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.

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 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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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!


Cork Go Tournament Dec 3rd-4th 2016

Posted by Rory Wales on October 18th, 2016

We are pleased to announce The Cork Go Tournament of 2016 – 3rd- 4th of December. Full details available here.

James vs Philippe – Weekly commented games – Game 6

Posted by Philippe Renaut on October 14th, 2016

Hello all,

our exciting-working sessions go on and the least we can say is that each game is different from the previous one.

This time for a change, Philippe took an early lead in the overall balance with James making too many weak groups.
There was a lot of things going on and this is a good game to discover the use of aji with a single dead stone coming to life at the very end.

Enjoy this new game and see you soon!


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James vs Philippe – Weekly commented games – Game 5

Posted by Philippe Renaut on October 7th, 2016

New game is online!

Plenty of nice fights here! With an audacious start by James leaving Joseki move for an overall white influence, ending in a big fight for points all over the board.



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2017 Irish Confucius Cup Date Announced

Posted by Rory Wales on October 6th, 2016

Ireland’s largest Go and Chinese Chess tournament, The Confucius Cup, will occur next year the weekend of March 3rd-5th 2017. More details to follow soon.