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James Advances from Top 8

James beat Alex this morning to win the back-door bracket in the Top 8, advancing to face Matei in the Championship.

In a game marked by complex middle game fighting, James’s thicker position brought him into the endgame with a significant lead on territory that Alex could not overcome in yose. James won by 11.5

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2020 Top 8 Results

The Top 8 tournament took place this weekend at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin.

Philippe Renaut, Kevin Farrell, Alex Delogu and Chris Rafferty advanced from the qualifying rounds to join the four top finishers from last year, Matei Garcia, James Hutchinson, Roman Pszonka and Michael Thai.

For the first time, the tournament followed a double

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The Top 8 Tournament Begins

The 2019 Top 8 tournament began this weekend with four rounds played at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin. The eight contenders for the championship this year are Eoghan Barry, Kevin Farrell, Matei Garcia, Piotr Gawron, James Hutchinson, Noel Mitchell, Roman Pszonka, and Michael Thai.

When the dust settled, only two players remained undefeated: defending

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Cian early leader in Top 8

In something of a surprise, Cian Synnott took an early lead in the Top 8 this weekend. The event took place at the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, with Noel working his usual magic in arranging the venue. Cian scored 4 wins over 3 former champions: Noel, James, and Stephen, and against newcomer John Courtney. Finishing on

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Top 8 ends

The first stage of the Irish Championship came to a close last night. Defending champion Noel Mitchell beat Roman Pszonka in the last game of the Top 8 league. It was not enough however, to grant him a place in the final. Roman and James Hutchinson will compete for the Irish title in a repeat

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