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Go Spotting: Japanese firefighting jacket

Tuesday November 7, 2017

This 19th-century Japanese firefighting jacket is in the collection at the Seattle Art Museum. “The jacket tells a story from the life of Minamoto2017.11.07_firemans-coat-go-spider-1080px no Yorimitsu (948–1021), a warrior-hero,” according to a recent post on the museum’s blog. “The story is as follows: Yorimitsu was sick, and was resting in bed. He was visited by a priest—but the priest was actually a giant spider (tsuchigumo) in disguise! Yorimitsu, being very clever, sees through the disguise, and attacks the spider with his sword, wounding him. Yorimitsu’s four attendants, called the Four Heavenly Kings, were playing a game of go while guarding him, and leapt up to track the spider back to his den.

This narrative was popular in theatrical productions, and there was a song in Noh theatre specifically about tsuchigumo, the intimidating earth spider. The story appears frequently in woodblock prints in the nineteenth century as well. The jacket shows the moment when the go game was abandoned, with tsuchigumo retreating back to his web. So great was the hurried effort to find the spider that the attendants left behind their personal effects, scattering go pieces in their haste.”

Thanks to Steve Jones for passing this along.

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Everyone’s a winner at Syracuse Fall Self-Pair

Tuesday November 7, 2017

Eighteen players, ranging in strength from 8 dan to 20 kyu, participated in Syracuse Go Club’s Fall Self-Pair Tournament this past Saturday,2017.11.07 Syracuse1 2017.11.07 Syracuse2November 4. “Every player left as a winner at the end of the day,” says organizer Richard Moseson, “getting to select a new go book from Slate and Shell to take home.” The date for Syracuse Go Club’s annual four-round Salt City Tournament has already been set for Saturday, March 24.

photos by Richard Moseson: (r) Joe Fratianni 11k ponders his move; (l) Wayne Nelson 1k, right, and Allen Noe 1k decide on their new take-home books.
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Redmond announces new series on AlphaGo Master vs AG Zero

Saturday November 4, 2017

“We were expecting DeepMind to make some sort of an announcement (about a new version of AlphaGo),” says Michael Redmond 9p, “But 802017.11.04_agzupdatethumb games was a big present.” (Self-taught AlphaGo Zero bests all previous versions in record time Redmond discusses AlphaGo Zero with the E-Journal’s Chris Garlock in a brief video announcing the launch of a new series of game commentaries. DeepMind released four sets of games for the self-taught AI, including training games, games against the Fan Hui version, the Lee Sedol version and the Master version, which defeated 60 top human opponents earlier this year. “I’m going to be looking at the games where Master plays Zero, mainly because Master is such a popular version of AlphaGo,” Redmond says. Master’s tactics, including big shimaris and emphasizing the center “people wanted to play, but were afraid because that way of playing is weak in territory. Master showed us some successful ways…and is still having an effect on how professionals play. So it’s going to be really interesting to see Master playing against a stronger version of AlphaGo.”

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AlphaGo-AlphaGo Game 14: A double kakari and a new joseki

Saturday November 4, 2017

“In this game we’re going to see a double kakari against a star point, a first for this series of games,” says Michael Redmond 9p in his game 2017.11.03_AG-14commentary on Game 14. “In the Master vs. human series back in January, Master would play away when the opponent played a kakari against a star point, sometimes. Now we’ll get to see how Master plays this with White, and it has a special move. Its a new joseki that actually make s some sense, so it’s going to be interesting.”

Click here for Redmond’s video commentary, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock.

The Game 14 video is produced by Michael Wanek and Andrew Jackson. The sgf file was created by Redmond, with editing and transcription by Garlock and Myron Souris.

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Suh Won Suk 6D tops NGC’s Pumpkin Classic

Friday November 3, 2017

The National Go Center held its Pumpkin Classic Tournament on Saturday, 28 October. Forty players participated, including longtime teacher2017.11.03_NGCPump17Yuan Zhou’s son, Derek, in his first tournament.

The winners were:

First Place: Suh Won Suk, 6D, 3-1; Ryan Hunter, 2D, 3-1; Jiayang Su, 2K, 3-1; Joon Lee, 7K, 4-0; Hyungwook Lee, 8K, 4-0; Julian Turim, 16K, 4-0; and John Christensen, 20K, 4-0.
Second Place: Josh Lee, 6D, 3-1; Nate Eagle, 1D, 3-1; Diego Pierrottet, 4K, 3-1; James Funk, 5K, 3-1; Gary Smith, 9K and Javier Innerarity, 10K, Tied at 2-2; Raymond Luo, 12K, 3-1; and Jac de la Beaujardiere, 17K and Antonina Perez-Lopez, 19K, Tied at 2-2.
- report/photo by Allan Abramson
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