Welcome to our website. The Irish Go Association is the official organisation for promotion of the ancient oriental game of Go in Ireland. We are members of the European Go Federation and the International Go Federation, and organise numerous club and tournament events throughout the year. The IGA promotes awareness of the game including teaching sessions and providing public infomation. Please read further here for details of member benefits and our activities.

2020 Irish National Go Championship

Posted by Eoghan on October 28th, 2019

Entries are now open for the 2020 Championship, aka the Top 8. Entry is open to all Irish nationals, and to non-nationals resident in Ireland for a minimum of five years. In addition to determining the Irish Champion, places in the Championship carry points towards representing Ireland at the World Amateur Go Championship.


The format of the tournament for 2020 will be an eight-player double elimination tournament, followed by a best-of-three series between the two players who survive the double elimination. Seeds for the double elimination will be assigned according to EGF rating. The double elimination will take place in Dublin (venue to be confirmed) over the weekend of January 25th/26th.


The top four finishers from the 2019 championship automatically qualify for the 2020 Championship. In the event that there are more than four entrants for the remaining places, qualifying games will be played in the first two weeks of January. These qualifying games may be played online.

How to Enter

The closing date for entries is December 15th. To enter, email Eoghan Barry with an expression of interest. There is no minimum rank for entry. There is no fee for entry, but you must be paid-up member of the IGA to play in the double elimination stage (dues can be paid at the tournament).


Dec 15th: Deadline for entry
Jan 1st–15th: Qualifying games (if required)
Jan 25th–26th: Top 8
February: Best-of-three series

A letter from Dragon

Posted by ian on October 19th, 2019

Congratulations are due to Philippe Renaut, who is this year’s Irish Correspondence Champion, chalking up eight wins in the competition. There was a large tie for second, as Irina, James, and Noel all had seven wins each.

The results are on Senseis

Change to KPMC selection

Posted by James Hutchinson on October 4th, 2019

Please be advised that the selection process for the KPMC has changed. See: Korea page

Cork Tournament Announced

Posted by ian on October 3rd, 2019

The dates for the mighty Cork Tournament are announced. The 23rd and the 24th of November. A five rounder Swiss Handicap event – full details here.

You can register here.

Confucius Cup Final Standings

Posted by Eoghan on September 29th, 2019
 Num  Pl  Name  Rank  Co  Club  NbW R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 R 5 MMSSOSDC
Kim Young-Sam8DDEJIGS54+/w05+/b02+/w03+/w07+/b0391830
Lisy Pavol7DSKVlky37+/w03+/b01-/b06-/w04+/w0371850
Boviz Dominik6DHUMGE38+/b02-/w07+/w01-/b05+/b0371840
 Drean-Guenaizia Benjamin6DFR83SA31-/b08+/w06+/w05+/w02-/b0371840
Burzo Cornel7DROBaMa26+/b01-/w08+/w04-/b03-/w0361850
Pankoke Matias5DDEOL25-/w09+/b04-/b02+/b08-/w0361810
 Vazquez Oscar5DESNam22-/b010+/w03-/b09+/b01-/w0361810
Labouret Florent5DFR38Gr23-/w04-/b05-/b011+/w06+/b0361790
Poltronieri Bruno3DUKCamb310+/b06-/w012+/b07-/w013+/b0351700
10 10 Marz Manja3DDEJIGS19-/w07-/b011-/b013+/w012-/w0331690
11 11 Losada Juan_Manuel1DNOTron312+/w013-/b010+/w08-/b016+/w0331630
12 12 Ziomko Jakub1DUKAbrd311-/b014+/w09-/w016+/b010+/b0331620
13 13 Stoehr Marc1KSEStoc319+/w211+/w015+/b010-/b09-/w0321610
14 14 Garcia Matei1KIEDubl30=12-/b016+/w015+/w018+/w1321500
15 15 Damaz Dani2KFR06Pe218-/w220+/w113-/w014-/b017+/w0301510
16 16 Roullier Louise2KFR92Le120+/w118-/w214-/b012-/w011-/b0291560
17 17 Minjina Dragos5KROC361422+/w319+/w018+/b021+/w115-/b0291400
18 18 Barry Eoghan5KIEDubl315+/b216+/b217-/w024+/w514-/b1281410
19 19 Gawron Piotr4KPLDubl113-/b217-/b021+/w00=0=281380
20 20 Rafferty Chris4KIEDubl116-/b115-/b122-/w40=25+/w4271350
21 21 Gibson John5KIEDubl10=23+/w319-/b017-/b10=271320
22 22 Elkink Jos9KIEDubl217-/b324-/w120+/b425-/w127+/w2231140
23 23 Nulty Stephen10KIEMayn325+/b021-/b30=27+/w124+/w0231060
24 24 Lam Jacky12KIE327+/b022+/b125+/w018-/b523-/b0211081
25 25 Tuohy Niall11KIEDubl223-/w027+/w024-/b022+/b120-/b4211080
26 26 Plomp Rachel11KIEDubl00=0=27-/w00=0=21950
27 27 Cater Arthur12KIEDubl124-/w025-/b026+/b023-/b122-/b2191060

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Connaught triumph in Interprovincials

Posted by ian on September 28th, 2019

Connaught have won the 2019 interprovincial competition. With a perfect score of 3 wins, they’ve gained their 4th title in 5 years.

