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.

Summer News

Posted by ian on June 5th, 2019

Noel Mitchell represented Ireland at the World Amateur Championship. This year it took place in Japan again, and Noel put in a sprint finish to end on 4 wins out of 8, which earned him 36th place.

The Galway Tournament was won by Philippe Renaut, with Matei Garcia finishing in second place. There is a little write up on Facebook.

Finally, the Online Interprovincials rattles along. Connaught are now on 2 wins, and will face last placed Munster in the final round. Allegations that one player was using Super Mario Kart for assistance during the game were investigated, but proved mostly unfounded.

Ireland Top the Table in PGETC

Posted by Eoghan on May 8th, 2019

With a 3–1 victory over Portugal last night, Ireland guaranteed a top place finish in League D of the Pandanet Go European Team Championships. This marks the first time that the Irish team has achieved promotion, and they will compete in League C in the 10th Championship, starting later this year. Second-placed Iceland will play off against Greece to see whether they will join us in League C.

Led by captain Cian Synott, the Irish team comprised Ian Davis, Kevin Farrell, Matei Garcia, John Gibson, Tiberiu Gociu, James Hutchinson, and Karl Irwin. Over 32 games, they won 25, for an enviable record of seven matches won, one drawn, and no losses.

Russia, France, Hungary, and Ukraine took the top four places in League A and will contend for the overall Championship. With a strong team including Alexander Dinerchtein 3p and Ilya Shikshin 2p, Russia must be considered favourites to retain the title.

Korea Prime Ministers Cup 2019 Invitation

Posted by Carol Doyle on April 29th, 2019

The Korean Baduk Association are pleased to announce that ‘The 14th Korea Prime Minister Cup Int’l Baduk Championship’ (KPMC) will be held on August 31 to September 6, 2019 in Yeowol County, Gangwon-do, South Korea.

Ireland would like to send a representative. All are welcome to apply, irrespective of rank. Though, playing strength will be a factor in considerations if there are multiple candidates.

Please take time to read through the invitation attached:

The KBA will arrange flights and cover some of the cost thereof, with the player paying up to 70% of the air fare. The IGA is unfortunately not able to assist with expenses. All other expenses while at the tournament are covered by KBA. 

A representative must- hold an Irish passport  on the date of the tournament, and – be a member of the IGA. (IGA membership can be achieved by paying a fee of EUR10). 

Please let me know if you’d like to be considered with a mail to

The Top 8 Tournament Begins

Posted by Eoghan on April 28th, 2019

The 2019 Top 8 tournament began this weekend with four rounds played at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin. The eight contenders for the championship this year are Eoghan Barry, Kevin Farrell, Matei Garcia, Piotr Gawron, James Hutchinson, Noel Mitchell, Roman Pszonka, and Michael Thai.

When the dust settled, only two players remained undefeated: defending champion James, and Roman, returning to competitive play after a four year break. But with three others on only a single loss (Matei, Noel, and Michael) the tournament remains wide open and advancement to the championship will likely come down to the final games.

See the tournament page for the current standings.

Irish Go Congress 2019 Report

Posted by Eoghan on March 31st, 2019

In stark contrast to last year’s beasting, the 2019 Irish Go Congress took place last weekend in Dublin under clear skies. The Congress returned to its old home of the Teachers’ Club in Parnell Square, the scene of countless previous tournaments. Forty-two players competed over the course of the weekend, with visitors travelling from the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Romania, and Poland to join a large local contingent.

Niall Tuohy averts his eyes from the basilisk gaze of Ruari McCloskey
Niall Tuohy averts his eyes from the basilisk gaze of Ruari McCloskey

Friday night’s Rapid tournament attracted eighteen entrants. The tension gradually built as the tournament organisers huddled around a laptop, trying to figure out which of OpenGotha’s myriad settings was messing up the draw. The first round finally got under way a little before 8pm, with twenty minutes absolute time on the clock for each player, and handicaps as high as nine stones plus forty points on some boards. But short time settings favour the strong, and there were relatively few upsets despite the handicaps. As the tournament proceeded the handicaps dropped, but so did the time limits (twelve minutes in the final round). Tunyang Xie emerged the winner with a perfect record of five wins from five games, the first indication that he was perhaps a little underrated at 4 dan. Xunrui Zhao and Juan-Manuel Losada filled out the podium

