The first stage of the Irish Championship came to a close last night. Defending champion Noel Mitchell beat Roman Pszonka in the last game of the Top 8 league. It was not enough however, to grant him a place in the final. Roman and James Hutchinson will compete for the Irish title in a repeat of the 2012 match, whilst Noel takes 3rd spot. Tiberiu Gociu and Thomas Shanahan have a tiebreak match to play to see who takes 4th place.
Oh happy days! Tonight Ireland faced the might of Croatia in their league match on IGS. The team stuck to the strategy that they had agreed upon before the game, despite the fierce resistance from the opposing team. The result was a flawless victory – a 4-0 belting. Ireland are now top of the league, in 6th place.
The European Go Federation signed an agreement with a chinese organisation called CEGO to eventually create a professional system. The first qualification tournaments for this system will take place later this year in europe. In the meantime, members might be interested to watch the training games of some of the top european players on KGS. You can find details here.
The Irish team were full of the joys of spring, as they totally dominated the Spanish team in a 2-2 draw on IGS last night. In what was a marathon match, with all 4 games entering overtime, and with multiple disconnections to boot, the squad never looked troubled. Ireland once again are proudly holding onto 8th position in the league.
Photos taken by Tibi are viewable here.
The game records of the top board from all five rounds are viewable here.
Last night saw round 7 of the European Team Championships take place. This time we were drawn against Iceland, who put up some condsiderable resistance during the games. Nevertheless, we ended with a perfect 4-0 result. Next time we will be facing Spain, who are currently in 4th position, in a match that offers us some prospects of moving up towards the top of the league table.
The 2014 Irish Go Congress occurred over the weekend with 44 players attending in a surprisingly sunny Dublin. Celebrating 25 years of Go in Ireland, the main tournament, the 3rd Confucius Cup, was well represented with a strong field of players.
Fan Hui, 2p France, won with a perfect 5/5 score. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places all had three wins with the order decided with SOS, resulting in Csaba, 6d Hungary in second place, Antoine Fenech, 5d France, third, and Ondrej Silt, 6d Czech Republic, fourth. Kim Ouweleen, 4d The Netherlands, completed the top five results with 2 wins. As an interesting piece of trivia, Prof Liming Wang (Director of the UCD Confucius Institute) played in both this Confucius Cup and the first Irish Open in 1989.
Winning four games were Julia Bohle, 19k Austria, Josefa Kubitova, 8k Czech Republic, and Gabriel Aussibal, 1k, France.
The Rapid tournament was won by Karol Janyst, 2k Poland, with 5 wins, followed by Marek Gutkowski, 7k Poland, who edged out 4 other players also on 4 wins.
Full results of the 3rd Confucius Cup are available here.
Standings from round 4 of the 2014 Confucius Cup can be viewed here.
Standings from round 3 of the 2014 Confucius Cup can be viewed here.
Standings from round 2 of the 2014 Confucius Cup can be viewed here.
Standings from round 1 of the 2014 Confucius Cup can be viewed here.
The 2014 Confucius Cup has just started. The top board from each round will broadcasted on the KGS Server under user ‘IGA’ in the Ireland room, and live video stream is viewable on UStream. Tune in to watch all the action!
As February beckons from behind the calendar, we reach out to our members to bring them news of two events.
1. The IGA Ladder tournament will start on February the 17th, this event is open to all IGA members. As well as being a qualification pathway to the Irish Championship League, it can also help you to qualify for the Korean Prime Minister’s Cup, or it could even just offer you a chance to enjoy some serious games of Go. Register now at ladder @ irish-go.org.
2. The Irish Correspondence Championship is running on Dragon Go Server, you can follow the games using the links on the scoretable. Arthur Cater has dashed into an early lead in the Intermediate section, whilst the Open section is currently experiencing a three way tie.
Climbing to the top of League C is continuing to prove difficult for Ireland. Our latest match was played on Tuesday night against Turkey. On board 1 Gavin won a typically chaotic game against a 5 dan opponent. Sadly though, the rest of the boards performed less admirably, and Ireland tumbled to a 3-1 loss. This leaves us in 8th place in the league now, but we have a chance to improve our position against the somewhat weaker opposition in the second half of the season.
The Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday the 18th, full details will appear shortly, but as a summary we can tell you this:
Rory remains as President and Treasurer, James steps up to be Secretary. Tibi and Tom have joined the committee, and we say thank you, and goodbye to Justyna and Eoghan from the same.
The Top 8 became the Top 6 after an episode of lateness, something which has always been intolerable in Irish society. Roman leads the pack with 4/4, with James at his heels on 3/4, but Noel and Tibi still have a chance to qualify for the final, placed as they are on 2/4.
After a rather low key start to the European Team Championship, Ireland sprung into life mid-season against the United Kingdom. Gavin graciously avoided winning on time on board 1, whilst Ian and Justyna used komi well to win with white. James, still somewhat suspiciously playing under the wrong flag, came out on the wrong side of a life and death problem. Overall 2-2 and a reasonable result for the underdogs.
What better way to wish our membership a happy new year, than to remind them of the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) in January. It will be taking place on January the 18th during the Top 8 tournament. Due to the ongoing strategic repositioning of the executive membership, this year all of the top posts are up for grabs. You are therefore very much encouraged to turn up and take part in the meeting to shape the Irish Go Association.
Date: Saturday 18th January Time: 5:30pm Place: Leeson Lounge (148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4)
The following positions are open for election (incumbent in brackets)
President (Rory Wales, who is standing down)
Secretary (Eoghan Barry, resigned due to relocation)
Treasurer (Acting – Rory Wales, not restanding)
Committee Member (Noel Mitchell, Arthur Cater, Justyna Kleczar, Ian Davis (webmaster), James Hutchinson, John Gibson, Rich Brennan)
The following motions are known
Motion 1, proposed by Ian Davis: The current selection process for the Top 8 is proving overly complex to administer (multiple emails & delays etc).For reference we currently have: (1)The Top 8 is composed of the four top finishers from the previous year who intend participating in the current championship and four additional qualifiers. (2)The four additional qualifiers are determined by the Irish Ladder tournament (3)Where a player qualifies for, but is unable to take part in the Top 8, then the next player in line from the same qualification route will be chosen to take his place. I propose to change this as follows (1) The four top finishers in the Top 8 from the previous year earn the right to a qualification spot in the current Top 8, which they may accept or decline. (2) The remaining places are filled from the Irish Ladder tournament