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TOP 8 – Week-end results

Posted by Philippe Renaut on January 29th, 2017

The TOP8 who will decide of the two finalists to become Irish Champion this year has started this week-end with the first four gmaes being played between the best 8 players of the ladder.
Two players couldn’t play one of the game and have only three games in.

The atmosphere was really great, the games extremely serious and ferocious from what I could see around and eveyrbody was deeply focus, leading to extremely tense situation. A lots of games ended with big dragons dying, lots of ko fights, and many last minute change of winners. Most of the players ended in byo-yomi – which shows the implication and reading involved during the games – leading the ING clock to bring a very epic soundtrack to the games…

The results stand as below at this stage…

Steve Flinter XXX 0 0 1 1 2
Claas Rover 1 XXX 0 1 0 2
Noel Mitchell 1 XXX 0 1 2
John Gibson XXX 0 0 0 1 1
Philippe Renaut 1 1 1 XXX 1 4
Michael Thai 0 1 1 XXX 0 2
Matei Garcia 0 1 0 1 XXX 2
Peter Kasko 0 0 0 XXX 0

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Irish Confucius Cup Go Tournament Registration

Posted by Rory Wales on January 27th, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 Confucius Cup Go tournament occurring March 3rd-5th in Dublin. Full details are available here.

2017 IGA Membership & Confucius Cup Registration

Posted by Rory Wales on January 4th, 2017

Happy New Year!! Just a reminder that Irish Go Association (IGA) membership for the 2017 calendar year is now due for renewal. Membership details are available on the About page here.

Also registration is now open for the 2017 Irish Confucius Cup which will occur the weekend of March 3rd-5th, details have not been finalised but the latest information is available here.

James wins Irish championship

Posted by James Hutchinson on January 2nd, 2017

James Hutchinson won the 2016 Irish championship today with victory over Noel Mitchell in the final. The games can be found at the bottom of the top 8 page.

Zhiqing Zhang wins Cork Go Tournament 2016

Posted by Philippe Renaut on December 6th, 2016

It was a cold Saturday morning, mist rolled over the plains as did the players to the Cricket Club.
Heated by tea and coffee, and fueled by sugary and fresh treats, the games started; 3 rounds of bloodshed on Saturday,  followed by 2 on Sunday.
It was an all Dublin podium; Zhiqing Zhang fought off all opposition with a perfect score to take the title, Arthur Cater scored an impressive second place, and Hao Wu pulled up in third positon. The Cork players licked their wounds and will be ready for the next bout.

Acton scene below with equipment kindly donated by the KABA.

Full details of results –



Irish Top 8 & AGM – Jan 28th-29th 2017

Posted by Rory Wales on December 5th, 2016

The Irish Top 8 Tournament will be held on the weekend of January 28-29th at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Dublin 4.

The Irish Go Association’s AGM will take place on the Saturday January at 5pm after the last round of the Top 8 tournament.

James vs Philippe – Game 9

Posted by Philippe Renaut on November 18th, 2016

Still no comments about us finally stopping to post our games ? OK, I go on ;-)!

Strange game today, with a few bad moves in hte beginning by James and then suddenly a brilliant sequence that gave him a big early lead but unfortunately, byo-yomi was already on and Philippe managed to get back into the game by triggering a whole fight and finally capturing a big group.

As usual very enjoyable game (well at least for us)!


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James & Philippe

James vs Philippe – Game 8

Posted by Philippe Renaut on November 11th, 2016

A new game on line with comments!

Heavy fight all over the game with big balance between territory and a lot of life-and-death situation all over the board. But guess what… we managed to take this game to the end and count, which is quite exceptionnal for us! Enjoy!


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James vs Philippe – Game 7

Posted by Philippe Renaut on October 31st, 2016

A new game on line with comments!

In the end, a big dragon died, but not before trying to sneak around the edges…


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james & philippe

Tesuji of the night

Posted by Philippe Renaut on October 23rd, 2016

I know you all love to work your go, so here is a small tesuji problem I have just seen tonight played at the USGO Cotsen Open between two high dan – pro level players.

It is black to play and his situation seems quite bad with two stones nearly dead at D14 and D15, but… he had a tesuji in mind before he launched the whole sequence that white totally overlooked. Can you see it ?

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Good search!