John “Brian Boru” Courtney ponders the latest Viking invasion of Dublin. Rasmus Stene licks his lips and prepares for pillage
John “Brian Boru” Courtney ponders the latest Viking invasion of Dublin. Rasmus Stene licks his lips and prepares for pillage

Saturday morning saw an event without precedent in the history of Irish go — the first round of the Open started two minutes ahead of schedule. There were nineteen boards in the first round and the bar was set at 2 dan. By the end of the day, Tunyang had already taken his place at the top of the table with a third round win over Yishen Wang 5d, while Mathis Isaksen was in third place. The top three placings remained the same for the rest of the weekend. By seven, most of the players were upstairs in the Teachers’ Club bar. We had dinner on the Parnell Street strip (six Chinese restaurants next door to each other). While we ate Matei Garcia entertained us with an apparently improvised comedy routine entitled “Why don’t we hold the European Go Congress in Dublin?” Tears rolled down our faces every time he repeated his catchphrase “No, I’m serious”. We were still joking about it some hours later over pints in the back room of Mulligan’s pub.

The decisive third round game between Yishen Wang and Tunyang Xie
The decisive third round game between Yishen Wang and Tunyang Xie

Games started no less punctually on Sunday morning. The morning sunlight streaming through the windows lent the room an almost devotional ambience that was only emphasised by the lively evangelical religious service audible through the walls of the adjoining building.

Andreas Goetzfried looks perturbed by developments in his game against Mathis Isaksen
Andreas Goetzfried looks perturbed by developments in his game against Mathis Isaksen

Tunyang finished out his tournament with wins over Mathis Isaksen 3d and Andreas Goetzfried 4d to complete his fourth consecutive tournament with a clean sheet. After the prizegiving and closing remarks, visiting players were allowed to enjoy themselves while Irish residents were herded into the Irish Go Association AGM for another ninety minutes of convoluted wrangling. Fourteen people made it to the closing dinner at the Kimchi Hophouse, where Arthur Cater entertained us with feats of legerdemain while Tunyang tried to demonstrate conclusively that the game on a 7 x 7 board should always result in seki. And with that the Irish Go Congress concluded for another year.

2019 Belfast go tournament

Posted by James Hutchinson on March 29th, 2019

There will be a one day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 14th.

Location : Belfast Boat Club

30mn by player + 2x30s byoyomi
4 rounds
Handicap Swiss tournament

Registration : 9-9:15
First round : 9:30-11
Second round : 11-12:30
-lunch break-
Third round : 1:30-3
Fourth round : 3-4:30

If you’re coming from Dublin, and may be a little late, let me know, and I’ll do my best to accommodate you.

Normally we go to Cutter’s Wharf for lunch, and in the evening possibly to the brewbot or some restaurant for post tournament festivities.

Entries to james8hut(AT)hotmail(DOT)com
Entry fee: £7 (euro equivalent acceptable)

Leinster gain first win

Posted by ian on March 21st, 2019

Leinster have won the first match in this year’s online interprovincials. They won by a margin of 2-1 over Munster, with Carol Doyle picking up a win in Toner’s to save Munster face. Meanwhile Connaught teeter on the brink of victory over Ulster, needing just one more game to cross the line. Meanwhile, controversy over the province of Noord-Holland’s eligibility to enter the competition rages on, with the matter having now been referred to the CAS in Lausanne.

2019 AGM announced

Posted by James Hutchinson on March 15th, 2019

There will be a meeting between the prizegiving and dinner on the Sunday evening of the Irish Go Congress (March 24th)

James Hutchinson wins 2018 Irish championship

Posted by James Hutchinson on March 15th, 2019

The concluding game of the 2018 Irish championship took place today. James beat Cian by resignation. The game can be found here:

James wins first game in 2018 final

Posted by James Hutchinson on March 1st, 2019

The first game of the 2018 final took place today. James beat Cian by 8.5 points.

The game can be found here: