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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 […]

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. 

Blast from the Past – 1990

Posted by ian on June 12th, 2014

So as I mentioned earlier in the week, John Gibson was kind enough to send me some scans of some old IGA newsletters (2-11). The first batch from 1990 are now uploaded onto the website. Each month, I will be uploading the batch from the next year. In order to complete the set, can anyone lay […]

45th European Go Congress, Dublin 2001

Posted by stephen on February 4th, 2004

Continuing our series of historical articles on Go in Ireland, we present John Gibson’s diary of the of the 2001 European Go Congress, which was held in Dublin. John was the Tournament Director for the congress. Friday 20th We start setting up at the venue. Some curious go players drop by and some even help. […]

The Game of Go

Posted by stephen on January 27th, 2004

The game of Go is probably the oldest board game in existence. It originated in China over 4000 years ago. The first mention of it in literature is by Confucius ( 500 B.C.). The game reached Japan in the 8th century and is now considered the national game of the country and played by approximately […]

History of The Irish Go Association

Posted by stephen on January 27th, 2004

After various informal Go groups met periodically from the 1970’s the TCD group & Collegians club amalgamated to form the IGA in 1989. The IGA became affiliated to the International Go Federation (IGF) and the European Go Federation (EGF) and started running the Irish Open Go Championships from 1990. We reached the 14th running of […]

2001 Irish Go History

Posted by ian on January 27th, 2001

Taken from the 2002 Ranka Yearbook Irish go came of age with the successful hosting of the 45th European Go Championship in Dublin, starting on 21 July 2001. After periodic efforts by interested visitors to set up a go club during the 70s and 80s, two small groups were formed towards the end of the […]

1999 Irish Go History

Posted by ian on June 23rd, 1999

Taken from the 2000 Ranka Yearbook The 1999 Irish Open, part of the European Grand Prix, was of a very high standard this year, with 32 participants, 22 of whom were 2-kyu or stronger. The winner was Matthew Macfadyen 6-dan (UK), with Eduardo Lopez Herrero 6-dan (Argentina) in second place, and Andrew Grant 2-dan (UK) […]

1996 Irish Go History

Posted by ian on September 9th, 1996

The following was taken from the 1997 Ranka Yearbook The main event of 1996 was the Irish Open, held March 15-17 in Dublin. Attended by 28 players from ten countries, it proved to be an exciting tournament. Shutai Zhang 7-dan (UK) was the winner on 5–0, but the next five finishers were all on 3 […]

1995 Irish Go History

Posted by ian on September 9th, 1995

Report taken from 1996 Ranka Yearbook 1995 was a very successful year for go in Ireland, being the first year that the Irish Open was a European Grand Prix tournament. It was held in March, with a total attendance of 34, including 19 players of dan strength. The winner of this five-round event was Matthew […]