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Welcome to the Irish Go Association (IGA) website. Learn about the ancient game of Go (aka Baduk or WeiQi) and find out where you can join one of our clubs throughout Ireland. Be sure to check out the IGA Discord channel where you can meet our community, talk about Go and organise activities online.


Belfast — every other Monday from 18.30, Northern Lights (Ormeau Road)

Dublin — Mondays, from 19.30 until closing, in Toner's

Lisburn — Saturdays, 10am — Facebook

Galway — Wednesdays, 7pm, McSwiggan's

Tournaments & Events

Smithfield Special
26th May, Workday, Dublin 7

Confucius Cup
20th–22nd September, UCD, Dublin

Latest News

Philippe Defends Title

Philippe Renaut (Galway) successfully defended his title as Irish Champion with a 2–1 victory over Lu Xinqun in the finals. This is Philippe’s second consecutive title, and his fourth overall. The deciding game in the best-of-three final was a tense battle, with Xinqun maintaining a small but significant edge into the middle game, calmly taking…

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Xinqun Levels the Score

The second game in the Championship proved just as bloody as the first, but this time Lu Xinqun had the upper hand and it was Philippe Renaut who was unsuccessfully struggling for life. Taking the white stones, Xinqun allowed Philippe three corners, staking the game on an imposing central moyo. When the inevitable invasion…

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Magic Swords and Big Kills

The 2024 Championship Finals started with a bang as Philippe Renaut (White) engineered a massive kill to secure an early victory over Lu Xinqun (Black) in the first game of the best-of-three series. In the review below, Philippe explains his thought processes and decisions during this fascinating fighting game. Veterans will enjoy the appearance…

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Dublin Club Meetings Move to Mondays

Collegians Go Club meetings will now take place on Monday nights, starting from this coming Monday, 22nd April. The meeting place (Toner’s) and time (7.30pm onwards) remain unchanged. The move to Monday meetings should make it considerably easier to find tables in one of the busier pubs in the city centre.

Rip-Off Success for Dewei

Liu Dewei (Belfast) defeated John Courtney, Peter Kasko, and Matei Garcia (all Dublin) en route to overall victory at the April Rip-Off on Saturday. Further down the table, Niall Tuohy (Dublin), Larion Syrotkin (Cork) and Luke McGarvey (Belfast) also managed clean sheets, with three wins from three games. Last year’s champion, Marc Stoehr (Stockholm) stumbled…

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