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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

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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AGM Returns Familiar Faces

A sparsely-attended Annual General Meeting was marked by stability in the leadership of the Irish Go Association, with all three officers re-elected unopposed. Niall Tuohy remains as President, assisted by Treasurer John Doyle and Secretary Eoghan Barry. The committee will be made up of Philippe Renaut, James Hutchinson, and Byoung-Ju Lee. The most contentious item…

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The Big Showdown: Xinqun vs. Philippe

Philippe Renaut defeated Przemek Dyszczysk last night in the final game of this year’s Top 8 to win the backdoor bracket and join Lu Xinqun in the Final. Philippe and Xinqun have already met twice in this year’s Championship, with Philippe winning the game in Qualifiers and Xinqun taking the honours in their…

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Kyus Go Hungry in Qualifiers

A rapacious horde of dans greedily devoured all five qualification spots for the Top 8 — of the kyus, Stephen Nulty came closest to denying them, losing games to go against Matei Garcia and Przemek Dyszczyk by a combined total of 7 points. The 2023 Top 8 takes place this weekend in Dublin’s…

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