American Go E-Journal

Huang & Zhou to face off Monday night in Globis Cup Qualifier final 

Sunday February 10, 2019

Willis Huang 6D will play Brandon Zhou 6D Monday at 7p EDT on KGS (AGA Tournament Room) to determine the North American representative to the 2019 Globis Cup in Japan.

Huang defeated Sophia Wang in Round 3 on Sunday, and then Zhou defeated Huang in Round 4, giving them each a single loss in the double-elimination qualifier and setting up a final head-to-head on Monday.

Jeff Shaevel, Tournament Director

 

“Welcome Spring” Cup hosted by Consulate General of China in Chicago

Sunday February 10, 2019

Feb 3 ( Feb 4 in China) is one day away from the Lunar New Year’s eve.  On that date, about 40 people, including three players from Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin, participated in the “Welcome Spring” Cup, a brand new tournament in Chicago. The event was hosted by Consulate General of China in Chicago, and organized by the Go and Math Academy, Evanston Go Club, Confucius Institute in Chicago, and the 2019.02.10_chicago-collageUS-China Cultural Association.

Acting Consul General Liu Jun welcomed all players with a Lunar New Year greeting. The first “Welcome Spring” Cup brings together go lovers from diverse communities and backgrounds. But beyond competition, it  is also a great opportunity for players to make friends and promote understanding through the game. “This year marks as the 40th anniversary of China-U.S. diplomatic relations. I hope this event will not only help build stronger friendship among people, but also strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries,” said Mr. Liu who also participated in the tournament as a 1D player.

This event is a handicap tournament with four divisions, including a youth division. About two-thirds of the participants were casual local players who had never played in tournament in the Chicago area. “It’s really encouraging to see so many new go players from the Great Chicago area come out of hiding to attend this event.” said Tournament Director Xinming Simon Guo, the founder of Go and Math Academy.

Final result:
A Division #1 Yang, Hong 1D 3-1
A Division #2 Amesbury, Jing 5D 3-1
A Division #3 Yang, Yang 4D 2-2

B Division #1 He, Joseph 1D 3-1
B Division #2 Sun, Yingjie 1D 3-1
B Division #3 Collins, Nick 3K 3-1

C Division #1 Kaiser, Mike 8K 4-0
C Division #2 Graper, David 9K 4-0
C Division #3 Tan, Stephanie 5K 3-1

Youth Division #1 Zhang, Sean 4-0
Youth Division #2 Pan, Jaden  2-2

photos: (top right) Acting Consul General Liu Jun 1D (second from the left) with division winners Hong Yang 1D, Mike Kaiser 8K and Joseph He 1D; (bottom right): Jane Lu (Director of Confucius Institute in Chicago) and youth division winner Sean Zhang

report/photos by Xinming (Simon) Guo

 

AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 28 (Part 2): So many possibilities

Saturday February 9, 2019

Michael Redmond 9p and the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock return with the exciting second half of the 28th game  of the 2019.02.08_AG28-thumbnailAlphaGo vs. AlphaGo selfplay games.

2019.02.08_AG28-thumbnail-redmond-garlock“There’s all these possibilities,” says Redmond, teasing Garlock “You’ve probably forgotten all the different variations we looked at.” Viewer crass syzygy says “Really beautiful variations. Mind blowing,” while Philippe Fanaro says that “‘That’s the good side of dying’ is the highlight of this series.”

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Video produced by Michael Wanek & Andrew Jackson.

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Globis Cup Qualifier results: Rounds 1 & 2

Saturday February 9, 2019

The first two rounds in the Globis Cup Qualifier  were held online on Saturday, February 9 (see below for results).

Round 3 will be held Sunday 2/10 at 11A EDT: Willis Huang (KGS: whuang) vs. Sophia Wang (sophia)

Round 1 result:
Game 1: Willis Huang (whuang), B vs. Sophia Wang (sophia), W (Willis wins by resignation)
Game 2: Nate Morse (PassPeer), B vs. Brandon Zhou (atlbrandon), W (Brandon wins by resignation)

Round 2 results:
Game 3: Willis Huang (KGS: whuang), W vs. Brandon Zhou (atlbrandon), B (Brandon wins by resignation)
Game 4: Sophia Wang (sophia), B vs. Nate Morse (PassPeer), W  (Sophia wins by resignation)

Jeff Shaevel, TD

Globis Cup Qualifier schedule set for this weekend

Thursday February 7, 2019

The schedule for the Globis Cup Qualifier is now set for this weekend, February 9-10, with an additional game on Monday evening, if necessary. The format will be a double-elimination between the four top entrants: Willis Huang, 6D (16); Brandon Zhou, 6D (15); Nate Morse, 4D (19); Sophia Wang, 3D (14).

All games will be played on KGS in the AGA Tournaments Room. AGA rules will be used, 7.5 komi, 1 hour basic time with 5 periods of 30 seconds byo-yomi.

The games will begin at 11 AM and 3PM EDT.

Round 1 (Saturday 2/9, 11A EDT):
Game 1: Willis Huang (KGS: whuang) vs. Sophia Wang (sophia)
Game 2: Brandon Zhou (atlbrandon) vs. Nate Morse (PassPeer)

Round 2 (Saturday 2/9, 3P EDT):
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Round 3 (Sunday 2/10, 11A EDT)
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3

Round 4 (Sunday 2/10, 3P EDT)
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

In the event that after Game 6 both players have a 1-1 record, a final game will be played Monday, 6P EDT to determine the championship and the North American representative to the 2019 Globis Cup in Japan.

