American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Eric Lui 1P on 1st World AI Open

Tuesday December 19, 2017


White: DeepZenGo
Black: FineArt
Commentary: Eric Lui 1p
Game editor: Myron Souris
Published in the December 19, 2017 edition of the American Go Journal

In this semifinal game of the 1st World AI Open on August 17, 2017i, White is DeepZenGo of Japan, and Black is FineArt of China. Eric Lui 1p guides the reader through these computer programs’ strategies, including DeepZenGo’s “shocking” move 58.

Eric adds the following about these AI programs, “Both AIs enjoy winning percentages over 80% against professionals on Asian go servers. During the preliminary rounds, these two were considered the favorites, but both were unexpectedly defeated by CGI, the AI from Taiwan. FineArt defeated DeepZen in the prelims, and this rematch determined which AI would face CGI in the final.”

Eric Lui achieved amateur one dan at the age of 6. He first represented the US internationally in Seoul, Korea one year later. To date, he has had more than a dozen international representations, including the ING Cup, MLILY Cup, Samsung Cup, and IMSA Elite Mind Games. Eric’s Go accolades include the highest-ever US finishes in the World Amateur Go Championship (2011) and the Korea Prime Minister Cup (2015), and runner-up in the 2010 North American Ing Masters Tournament. In January 2016, he placed first in the AGA pro qualifier, earning pro status. Eric currently lives in his hometown of Maryland, where he plays and teaches Go full-time and can be found cultivating greatness at the Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Go Clubs.