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Redmond AlphaGo livestream Sunday night

Saturday January 15, 2022

Tune in on the AGA’s Twitch channel this Sunday, January 17 at 7p ET for another AlphaGo vs AlphaGo live commentary by Michael Redmond 9P, hosted by E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. “AlphaGo played the mini-Chinese,” in AG-AG #54, says Redmond, adding “I will talk a bit about the pressing move at the 4-5 point that AIs like so much.” For more Michael Redmond content, check out his YouTube channel.

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Redmond on AlphaGo vs AlphaGo this Friday

Friday December 10, 2021

AlphaGo vs AlphaGo Game 52 Redmond commentary screenshot

Tune in on the AGA’s Twitch channel this Friday, December 10 at 7p ET for another AlphaGo vs AlphaGo live commentary by Michael Redmond 9P, hosted by E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. “I’ve gone through all of Redmond’s AG vs AG game reviews in the last few months and this one is one of the most wild,” said Chris Davis about the last AG-AG game (#52), “Very exciting.” Added Steve Carson, “Thanks Michael and Chris for bringing us this commentary. Otherwise it would just be a bewildering sequence of moves that made no sense.”
NOTE: Here’s an updated link for Redmond’s 2022 go calendar (autographed).

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Redmond’s Reviews, Episode 31: Go Seigen vs. Hashimoto Utaro

Monday November 29, 2021

“Looking at the josekis in the upper left and lower left, you’d wonder if this is a modern AI – or at least a modern professional player – because these are very much like the professional joseki we play now,” says Michael Redmond 9P in his latest commentary, hosted by EJ editor Chris Garlock. “But they were actually innovations by Go Seigen, and they weren’t popular at the time. People said they were empty triangle shapes and they couldn’t be good for White (but) they were wrong.”
“This was the fourth game of their second jubango (10-game match),” says Redmond. “Hashimoto was Honinbo, and the Kansai Kiin was on the verge of splitting from the Nihon Kiin with Hashimoto as one of its founding members. From their previous Jubango, the handicap was Sen-Ai-Sen, no komi, which happened to match the 8P-9P rank difference. This game was a turning point that made it a very dangerous series for Hashimoto.”
Redmond also announced the release of a special calendar to celebrate passing the 10,000 subscriber mark on his YouTube channel. The 2022 calendar is hand-signed by Redmond and features go-themed paintings by Redmond’s daughter Emi.

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Redmond on Hashimoto vs. Go Seigen: Sunday at 7p EDT

Saturday November 6, 2021

(l-r) Hashimoto Utaro, Segoe Kensaku and Go Seigen

Tune in at 7p EDT on Sunday, November 7 for Michael Redmond 9p’s commentary on another classic game, this one between Hashimoto Utaro and Go Seigen. “This was the fourth game of their second Jubango,” says Redmond. “Hashimoto was Honinbo, and the Kansai Kiin was on the verge of splitting from the Nihon Kiin with Hashimoto as one of its founding members. From their previous Jubango, the handicap was Sen-Ai-Sen, no komi, which happened to match the 8P-9P rank difference. This game was a turning point that made it a very dangerous series for Hashimoto. Go Seigen shows one of his joseki innovations that was not popular at the time, but now looks normal. They also played an AI-like 3-3 invasion joseki.” Tune in at 7p EDT (reminder that U.S. clocks turn back one hour at 2a on 11/7) on the AGA’s Twitch channel.

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Redmond on another historic game this Sunday

Saturday October 16, 2021

Tune in to the AGA’s Twitch channel at 8p ET Sunday night for Michael Redmond 9Ps latest live game commentary.
This week he’ll review a historical game between Honinbo Shuei (right) and Tamura Yasuhisa, who later was Honinbo Shusai (left), the last in the Iemoto system.
That’s 8p ET this Sunday, October 17 on the AGA’s Twitch channel.

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo with Michael Redmond 9p: Games 51 & 52

Tuesday September 14, 2021

If you’ve been following Michael Redmond’s videos on his YouTube channel, you’ll know that in his commentaries on the 3-3 invasion “there’s one variation I’ve avoided because it’s so complicated.” In today’s commentary on AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo Game 52 with EJ Managing Editor Chris Garlock (which originally aired live on September 5), he explores that variation in detail, along with his usual insightful and deeply-researched insights into the rest of the game. “Always great to see a new AlphaGo review pop up in my YouTube feed, when I missed the Twitch stream,” says Rory Mitchell. Speaking of which, in case you missed it, AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo Game 51 — which aired live on August 8 — was posted August 20, and features “Tesujis, Semiaias, Forever Kos and Fuzzy Sekis,” according to Damon Skinner. “This game is even more complicated and deep than we imagined.” Mark your calendar now for the next live Redmond game commentary, set for Sunday, October 10, 7p ET on the AGA Twitch channel.

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Redmond on AlphaGo vs AlphaGo Game 51 this Sunday

Friday August 6, 2021

Wondering what to watch as the Olympics wrap up this weekend? We’ve got you covered: tune in to the AGA’s Twitch channel at 8p ET Sunday night for Michael Redmond 9Ps live commentary on AlphaGo vs AlphaGo game 51. Plenty of acrobatics, tricky moves, long distances and heavy lifting. That’s 8p ET this Sunday, August 8 on the AGA’s Twitch channel.

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo with Michael Redmond 9p: Game 50 (Part 2)

Friday July 9, 2021

“Wow, it’s been a while! Welcome back,” Nyarlah commented on the latest Michael Redmond AlphaGo game commentary; Part 1 was published last week. “It’s been too long AGA!” agreed Clay Tin. Some commenters noted the unusually long pre-game chat as Redmond and host Chris Garlock caught up on news from the previous 8 months; note that the game commentary starts at 22:56.

Part 2 of the AlphaGo-AlphaGo Game 50 commentary will be published at 6p ET tonight.  The game series was published by Deepmind after AlphaGo’s victory over world champion Ke Jie 9p in May 2017. The video was produced by Eva-Dee Beech, Chris Garlock and Stephen Hu.

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo with Michael Redmond 9p: Game 50 (Part 1)

Friday July 2, 2021

After an 8-month break to work on other projects, Michael Redmond 9p, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock, returned to the AGA’s Twitch channel last Sunday to review the 50th game of the AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo selfplay games. Michael and Chris caught up on the latest on COVID in Japan and what Michael’s been up to during the break, and producer Stephen Hu dropped by for a preview of the upcoming U.S. e-Go Congress. Michael then did a very deep dive into the opening and variations for Game 50. Part 1 of the commentary will be released at 6p tonight; Part 2 will be released next week. The 50 game series was published by Deepmind after AlphaGo’s victory over world champion Ke Jie 9p in May 2017. The video was produced by Eva-Dee Beech, Chris Garlock and Stephen Hu.

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Redmond vs O Meien Sunday night

Friday November 13, 2020

Michael Redmond 9P’s next live game commentary will be on his recent game with O Meien (right), known for his quick fuseki and fighting ability. He became a pro in 1977, two years after moving to Japan, and advanced to 9 dan in 1992. A very determined fighter, with plenty of kiai, in February 25 2010, O Meien hit the 900 landmark by beating Ko Iso in the final prelim of the 35th Kisei. O won the Honinbo title in 2000 and held it the following year before losing it to Kato Masao in 2002. O took the Oza title from Cho Chikun in December 2002. In July 2012, O Meien won his sixth title, the 2nd Igo Masters Cup, beating Cho Chikun.

The live commentary is set for this Sunday, November 15, 7p EDT on the AGA’s Twitch channel, and will be hosted by American Go E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock.

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