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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.

Irish Go Online

Posted by Cian Synnott on February 2nd, 2016

Playing Go online is a great way to learn, improve and generally get more games in!

This week, we’re launching an online club as a fun way to play with other players in (or connected with) Ireland. This is well-suited to those of us who usually play online, or who can’t make it to face-to-face meetings as often as we’d like.

We especially want to teach and encourage new players, and to be a welcoming place to learn how to play, so if you have friends who would like to start, please let them know!

Details here.

Tibi wins in Belfast

Posted by James Hutchinson on January 31st, 2016

Tibi won the Belfast handicap tournament yesterday after winning his opening three games, and then taking a bye in the final round to make the draw nicer for the players.

BelfastHandicap

Num Pl Name Rank Co Club NbW R1 R2 R3 R4 CAT NBW EXT EXR
1 1 Gociu Tiberiu 5K IE Belf 3 2+/b7 4+/w6 5+/w1 0- 1 3 7 7
2 2 Calota Lucretiu 4D RO Brsv 3 1-/w7 5+/w7 7+/w2 3+/w9 1 3 0 0
3 3 Aitken James 12K IE Belf 2 5-/b5 6+/w3 4+/w0 2-/b9 1 2 13 2
4 4 Ramsey Graham 12K IE Belf 2 6+/w3 1-/b6 3-/b0 8+/w4 1 2 8 0
5 5 Clarke Roger 6K IE Belf 1 3+/w5 2-/b7 1-/b1 7-/b5 1 1 14 0
6 6 Kirk Michael 16K IE Belf 1 4-/b3 3-/b3 8+/b0 0- 1 1 8 0
7 7 Hutchinson James 1D IE Belf 1 0- 0- 2-/b2 5+/w5 1 1 6 0
8 8 Velpuri Venkata 17K IE Belf 0 0- 0- 6-/w0 4-/b4 1 0 6 0

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Google DeepMind (AlphaGo) Defeats Fan Hui 5-0

Posted by Rory Wales on January 28th, 2016

John and Arthur appeared on last night’s RTE News to discuss Google’s DeepMind (AlphaGo) 5-0 defeat of current European Champion Fan Hui. The full report can be watched here:

More information can be found here.

2016 AGM Report

Posted by Rory Wales on January 28th, 2016

The 2016 AGM report can be viewed here.

James leads top 8 after kickoff weekend.

Posted by James Hutchinson on January 17th, 2016

James leads the top 8 with 4/4 after the kickoff weekend. As only 7 players took part, some players had to take a bye. Noel, Steve, and Michael are all tied for second place on 2/3.

AGM

Posted by Rory Wales on January 12th, 2016

The Irish Go Association’s AGM will take place this Saturday January 16th at 5pm in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin, after the last round of the Top 8 tournament. The current agenda items are:

1. New venue for Dublin Go club.
2. Executive positions.

Carol Wins Irish Women’s Championship

Posted by Rory Wales on January 11th, 2016

The Irish Women’s Championship was been decided in a nail-bitingly close match between Carol Doyle and Michele Renaut over the weekend. In the end, Carol won out by just 6.5 points. Well done to all ladies who participated this year, and we look forward to rematches next year!

Registration Now Open for 2016 Irish Confucius Cup

Posted by Rory Wales on January 4th, 2016

Registration is now open for the 2016 Irish Confucius Cup occurring the weekend of March 4th-6th in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin. First prize for both the Go and Chinese Chess tournaments will be €1,000! Full details are available here.

Belfast tournament announced

Posted by James Hutchinson on November 27th, 2015

There will be a one day tournament in Belfast on Saturday January 30th.

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

The room is booked until 5pm, at which point we have to leave as there is another function on after that.

Entries to james8hut(AT)hotmail(DOT)com
Entry fee: £5

Philippe wins Irish championship

Posted by James Hutchinson on October 30th, 2015

In the second game of the Irish championship, Philippe attempted a ninja star fuseki, and defeated James by half a point to claim the title.

Game attached here

Congratulations to him!