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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.

Clubs

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

NOTE: Regular meetings have not yet resumed in Cork or Galway. Please check their web pages to make enquiries.

Tournaments

Top 8 — Dublin, February 25th–26th, venue TBA

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

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

Latest News

Entries Open for National Championships

Entries are now open for the 2023 National Championships, which will run through the first three months of the year. To enter, email the secretary. There is no charge to play in the tournament, but membership of the Irish Go Association is required. The deadline for entries is January 1st, and the Qualifiers…

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Pro Review: John Courtney

John Courtney was lucky to win Group B on tie-breaker after he finished level with Przemek Dyszczyk and Matei Garcia. Here Antti reviews one of John’s games against Matei — the game was played face-to-face in Toner’s and the SGF is incomplete, but the crucial mid-game fighting is intact.

Pro Review: Peter Kasko

In Group C, Peter Kasko got off to a roaring start with three wins before Thomas Shanahan managed to break his rhythm. Nonetheless, Peter finished at the top of the group, with four wins. Here Antti reviews one of Peter’s games from this year’s Correspondence Championship, against the eventual winner of the Championship, Lu Xinqun….

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Ireland Off to a Flying Start

Ireland defeated Denmark 3–1 last night, in the first round of the Pandanet Go European Team Championships, . Team captain Philippe Renaut led the way on board 2, his opponent collapsing under time pressure as Philippe obliterated his moyo. On board 3, a late game capturing race swung the game against…

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Pro Review: Stephen Nulty

Group D was tightly contested, with every player notching at least two wins, but Stephen Nulty was the only one to manage four, finishing the season at the top of the table. Here Antti reviews one of the games that Stephen lost, to Dimitrios Satkas.

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