- Jeff Shaevel, AGA National Tournament Coordinator

The Traveling Board: Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday February 5, 2019

Max Dohme of Berlin, Germany recently completed a swing through Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur, 2019.02.02_max-dohme-collagemanaging to find and make new go friends at each stop, “including a go lesson from Jimmy Cheng, secretary of the Malaysia Weiqi Association!” During the trip, Max — who started out as a 2-kyu — was promoted to Singapore 1-dan by Yang Jinhua 6p. He also kept records of his games and got them analyzed online by an AI:
Game 1
Game 2
Game 3

Your Move/Readers Write: Even the Gray Lady and her pundits know about Go

Tuesday February 5, 2019

by Terry Benson

In an Op-Ed in The New York Times on Wednesday Jan 30th, columnist Thomas Friedman noted the success of AlphaGo and correctly reported on AlphaZero learning from itself in declaring that the word for the year should be “deep.”  Computers are taking us “deep” and in Friedman’s opinion our institutions are not prepared for it.

Go players were shocked by AlphaGo’s success – we were toppled off the mountain – and we are trying to process what we’ve learned about Go.  What happens when machines can run – not faster – but longer processing years of experience in hours and finding deep patterns – one thing we’ve always considered the essence of being human and of our very human game?

For Friedman, the power of AI machines in the hands of “bad actors” (as he characterizes some whole governments) by going “deep” is scary.

Go players know to look at the whole board and see the flow of the stones. We lose if we get caught paying attention only to our own corner or blindly following our opponent – a crafty machine – around the board.  How can we go as deep?  How can we see what the machines cannot? In game terms, how can we keep control of the evaluating function: our right to decide what is important for people, what should be known, what should be shared, and who will be in control of the machines.

It’s too late to pull the pull.  It’s not possible to put this new genie back in the bottle.  The ancient warning is the same: be careful what you wish for.

Benson, president of the American Go Foundation, is a former president of the American Go Association and former editor of the American Go Journal.
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U.S. and EGF pros to face off in Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship

Monday February 4, 2019

The European Go Federation (EGF) and the American Go Association (AGA) will co-host the 2019 Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship this Spring, with a prize of €10,000 for the winning team. “While top European and American go players have faced off before, at the SportAccord Games and IEMG for instance,” said AGA president Andy Okun, “this establishes a more formal setting for a healthy rivalry between the growing fields of EGF and AGA certified pros.”

Each team will consist of five EGF- and AGA-certified professional players. The Championship will use a win-and-continue format: each player continues to play until defeated. The first round is scheduled for April 7 at 20:00 Central European Time (14:00 US EST). Later rounds will follow weekly at the same time (with some rescheduling possible for tournament conflicts. There will be no game on Apr. 28) All games will be broadcast live by the AGA broadcasting team on both YouTube and Twitch. 

 

 

AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 28 (Part 1): Who’s zooming who?

Sunday February 3, 2019

In their latest in the popular video commentary series, Michael Redmond 9p, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock, 2019.02.01 AG-AG-28review the first half of the 28th game of the AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo selfplay games. The 50-game series was published by Deepmind after AlphaGo’s victory over world champion Ke Jie 9p in May 2017.

2019.02.01 AG-AG-28-redmond-garlock“There’s a lot packed into this game,” says Redmond. “We start with a slightly confusing fight on the lower side, things slow down for a bit, then there are all these weak groups and it gets a bit confusing to tell who’s attacking and who’s in trouble, so it’s a pretty interesting middle game.” “Buckle your seatbelts!” adds Garlock. Part 2 will be published next Friday, February 8.

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Video produced by Michael Wanek & Andrew Jackson.

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5th Orion Latin American u18 Team Tournament “A great success”

Saturday February 2, 2019

The fifth edition of the Orion Latin American u18 Team Tournament held December 8/9 on OGS was a great success with 11 2019.02.02_Orion Latin American u18 Team Tournament-3school and academy teams from Mexico to the southern tip of Chile and the Pacific coast (Ecuador) to the Atlantic (Argentina).

2019.02.02_Orion Latin American u18 Team Tournament-1First place in the 6-round event was Team Villa High de México (Sebastián Bañuelos, Bruno Michaca and Paola Ortega),  2nd: British School of Chile (Gustavo Gibbons, Fernando Gallardo and Fernando Cárdenas).  3rd: Dojo de Go de México (Diego Luciano, Omar Zavala and Ruben Hernandez).

The decisive match was Round 5 between Villa High and the British School. Boards 1 and 3 had finished and split one each. It all came down to move 259 when the Chilean, Gallardo, had a winning placement to catch a group of 2019.02.02_Orion Latin American u18 Team Tournament-2Machaca’s – but was off by one intersection.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the American Go Foundation, the players of  the Villa High team of Mexico will represent Latin America at the next US GO Congress next summer in Madison, Wisconsin.

Special thanks go to the board of the Ibero-American Go Federation, to the team coaches: Ernesto Cepeda, Haroldo Brown, Diego Albuja, Siddharta Ávila and Sebastián Montiel, and especially to the 33 youth players who brought tremendous enthusiasm and commitment to the contest.

Cross grid and event photos here.

- Terry Benson from a report by Sebastian Montiel of Chile.