Posted by Eoghan on November 15th, 2008
Go Servers
Go Servers allow you to play online and come in two flavours, real-time and correspondence. If your main language is English then there are three main choices of server for real-time play. IGS is the original go server, and has a larger population than KGS, especially at the higher end of the rankings. Backed by PandaNet, sponsors of the European Team Championship, it often features live relays of Japanese professional games. There are two other popular alternatives. Firstly Online Go Server (OGS) which has a modern HTML5 interface and is probably now the most popular choice for beginners. It has a channel for Irish players. Secondly there is KGS, which has faltered somewhat in popularity in recent years through its reliance on a Java client, but now it too has HTML 5 alternatives. There is an Ireland room on KGS (check Rooms > National > Ireland) where you can find Irish players.

The main correspondence go server is Dragon Go Server (DGS). OGS was formerly correspondence only, but it evolved to refocus on real-time games in late 2013.

Europe – Tournaments & Ratings
The EGF maintains a calendar of European tournaments.  There is also a tournament listing page on Sensei’s Library which can easily be edited by tournament organisers, and may contain different information than the EGF page. The biggest European event is the annual two-week long European Go Congress, which is held in a different country every year. Throughout each year, EGF Grand Prix events take place, these normally include the Irish Open Go Congress/Confucius Cup.
The European Go Federation ratings are widely recognised and are commonly used to establish initial seeding at European tournaments. The ratings are based on the Elo system, and maintained by Ales Cieply. The excellent European Go Database site presents the ratings in graphic form and allows easy cross-referencing of players and tournament.
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