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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 — Wednesdays, from 19.30 until closing, in Toner's

Lisburn — Saturdays, 10am — Facebook

Galway — Wednesdays, 7pm, McSwiggan's


British Go Congress — Belfast, March 31st–April 2nd

April Rip-Off — Teachers’ Club, Dublin 1, April 29th

Confucius Cup — UCD Dublin, September 22nd–24th

Latest News

New Irish Champion: Philippe Renaut

The three-month journey to find the 2023 Irish Champion came to an end last night when Philippe Renaut won the deciding game in the Final against Lu Xinqun. Both finalists came the long way, advancing from the Qualifiers to the Top 8 and on to the Final, matching each other blow for blow…

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Finals Game 2: Philippe’s Analysis

Philippe gives his thoughts on the second game in the Championship Final, in which Xinqun scored an emphatic win to level the series. (Read Philippe’s review of the first round game). The deciding game to determine the Irish Champion for 2023 will be played this Wednesday, March 29th,…

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Ireland on a Roll; Xinqun Levels Championship

Ireland continued their winning streak in the Pandanet Go European Team Championship with a 3–1 victory over Spain on Tuesday night. The games were complex, bloody affairs with all four decided by comfortable margins. Gavin Rooney was the first to finish: an ill-judged invasion left his opponent cut in two with fatal consequences,…

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Finals Game 1 — Philippe’s Analysis

The first game in the 2023 Championship Final was a very tense, closely balanced game with big kills made by both players. Philippe Renaut emerged the victor, with a solid 6.5 point win over Lu Xinqun. Here he gives his analysis of the game, offering fascinating insight into his decision-making throughout the game. The second…

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First Blood to Philippe

Philippe Renaut won the first game in the Championship Final, by a margin of 6.5 points over Lu Xinqun. The game was decided by a trade in the middle game, with Philippe surrendering a fifteen-stone group on the left in exchange for a commanding position on the upper side. Philippe consolidated his narrow…

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