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2017 Irish Confucius Cup

Posted by Rory Wales on December 20th, 2016
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Go (Weiqi) Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) Chess
Go, Chinese Chess & Chess Congress
March 3rd-5th 2017

Location
The Ballroom & O’Connell Suites
The Gresham Hotel
23 Upper O’Connell Street
Dublin 1

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The Gresham Hotel

The Irish Go Association, the Irish Chinese Chess Association, and the Irish Chess Union in association with The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland are pleased to present the 2017 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 six tournaments

  • The Rapid Go Tournament
  • The Blitz Chess Tournament
  • The Confucius Cup Go Tournament
  • The Confucius Cup Chinese Chess Tournament
  • The National Clubs Chess Championship
  • The Patrick Moore Junior Chess Tournament
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    Sponsorship
    The Irish Go Association, Irish Chinese Chess Association, and Irish Chess Union are 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 be a European Grand Prix Level B event and 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.

    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.

    Chess Tournament Rules
    The Irish Chess Union (ICU) will run the three Chess tournaments. The Friday evening Blitz event will take place in the Ballroom Suite whereas the National Club Championship and Patrick Moore Cup tournaments taking place on Saturday and Sunday will be hosted downstairs in the O’Connell Suite. More information about these tournaments is available from the ICU website here.

     
    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:

    Visiting Professional Players From Beijing
    Mr. Zhao Guorong Xiangqi Grand Master
    Chairman of the Promotion Commission of World Xiangqi Federation
    Four times National Xiangqi (Individual) Champion
    Twice National Xiangqi (Team) Champion
    Five times winner of Asia Xiangqi Teams Championship
    Twice winner of World Xiangqi Teams Championship
    Winner of 4th Asia City Xiangqi Master(Individual) Championship
    Winner of 2nd World Xiangqi Individual Championship
    Winner of the team event of 1st World Mind Sports Games
    Mrs. Shan Xiali Xiangqi Grand Master
    Twice National Xiangqi Champion
    Director of Shanghai Board and Card Games Administrative Center
    President of Shanghai Qi-Yuan
    Chairwoman of the Qualification Commission of World Xiangqi Federation
    Chairwoman of the Promotion Commission of Asian XiangqiFederation
    Mr. Yu Ping 2p
    Secretary General for Jiangxi Province Professional Go Association
    Twice winner of Jiangxi Province Professional Go Tournament (individual) Championship
    Mr. Chen Rui 5p
    Deputy Secretary General for Tianjin Professional Go Association

    Guo Juan Special Guest Appearance
    Guo Juan (5p) will be also be attending for Go game commentaries and social activities.

    Prizes
    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

    Additional Chinese Chess Prizes
    – Best Female Chinese Chess Player: €100

    Irish Youth prizes for Chinese Chess players who are Under 18 years old, hold Irish passports, and are resident in Ireland:
    – 1st Prize: €200
    – 2nd Prize: €150
    – 3rd Prize: €100

    Weekend Schedule

    Date Time Go Chinese Chess Chess
    Fri 3rd March 19:00 5 Round Rapid 9 Round Blitz
    Sat 4th March 09:00 Registration
    10:00 Opening Ceremony
    10:15 Go Round 1 Chinese Chess Round 1
    12:00 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
    17:30 Chess Round 2
    18:00 Simultaneous Games Against Professionals
    19:30 Dinner
    Sun 5th March 09:00 Chinese Chess Round 5
    09:30 Go Round 4 Chess Round 3
    11:20 Chinese Chess Round 6
    12:30 Go Round 5
    13:30 Chinese Chess Round 7
    14:30 Chess Round 4
    15:15 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
    Registration is now open for the Congress. For the Confucius Cup Go and Chinese Chess tournaments, 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. Registration for the Chess tournament can be made by contacting the Irish Chess Union here.

    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.

    Accommodation
    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 airbnb.com and staydublin.com.