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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 23: LIVE from Washington DC!

Monday October 22, 2018

Game 23 in the AlphaGo self-play game series gets a very special extended treatment in this episode of Michael Redmond 2018.10.22_AlphaGo23-demo-board9P’s commentaries with E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. The episode was recorded live on 2018.10.22_AlphaGo23Friday, September 7 at the National Go Center in Washington DC, before a live audience, which had braved torrential rains to be on hand. Redmond first provides a brief overview of the game and then the two move to a demonstration board (at 18:40) for a more in-depth analysis, along with Q&A with the live audience. Check out the video here and the commented game record below.

Thanks to Jeff Fitzgerald for camera, lighting and sound, Nathan Epstein for production, NGC Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa for technical support, and Andrew Jackson for editing.

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Redmond’s Reviews, Episode 12: Redmond 9p v. Akiyama 9p

Monday September 10, 2018

In this episode, Michael Redmond 9p, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock, plays Akiyama Jiro 9P, a strong young 2018.09.10_RedmondReviews-thumbplayer in the Kisei B League. This match was in the final elimination 2018.09.10_RedmondReviews-Redmond-Garlocktournament of the Kiriyama Cup before the final, publicized section of the tournament. Japanese tournament games are usually 3 hours each plus byo-yomi, but in this game basic time is just an hour each, making this “a pretty fast game,” Redmond says. The game features an opening “I’ve been playing around with for a while now, and it has a very unusual move,” says Redmond. He wasn’t sure the move would work but when the perfect opportunity came up, “I couldn’t resist playing it.” Click here to see the video.

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 22: A big upheaval, plus Redmond in DC!

Wednesday September 5, 2018

AlphaGo’s self-play game 22 features a big attacking game for black, “and it’s interesting to see how white handles these attacks,”2018.09.05_AG22-thumb says Michael Redmond 9P in his latest game commentary, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock. “And then when it looks like the game is settling down we’re going to see a big upheaval that takes another 120 moves to resolve. And in case that’s not exciting enough, then there’s a big ko fight.” “Absolutely beautiful game,” says viewer GerSHAK. “Beautiful to watch it almost settle and then spill all over again, haha,” adds oncedidactic.

2018.09.05_AG22-Redmond-Garlock-thumbRedmond will be at the National Go Center in Washington DC this weekend for a series of events, beginning with an AlphaGo commentary with Garlock at 7:30p on Friday night (RSVP here). Then on Saturday he and Garlock will do live commentaries on Twitch on the top-board games at the NGC’s Fall Open (register here), wrapping up with an 11a game review brunch on Sunday morning (register here).

“Don’t miss this rare chance to see Michael Redmond — who’s coming all the way from Japan — in person!” says NGC Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa. “We’re especially excited to have Michael here to help launch our brand-new E-Journal broadcast facility this weekend,” said Garlock.

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 21: Less alien, plus exciting fighting

Saturday August 25, 2018

In AlphaGo self-play game 21, the AI’s play is “a little less alien,” says Michael Redmond 9P in his latest game commentary, 2018.08.26 AG-Game 21-chris-michaelhosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock, adding that the game features some moves that human 2018.08.26 AG-Game 21players have been playing recently. “And then towards the end of the games there’s just a lot of exciting fighting.” Redmond’s commentaries return after a late-summer break; he’ll also be doing some live commentaries on Twitch in early September during a visit to the National Go Center in Washington DC; stay tuned for more details soon.

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 20: A new move and an old joseki

Sunday July 8, 2018

AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo Game 20 starts off with an “AlphaGo move,” one of the moves the AI originated that has since become 2018.07.07_AG-selfplay-20popular among human players. That’s followed by a joseki that’s been around for hundreds of years, giving Michael Redmond 9P “a chance to compare it with play by the great masters from the Golden Age of go” in his latest AlphaGo video commentary, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock. Things are fairly peaceful until the middle game, “when things get a bit confusing,” Redmond says, “and it gets exciting at the end.” Plus, this game is a very rare example of the result being different depending on which rule-set you use.

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AlphaGo Zero vs. AlphaGo Lee: Game 2

Wednesday June 13, 2018

Michael Redmond 9p, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock, reviews the second game of the new AlphaGo Zero vs.2018.06.13_AG-LEE-game2 AlphaGo Lee series. “In this game, AG Zero has black,” Redmond notes. “This is the 20-block version of Zero, and it’s pretty unique, especially in the way it plays with black: it really likes to play the 3-3 points. Zero likes to take territory up front and then reduce its opponent’s moyo, but it does so in a different way. In fact, the opening techniques used by Zero have become quite popular among some young professionals, showing AG’s effect on the game, which I’ll be talking about.”

Click here for Redmond’s video commentary, and see below for the sgf commentary. To support this content, please consider joining or renewing your membership in the American Go Association; click here for details.

Video produced by Michael Wanek and Andrew Jackson. The sgf files were created by Redmond, with editing and transcription by Garlock and Myron Souris.

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 19: Big difference between mostly dead and all dead

Tuesday June 12, 2018

“As usual in these AlphaGo-AlphaGo games, you’ll be wondering which group is going to die,” says Michael Redmond 9p in his2018.06.01_AG-AG-Game19 June 1 AlphaGo video commentary, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock. “But, also as usual, they all come back to life, and the game is pretty close.” “There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead,” said Meijke Balay, picking up on “The Princess Bride” reference in the video. “Mostly dead is slightly alive.” “Feels like my favorite so far,” adds Zak Smith, “even though I might feel this way after every video.”

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 18: Complicated attack and defense

Sunday May 27, 2018

Game 18 of the AlphaGo self-played series “starts with a big fight on the right side but you won’t be sure which side is 2018.05.25_AG-Game18-thumbnailattacking and which side is defending,” says Michael Redmond 9p in his latest AlphaGo video commentary, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock. “It’s very complicated, and about a quarter of the board for each side dies.” “Another absolutely beautiful game and awesome review,” says viewer GerSHAK. “Excellent,” adds hippophile. “The game was surprisingly easy to follow for AG vs AG, good choice!”

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AlphaGo Zero vs. Master with Michael Redmond 9p: Game 9

Saturday May 19, 2018

After a brief hiatus, Michael Redmond 9p, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock, returns with a review of the dramatic 2018.05.19_zero-master9ninth game of the AlphaGo Zero vs. Master series. “It’s a bit of an odd game 2018.05.19_zero-master9-redmond-garlockthat follows a pattern in these Master-Zero games,” says Redmond, “in which Master makes a big moyo and Zero takes all the territory, and in this game they really take this pattern to an extreme. Master’s got a huge moyo and it can score a big win if it can just make it into actual territory.” The game also features the large high shimari, which AlphaGo has made popular, as well as the early 3-3 invasion.

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Redmond’s Reviews, Episode 11: Redmond 9p v. Numadate 6p

Saturday April 28, 2018

Michael Redmond 9p, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock, for Episode 11 of Redmond’s Reviews. In this game, Michael2018.04.20_RedmondReview11-numadate plays against Numadate Sakiya 6p.

On the line for Redmond in this game was a seat in the C League on the road to challenge for the Kisei title. “Numadate is one of the more prominent of the younger players, thouigh he hasn’t yet had any big successes,” says Redmond. “His games are really interesting, and I was pretty sure I’d be facing a 3-3 invasion, so we’ll see that in this commentary, and I’ll share my current thinking about how to handle such invasions.” The game itself is really exciting, “especially toward the end.”

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