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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.

James vs Philippe – Weekly commented games – Game 4

Posted by Philippe Renaut on September 30th, 2016

New game is online!

A very interesting game to study overall balance.
The flow of the game kept shifting with very difficult positional analysis (at least at our level, may be a 5d would find it quite easy!) and everything was determined about who felt ahead and who played more agressively, a feeling that kept changing move after move.

Enjoy the comments and see you next week!


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james vs Philippe – Weekly commented games – Game 3

Posted by Philippe Renaut on September 23rd, 2016

Another game this morning full of fresh coffee flavour…

The game was agan very passioante, with an early overplay by Philippe, that triggered a sequence where he finished with a weak group, but then a slow move by James made white come back into the game and taking a progressive clear lead pushing James to try audacious invasion to win the game…

Remember that if you get tired of these posts you can just tell us and we will stop posting the games ;-)!

Enjoy the comments and see you next week!


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James vs Philippe – Weekly commented games – Game 2

Posted by Philippe Renaut on September 17th, 2016

Yesterday took place the second morning duel between James and Philippe.

It was a clear win by James after a bad overplay by Philippe at move 81 and a very safe covering of bad aji by James. There was still some messing around after that but the game was pretty much hopeless for Philippe.

See you next week for another commented game!


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James vs Philippe – Weekly commented games – Game 1

Posted by Philippe Renaut on September 9th, 2016

The first skirmish took place this morning and was won by ptitlou (Philippe) by resignation after a tense fight and a last tricky multi-step-ko race in byo-yomi for both players.

Exciting game for both and thank you to the brave public for coming this early in the morning on KGS to give us support!

The commented game can be found here : ptitlou – jameshut / Game 1

See you next week!

James & Philippe


James vs Philippe – Weekly commented games

Posted by Philippe Renaut on September 8th, 2016

Dear go players, James “Famous” Hutchinson (2d) and myself – Philippe “Little Pea” Renaut (2d) have decided to try to play a weekly game on Friday mornings at 9am (30mn+2*30s byo) that we will comment afterwards. It will be played on KGS, Ireland Room.

We cannot guarantee that it will be absolutely every week but we will do our best. I will try to do a weekly post of our commented games so that you can all benefit from our – probably entirely wrong and mistaken – analysis of the game (if we find a 7d walking around to help us doing a real deep analysis of the game we will definitely try to lure him in!).

If you find these posts and commented games boring it will easily be removed from the page so just let us know!

James & Philippe

Correspondence Winners

Posted by ian on September 5th, 2016

The  longest running event of the year came to an end this week, with James Hutchinson claiming the 2016 Irish Correspondence Title on Dragon Go Server. He scored a steady 6/6, edging out Noel Mitchell and Philippe Renaut into second place. The Intermediate Title was won by Thomas Shanahan, who scored 7/7, finishing ahead of Piotr Gawron, then Alex Delogu. Full results are available on the tournament page.

Belfast Open 2016

Posted by James Hutchinson on July 5th, 2016

The Belfast Open tournament will take place at Belfast Boat Club in the Stranmillis area of Belfast on the 24th and 25th of September. Belfast Boat club is close to the city centre and thus relatively easy to find. There is ample free car parking space beside the venue.

The event will be played in the Main Function Room (downstairs) of Belfast Boat Club. (You can ask at reception if you get lost) The Belfast Open is an EGF Class B tournament, and will count toward both Irish Korea Points and the British Stacey points. This year we will have 5 rounds.


Japanese Rules, 6.5 komi
50 minutes maintime, 30 seconds 3 times overtime
McMahon tournament, Handicaps ?MMS-1, SOS only tiebreaker.

Saturday 24th September
– Registration: 9:30 to 10:30
– Round 1: 11:00 to 13:15
– Round 2: 14:00 to 16:15

– Evening (optional): We usually go for a meal somewhere.

Sunday 25th September
– Round 3: 9:00 to 11:00
– Round 4: 11:30 to 13:30
– Round 5: 14:30 to 16:30
– Prizegiving after 16:30

Entry Fees:
Please pre-register for the event before 24th September to avoid the penalty fee
Normal: 12 pounds (Concession: 8 pounds)
One Day Only: 7 pounds (Concession: 5 pounds)
Concessions (Unemployed, Students, OAPs)
Penalties (Not a member of any National Go Organisation OR Late registration) 2 pounds

To enter email James (james8hut [at] hotmailDOTcom)

If you want to find a place to stay let us know and we can try to find some suggestions for you.
See you all there.