The UCC Go Tournament once again turned out to be a success. The attendance wasn’t as good as last year (18 players), but as usual we had a few international guests from the Netherlands, Germany, France and Poland.
Congratulations to Kim Ouweleen 4d for winning the first prize with 5 wins and to his runner ups – Roman Pszonka 4d (2nd place with 4 wins) and Piotr Rzepnikowski 4k (3rd place with 4 wins).
2 brand new beginner players from UCC also took part in the tournament. Congratulations to Michael Pons for winning the Beginner Prize!
Full results of the UCC Go Tournament 2013 are available here.
You may have noticed a brief outage. Yet another wordpress/akismet exploit allowed the account to be compromised. However, other than a few pages being out of date, things should be back to normal now.
James Hutchinson has won this year’s IGA ladder competition. He saw off Tiberiu Gociu in the final challenge of the competition. Top 5 positions were as follows:
Registration is now open for the 2014 Irish Go Congress occurring the weekend of February 14th-16th in Dublin. Celebrating 25 years of Go in Ireland, this promises to be a very special event. Full details are available here.
The Irish Championship came to a close at the Dublin Club on Wednesday night. The defending champion, Roman Pszonka, had an early gain in the opening, but Noel Mitchell came out on top in the end, winning by 1.5 points. Noel thus won the match by 2 games to 0, meaning that this living legend has now won the title 16 times in all, no mean feat! Read on to see the game
[Embedded SGF File: IGA Final Game 2]
For those of you who like to play the game at a considerably slower pace, the following tournament should interest you.
The Irish Correspondence Championship will run on DGS and OGS, hopefully starting next month. If you want to register to play, see the page for more details.
Apologies for the delay, but the results for this event are now finally available here. A total of 15 players took part in the tournament this year, a good number of which were new faces to the competition. Co-founder of the club, Tibi Gociu claimed the glory this year, with 3 wins and 2 byes, pushing Josefa Kubitova took second place.
Round 2 of the European Go Team Championships was played this weekend on IGS. Ireland faced the team from Kazahkstan, and managed to make amends for their opening loss to Cyprus, with a 4-0 victory. You can see the full results here. As of now, Ireland have regained their rightful position at the top of the table.
Word has reached us from southern climes that the UCC Club are organising another Go tournament.
This year it will be a 5 round Swiss, taking place on the 7th and 8th of December, in the Western Gateway Building of the UCC Campus.
Check the website for full details.
Colin MacSweeny represented Ireland this year at the Korean Prime Minister’s Cup. The full results are available at wbaduk. Colin finished in 46th place, with a balanced effort of 3 wins and 3 losses. His victims were the Philippines, Azerbaijan, and Portugal. Well done Colin!
The Irish Final finally kicked off last night in the new venue of the Dublin club – the Baggot Inn. Noel Mitchell (black) lived inside of Roman Pszonka’s moyo to clinch the first game. Will he manage to find a second victory to move to 16 titles? Read on to see the game
[Embedded SGF File: IGA Final Game 1]
The 2014 Irish Go Congress will take place on the weekend of February 14-16th at the Teachers Club, Dublin. This will be a very special event to celebrate 25 years of Go in Ireland.
More details to follow soon.
James Hutchinson represented Ireland this year at the 34th World Amateur Go Championship in Japan. He scored a very creditable 4 points from the 8 rounds. You can read about the secrets of his success in the online magazine Ranka, in this article. He had wins against Italy, Bulgaria, Portugal and Belarus. Congratulations to James!
Belfast players did well at the popular Isle of Man Go Congress last week. James Hutchinson(1d) claimed a top ten finish in the main tournament with 3/5, and 2nd in the afternoon tournament with 2/3. Paul Kelly(6k) also put in a solid performance with 3/5 and 2/3 in the same events.
Next weekend, James will be representing Ireland at the World Amateur Go Championships in Japan. You can follow his performance here.
Also on 17th and 18th of September, Go will be on display at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Belfast, as part of a festival.