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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.

Belfast Open 2016

Posted by James Hutchinson on July 5th, 2016

The Belfast Open tournament will take place at Belfast Boat Club in the Stranmillis area of Belfast on the 24th and 25th of September. Belfast Boat club is close to the city centre and thus relatively easy to find. There is ample free car parking space beside the venue.

The event will be played in the Main Function Room (downstairs) of Belfast Boat Club. (You can ask at reception if you get lost) The Belfast Open is an EGF Class B tournament, and will count toward both Irish Korea Points and the British Stacey points. This year we will have 5 rounds.

Rules

Japanese Rules, 6.5 komi
50 minutes maintime, 30 seconds 3 times overtime
McMahon tournament, Handicaps ?MMS-1, SOS only tiebreaker.

Schedule
Saturday 24th September
– Registration: 9:30 to 10:30
– Round 1: 11:00 to 13:15
– Round 2: 14:00 to 16:15

– Evening (optional): We usually go for a meal somewhere.

Sunday 25th September
– Round 3: 9:00 to 11:00
– Round 4: 11:30 to 13:30
– Round 5: 14:30 to 16:30
– Prizegiving after 16:30

Entry Fees:
Please pre-register for the event before 24th September to avoid the penalty fee
Normal: 12 pounds (Concession: 8 pounds)
One Day Only: 7 pounds (Concession: 5 pounds)
Concessions (Unemployed, Students, OAPs)
Penalties (Not a member of any National Go Organisation OR Late registration) 2 pounds

To enter email James (james8hut [at] hotmailDOTcom)

If you want to find a place to stay let us know and we can try to find some suggestions for you.
See you all there.

2016 Ladder is now on

Posted by Tiberiu Gociu on May 2nd, 2016

All,

Now you can start challenging other players.
http://www.irish-go.org/national-international/ladder/

If I missed anyone please get back to me and I’ll adjust the entries.
Let the games begin!

2016 Ladder starts

Posted by Tiberiu Gociu on April 18th, 2016

The (in)famous Ladder tournament is back again for 2016 and is open to all Irish folks (residents or not) and friends.
To register please send an email to ladder [at] irish-go [dot] org or contact Tibi.

Let the games begin!

MinGyu Oh and Nicholas Dang Win 2016 Confucius Cup

Posted by Rory Wales on March 8th, 2016

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

Confucius Cup Latest Results

Posted by Rory Wales on March 5th, 2016

The latest results of the Confucius Cup Go tournament are available here.

On Friday evening at the Gresham Hotel, in addition to the Rapid Go tournament, there will be:

  • A Rapid (Xiangqi) Chinese Chess Tournament, the format will be 7 rounds, time limits of 5 minutes + 3 seconds.
  • A Blitz (Western) Chess Tournament. About 20 players from the Irish Chess Union (ICU) will be attending, the format will be available soon, presumably similar to the Chinese Chess.

The Rapid Go, Chinese Chess, and Chess tournaments will all start at 7pm.

Full information about the Confucius Cup weekend is available here.

Please come along if you can, it should be a fun event!

Visting Beijing Delegation for Confucius Cup Announced

Posted by Rory Wales on February 5th, 2016

The following players will be part of a Beijing sporting delegation attending the Confucius Cup event next month:

Ms Yingqin You – Professional Chinese Chess Player, Grandmaster, and World Champion
Ms Shuang Yang – Professional 5 Dan Go Player

Registration is open for the event occurring the weekend of March 4th-6th, full information is available here.

IGA Newsletter Archive

Posted by Rory Wales on February 2nd, 2016

A complete archive of IGA newsletters (except for the very first one from 1989!) is available here:

Please submit any articles you would like published in our newsletters to secretary (at) irish-go.org.

February 2016 Newsletter

Posted by Rory Wales on February 2nd, 2016

John Doyle has written an IGA newsletter which can be viewed here.

Please submit any articles you would like published in our newsletters to secretary (at) irish-go.org.

Irish Go Online

Posted by Cian Synnott on February 2nd, 2016

Playing Go online is a great way to learn, improve and generally get more games in!

This week, we’re launching an online club as a fun way to play with other players in (or connected with) Ireland. This is well-suited to those of us who usually play online, or who can’t make it to face-to-face meetings as often as we’d like.

We especially want to teach and encourage new players, and to be a welcoming place to learn how to play, so if you have friends who would like to start, please let them know!

Details here.