Sunday January 15, 2017
Peter Nelson 5d beat Edward Kim 7d, the dean of Northwest go players, to win the Open Section of the Jin Chen Memorial Tournament at the Seattle Go Center on Jan. 8. The players agreed that Kim played one slack move in the middle of a complicated fight between five unsettled groups, and he said “good job!” to Nelson as he resigned. It was the first time Nelson has beaten Kim in five tournament match-ups. Kim placed second, and Dengda Tang third in the Open Section.
In the Handicapped Sections, John Hogan took first place among the Single Digit Kyu Players. Hogan was visiting from Arizona, where he now lives. It was very nice to see the former Seattle Go Center TD get to play three games without any worries about running the tournam
ent. Michael Fain placed 2nd and Eric Backus 3rd.
In the Double Digit Kyu Player section, Nathan Saritzky placed first, with Carl Anderson 2nd, and Ray Illian 3rd. The Youth Prize went to Maya Altschuler, who had a 2-1 record. The tournament had 29 players.
Photos: (top right) Peter Nelson; (top left) Edward Kim teaching between rounds; (bottom left) Emma playing Yuriko – an even game across an age difference of more than 80 years. Photos/report by Brian Allen
Sunday January 15, 2017
David Cho 4D, Mark Nahabedian 12K and Shawn Moore 13K topped the January Massachusetts Go Association’s Roland Crowl Memorial Handicap Tournament, with perfect 4-win results. They split the $100 prize pool. Twenty three players participated in the tournament, which was held Sunday January 8 at the Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge MA. The TD, James Peters, introduced participants to Fischer Time and the event ended up finishing around 6pm, a half an hour earlier than usual.
- Eva W. Casey
Sunday January 15, 2017
This year, the Portland (OR) Go Club will play its club championship tournament over a period of two months. Each participant plays a minimum of four games against four different opponents, but only one game per day. All games are played at regular meetings of the club (Tuesdays at Powell’s Bookstore and Sundays at the Lucky Lab Pub). It is up to each participant when and where they play their games, subject to agreement with their opponent. An Open section for strong players and handicap sections for all others are available. Non-members of the PGC are welcome to play, but cannot win the championship trophy. Play commences at the end of January and continues to the end of March. More details on the AGA’s calendar.
- Roy Schmidt
Saturday January 14, 2017
Tony Tang 7d won the Open Division in the Young Lions Tourney with a perfect 4-0 record in a field of 6 high dan players. Held by the American Go Honor Society, the Young Lions is open to North American youth in high school, or younger. “I would like to thank the AGHS for holding the tournament,” said Tang, “everyone I played in this tournament was pretty strong, I almost lost some of my games. Fortunately, I came back in the end. It was fun and a good experience.” Bingyun Wang 5d, who lost only to Tang, took second in the Open Division. “This year’s tournament was a huge success,” adds AGHS Promotion Head Albert Yen. “The phenomenal turnout of 52 players, 13 of whom were dan players, yielded an impressive 5 divisions this year.” Top four finishers in each bracket will be receiving prizes including cash, trophies, and AGHS t-shirts. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Tony Tang. Winner’s Report: Open Division (4d+): Tony Tang; Division A (3k-3d): Eden Chen; Division B (9k-4k): Darwin Kim; Division C (12k-9k): Alana Noehrenberg; Division D (30-13k): Jerry Qui. For full results click here.
Friday January 6, 2017
The seventh annual Jin Chen Memorial Tournament will be this Sunday, Jan. 8. at the Seattle Go Center. Registration is on the day of the tournament from 10 – 10:45 am. This is their biggest tournament of the year, a fun challenge for players at all levels, with 3 rounds. The total prize purse is $1050, with $300 for the winner of the Open Section. The fees are $15 general admission/$10 for youth and voting members of the Seattle Go Center. More info is on the Go Center Calendar.
The Go Center will have much improved go boards to play on this year. Nine of their well-used 2 inch table boards have been refinished and relined in Japan. In addition, three excellent table boards, and two gobans have been recently donated. Photo: Unpacking boards refinished in Japan with the help of the Nihon/Ki-in. Photo/Report by Brian Allen.
Thursday January 5, 2017
“Now there are two elementary schools in México City where go is part of the curriculum,” reports Siddhartha Avila, Mexican Youth Go Coordinator. “Pipiolo
elementary has had an active go program since 2008 when Principal Marcela Zepeda first envisioned the educational benefits that go offers at early ages. All the top youth players in México have studied or study at her private K-6 school.” Now Colegio Serapio Rendón
, is adding a program too. “I was contacted by Principals Gloria Pimentel and Dulce Pimentel,” says Avila, “they were looking for an instructor to implement a serious go program at their K-6 private school. We started with one hour a week for all grades, back in September. We ran a successful 13×13 tournament for 3rd to 6th graders on December 6th. The 1st Torneo Escolar de Go
drew 34 students, playing 5 rounds. There was excellent coordination between the directors, teachers and staff; the schedule ran promptly, the students behaved well and played with great concentration.” The school tournament ended with prizes for the top 7 places, as well as a fighting spirit prize. Everybody recieved participation diplomas. “I’m glad we’ve found an activity where we can transmit love for knowledge, this helps kids’ development and critical thinking, their response to the game surpassed our expectations” says Gloria Pimentel.
