Although I play a lot of Go on KGS, I also play at my local club.
I learnt to play at Durham University, gave up for a few years then took up the game on arriving in Cambridge, where I actually improved pretty dramatically. Attending tournaments is quite expensive for me nowadays. Therefore I prefer whole weekend tournaments. I have started to think about being more European in my attendance. It has struck me that it is more culturally fulfilling to travel across Europe than to play Go against the same old crowd in the UK all the time.
history viewable here.
- American Sandan (3.38446) after US Open 2009
- Represented Ireland in Japan (WAGC) 2008.
- Shodan after British Open 2007.
- Nidan after 2nd World Mind Sports Games, 2012.
- Represented Ireland in Korea (KPMC) in 2006 and 2010 (25th place).
- Irish Champion in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
I love teaching people Go, it really makes the game for me. If you are below 10 kyu I offer very cheap but irregular lessons . Will also swop teaching for french lessons. :)
I also made some software for Wings but it's not used anymore :) see WingsSGFPlayer for this.
I ran the first online tournament for the BGA in 2004 and 2005.
For the IGA, I was responsible for a Texas - Ireland match, I also organised some 9x9 events on DGS and two Irish Online Championships in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 I created an Irish Interprovincial Team Competition, which is still going.
http://gooften.net/ The Torminator http://gogameguru.com/ Aussie blog http://desprego.ro/ Romanian Go http://jeudego-rfg.blogspot.com/ French Go
All other go blogs are a waste of time
In 2007 I organised the first real tournament in Belfast with Catalin Taranu as guest pro. The tournament was repeated in 2008, 2009, 2010 and (soon) in 2011. I have also been on the IGA committee for 2 years and then reigned as President of the IGA for 3 years.
Projects for the year 2011 are the following
- Augment 2 university clubs as much as possible
- Breakthrough somehow in outreach / publicity
My pet project, which i've tried before, is making a MC Bot. It's a very basic beast designed only for 9x9 right now. 5th Jan, restart project, begin with transposition to 1d
Another reasonably useful tool I wrote allows me to examine rating distribution across active populations in EGF member countries. It's very improvable, if you want the java source just ask. A really basic plot from its output can be seen below. Normally I compare individual countries, you can see the album on flickr.