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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.

James Plays Well at WAGC

Posted by rory on June 11th, 2015

James Hutchinson 1d represented Ireland over the last week at the 36th World Amateur Go Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. He finished in 45th place after wins against Azerbaijan, Belarus, Portugal, and Costa Rica, and losses against Switzerland, Cyprus, Mongolia, and Lithuania. James’ most notable game was his 7.5 win point against Bahadur Tahirbayov 6d from Azerbaijan. Full results are available here. Well done James!

Ireland end league campaign with victory

Posted by James Hutchinson on June 3rd, 2015

Ireland secured victory in their final league match of the campaign with a 3-1 win over Greece. The top two boards were shared in early games over the weekend, whilst reputation alone was enough to secure boards 3 and 4, as the Greeks were obviously too frightened to face John and Tibi. This victory secured our position as the best team in the bottom half of the division!

Final league standings here
Some stats here

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/