Search

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.

Correspondence Championship 2015

Posted by ian on October 27th, 2014

As if Irish Go players didn’t have enough excitement, with the upcoming UCC tournament, the finale of the Ladder, and the  announcement of the next Confucius Cup – along comes another event. For those who enjoy life in the slow lane, registration is now open for the 2015 Irish Correspondence Championship. The format is very much the same as last year’s, so for those who enjoyed the competition last year, don’t leave it to late to sign up. The event should be kicking off just before 2015 begins.

2015 Irish Open Date Announced

Posted by rory on October 22nd, 2014

The Irish Open Weekend will be on the weekend of February 6th-8th 2015. More details to follow soon.

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 »