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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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DC “AlphaGo” doc screening update

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Friday’s screening of the new “AlphaGo” documentary as part of the Grand Opening of the National Go Center in Washington, DC is now a2017.04.25_AlphaGo_Greg_Kohs_1
2017.04.25_AlphaGo_Greg_Kohs_1private free event; those interested in attending should email
journal@usgo.org. AGA members, their families and members of the metro DC area go community are encouraged to attend. The screening is at 7p at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.

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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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