On 17th January, Fine Art, a Go playing computer made by Tencent, defeated Ke Jie 9P in 77 moves after giving two stones handicap on Foxweiqi. Ke Jie admitted that Fine Art’s was as strong as him after giving two stones handicap. After level-up on 10th January, Fine Art has played 34 games with professional players. All of the games were with two stones handicap, and FineArt won 30 games.
Aja Huang, the computer scientist who helps create Alphago and places stones for Alphago in the matches, also posted a moment and said: ”I have never imagined that I would be defeat by giving four stones handicap, but Master defeated me with 4 stones handicaps in slow games.” Maybe Go AI is getting close to Go God.
On 17th January, quarter final of 3rd Chinese Weiqi Sage Tournament finishes in Beijing. Fan Ting Yu 9P defeats Ke Jie 9P by resign. Lian Xiao, Tan Xiao and Gu Zi Hao defeat Chen Yao Ye, Chen Zi Jian and Tuo Jia Xi. Therefore four 9Ps enter semi-final.One thing worth to mention is that all four 9Ps enter the semi-final are born post 90s.
An interesting scene happens in Ke Jie’s game, after a big exchange, Ke Jie thinks that he is losing the game and resigns. But actually the game is really close, some world champions even believe that he will win this game if he continue. Some game records of the Sage Tournament are available here.
The Semi-final will be:
Tan Xiao VS. Gu Zi Hao
Lian Xiao VS. Fan Ting Yu
On 15th January, the first round of Third Chinese Weiqi Sage Title Cup plays in China Qi-Yuan, Beijing. After the preliminary, 9 world champions are qualified into the final stage. In this round, Chen Zi Jian 5P unexpectedly defeats Jiang Wei Jie 9P, a world champion. And this is also the only dark horse who enters the quarter final. Seven 9Ps are qualified into the quarter final therefore the games will be brilliant.
The quarter final will be played on 17th January.
Here are the results of the first round:
Yang Ding Xin 6P 0-1 Fan Ting Yu 9P
Chen Zi Jian 5P 1-0 Jiang Wei Jie 9P
Shi Yue 9P 0-1 Gu Zi Hao 9P
Xu Jia Yang 6P 0-1 Lian Xiao 9P
Tuo Jia Xi 9P 1-0 Fan Yin 7P
Mi Yu Ting 9P 0-1 Chen Yao Ye 9P
Tan Xiao 9P 1-0 Tang Wei Xing 9P
Ke Jie 9P 1-0 BYE
On 15th January, 2018, Lee Sedol 9P (KOR) defeated Ke Jie 9P (CHN) in the Haevichi Cup by 1.5 points. Haevichi Cup was a special event which held by Haevichi website and Korea Baduk association. The prize for the champion was 30 million KRW and a SUV from Hyundai; the second place got 10 million KRW. After this game, the record between Ke and Lee became 11:4.
In this game, Lee took advantage in the beginning, but Ke Jie played really well in the right lower corner fight and reversed the game, but at a vital moment, Lee Seedol played again his “god move” (move 197 in the game record) and connected his group back! In the endgame, Lee played steadily and won by 1.5 point.
The 39th World Amateur Go Championship will be held in Tokyo, Japan in the beginning of May 2018.
The WAGC will come back to Tokyo for the first time since 2008.
The opening ceremony and reception party will be held at a banquet room of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo (https://hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.jp/) in the evening of 3 May 2018.
The tournament will be played for 4 days from 4th May 2018 at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo.
Various side and cultural events and sightseeing programs will be arranged as well.
On 10th January, the final of Meijin Tournament finishes at Bao Shan, China. Lee Sedol defeats Lian Xiao by resign. Therefore, Lee Sedol wins the title of World Meijin, Lian Xiao and Iyama Yuta get second and third. The prize for top three are 500 thousand Yuan, 300 thousand Yuan and 100 thousand Yuan.
In the game, Lee Sedol once faces the hopeless situation. But he plays a divine move on 163 and reverses the game. Here is the game record with commentaries by Wu Hao 2P.
On 9th January, Lee Sedol defeats Iyama Yuta in the 2nd round of Meijin Tourament by resign and enters the final of Meijin tournament.
In this game, Iyama Yuta makes mistakes during the fight in the middle, Lee Sedol seizes the opportunity and kill the whole white group and forces Iyama Yuta to resign in 169 moves (here is the game record).
Final of Meijin Tournament will be played tomorrow 11:00 am (Beijing time).
On 8th January, the first round of the 5th World Meijin tournmant finishes in Baoshan, China. Lian Xiao (CHN) defeats Iyama Yuta(JPN) by resign and Lian Xiao enters the final of Meijin tournmant.
In this game, Lian Xiao gains benefit at the lower right corner at the beginning, but Iyama Yuta plays really well and reverses the game after the fight at the lower left corner. Later, Iyama Yuta makes mistakes in the fight at the right side, since then Lian Xiao firmly seizes the advantage and wins the game by resign. The game record with brief commentaries is here.
Iyama Yuta 9P will play against Lee Sedol 9P on 9th January, the winner will play against Lian Xiao on 10th January.
On 2nd January, Park Jeong Hwan defeats Park Yeong Hun by resign, the final point goes to 3-0. Therefore, Park Jeong Hwan successfully wins his 3rd World Championship and his Go rating points surpass Ke Jie and get back to the first in the world. This is also the 1st world championship in 2018!
In the final, Park Jeong Hwan’s play can be described as perfect performance, he almost seizes all mistakes that Park Yeong Hun has made, and even doesn’t give Park Yeong Hun a chance to reverse the game.
The prize for champion and 2nd place are 1.8 million Yuan and 0.6 million Yuan.
Here are the games records of the match.
Ke Jie (left) playing Peng Li Yao
On 26th December, Ke Jie 9P defeats Peng Li Yao 5P by half point in the 5th game of Xin’ao World Go Cup’s Final. Although Ke Jie consecutively lost two games by half point in 3rd and 4th round, he makes promptly adjustment and wins the 5th game. This is also the 5th world championship for Ke Jie.
In the 5th game, the situation is always close, but Peng’s 196 is a slow move and let Ke takes advantage of it. Finally Ke seizes his advantage firmly and wins the most important game by half point. It is a great pity to miss the chance of getting 1st world championship by half point, but Peng has showed his perserverance to all audience.
All in all this final will be one of the most impressive competition in go history.
Here are the game records of the match.