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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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Go News

For fans of the game of Go (wei chi in China, baduk in Korea), there is some news, and surprise surprise, it has to do with Alpha Go, the AI go master who whupped Lee Sedol last year, then whupped top pro players in 60… Read More

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Learning Go with some online help

One of the barriers to learning the game of Go is that even though the game has simple rules, play can be incredibly complex and there are so many facets and concepts it can easily be overwhelming and discouraging. Becoming a Go player takes time… Read More

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Go – baduk – wei chi

I’ve read that Go, called baduk in Korea and wei chi in China, is the world’s oldest board-game. Although I’ve been playing for many years, it only gets increasingly  interesting along the way. At home I have a go table complete with stools created for… Read More

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AlphaGo plays online

The AlphaGo whiz-bang Go-playing computer, which decisively beat Lee Sedol (one of the best players of our time) in a challenge match, has very recently played 60 online games against top players. I’ve read online that the human opponents were aware their opponent was AlphaGo,… Read More

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Relentless

I’ve been playing the game or Go more or less once each week with my friend Vox and we’ve been doing this for some 30 years. We have had quite a fierce competition over the years, and the more I play, the more I realize… Read More

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It’s all over now, baby blue

Last night, AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol again to finish the 5 game challenge match ahead 4 games to 1. It was an exceptionally tight game. One commentator suggested Lee Sedol was behind by 2.5 points at the end when he resigned. There was no potential… Read More

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