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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.

UCC Go Tournament

Posted by ian on October 12th, 2014

We are pleased to learn that the next Go tournament in Cork is coming up soon. You can find full details on the UCC website, but as a summary we can tell you this.

The tournament will be a 5 round Swiss, and will take place on the 15th and 16th of November at the Mardyke Pavillion in University College Cork. The prize fund is at least 300 euro, but more importantly there will be free tea, coffee, biscuits, and cake available.

2014 KPMC Results

Posted by ian on October 4th, 2014

The Korean Prime Minister’s Cup, one of the premier international amateur competitions, took place in Seoul this year. Ireland’s representative was Thomas Shanahan. Over 6 rounds of play, he scored 2 wins over Hungary and Argentina. This placed him in 41st position, just above his seeding of 42nd, and was thus a very good performance. Congratulations to him! The results are available to view here.

You can now read Thomas’s own notes on the event. Read the rest of this entry »

James takes Correspondence title

Posted by ian on October 3rd, 2014

Both James have now secured victory in the Irish Correspondence Championship. James Hutchinson topped the Open section with 9 wins, losing only one game. That game was to Martin Klemsa, who shared second place with Irina Davis and Noel Mitchell. Earlier this year, James Aitken had won the Intermediate section. The competition proved to be quite popular, with 21 people taking part. Planning for next year can now begin, and all suggestions are welcome. Next year we might have some prizes!

Ireland start slowly

Posted by ian on September 30th, 2014

The 2014/5 season of the European Team Championships started tonight on Pandanet. Ireland were drawn against newcomers Lithuania, the strongest Baltic nation. They managed a fairly solid 3-1 victory over our team, with only new captain James Hutchinson salvaging a point. Hope is not lost though, as Ireland traditional plan is to start slowly, before tilting the head back for a late surge toward the finish line. Next fixture on the list is Portugal.

Registration open for London Open Go Congress 2014

Posted by rory on September 8th, 2014

The 41st London Open Go Congress will take place on 28th-31st December 2014. Registration is now open, details are available here.

Belfast Open Results

Posted by ian on September 2nd, 2014

The Belfast Open took place on the 30th and 31st of August at the now traditional venue of Belfast Boat Club. Continuing this year’s theme of French dominance was Ngoc-Trang Cao (1-dan), who won with a perfect score of 5/5. Congratulations to her! Coming second and third, were James Hutchinson (1-dan) and Peter Kasko (4-kyu). Then tied together in 4th place came Tiberiu Gociu (4-kyu), Louise Roullier(5-kyu), and Piotr Gawron(6-kyu).  For those of you who missed out on the tournament, you can view the photo album from Tibi, and the full results.

August News

Posted by ian on August 25th, 2014

You may have expected nothing to happen on the Irish Go Scene until the upcoming Belfast Go tournament, but you were entirely wrong. Not 1, but 3 full ladder games have been played! As a result Philippe Renaut, newly resident in Co. Galway, has reached the top rung. James Hutchinson, the reigning champion slips down into second place.

We also have our regular dose of history.. Read the rest of this entry »

Blast from the Past 1991-93

Posted by ian on July 13th, 2014

As promised, here is the next batch of newsletters to fill a few hours of July. Included, is a game from the 1992/1993 championship final.  Read the rest of this entry »

World Amateur Go Championship

Posted by ian on July 9th, 2014

The World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) took place in Korea this year, normally it is in Japan. Ireland’s representative this year was John Gibson. Every year the field seems to get stronger, and gone are the days when you could expect mark down an easy victory when you saw that you had been drawn against a certain country. John finished in 49th place from 54, picking up good wins against the South American giants Brazil and Argentina. Francis Roads from the UK finished in 44th place, and John Leuner (ex Dublin) from South Africa, took 45th. Japan, Korea, and Chinese Taipei were all tied at the top on 7 wins, but the latter had collected the most SOS to win the event. You can find full coverage of the event at the USGO and Ranka websites.

Click to see one of John’s games from the world championships Read the rest of this entry »

James and the Dragon

Posted by ian on June 27th, 2014

The winner of the Intermediate section of the 2014 Irish Correspondence Championship has been decided tonight. James Aitken, who plays at Belfast Go Club, came out on top. He scored 8 wins out of 9, losing only to Julia Bohle, who seemed to grow in strength as the championship progressed. In second place was Kevin Doherty, from Galway. Not all games have been finished in the competition yet, but the top places are no longer in doubt.

In other news, the Belfast Go Club are sitting on top of the BGA’s online league. Their team, comprising Karl Irwin, James Hutchinson, and Tiberiu Gociu has shown keen spirit to get as many games played as possible. (Not always an easy task!) Their current scoreline of 12-2 seems to place them in an commanding position.