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A most unusual game of Go

I’ve been playing go almost weekly with my old friend Vox for over 3 decades now. The more we play the more interesting the game gets. I rarely write about individual games though. Go has few rules but it is very complex and each game… Read More

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The Surrounding Game

The Surrounding Game is a documentary film by Will Lockhart about the game of Go, which follows some young American Go players as they begin the first ever American professional Go qualifying tournament in 2012. The film is available for download from the website, either… Read More

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AlphaGo Zero

The folks at Deep Mind are at it again. From their website: Artificial intelligence research has made rapid progress in a wide variety of domains from speech recognition and image classification to genomics and drug discovery. In many cases, these are specialist systems that leverage… Read More

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Fatal flaw in a large shape

White had a fantastic territory on the bottom left but trouble was brewing above. I poked at his large centre group and exposed the heartbreaking false eye in the middle of the shape. With just one eye, the whole group collapsed and White resigned the… Read More

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Life and Death over the board

The game of Go is all about surrounding territory and surrounding your opponent but sometimes the result of a whole game hinges on the status of a single group. Is it alive or is it dead? In this game, I harassed a weak white group… Read More

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AlphaGo has retired

After defeating the top human players at Go – the most difficult and challenging of human games – the whiz-bang AI bot called AlphaGo has retired from competitive play. From the Tech Crunch article: This week’s series of thrilling games with the world’s best players,… Read More

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Alpha Go beats Ke Jie again

I stayed up late last night to watch as much as I could of the second game between the world’s top Go player Ke Jie and the whiz-bang AI bot Alpha Go. Once again the game was streamed on the American Go Association YouTube channel,… Read More

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Ke Jie vs Alpha Go

Late last night (our time) the number 1 ranked human Go player, Ke Jie, played the first of a 3 game match against super-bot Alpha Go in China. This was a much-anticipated match in the Go world, after Alpha Go won 60 online games in… Read More

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