numerous club and tournament events throughout the year. The IGA promotes awareness of the game including teaching sessions and providing public infomation. Please read further here for details of member benefits and our activities.

2nd Irish Women’s Championship

Posted by Tiberiu Gociu on February 25th, 2015
(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.

Ireland victorious once again

Posted by James Hutchinson on February 24th, 2015

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.

Matthew Macfadyen in Galway…

Posted by Philippe Renaut on February 18th, 2015

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 ;-) !

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Philippe Renaut
in the name of all Galway Go Club players

Full report, results, and photos here.

2015 Confucius Cup Go Results Round 4

Posted by rory on February 8th, 2015

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

2015 Confucius Cup Go Results Round 3

Posted by rory on February 7th, 2015

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

Confucius Cup Go Standings – Round 2

Posted by rory on February 7th, 2015

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

Confucius Cup Go Standings – Round 1

Posted by rory on February 7th, 2015

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

2015 Confucius Cup – Last Call!

Posted by rory on February 5th, 2015

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.

Venkata triumphs in Galway

Posted by James Hutchinson on January 22nd, 2015

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