Alpha-pair Go and team match were played on the 4th day of the Go summit in Wuzhen. In the pair game, Lian Xiao & AlphaGo defeated Gu Li & AlphaGo by resignation. Human players finally had a taste of “beating AlphaGo”. Later, the team match between AlphaGo and five world champions (Zhou Ruiyang, Tang Weixing, Mi Yuting, Shi Yue and Chen Yaoye) took place. After fighting for 254 moves, AlphaGo won the game to keep showing its AI power.
This kind of game-style is technically called “Consultation Go”. Each side consists of several players. They are allowed to talk and discuss during the game. Different from the usual, today’s game was played 5 vs.1, which actually put more pressure on the “World Champion” team.
Although five brilliant minds combined and fought very hard, that did not create any chances for them against the invincible AlphaGo.
The last game at the Go summit will be start on the 27th of May, Ke Jie is to take white playing against AlphaGo.
The three-part match between the world’s current No.1 Go player Ke Jie and Google’s artificial intelligence AlphaGo is taking place in Wuzhen, China. On 23 May, Ke Jie lost game 1 by 1.5 points. Two days later, he resigned in game 2 as AlphaGo placed the move 155, which means AlphaGo has won the match 2:0.
The second game was very exciting. According to AlphaGo’s evaluations, Ke jie had played perfectly and pushed AlphaGo to its limit for the first 100 moves. “I have tried, but AlphaGo is too strong, literally the God of Go.” Ke Jie told his post-match press conference.
Though the three-part match Ke Jie has lost 0:2, he will keep fighting in the third game and trying to bring a better game for the Go fans all around the world.
The 38th World Amateur Go Championship will take place in Guiyang, China from 2 to 9 June, 2017.
Members of the IGF can download the invitation letter here. The schedule of the event is available here.
Recently the Ibero American Go Federation (FIG) chose Mexico as the host country of this year’s Ibero American Go Championship (CIG) -the biggest Go event of the Latin American region-. The idea is to upgrade this event into the 1st Latin American Go Congress.
“Latin America is lagging behind in its Go development compared to other regions of the western world such as North America or Europe” reports Mexican Go Association’s president Emil García.
“We need to start moving forward in order to catch up with the rest of the western world, that’s why last year we launched the 1st Pandanet Go Latin American Team Championship (PGLATC) which is a 10 team league whose teams are conformed with the top players of each participating country”. Find more about this league here.
The agreement with Pandanet is that the top 2 teams at the end of the league will get the chance to play an over the board final in the host country of this year CIG -which now we know is Mexico- with travel expenses sponsored by Pandanet.
“That’s how we came up with the idea of the Latin American Go Congress, run both the CIG and the PGLATC final plus some activities with pro players for the participants, in the fashion of the US Go Congress or the European Go Congress”, tells Emil García.
The event is planned to take place in Cancun, Mexico on October 13th-15th, 2017. Soon more information will be available in the Mexican Go Association’s new website.
Mr. Wang Yi, IGF Secretary General, hosting the opening ceremony
Launched in 2011, this tournament takes place annually in China or Korea by turns, gathering players from the two countries together under the banner of friendship. So far it has attracted thousands of Go people, including fans, top amateurs and even some public figures.
This year each country sent 30 players to compete in two rounds, producing 60 exciting games. In the first round, the Chinese players treated their guests a little harshly by scoring 22 wins.
Former world amateur champion Chang Hao 9p
In the second round, although the Korean players did better, they were still defeated. Overall, China won the tournament 39:21.
Later the same day, there were simultaneous games between the players who had participated in the main tournament and some well-known professionals (including Chang Hao 9p and Hua Yigang 8p). This event has always been an important part of the tournament.
Everyone had a great time here, enjoying their games and making friends. The next holding of this tournament is expected to take place about a year later in Korea.
The Iwamoto Norther America Foundation for Go (INAF) today announces in Tokyo the award to establish a Go Center on the east coast in the Washington DC area. To be located in the nation’s capital, this new hub for Go is incorporating as a non-profit to be called the National Go Center. For details, see here.
The 37th World Amateur Go Championship will take place in June 2016 in Wuxi, a city of six million located slightly northwest of Shanghai. Ranka will be on hand to cover the entire event.
During its 3000-year history, Wuxi has produced many famous statesmen, writers, and artists. A recent addition to its honor roll is Yu Zhiying, who now tops the world in women’s professionial go. Last year Wuxi ventured into the international amateur go arena when a local trading company sponsored a match between a team of Chinese players and a mixed Japanese-Korean team. This year Wuxi has moved straight to the center of the arena by holding the WAGC.
The 37th world amateur champion will be decided in eight rounds played June 5-8, preceded by meetings on the 4th and followed by friendship games and sightseeing on the 9th. In the competition for the award-winning places, WAGC newcomers from Canada, Czechia, Chinese Taipei, France, Germany, Korea, the Ukraine, and the USA will challenge a strong lineup of WAGC veterans from Europe and the Far East. Also worth watching will be a trio of thirteen-year-olds from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, all ranked 4 or 5 dan. The full list of players can be viewed here. For everyone it will be a great chance to meet old friends, make new friends, and take on opponents from the four corners of the earth.
Two human vs computer even game matches were played in Europe last October. In one, former German champion Franz-Josef Dickhut disposed of Zen 3-1, apparently reaffirming human superiority. But as reported in the 28 January issue of Nature, in the other match AlphaGo, a new program from Google DeepMind, trounced European Champion Fan Hui 5-0. Fan earned a 2-dan professional ranking in China before emigrating to France, so it appears that go software has reached the level of professional play. The new ingredient responsible for this startling advance is deep learning, a technique also coming into use in fields such as speech recognition and medical diagnosis.
In the first of the five AlphaGo-Fan games, both sides played conservatively and AlphaGo won by 2.5 points. In the rest of the match Fan played aggressively, but AlphaGo outfought him and won four times by resignation. Fan described AlphaGo as “very strong and stable…like a wall.” Game records can be found here.
This March, plans call for AlphaGo to take on a tougher professional opponent, in fact, one of the toughest there is: Korean 9-dan Lee Sedol, winner of numerous world titles since 2002. The outcome of this match is hard to predict, but it is worth noting that the AlphaGo programming team reports that AlphaGo can beat the best rival computer programs with a four-stone handicap. That is something that several other 9-dan pros have had trouble doing in the past few years.
Further information can be found, here, here, here, and elsewhere on the Internet.
Players from six continents and assorted islands will gather at the Montien Riverside Hotel in Bangkok for eight rounds of Swiss system competition at this year’s World Amateur Go Championship June 7-10. At stake will be a championship cup and second and third place cups donated by the main sponsors (CP All, The Siam Commercial Bank, and Red Bull); plaques and certificates for fourth to tenth places; and two fighting spirit awards.
The Asian contingent will be young, including 12-year-old contestants from Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, and Malaysia and teenagers from China, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Singapore, and the host country Thailand. Japan will field a two-time former world champion, and Europe will field several players who have placed high in past years. Video self-introductions by sixteen of the fifty-eight players can be viewed here.
The schedule also includes a Directors’ Meeting and General Meeting of the International Go Federation on June 6, a “Triple Go” side-event likewise on June 6, and sightseeing with a dinner cruise on June 11. Seven games each round will be broadcast on Pandanet. Ranka Online will carry reports of the entire event.
The list of players is here.