The 2010 Irish Go Congress will be held over the weekend of March 5th-7th, at the Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1 (Map). The Congress is comprised of two tournaments – the Rapid and the Open. The Rapid, to be held on the Friday evening, will follow a Swiss format with time allowances reducing each round. The Open will be a 5-round MacMahon format tournament, with three rounds played on Saturday and the two remaining rounds on Sunday. The prizegiving ceremony will be followed by the traditional post-tournament pints at the Old Stand and dinner at Yamamori noodles.
Registration is now open for the Irish Go Congress, with discounted entry fees for those who register and pay before March 1st, 2010. The standard entry fee will remain set at €25 for the Open tournament, and €10 for the Rapid. The early registration discount will be €5 for visitors. Irish residents will receive a €3 discount for either registering early or being a member of the IGA, and a €5 discount if both conditions apply. Students and the unemployed can avail of the concession rate of €12 for early entry, €15 after March 1st.
To register, email the tournament director, Eoghan Barry, with your name, address, entry rank, and club. Entry fees may be paid by bank transfer, Paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org), or cheque – please indicate if you want to pay by bank transfer in your email and I will provide you with the necessary bank details. Cheques (in euro only) can be posted to 14 Waterloo Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. If you choose to send cash through the mail, it is entirely at your own risk.
The Open will be a class A tournament for EGF ratings purposes, and will be a level 1 tournament in the Pandanet Go European Cup, the last chance to gain points before the finals in Paris. The prizes will be a minimum of €100 for 1st place and €50 for 2nd, and will be increased if the number of entrants permits.
|Friday 5th March||19:00||13th Irish Rapid Play Round 1|
|Saturday 6th March||09:00||Tournament registration|
|10:00||20th Irish Open Round 1|
|14:00||Irish Open Round 2|
|17:00||Irish Open Round 3|
|21:00||Social events. – Exact nature to be decided|
|Sunday 7th March||09:30||Irish Open Round 4|
|13:00||Irish Open Round 5|
|19:00||Irish Go Association Dinner|
Gerry Mills will be at the tournament with the BGA bookshop. Gerry carries an enormous range of books, equipment and back issues of Go World, and the current exchange rates make his prices very reasonable.
Watch this space for further details or email the Tournament Director, Eoghan Barry, to be added to the mailing list for updates.