Confucius Cup 2019

The Irish Go Association, and the Irish Chinese Chess Association in association with the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland are pleased to present the 2019 Irish Confucius Cup. The tournament will take place at the Confucius Institute, on Universit College Dublin’s Belfield campus, over the weekend of September 28th and 29th.

The Confucius Cup comprises Go (weiqi) and Chinese chess tournaments, and is the most prestigious event in the Irish calendar.

Tournament Rules

The Go tournament will be a European Grand Prix Level C event, comprising 5 rounds: 3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. The tournament will follow European Go Federation rules. The time settings will be 60 minutes main time with Japanese overtime of 5 periods of 30 seconds (EGF Class A). Komi will be 6.5 points. The tournament draw will use the McMahon system, with handicap games played at MMS difference -1. Ties will be broken by SOS, then SOSOS.

The Chinese Chess tournament will consist of 7 rounds: 4 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. The tournament will follow Asian Xiangqi rules. The time system will be Fischer time, with 45 minutes basic time plus 10 seconds increment per move. The tournament draw will use the Swiss system.

Visiting Professional Players and Dignitaries

Teaching games with visiting professionals will be available.

Chinese Chess Professionals:
• Ms. Ming Hu, Xiangqi Grand Master
• Ms. Huan Liu , Xiangqi Grand Master

Go Professionals:
• Liang Li, 5d
• Yichao Ma, 5d


Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each tournament in accordance with the table below.

 GoChinese Chess


To be confirmed

Tournament Directors

The Go tournament director will be Eoghan Barry. John Gibson is acting director for the Chinese Chess tournament.

Internet Broadcasting

Games on the top board in the Go tournament will be broadcast live online.


Register for the Go tournament. Check the list of registered players.

The entry fee for the Go tournament is €25 euros, with a concession rate of €10 for students and the unwaged.

Register for the Chinese Chess tournament. Check the list of registered players.

There is no charge to enter the Chinese chess tournament.

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