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2012 Irish Go Congress

Posted by rory on November 28th, 2011

The 2012 Irish Go Congress
March 2nd-4th

Location
The Teachers Club
36 Parnell Square West
Dublin 1

Map

The Teachers Club

The Irish Go Association in association with The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland is pleased to present the 2012 Irish Go Congress. The Congress will comprise of two tournaments:
- The Rapid
- The Confucius Cup

The Rapid
The Rapid, to be held on the Friday evening, will follow a Swiss format with time allowances reducing each round.

The Confucius Cup
The IGA is grateful for the sponsorship of the main tournament, The Confucius Cup, by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. The Confucius Cup will be a 5-round MacMahon format tournament, with three rounds played on Saturday and the two remaining rounds on Sunday.

It will be a class A tournament for EGF ratings purposes, and will be a level 1 tournament in the new European Cup.

Main time will be one hour plus overtime of 15 stones in 5 minutes Canadian or 5 periods of 30 seconds byo-yomi.

Prizes
The following cash amounts will be awarded to the top three finishers of the Confucius Cup:
1st place – €400
2nd place – €300
3rd place – €200

Schedule
Friday 2nd March 19:00 15th Irish Rapid Play Round 1
19:45 Round 2
20:30 Round 3
21:15 Round 4
22:00 Round 5
Saturday 3rd March 09:00 Tournament registration
10:00 1st Confucius Cup Round 1
14:00 Confucius Cup Round 2
17:00 Confucius Cup Round 3
21:00 Social events.
Sunday 4th March 10:30 Confucius Cup Round 4
13:30 Confucius Cup Round 5
16:30 Prizegiving
18:30 Irish Go Association Dinner

Registration
Registration is now open for the Congress, with discounted entry fees for those who register and pay before March 1st, 2012. The standard entry fee will remain set at €25 for The Confucius Cup 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, Rory Wales, with your name, contact email address, entry rank, and club. Entry fees may be paid by bank transfer, Paypal (rorywales@gmail.com), 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 25 Elm House, Sussex Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland. If you choose to send cash through the mail, it is entirely at your own risk.

Watch this space for further details or email the Tournament Director, Rory Wales, to be added to the mailing list for updates.

A list of registered players can be found here.

Accommodation
Several accommodation options are listed on this Google Map. Across the road from the Teachers Club are several hotels and guesthouses, 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. You can find a lot of choices on various websites, such as this one.