“I want to thank Thomas Hsiang and the Nihon Kiin directors, pros and staff for their support so that I could take part at The North American Go Instructors’ Workshop last October in Tokyo,” says Avila. “The workshop encouraged us to fully implement go as a part of a school curriculum with a long term perspective at Colegio Serapio Rendón. With the connection between the Mexican Go Association, the Iwamoto North American Go Foundation, and the Nihon Kiin, there is a perfect opportunity to build valuable networks and develop further go education projects. Winner’s report Torneo Escolar: 1st place: Saúl Alejo; 2nd place: Valeria González; 3rd place: Alejandro Vera; 4th place: Rodrigo García; 5th place: César Gael Muñoz; 6th place: Shapdi Bernal; 7th place: Ximena Mora; Fighting spirit: Ana Castro. – Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Siddhartha Avila
Wednesday January 4, 2017
DeepMind on Thursday afternoon confirmed that a “new prototype version” of AlphaGo has been the mystery player playing as Master and Magister on the Tygem and FoxGo servers, defeating more than 50 of the top go players in the world.
“We’ve been hard at work improving AlphaGo,” DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis tweeted, “and over the last few days we’ve played some unofficial online games at fast time controls with our new prototype version, to check that it’s working as well as we hoped.” Hassabis went on to say that “We’re excited by the results and also by what we and the Go community can learn from some of the innovative and successful moves played by the new version of AlphaGo.”
“Having played with AlphaGo, the great grandmaster Gu Li posted that ‘Together, humans and AI will soon uncover the deeper mysteries of Go”. Now that our unofficial testing is complete, we’re looking forward to playing some official full-length games later this year in collaboration with Go organisations and experts, to explore the profound mysteries of the game further in this spirit of mutual enlightenment. We hope to make further announcements soon!”
In addition to the Top 5 placing in the poll of Science (American Association for the Advancement of Science) magazine’s readers, AlphaGo was listed as the 10th most important scientific event in 2016 by Science News Magazine (Society for Science and the Public).
Note: Tobias Berben has posted 41 of the game records here.
Wednesday January 4, 2017
Is AlphaGo the Master? A mysterious online player has been making huge waves by defeating dozens of top professionals on go sites in Asia in recent days. “Master” first appeared on December 30, 2016 (Beijing time), registering from Korea. Achieving 30 consecutive wins against many former and current world go champions, Master defeated Park Junghwan four times and Ke Jie twice. After that, Master appeared on a different go site and logged another 20 consecutive wins. That made it 50 games in a row with no losses.
While the essentially universal consensus is that this is another AI player, it’s hotly debated whether this is a new edition of AlphaGo or not. More and more seem to believe it is. There’s been no official statement from the AlphaGo team thus far, and Aja Huang cryptically responded “interesting” to speculation that AlphaGo is Master. Adding fuel to the rumors, ScienceNews tweeted “AlphaGo: Now I am the master” promoting it’s Year in review: AlphaGo scores a win for artificial intelligence story on December 29, just before Master first appeared.
On January 4 (local time), the sina.com news site was ready when Master resurfaced. It broadcast the games live, accompanied with anonymous commentaries. The Taiwanese player Zhou Junxun 9p tried first with a strategy of playing “Symmetry Go” or “Imitation Go.” But Master’s superb opening (Zhou’s own impression after the game) thwarted that effort, notching win #51.
The Chinese player Chen Yaoye 9p was the next challenger. But his computer disconnected and Chen was not able to continue. There were sarcastic comments among viewers that Chen had inadvertently broken Master’s win streak, since a game dropped after only a very few moves was technically ruled a draw.
The next two games, against Fan Tingyu 9p and Huang Yunsong 6p, resulted in Master’s 52nd and 53rd consecutive wins and are posted below. Master’s 59th and 60th (and last) games against Zhou Ruiyang 9p and Gu Li 9p also appear below.
- Ze-Li Dou, with additional reporting by Zhiyuan “Edward” Zhang
Tuesday January 3, 2017
The third annual North American Kyu Championships (NAKC) will be held on February 4th this year on KGS. This one-day, 4-round tournament is open to all kyu-level players under the age of 18 from the United States, Canada, or Mexico. The best Junior (under 13) and Senior (under 18) players in each of five divisions will be able to win a fabulous crystal trophy, and the winners of the top division will also be granted entry into the prestigious Redmond Cup, which is traditionally open only to dan-level players. All players who compete in every round of the NAKC will also be eligible to receive either a $400 scholarship to the AGA Summer Go Camp, or a $200 scholarship to the 2017 US Go Congress, courtesy of the American Go Foundation. The deadline to register for the NAKC is January 29th; click here to register and here for the official Rules and Format. For dan players, registration for the 2017 Redmond cup will open in mid to late February.
Sunday January 1, 2017
Once again this year, many go fans were reunited on the two weekends of November 26-27 and December 3-4, as for the fifteenth time the Paris Ouest Go Club hosted the 34th Paris Meijin tournament. Regular supporters Canon France, the Asahi newspaper, the Nihon-Kiin, Nippon Transeuro and the Association of Expatriot Japanese from the Fukushima Region all supported the tournament.
During the first weekend 59 players, with strength ranging from 20 to 5-kyu, entered into five rounds of competition. Each year it seems that the level of play is higher, perhaps because many players train on the internet. At the end it was 12 year old Vu Linh Tu (5-kyu, right) who was the victor of Section C with 5 wins out of 5, whilst Antonin Masseau won the 10-kyu category. See full results.
During the second weekend there were 64 players whose strength ranged from 4-kyu to 6-dan. Players above 1-dan played in Section A, whilst the rest played in Section B. Amongst the 34 players in Section B was Vu Linh Tu, who had qualified from the previous weekend, and he won this section too, beating Frédéric Berthomier (1-kyu) in the final. See full results.
In Section A, Jiaxin Gao (right), a visiting 6-dan student from China, emerged victorious over all his adversaries. Jiaxin is studying Computer Science at Paris-Sud University and hopes to take part in more tournaments in France. See full results.
Based on the original article in Revue Française de Go by Jérôme Hubert, translated by Ian Davis