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Last call for DC “AlphaGo” tix for Friday’s screening

Friday April 28, 2017

While space is extremely limited for Friday’s grand opening of the National Go Center in Washington, DC, there are still free2017.04.28_AlphaGo_Greg_Kohs_3 tickets available for the 7p private screening of the new must-see “AlphaGo” documentary at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre. Email journal@usgo.org to get yours. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Michael Redmond 9P and E-Journal editor Chris Garlock, who served as commentators for the AlphaGo-Lee Sedol match last year. Read our report on the film here. The screening is at 7p at AFI, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910. AGA members, their families and members of the go community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

AFTER THE SCREENING: The new National Go Center — 4652 Wisconsin Ave NW in Washington, DC –will  host its first-ever regular go play: help get the Center off to a great start!

photo: still from “AlphaGo”

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National Go Center opens Friday: free “AlphaGo” tix still available

Wednesday April 26, 2017

With the opening of the new National Go Center less than 48 hours away, excitement is building in the go community 2017.04.26_AlphaGo_Greg_Kohs_smand a full schedule of events is planned, highlighted by Friday night’s “AlphaGo” screening, followed by club play at the Center and then the Cherry Blossom tournament Saturday. See below for complete details.

Friday, April 28
3:30p: Grand Opening ribbon-cutting: Featured guests include Nihon Ki-in Chairman Hiroaki Dan and his wife Yasuko and Michael Redmond 9P. This is event is open to the public but space is very limited; register here.
7:00p: “AlphaGo” screens at AFI Silver Theatre: This is private event and free tickets are still available; email
journal@usgo.org. AGA members, their families and members of the go community are strongly encouraged to attend. The screening is at 7p at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910. (btw Chinese readers can check out this nice translation of our recent article on the AlphaGo movie)
AFTER THE SCREENING: The new National Go Center — 4652 Wisconsin Ave NW in Washington, DC –will  host its first-ever regular go play: help get the Center off to a great start!
photo: still from “AlphaGo”

Saturday, April 292017.04.26_ngc-in-process
9:00a: Cherry Blossom 2017, a 4-round AGA rated tournament. Pre-register here; space is limited and pre-registration for this historic first NGC tournament is strongly encouraged.
7:30p: Haskell Small’s “A Game of Go” and commentary by Michael Redmond 9P with Chris Garlock (Member Priority event; see note below)
The evening’s program begins with pianist Haskell Small and another pianist performing Small’s “A Game of Go,” an original composition inspired by a famous game by the legendary Shusaku.
Michael Redmond and Chris Garlock will then do a commentary on one of the new games by Master/AlphaGo reprising their roles as commentators on the historic AlphaGo match a year ago. Audience questions and comments are welcome! photo: the NGC’s main playing area during renovations earlier this month; photo by Chris Garlock

NOTE: Saturday night’s event is a “Member Priority” event. Space is limited and first priority will be given to those who have made a membership commitment to the NGC at the basic level of $60/year or more. Click here to join (note “membership” in message).

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AGA Master Review Series, Game 32: Master [W] vs. Gu Li 9p [B]

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Michael Redmond 9p and Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal provide commentary and analysis of the thirty-second game 2017.04.25_AGA Master Review Series, Game 32of Master (AlphaGo). In this game, Master plays white against Gu Li 9p. “Gu Li plays for a moyo with the Sanrensei opening,” says Redmond. “Master defies common knowledge with White 18 and 20, and goes on to skillfully reduce the moyo in the fighting on the upper and right sides.”

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AlphaGo film finds the humanity in the code

Saturday April 22, 2017

Machine beat man last year but at last night’s world premiere of “AlphaGo,” the people were the stars. The documentary about the 2016 AlphaGo-Lee Sedol match screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and “chronicles Google’s DeepMind team as it prepares to test the limits of its rapidly-evolving AI technology,” writes Tribeca film programmer Ian Hollander. “The film pits machine against 2017.04.22_alphago-premiere-panelman, and reveals as much about the workings of the human mind as it does the future of AI.” The film has four more showings at Tribeca this week (Sunday at 4:15, Monday 6:15, Wednesday 9:15 and Thursday 4p) and will then screen Friday night at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre in Washington, DC to cap the Grand Opening of the National Go Center (stay tuned for details on tickets).

Director Greg Kohs has pulled off the impressive feat of making a film about go that will appeal to both players and non-players. There is, of course, plenty of go, and, for those who followed last year’s match, the film offers a chance not only to revisit the most momentous match in go history, but to venture behind the scenes to see what the DeepMind crew was seeing, thinking and feeling as their creation took on the legendary Lee Sedol. Kohs’ team also captures wonderful small moments that will resonate with go players, like a close-up of Lee’s fingers tapping as he considers a move, or a longshot of Lee from above on an empty terrace as he smokes a cigarette while AlphaGo, oblivious to the presence or absence of its opponent, plays move 37, the famous gasp-inducing shoulder-hit in Game 2. Kohs then takes us inside the AlphaGo team’s room where they explain that that the program calculated that there was a one-in-ten-thousand chance that a human would make that move, yet decided to play it anyway. 

As fascinating as it is to finally “see” AlphaGo in the whiteboard scribbles, screens of data and the laptop that sits next to programmer Aja Huang as he plays AlphaGo’s moves, it’s the dramatic and ultimately deeply emotional and satisfying journey of the DeepMind team that really drives the film. CEO Demis Hassabis, along with programmers Aja Huang and David Silver, are all clearly brilliant and intensely driven, but like go professional Fan Hui, they find beauty and poetry in the lines of code that increasingly shape all our lives. More than that, they find humanity. “To be a master, you must crush the cage of everything you know,” Fan Hui said after Friday night’s screening. “We asked AlphaGo to win a game,” added David Silver, “but we can use AI to win at other things, to solve other problems.”
- report/photo by Chris Garlock; photo (l-r): “AlphaGo” director Greg Kohs, Fan Hui, David Silver, Demis Hassabis and Wired writer Cade Metz. 

