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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.

Tom and Jan, Galway champions

Posted by Philippe Renaut on May 8th, 2017

This week-end was an incredible sunny setting for our tournament in Galway, and we were delighted to host 15 players from all over Europe!

Sweden, Scotland, Spain, UK, that was amazing to see people coming from this far to join our little tournament and the atmosphere was definitely here for some nice fights on the board. With a range of level from 3D to 15k, the group was split into two categories to avoid heavy handicap and we can say that all the games up to the end saw heavy fighting, with at least two games finishing on a 0.5pts victory!

The winner of the tournament in the second category (<7k) is Jan from Galway go club and the winner of the tournament in the first category is Tom from Cork go club with an impressive 5 wins in a row. He takes the handmade and soon to be famous GGG – Galway Go Glub trophy, made of old millenary celtic bog wood, to Cork and the trophy will be challenged next year by plenty of European players ready to take it to their homeland!

You can see below the results and some pictures of all the great crowd!

Thank you all for making this tournament a success, and thank you to the incredible Galway go team for all being there, so active, smiling and supportive in the organisation! See you next year!
Galway Go Tournament 2017

1 1 Shanahan Thomas 4K IE Cork 5 4+/w0 2+/b2 12+/w2 3+/b4 5+/b4 1 5
2 2 Garcia Matei 1K IE Dubl 4 6+/b1 1-/w2 4+/w3 5+/b3 7+/w0 1 4
3 3 Renaut Philippe 2D IE Galw 3 5-/w0 6+/b0 7+/w1 1-/w4 4+/w6 1 3
4 4 Collins Peter 4K UK Bris 2 1-/b0 10+/w0 2-/b3 12+/w0 3-/b6 1 2
5 5 Wen George 3D UK Belf 2 3+/b0 7+/w2 6-/w3 2-/w3 1-/w4 1 2
6 6 Hillarp Tiger 1D SE Mal 2 2-/w1 3-/w0 5+/b3 7-/b0 9+/w6 1 2
7 7 Roever Claas 1K IE Galw 2 0+ 5-/b2 3-/b1 6+/w0 2-/b0 1 2
8 8 van Haaren Jan 14K IE Galw 4 17+/w0 13+/b1 0+ 9+/b5 10-/b5 2 4
9 9 Kong Tom 8K IE Gal 3 11+/w0 14+/b0 10+/b0 8-/w5 6-/b6 2 3
10 10 Colas Rocher 6K ES Zara 3 12+/b0 4-/b0 9-/w0 14+/w2 8+/w5 2 3
11 11 Farrell Kevin 9K IE Galw 3 9-/b0 12-/b2 17+/w5 15+/b0 13+/w2 2 3
12 12 Daniel Roger_J_N 7K UK CLon 2 10-/w0 11+/w2 1-/b2 4-/b0 15+/w3 2 2
13 13 Cater Arthur 12K IE Dubl 2 15+/w0 8-/w1 16+/b1 17-/w4 11-/b2 2 2
14 14 Brennan Richard 10K IE Galw 2 16+/b0 9-/w0 15-/w1 10-/b2 17+/w5 2 2
15 15 Palmer Roy 11K IE Galw 2 13-/b0 17+/w3 14+/b1 11-/w0 12-/b3 2 2
16 16 Renaut Michele 10K IE Galw 2 14-/w0 0+ 13-/w1 0+ 0- 2 2
17 17 Plomp Rachel 15K IE Dubl 1 8-/b0 15-/b3 11-/b5 13+/b4 14-/b5 2 1

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Pair go championship now includes rengo

Posted by James Hutchinson on May 6th, 2017

If interested, please contact John Gibson for details of the event on Sunday May 14th.

Belfast tournament announced

Posted by James Hutchinson on March 29th, 2017

The Belfast go tournament will be taking place July 22/23rd

Belfast Open 2017

103.2 Dublin City FM’s Hello China Podcast recently interviewed Rory and John about Go and Chinese Chess, you can listen to the interview here.

Irish Pair Go Championship

Posted by Rory Wales on March 16th, 2017

To celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland there will be a celebratory Pair Go Championship held at the Japanese Embassy on Sunday May 14th. Full details are available here.

Kim Seong-jin and Chunlong Huang Win 2017 Confucius Cup

Posted by Rory Wales on March 9th, 2017

A report containing results, photos, and game records is available here.

2017 Irish Confucius Cup Current Standings

Posted by Rory Wales on March 4th, 2017

The current standings for the 2017 Irish Confucius Cup tournament are available here.

Full information about the weekend event is available here.

Galway Tournament – 6-7 May

Posted by Philippe Renaut on February 4th, 2017

Hello merry go players!

Time to plan your next go tournament : why not take the opportunity to visit one of the liveliest city of Ireland!

Galway will welcome you on the – probably extremely sunny and beautiful – week-end of the 6 and 7th of May for a handicap-1 tournament in a relaxed atmosphere. All informations on this page here :

http://www.irish-go.org/galway-main-tournament-2017

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TOP 8 – Week-end results

Posted by Philippe Renaut on January 29th, 2017

The TOP8 who will decide of the two finalists to become Irish Champion this year has started this week-end with the first four gmaes being played between the best 8 players of the ladder.
Two players couldn’t play one of the game and have only three games in.

The atmosphere was really great, the games extremely serious and ferocious from what I could see around and eveyrbody was deeply focus, leading to extremely tense situation. A lots of games ended with big dragons dying, lots of ko fights, and many last minute change of winners. Most of the players ended in byo-yomi – which shows the implication and reading involved during the games – leading the ING clock to bring a very epic soundtrack to the games…

The results stand as below at this stage…

SF CR NM JG PR MT MG PK TOTAL
Steve Flinter XXX 0 0 1 1 2
Claas Rover 1 XXX 0 1 0 2
Noel Mitchell 1 XXX 0 1 2
John Gibson XXX 0 0 0 1 1
Philippe Renaut 1 1 1 XXX 1 4
Michael Thai 0 1 1 XXX 0 2
Matei Garcia 0 1 0 1 XXX 2
Peter Kasko 0 0 0 XXX 0

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Irish Confucius Cup Go Tournament Registration

Posted by Rory Wales on January 27th, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 Confucius Cup Go tournament occurring March 3rd-5th in Dublin. Full details are available here.