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.

Upcoming Events

Posted by ian on June 22nd, 2017

Weekly Meetings (last update 7 Oct 2018)

Galway – Tuesday 20:00 in the Black Gate
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

Irish Go Congress 2019 Report

Posted by Eoghan on March 31st, 2019

In stark contrast to last year’s beasting, the 2019 Irish Go Congress took place last weekend in Dublin under clear skies. The Congress returned to its old home of the Teachers’ Club in Parnell Square, the scene of countless previous tournaments. Forty-two players competed over the course of the weekend, with visitors travelling from the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Romania, and Poland to join a large local contingent.

Niall Tuohy averts his eyes from the basilisk gaze of Ruari McCloskey
Niall Tuohy averts his eyes from the basilisk gaze of Ruari McCloskey

Friday night’s Rapid tournament attracted eighteen entrants. The tension gradually built as the tournament organisers huddled around a laptop, trying to figure out which of OpenGotha’s myriad settings was messing up the draw. The first round finally got under way a little before 8pm, with twenty minutes absolute time on the clock for each player, and handicaps as high as nine stones plus forty points on some boards. But short time settings favour the strong, and there were relatively few upsets despite the handicaps. As the tournament proceeded the handicaps dropped, but so did the time limits (twelve minutes in the final round). Tunyang Xie emerged the winner with a perfect record of five wins from five games, the first indication that he was perhaps a little underrated at 4 dan. Xunrui Zhao and Juan-Manuel Losada filled out the podium

John “Brian Boru” Courtney ponders the latest Viking invasion of Dublin. Rasmus Stene licks his lips and prepares for pillage
John “Brian Boru” Courtney ponders the latest Viking invasion of Dublin. Rasmus Stene licks his lips and prepares for pillage

Saturday morning saw an event without precedent in the history of Irish go — the first round of the Open started two minutes ahead of schedule. There were nineteen boards in the first round and the bar was set at 2 dan. By the end of the day, Tunyang had already taken his place at the top of the table with a third round win over Yishen Wang 5d, while Mathis Isaksen was in third place. The top three placings remained the same for the rest of the weekend. By seven, most of the players were upstairs in the Teachers’ Club bar. We had dinner on the Parnell Street strip (six Chinese restaurants next door to each other). While we ate Matei Garcia entertained us with an apparently improvised comedy routine entitled “Why don’t we hold the European Go Congress in Dublin?” Tears rolled down our faces every time he repeated his catchphrase “No, I’m serious”. We were still joking about it some hours later over pints in the back room of Mulligan’s pub.

The decisive third round game between Yishen Wang and Tunyang Xie
The decisive third round game between Yishen Wang and Tunyang Xie

Games started no less punctually on Sunday morning. The morning sunlight streaming through the windows lent the room an almost devotional ambience that was only emphasised by the lively evangelical religious service audible through the walls of the adjoining building.

Andreas Goetzfried looks perturbed by developments in his game against Mathis Isaksen
Andreas Goetzfried looks perturbed by developments in his game against Mathis Isaksen

Tunyang finished out his tournament with wins over Mathis Isaksen 3d and Andreas Goetzfried 4d to complete his fourth consecutive tournament with a clean sheet. After the prizegiving and closing remarks, visiting players were allowed to enjoy themselves while Irish residents were herded into the Irish Go Association AGM for another ninety minutes of convoluted wrangling. Fourteen people made it to the closing dinner at the Kimchi Hophouse, where Arthur Cater entertained us with feats of legerdemain while Tunyang tried to demonstrate conclusively that the game on a 7 x 7 board should always result in seki. And with that the Irish Go Congress concluded for another year.

2019 Belfast go tournament

Posted by James Hutchinson on March 29th, 2019

There will be a one day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 14th.

Location : Belfast Boat Club

30mn by player + 2x30s byoyomi
4 rounds
Handicap Swiss tournament

Registration : 9-9:15
First round : 9:30-11
Second round : 11-12:30
-lunch break-
Third round : 1:30-3
Fourth round : 3-4:30

Normally we go to Cutter’s Wharf for lunch, and in the evening possibly to the brewbot or some restaurant for post tournament festivities.

Entries to james8hut(AT)hotmail(DOT)com
Entry fee: £7 (euro equivalent acceptable)

Leinster gain first win

Posted by ian on March 21st, 2019

Leinster have won the first match in this year’s online interprovincials. They won by a margin of 2-1 over Munster, with Carol Doyle picking up a win in Toner’s to save Munster face. Meanwhile Connaught teeter on the brink of victory over Ulster, needing just one more game to cross the line. Meanwhile, controversy over the province of Noord-Holland’s eligibility to enter the competition rages on, with the matter having now been referred to the CAS in Lausanne.

2019 AGM announced

Posted by James Hutchinson on March 15th, 2019

There will be a meeting between the prizegiving and dinner on the Sunday evening of the Irish Go Congress (March 24th)

James Hutchinson wins 2018 Irish championship

Posted by James Hutchinson on March 15th, 2019

The concluding game of the 2018 Irish championship took place today. James beat Cian by resignation. The game can be found here:

James wins first game in 2018 final

Posted by James Hutchinson on March 1st, 2019

The first game of the 2018 final took place today. James beat Cian by 8.5 points.

The game can be found here:

PGETC updates

Posted by ian on February 24th, 2019

This year Ireland are well placed in the PGETC league. We stand in second place mid season, with a game in hand. On Tuesday the 26th we face a key match against Iceland, who are currently in first place. Grace of some blue circle play by Karl Irwin, we’re already 1 game up with 3 left to play. Could this be our chance for promotion? Tune in to IGS to follow the action.

Irish Go Congress 2019

Posted by Eoghan on December 19th, 2018

I say, you chaps, let’s rock this joint in an old school way…for 2019 the Dublin tournament will return to it’s ancestral home, the Teachers’ Club on Parnell Square. The Irish Go Congress 2019 (to give it its full name) will be comprised of two tournaments — the Rapid, and the 29th Irish Open — and take place over the weekend of the 22nd-24th of March. It will be the social event of the season.

Full details on the tournament page. Or just cut to the chase and pre-register.

Online Competitions open for Registration

Posted by ian on November 24th, 2018

The Pandanet European Go Team Championship is not the only show in town on the internet. There are two homegrown events for IGA members to participate in next year.

The Irish Interprovincials, another team competition. (But a better one, obviously)

The Irish Correspondence Championship – experience life in the slow lane.

2018 Correspondence Title Shared

Posted by ian on November 8th, 2018

The 2018 Irish Correspondence Title was shared between James Hutchinson and Noel Mitchell. They both won 9 games from 10. In third place was Irina Davis on 8 wins. See full results.
Registration for next year is open.