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Top 8 News

Posted by Colin on February 23rd, 2012

There were 2 games played in the Top 8 this week. In the plush surroundings of Bewley’s hotel John took an early lead against Colin on Saturday. John maintained the lead until well into the middlegame but was later forced to resign after losing points in several areas of the board. Noel and Colin also […]

Jan 25th , 28th – Top 8 news

Posted by ian on January 27th, 2012

Top 8 veterans Noel Mitchell and John Gibson were the first to resume play after the kick-off weekend. John took an early lead, but Noel pulled himself back in front to win by 12.5 points. On Saturday, Roman and Colin played their game, after a thrilling struggle to find a clock. Roman emerged victorious, with […]

15 Jan – Top 8 News

Posted by ian on January 15th, 2012

The Irish Championship League, affectionately known as the Top 8, kicked off in the plush surroundings of the Burlington Hotel in Dublin this weekend (thanks to Noel!). After a hard fought 4 rounds, the race for the top 2 places looks to be very much still open. In pole position on 3/4 are Roman, Colin […]

Top 8 Kick Off Weekend

Posted by ian on January 1st, 2012

With the new year, comes the new Irish championship. The Top 8 will be starting this month, along with the ladder. The kick off weekend will take place on the 14th and 15th of January at the Burlington Hotel. There should be some room for spectators.

20 Feb – Assorted News

Posted by ian on February 20th, 2011

There has been an Irish contingent at the Barcelona Open, another Pandanet Tour event. Wei Wang claimed 3rd place with 4/5 (one SOS off 2nd), while Colin MacSweeny finished with 2/5 further back. The Top 8 has almost finished, Colin and Noel have claimed 3rd and 4th place respectively, while Ian and James are tied […]

Jan 30 – General News

Posted by ian on January 30th, 2011

Three more Top 8 games have taken place, Ian beating Colin and Eoghan on home ground at KGS, whilst Colin defeated Claas in Galway. Full results are available on the Top 8 page Meanwhile Tibi beat John in the first Ladder game of this year, earning revenge for his defeat in the Interprovincials.

Jan 16 – Top 8 Kick-off Weekend

Posted by ian on January 16th, 2011

Ireland’s finest Go players descended to the Burlington Hotel, where Noel had again secured us a room, to do battle. Once again Belfast players dominated the event, surviving the weekend unscathed; which in James case was down to unseemly consumption of tea. For full results see Top 8 page

Nov 27 – Irish Final

Posted by ian on November 27th, 2010

The last game in the final of the Irish Championship took place in Belfast today. Ian, holding the white pieces, used his trademark Swan style to win by 7.5 points over James Hutchinson. Once again both players had chances to win the game, it will be interesting to see if James can improve on his […]

9 Oct – Irish Championship

Posted by ian on October 9th, 2010

Remember 6 months ago when the Top 8 finished and two players qualified for the final? Well today the first game in the final was actually played. It was a closely contested affair, and Ian Davis, playing black, pulled away in yose to win by 5.5 points against James Hutchinson.

28 Feb – Top 8 news

Posted by ian on February 28th, 2010

Colin MacSweeny and Rory Wales played their final Top 8 game for this year on KGS. Rory (w) fought hard, but was unable to prevent Colin getting his first win this year.