2017 Irish Confucius Cup
|Go (Weiqi)||Chinese Chess (Xiangqi)||Chess|
|Go, Chinese Chess & Chess Congress
March 3rd-5th 2017
The Irish Go Association, the Irish Chinese Chess Association, and the Irish Chess Union in association with The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland are pleased to present the 2017 Irish Confucius Cup. The Congress will take place again at The Gresham Hotel right in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, and will be comprised of six tournaments
The Irish Go Association, Irish Chinese Chess Association, and Irish Chess Union are very grateful for the sponsorship provided by:
The Confucius Cup Go & Chinese Chess Tournament Rules
The Go tournament will be a European Grand Prix Level B event and consist of 5 rounds: 3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. The Chinese Chess tournament will consist of 7 rounds, 4 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday.
|Number Of Games||5||7|
|Rules||EGF with 6.5 komi||Asian Xiangqi (Chinese Chess)|
|Time Settings||60 minutes plus overtime of 5 periods of 30 seconds byo-yomi||Fischer Time 45 minutes basic plus 10 seconds increment per move|
Chess Tournament Rules
The Irish Chess Union (ICU) will run the three Chess tournaments. The Friday evening Blitz event will take place in the Ballroom Suite whereas the National Club Championship and Patrick Moore Cup tournaments taking place on Saturday and Sunday will be hosted downstairs in the O’Connell Suite. More information about these tournaments is available from the ICU website here.
Beijing Sporting Delegation
Like last year, there will be a special sporting delegation of professional Go and Chinese Chess players attending from Beijing. The professional players will be:
|Visiting Professional Players From Beijing|
|Mr. Zhao Guorong||Xiangqi Grand Master|
|Chairman of the Promotion Commission of World Xiangqi Federation|
|Four times National Xiangqi (Individual) Champion|
|Twice National Xiangqi (Team) Champion|
|Five times winner of Asia Xiangqi Teams Championship|
|Twice winner of World Xiangqi Teams Championship|
|Winner of 4th Asia City Xiangqi Master(Individual) Championship|
|Winner of 2nd World Xiangqi Individual Championship|
|Winner of the team event of 1st World Mind Sports Games|
|Mrs. Shan Xiali||Xiangqi Grand Master|
|Twice National Xiangqi Champion|
|Director of Shanghai Board and Card Games Administrative Center|
|President of Shanghai Qi-Yuan|
|Chairwoman of the Qualification Commission of World Xiangqi Federation|
|Chairwoman of the Promotion Commission of Asian XiangqiFederation|
|Mr. Yu Ping||2p|
|Secretary General for Jiangxi Province Professional Go Association|
|Twice winner of Jiangxi Province Professional Go Tournament (individual) Championship|
|Mr. Chen Rui||5p|
|Deputy Secretary General for Tianjin Professional Go Association|
Guo Juan Special Guest Appearance
Guo Juan (5p) will be also be attending for Go game commentaries and social activities.
The following cash amounts will be awarded to the top five finishers of the Go and Chinese Chess tournaments:
Additional Chinese Chess Prizes
– Best Female Chinese Chess Player: €100
Irish Youth prizes for Chinese Chess players who are Under 18 years old, hold Irish passports, and are resident in Ireland:
– 1st Prize: €200
– 2nd Prize: €150
– 3rd Prize: €100
|Fri 3rd March||19:00||5 Round Rapid||5 Round Rapid||9 Round Blitz|
|Sat 4th March||09:00||Registration|
|10:15||Go Round 1||Chinese Chess Round 1|
|12:00||Chess Round 1|
|12:30||Chinese Chess Round 2|
|14:00||Go Round 2|
|14:45||Chinese Chess Round 3|
|17:00||Go Round 3||Chinese Chess Round 4|
|17:30||Chess Round 2|
|18:00||Simultaneous Games Against Professionals|
|Sun 5th March||09:00||Chinese Chess Round 5|
|09:30||Go Round 4||Chess Round 3|
|11:20||Chinese Chess Round 6|
|12:30||Go Round 5|
|13:30||Chinese Chess Round 7|
|14:30||Chess Round 4|
|15:15||Professional Reviews of Top Go & Chinese Chess Boards|
The top Go board from each round will be broadcasted on the OGS server, look for user ‘IGABroadcast’. A video stream will also be broadcasted on the day.
The Rapid Go Tournament
The Rapid, to be held on the Friday evening, will follow a Handicap Swiss format with time allowances reducing each round.
Registration is now open for the Congress. For the Confucius Cup Go and Chinese Chess tournaments, the entry fee will be free for the Chinese Chess tournament and €25 for Go tournament. Students and the unemployed can avail of the concession rate of €10 for the Go tournament. Entry fee for the Friday night Rapid Go tournament will be €10. Registration for the Chess tournament can be made by contacting the Irish Chess Union here.
To register, click on the Go and/or Chinese Chess registration form links in the table below and fill in your details.
|Registration Form||Registration Form|
|Registered Players||Registered Players|
|Last Year’s Results||Last Year’s Results|
Alternatively you can simply email the Tournament Director, Rory Wales, with your name, contact email address, entry rank, and club.
Watch this space for further details or email or call the Tournament Director, Rory Wales at +353.87.133.0317, to be added to the mailing list for updates.
Several accommodation options are listed on this Google Map. The Gresham Hotel itself of course offers accommodation and there are several other hotels and guesthouses nearby, for instance the Charles Stewart. One hostel we have had players use in the past is Dublin City Bunkhouse. A few players have also opted to rent an apartment with airbnb.com and staydublin.com.