American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Gansheng Shi 1p on AlphaGo v Gu Li 9p

Tuesday February 7, 2017


White: Master (AlphaGo)
Black: Gu Li 9p
Commentary: Gansheng Shi 1p
Game editor: Myron Souris
Published in the February 7, 2017 edition of the American Go Journal

Under the alias of “Master”, AlphaGo began playing on the TYGEM go server in December of 2016. Attention elevated as this 9D pro account won all of its 60 games against pros, including many of the top players in the world. After the winning streak Google confirmed that “Master” was indeed AlphaGo, an earlier version of which had already defeated Lee Sedol 9p by a score of 4-1.

Gansheng Shi 1p gives us his analysis here of the 60th (and last) game against Gu Li 9p. Will Lee Sedol 9p be the last human to beat the top AI computer program? After his game commentary, Gansheng asks an even more intriguing question that you might also have: Will AI soon be able to give top pros a 2 stone handicap?

Already 7-dan at the age of 14, Gansheng Shi won the right to represent Canada at the 2008 World Youth Go Championships, where he competed in Guiyang China. Back home less than a month, Shi then mowed through the competition in the Redmond Cup to win the Senior Division, which he held for two years. In 2012 Shi fought well in the first AGA/Tygem professional certification tourney, earning promotion to Professional One Dan, along with Andy Liu 1P. After the summer of 2013, Shi returned from studying go and competing in Korea. Shi is now at the University of Toronto studying Immunology. The E-Journal is delighted to have him doing commentary, and we know our readers will enjoy his insights.