2018 Confucius Cup



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Go (Weiqi) Chinese Chess (Xiangqi)
Go & Chinese Chess Congress
March 2nd-4th 2018Location
The Gresham Hotel
23 Upper O’Connell Street
Dublin 1


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The Gresham Hotel

The Irish Go Association, and the Irish Chinese Chess Association in association with The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland are pleased to present the 2018 Irish Confucius Cup. The Congress will take place again at The Gresham Hotel right in the heart of Dublin’s city centre

Severe Weather Updates
Due to the terrible severity of the weather conditions there has been no choice but to severely alter the planned events. The circumstances are beyond the organisers control. We can only offer our apologies for everyone who hoped to enjoy the event.

Owing to severe weather conditions the Irish Rapid tournament on Friday is now cancelled.
There will be no Chinese Chess (Xiangi) Championship – but play can still take place at the venue.
The Go tournament will no longer be an EGF Grand Prix event. Due to the extension of the weather Red Alert it will now not begin on Saturday until 12:00.

When further updates are available we will post details on the website.


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. For Go, any handicap games will be played at the MMS difference -1, whilst for the final standings the tiebreakers will be SOS, then SOSOS. The Chinese Chess tournament will consist of 7 rounds, 4 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday.

Go Chinese Chess
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
Pairing System McMahon Swiss

Visiting Professional Players and Dignitaries

The following cash amounts will be awarded to the top finishers of the Go and Chinese Chess tournaments:

Go Chinese Chess
1st place €1,000 €1,000
2nd place €800 €400
3rd place €700 €300
4th place €600 €200
5th place €500 €100
6th place €400
7th place €300

Provisional Weekend Schedule

Date Time Go Chinese Chess
Fri 2nd March 19:00 5 Round Rapid 5 Round Rapid
Sat 3rd March 09:00 Registration
10:00 Opening Ceremony
10:15 Go Round 1 Chinese 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
18:00 Simultaneous Games Against Professionals
19:30 Dinner
Sun 4th March 09:00 Chinese Chess Round 5
09:30 Go Round 4
11:20 Chinese Chess Round 6
12:30 Go Round 5
13:30 Chinese Chess Round 7
15:15 Professional Reviews of Top Go & Chinese Chess Boards
16:30 Prizegiving
19:00 Dinner

Tournament Directors
The tournament directors for the Go competition will be Tony Atkins, whilst Li Chen will be in charge of the Chinese Chess competition.

Internet Broadcasting
We expect to broadcast the top board from the tournament, details to be announced later.

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.

Go Players:
You can register for the Confucius Cup using this form.
There is also a list of registered players.
Chinese Chess Players:
You can register for the Confucius Cup using this form.
There is also a list of registered players.
The list of registered players is updated every few days. For queries on registration, you can try email to Ian, who will pass on your query to the organisers.

Registration Fee
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

Please watch this space for further details and updated information.

A report on the 2017 event can be viewed here

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.

International visitors may want to consult Dublin Airport’s website , especially the To and from section.

Organising Committee
In coordination with the UCD Confucius Institute, the organising committee are:
John Gibson, Arthur Cater, Carol Doyle, and Ian Davis.

Irish Go Association AGM
Irish Players should note that the AGM will take place on Saturday, as detailed here.

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