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AGA Master Review Series, Game 47: Master [B] vs. Tan Xiao 7p [W]

Saturday May 20, 2017

Michael Redmond 9p & Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal provide commentary and analysis of the forty-seventh game of Master (AlphaGo). In 2017.05.20_AGA Master Review Series, Game 47this game, Master plays black against Tan Xiao 7p.

“Tan Xiao was rated the top Chinese player in 2011, and has been a point getter for China in the Nongshim Cup,” says Redmond. “I am choosing this game to display Master’s peep to the 5-5 point, another move that was considered to be a bad exchange before Master played it.”

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AGA Master Review Series, Game 36: Gu Zihao 9p [W] vs. Master 9p [B]

Wednesday May 17, 2017

“Gu Zihao was born in 1998, and won the Limin Cup (youth) International tournament in 2015,” says Michael Redmond 9p in this video commentary, hosted by Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal, of the thirty-sixth game of Master (AlphaGo). “He is moving up in the rankings, 2017.05.17_AGA Master Review Series, Game 36and now is in the top 30 players in the world. Master plays its’ distinctive style in all parts of the board, with the most shocking move being an early invasion to the 3-3 point.”

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AGA Master Review Series, Game 22: Master 9p [W] vs. Chen Yaoye 9p [B]

Saturday May 13, 2017

“Chen became the youngest player to promote to 9P at 17 when he was awarded with the rank for being a finalist in two world tournaments in 2006,” says Michael Redmond 9p in this video commentary, hosted by Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal, of the twenty-second game of Master (AlphaGo). “He is still in the top handful of players, and is known for his energetic and innovative play.”

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AGA Master Review Series, Game 31: Li Qincheng 9p [W] vs. Master 9p [B]

Wednesday May 10, 2017

“Li Qincheng is a Chinese player who won the Asian TV Cup in 2016 at the age of 18, and was promoted to 9P after that,” says Michael Redmond 9p in this video commentary, hosted by Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal, of the thirty-first game of Master (AlphaGo). “In this game Master plays a powerful fighting game, taking control early and chasing White’s weak group around the board.”

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AGA Master Review Series, Game 35: Master [W] vs. Jiang Weijie 9p [B]

Saturday May 6, 2017

“The new moves that Master plays are often hard to understand, but Master makes them work,” says Michael Redmond 9p in this video commentary, hosted by 2017.05.06_AGA Master Review Series, Game 35Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal, of the thirty-fifth game of Master (AlphaGo). In this game, Master plays white against Jiang Weijie 9p. “In this analysis I attempt to explain two unusual corner sequences.” Jiang Weijie won the LG cup in 2012, after taking several Chinese titles.

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AGA Master Review Series, Games 29 and 50

Wednesday May 3, 2017

Game 29: Jennie Shen 2p, hosted by Andrew Jackson, translates Meng Tailing 6p’s commentary and adds her own analysis2017.05.03_AGA Master Review Series, Game 29 Master of Master’s (AlphaGo) 29th game. In this game, Master plays white against Mi Yuting 9p. Click here for the video.

Game 50: Michael Redmond 9P, hosted by American Go E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock, takes a look at another Ke Jie-Master game. In this game, Redmond says, “Ke Jie tries Master’s moves on the AI: up to Black 13, this is actually the same fuseki as in Game 20, with Master as Black and Park Junghwan as White. Ke Jie plays Master’s moves with Black, maybe to see how Master is going to handle it.” Click here for the video.

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AGA Master Review Series, Game 33: Gu Li 9p [W] vs. Master [B]

Sunday April 30, 2017

“This game against Gu Li features 3 of Master’s favorite moves, Black 5, 7, and 11,” says Michael Redmond 9P in his latest commentary with American Go E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. “While playing opening moves that seem to 2017.04.30_AGA Master Review Series, Game 33indicate a big moyo strategy, Master doesn’t seem to be trying to surround, but goes more for control of the flow of play.”

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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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