 

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AGA Master Review Series, Game 37: Master [B] vs. Park Yeonghun 9p [W]

Wednesday April 19, 2017

Ryan Li 1p and Stephanie Yin 1p, hosted by Andrew Jackson, provide commentary of Master’s (AlphaGo) 37th game. In this 2017.04.19_AGA Master Review Series, Game 37game, Master plays black against Park Yeonghun 9p.
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Latest AGA Master video commentaries posted: Michael Redmond 9P, Ryan Li 1P & Stephanie Yin 1P

Saturday April 15, 2017

The AGA’s series of Master video game commentaries continued this week with two new posts:2017.04.15_AGA Master Review Series Game 45

Master 45 with Ryan Li 1p & Stephanie Yin 1p
Ryan Li 1p & Stephanie Yin 1p, hosted by Andrew Jackson, provide commentary of Master’s (AlphaGo) 45th game. In this game, Master plays black against Shi Yue 9p.

Master 23 with Michael Redmond 9p
Michael Redmond 9p and Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal provide commentary and analysis of the twenty-third game of Master (AlphaGo). In this game, Master plays black against an unverified professional player.

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World #1 Ke Jie 9P to take on AlphaGo in China

Monday April 10, 2017

Barely a year after AlphaGo bested Lee Sedol 9P in Seoul, the go-playing AI program has set the global go community abuzz again with plans for a new match, this time against Ke Jie 9P, the top player in the world.

From May 23-27, DeepMind will collaborate with the China Go Association and Chinese Government to bring AlphaGo, 2017.04.10_Ke-JieChina’s top go players, and leading A.I. experts from Google and China together in Wuzhen, one of the country’s most beautiful water towns, for the “Future of Go Summit.”

“Instead of diminishing the game, as some feared, artificial intelligence (A.I.) has actually made human players stronger and more creative,” said DeepMind in its announcement. “It’s humbling to see how pros and amateurs alike, who have pored over every detail of AlphaGo’s innovative game play, have actually learned new knowledge and strategies about perhaps the most studied and contemplated game in history.”

“AlphaGo’s play makes us feel free, that no move is impossible. Now everyone is trying to play in a style that hasn’t been tried before,” said Zhou Ruiyang 9P.

The summit will feature a variety of game formats involving AlphaGo and top Chinese players, specifically designed to explore the mysteries of the game together. The games will include “Pair Go,” a game where one Chinese pro will play against another…except they will both have their own AlphaGo teammate, alternating moves, to take the concept of ‘learning together’ quite literally. “Team Go” — A game between AlphaGo and a five-player team consisting of China’s top pro players, working together to test AlphaGo’s creativity and adaptability to their combined style.

Of course, the centerpiece of the event will be a classic one-on-one 3-game match between AlphaGo and the world’s number one player, Ke Jie 9P, to push AlphaGo to its limits. Interspersed with the games will be a forum on the “Future of A.I.”

Meanwhile, the American Go Association’s video commentaries on the January AlphaGo/Master games continue. Nine commentaries have been posted so far, by Michael Redmond 9P (hosted by Chris Garlock) and Jennie Shen 2P (hosted by Andrew Jackson), with new posts — and new pros — planned for each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

photo: Ke Jie [far right], along with Nie Weiping [next to Ke Jie], Fan Hui [standing] and Gu Li [far left], replays the opening moves of one of AlphaGo’s games with Lee Sedol from memory to explain the beauty of its moves to Google CEO Sundar Pichai during a visit he made to Nie Weiping’s Go school in Beijing last year.

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AGA Master Review Series: Game 15; Master vs. Park Jungwhan 9P

Thursday April 6, 2017

In the latest video commentary in the AGA’s Master Review series, Michael Redmond 9P, hosted by Chris Garlock, takes a 2017.04.06_AGA Master Review Series, Game 15look at a game between Master and Park Jungwhan.

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The top Korean player is usually placed second to Ke Jie in the world ranking systems. “In this game Master shows some very strong fighting on the lower side,” says Redmond.

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New AlphaGo doc premieres at NYC Tribeca filmfest

Saturday April 1, 2017

Man is pitted against machine as the DeepMind AI takes on go grandmaster Lee Sedol in ALPHAGO, a brand-new 2017.04.01AlphaGo-2017 Tribeca Film Festivaldocumentary that will have its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca film festival in New York City later this month. Director Greg Kohs’ absorbing documentary chronicles Google’s DeepMind team as it prepares to test the limits of its rapidly-evolving AI technology. Kohs and his team were on hand last year in Seoul to document the historic battle with more at stake than the million dollar prize, and the film “reveals as much about the workings of the human mind as it does the future of AI.” ALPHAGO screens April 21, 23, 24 and 26; click here for details and tickets.

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Latest AGA pro videos: Jennie Shen 2P on Master vs Tang Weixing 9P; Michael Redmond 9P on his Kiriyama Cup game vs. Kobayashi Izumi 6P

Monday March 27, 2017

In the latest AGA Master Review Series, Jennie Shen 2P, hosted by Andrew Jackson, translates Meng Tailing 6P’s 2017.03.27_AGA Master Review Series, Game 30commentary and adds her own analysis of Master/AlphaGo’s game against Tang Weixing 9P.

And in the latest Redmond’s Reviews, Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock, American Go E-Journal Managing Editor, review Redmond’s recent Kiriyama Cup match against Kobayashi Izumi 6p. See the game record below for additional comments/variations. Both videos are produced by Andrew Jackson and Michael Wanek

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