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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.

Semi final wins

Posted by James Hutchinson on May 18th, 2015

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 triumphant against Kazakhstan

Posted by James Hutchinson on May 10th, 2015

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.

Belfast tournament announced.

Posted by James Hutchinson on May 7th, 2015

There will be a five round tournament in Belfast on August 8th and 9th.

For full details see here

Ireland triumphant yet again!

Posted by James Hutchinson on April 16th, 2015

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.

Ladder starts

Posted by James Hutchinson on April 12th, 2015

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.

Galway Main Tournament – 25 & 26th of April

Posted by Philippe Renaut on March 17th, 2015

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

2015 – First Newsletter of the year !

Posted by Philippe Renaut on March 6th, 2015

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

Enjoy !

Philippe, in the name of all the happy contributors of the Newsletter

2014 TOP8 remaining games

Posted by Tiberiu Gociu on March 6th, 2015

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

More here: http://www.irish-go.org/national-international/top-8/

Go Lessons with Fan Hui

Posted by rory on March 4th, 2015

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.

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.