Congratulations to the Connaught Squad (Philippe, Kevin, and John) and thanks to everyone for taking part.

Irish Womens Championship 2019 is under way!

Posted by Carol Doyle on September 27th, 2019

How to play:
– Contact your opponent to arrange a game. Play online or in person if possible.
– Report to the result to including an SGF if available.
– The top two players after the round robin will play a final best of three match to determine Irelands next female Champion!

Carol Doyle-Plikk X/3
Caroline HutchinsonX/3
Rachel PlompX/3
Michèle RenautX/3

All competitors are advised to read the rules thoroughly.
Previous results here.

Registration opens for the 3rd Irish Womens Championship

Posted by Carol Doyle on August 31st, 2019

The Irish Womens Go Championship determines who will hold the title of Irish Womens Go Champion.

Registration is now open to all female identifying Irish passport holders and female identifying non-national persons who have been permanently resident in Ireland for at least 3 months.

* Registration for 2019 is now closed.

The current champion is Carol Doyle-Plikk, who took the title in 2015. Complete results and sgf here.

The tournament takes the form of a league-table, with each competitor playing a single match against the others. The Champion is decided in a best-of-three game between the top two players.

All competitors are advised to read the rules thoroughly.

Registered players:
Carol Doyle-Plikk 9kyu (Oslo) OGS/KGS – fah
Caroline Hutchinson 17kyu (Lisburn) IGS/KGS – Carrie
Rachel Plomp 11kyu (Dublin) OGS/KGS – rachelp92
Michèle Renaut 9kyu (Cork) KGS – Clochette

A day at EGC 2019

Posted by Carol Doyle on August 31st, 2019

The 63rd European Go Congress was held this year in Brussels, just a stones throw from Manneken pis and the Grand Place. Myself and Ian Davis were the only ones playing for Ireland, with participants of all ages from just about every corner of the globe numbering about 800 over two weeks. This was my 4th EGC and I am by now familiar with the rhythm of a congress day.

We wake early to have breakfast with other players staying at the same hotel. Then ensure your official player badge is on straight and head  to the venue and into the crush to find your table number and opponent. This year, however, the organising committee sent out a morning newsletter outlining the days main events, ongoing results from the European Championship, and your game details. Those saved minutes were not spent dawdling over an extra cup of tea, but huddled over In-Seong Hwangs daily “Trouble Master” problems, delivered in the newsletter. In honour of our host nation, Belgian chocolates were handed out in his daily Trouble Master lecture to those who had found trouble and solved the sequences.

With our minds now sharpened we part ways to find our boards for the main tournament game. It is a special feeling to be among hundreds of other players, all bent over their boards playing the best Go they can. A heatwave seems to be the norm for EGC and players cool themselves with all kinds of fashionable fans.

Antii looking fashionable with fan

Game won or lost, it is time for analysis and review. One of my favourite things about EGC is the professional players who spend hour upon hour each day reviewing hundreds of games. My go-to-pro this year became Antii Törmänen 1p, who taught me a lot about how to play fast and light. It must have been good advice as I won all 5 games and received EUR50 voucher for Guo Juans Internet Go School in the 1st week closing ceremony.

Reviews done its time for lunch and hoping that the time has not become too late. EGC is as much a social event as it is a game tournament. The venue in Brussels had a great little cafe where you always run into someone you know. Then its time to attend a lecture or two, which run from around 2pm to 7pm, divided by topic and strength. If you have a free moment it can be fun to watch other peoples game reviews, peruse the Go shop, see some Go art, or – special treat this year – decorate your Go tote.

The review area

There is a side event almost every evening, including Rapid, Childrens, Beer (1 point per win, 1 point per beer, most points wins), Chess & Go, Pair Go, and 9×9. Unofficial poker and board game tournaments usually pop up too. AI has been a feature of recent Congresses and the inaugural Yin Yang Tournament was played from an “unpredictable starting configuration” deemed even by Leela Zero. Those who had signed up for side events would grab something quick to eat before heading back up to the playing area.

For the rest of us, it was finding a restaurant with space enough to sit a sizeable group. The players from Norway are quite few, so we had a messaging group to keep in touch. With other friends too we often split into smaller groups to eat and met later at one of the citys bars to play more Go. Twenty-six boards were distributed to thirteen bars and restaurants in the locale. There we relax and chat, play rengo, or replay and discuss the days games. Knowing that we will do it all again tomorrow we are usually in bed at a reasonable hour.

I played just a few games of the weekend tournament, taking some time off in the afternoons to sightsee. Brussels is a great city full of beautiful art and architecture. During the trip we also visited Ghent, Antwerp, and took a bike ride to Westmalle Trappist brewery. Then it was goodbyes and see you next year before heading to the train station to start the journey home.

No matter what city we are in, this rhythm stays largely the same; only the details and friendly faces vary. There is definitely something to be said for having a husband that plays Go too and is happy to give two weeks of holiday time to Europes annual pop-up Go village!

We have already signed up for next year in Ukraine…

Going for my 5th win

Click here to see the complete EGC 2019 photo album.

Noel’s WAGC Games

Posted by Eoghan on August 22nd, 2019

Here are two of Noel’s games from Matsue.

The first game, against Hungary’s Pal Balogh, is particularly interesting, demonstrating the intense pressure Pal likes to exert on his opponents.



The second game is against Michal Kralik, from Slovakia.