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.

Top 8 ends

Posted by ian on April 17th, 2014

The first stage of the Irish Championship came to a close last night. Defending champion Noel Mitchell beat Roman Pszonka in the last game of the Top 8 league. It was not enough however, to grant him a place in the final. Roman and James Hutchinson will compete for the Irish title in a repeat of the 2012 match, whilst Noel takes 3rd spot. Tiberiu Gociu and Thomas Shanahan have a tiebreak match to play to see who takes 4th place.

Ireland triumph over Croatia

Posted by ian on April 1st, 2014

Oh happy days! Tonight Ireland faced the might of Croatia in their league match on IGS. The team stuck to the strategy that they had agreed upon before the game, despite the fierce resistance from the opposing team. The result was a flawless victory – a 4-0 belting. Ireland are now top of the league, in 6th place.

European Professional News

Posted by ian on March 19th, 2014

The European Go Federation signed an agreement with a chinese organisation called CEGO to eventually create a professional system. The first qualification tournaments for this system will take place later this year in europe. In the meantime, members might be interested to watch the training games of some of the top european players on KGS. You can find details here.

Ireland triumph over Spain in drawn match

Posted by ian on March 11th, 2014

The Irish team were full of the joys of spring, as they totally dominated the Spanish team in a 2-2 draw on IGS last night. In what was a marathon match, with all 4 games entering overtime, and with multiple disconnections to boot, the squad never looked troubled. Ireland once again are proudly holding onto 8th position in the league.

2014 Confucius Cup Photos & Game Records

Posted by rory on February 20th, 2014

2014 Confucius Cup Family Photo

Photos taken by Tibi are viewable here.

The game records of the top board from all five rounds are viewable here.

Ireland triumph over Iceland

Posted by ian on February 19th, 2014

Last night saw round 7 of the European Team Championships take place. This time we were drawn against Iceland, who put up some condsiderable resistance during the games. Nevertheless, we ended with a perfect 4-0 result. Next time we will be facing Spain, who are currently in 4th position, in a match that offers us some prospects of moving up towards the top of the league table.

Fan Hui wins 2014 Confucius Cup

Posted by rory on February 16th, 2014

The 2014 Irish Go Congress occurred over the weekend 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, 6d Hungary in second place, Antoine Fenech, 5d France, third, and Ondrej Silt, 6d Czech Republic, fourth. Kim Ouweleen, 4d The Netherlands, completed the top five results with 2 wins. 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 in 1989.

Winning four games were Julia Bohle, 19k Austria, Josefa Kubitova, 8k Czech Republic, and Gabriel Aussibal, 1k, France.

The Rapid tournament 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.

Full results of the 3rd Confucius Cup are available here.

2014 Confucius Cup Round 4 Standings

Posted by rory on February 16th, 2014

Standings from round 4 of the 2014 Confucius Cup can be viewed here.

2014 Confucius Cup Round 3 Standings

Posted by rory on February 15th, 2014

Standings from round 3 of the 2014 Confucius Cup can be viewed here.

2014 Confucius Cup Round 2 Standings

Posted by rory on February 15th, 2014

Standings from round 2 of the 2014 Confucius Cup can be viewed here.