2016 Irish Confucius Cup

Posted by Rory Wales on October 6th, 2015
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Go (Weiqi) Chinese Chess (Xiangqi)
Go & Chinese Chess Congress
March 4th-6th 2016

The Ballroom Suite
The Gresham Hotel
23 Upper O’Connell Street
Dublin 1


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The Gresham Hotel

The Irish Go Association in association with The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland is pleased to present the 2016 Irish Confucius Cup. The Congress will take place again at The Gresham Hotel right in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, and will be comprised of three tournaments:
– The Rapid Go Tournament
– The Confucius Cup Go Tournament
– The Confucius Cup Chinese Chess Tournament

The Irish Go Association is very grateful for the sponsorship provided by:

  • The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland
  • ICBC
  • Asia Market
  • Bank of Communications Financial Leasing CO.,Ltd
  • Huawei
  • China Development Bank Leasing
  • Guo Juan’s Go School
  • The Confucius Cup Go & Chinese Chess Tournament Rules
    The Go tournament will consist of 5 rounds, 3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. The Chinese Chess tournament will consist of 7 rounds, 4 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. The Go tournament will be a class A tournament for EGF ratings purposes.

    Go Chinese Chess
    Number Of Games 5 7
    Rules EGF with 6.5 komi Asian Xiangqi (Chinese Chess)
    Time Settings 60 minutes plus overtime of 5 periods of 30 seconds byo-yomi Fischer Time 45 minutes basic plus 10 seconds increment per move
    Pairing System McMahon Swiss

    Additional Chinese Chess Rules and Supplement are available to download in English and Chinese.

    Beijing Sporting Delegation
    Like last year, there will be a special sporting delegation of professional Go and Chinese Chess players attending from Beijing. The professional players will be:

    Ms Yingqin You Professional Chinese Chess Player, Grandmaster, and World Champion
    Ms Shuang Yang Professional 5 Dan Go Player

    The following cash amounts will be awarded to the top five finishers of the Go and Chinese Chess tournaments:

    Go Chinese Chess
    1st place €1,000 €1,000
    2nd place €400 €400
    3rd place €300 €300
    4th place €200 €200
    5th place €100 €100


    Weekend Schedule

    Date Time Go Chinese Chess
    Fri 4th March 19:00 5 Round Rapid, Sudden Death 7 Round Rapid, 5 min + 3 sec
    Sat 5th March 09:00 Confucius Cup Tournament Registration
    10:00 Opening Ceremony
    10:15 Go Round 1 Chinese Chess Round 1
    12:30 Chinese Chess Round 2
    14:00 Go Round 2
    14:45 Chinese Chess Round 3
    17:00 Go Round 3 Chinese Chess Round 4
    18:00 Simultaneous Games Against Professionals
    19:30 Dinner
    Sun 6th March 09:00 Chinese Chess Round 5
    10:30 Go Round 4
    11:20 Chinese Chess Round 6
    13:30 Go Round 5 Chinese Chess Round 7
    15:30 Professional Reviews of Top Go & Chinese Chess Boards
    16:30 Prizegiving
    19:00 Dinner

    Internet Broadcasting
    The top Go board from each round will be broadcasted on the KGS server, look for user ‘IrishGo’ in the active games tab. A video stream will also be broadcasted on UStream.

    The Rapid Go Tournament
    The Rapid, to be held on the Friday evening, will follow a Handicap Swiss format with time allowances reducing each round.

    Registration is now open for the Congress. For the Confucius Cup, the entry fee will be free for the Chinese Chess tournament and €25 for Go tournament. Students and the unemployed can avail of the concession rate of €10 for the Go tournament. Entry fee for the Friday night Rapid Go tournament will be €10.

    To register, click on the Go and/or Chinese Chess registration form links in the table below and fill in your details.

    Go Chinese Chess
    Registration Form Registration Form
    Registered Players Registered Players
    Last Year’s Results Last Year’s Results

    Alternatively you can simply email the Tournament Director, Rory Wales, with your name, contact email address, entry rank, and club.

    Watch this space for further details or email or call the Tournament Director, Rory Wales at +353.87.133.0317, to be added to the mailing list for updates.

    Several accommodation options are listed on this Google Map. The Gresham Hotel itself of course offers accommodation and there are several other hotels and guesthouses nearby, for instance the Charles Stewart. One hostel we have had players use in the past is Dublin City Bunkhouse. A few players have also opted to rent an apartment with and