Apr 052018
 

Looking forward… April

Irish Championship Overhaul
The format for this is under review, with four options presented so far – https://docs.google.com/document/d/13Icw60TGUxF2FlI1AmxdOXu9mGgJ780atea3ZGdjUJA/edit

PGETC Round 8
Opponents for round 8 will be Morocco on April 17th – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/448

Go Server Rank Survey
OGS are running a rank survey to compare across online servers and real world associations – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQwUR1N2-QuDpYS6H0Nc7wTjAHCFzJoUdROkv-I1ETgZ_R0A/viewform

2018 Worldwide Iwamoto Awards
Go projects may be nominated online for this international contest until the end of May – http://www.iwamoto-awards.com

Weekly Meetings

Cork – Monday 19:00 in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950
Galway – Tuesday 19:00. Those interested should email info [at] alexander [dot] ie or call Richard on 091 555800 to confirm
Dublin – Wednesday 20:30 in Toners – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/dublin/
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/917134471757020/

Looking back… March

Confucius Cup & AGM
In brief, the Rapid was cancelled, the main tournament ran in a reduced format, and the AGM was postponed.

PGETC Rule Violation
A player in League A has been banned after it was ruled that he used computer software to assist him in his Round 4 game – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/403

2018 Correspondance Tournament
Keep tabs at https://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

Mar 092018
 

Ian has posted a writeup of the weekend over at the IGA site:

For the ordinary player, the Confucius Cup is normally the highlight of the year’s competition calendar. Unfortunately this year we were the target of the disruptive storm Emma. The early forecasts suggested that we would be able to carry on as normal, but by Thursday all the airports had shut down, roads and railways became impassable, and a Red Alert was put in place countrywide by Met Eirann. As a result the Irish Rapid was cancelled and the Confucius Cup was only able to run in a reduced format. As usual, the Xiangqi competition ran alongside the Go, but it too was run in a reduced format. The Annual General Meeting was planned to take place during the event, but it too had to be cancelled given the weather.

Lukáš Podpěra (7-dan) emerged as the winner this year, collecting 200 euros by way of reward for managing to travel across to Dublin from the Czech Republic. In second place was Yishen Wang (5-dan), whilst Geoffrey Crespino (2-kyu) came in third. The final results can be seen at 2018 Tournament Results

Beyond that, the hard work of Prof. Liming Wang and the Confucius Institute in securing invites for professional players and special guests from China did not go amiss. Liu Shizhen (7-pro) and Chen Tianhui (6-dan) were both too strong to be stopped by a closed airport. They arrived and entertained with simultaneous games and teaching. Thanks go out to the organisers John Gibson, Arthur Cater, Carol Doyle, and referee Tony Atkins.

*** UPDATE ***

BGA writeup – Snow Almost Defeats Irish Open

Mar 022018
 

Looking forward… March

Confucius Cup
As mentioned earlier, tonight’s Rapid has been cancelled. The hope is that the main tournament will still run over the weekend, albeit in a reduced form. Keep track of updates at http://www.irish-go.org

AGM
This was scheduled to take place tomorrow at the tournament. No word yet if that will change – http://www.irish-go.org/2018/02/11/agm-notice/

Further ahead… April

PGETC Round 8
Due to the uneven number of teams, Ireland will sit out round 7. Opponents for round 8 will be Morocco on April 17th – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/448

Weekly Meetings

Cork – Monday 19:00 in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950
Galway – Tuesday 19:00. Those interested should email info [at] alexander [dot] ie or call Richard on 091 555800 to confirm
Dublin – Wednesday 20:30 in Toners – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/dublin/
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/917134471757020/

Looking back… February

2017 Irish Champion
Galway’s Philippe Renaut has taken the title after his final game with Noel Mitchell – http://www.irish-go.org/2018/03/02/philippe-renaut-2017-irish-champion/

2018 Correspondance Tournament
All games started; a few have even completed already. Keep tabs at https://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

PGETC Round 6
Portugal defeated Ireland 3-1 on Feb 20th – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/446

3rd European Professional Go Championship
Full report, including mention that Ilya Shikshin has become the first European 2p, over on the EGF site – https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=192

London Go Centre Opens
London’s first Go Centre in 40 years opened last month – http://www.britgo.org/news/2018/lgcopening

Mar 022018
 

Due to ongoing extreme weather conditions the decision has been taken to cancel the Irish Rapid on Friday night. Travel, even in Dublin itself, is very difficult. A RED weather warning remains in place today.

Regarding Saturday and Sunday. The Confucius Cup will no longer be an EGF Grand Prix event, it will still take place, but in a reduced format.

More information will be posted when we have it. The IGA can only offer its apologies to everyone who hoped to enjoy the weekend in these circumstances.

source: http://www.irish-go.org

Feb 012018
 

Looking forward… February

PGETC Round 6
Ireland will face Portugal on Feb 20th – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/446

2018 Correspondance Tournament
Those who haven’t already started all their games should accept/issue challenges – https://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

Further ahead… March

Details for this year’s Confucius Cup – http://www.irish-go.org/2018-confucius-cup/

If anyone is willing to host a visiting player for the duration of the tournament, kindly get in touch with the IGA – https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/irish-go/T4rvBPhpslc

Weekly Meetings
Cork – Monday 19:00 in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950
Galway – Tuesday 19:00. Those interested should email info [at] alexander [dot] ie or call Richard on 091 555800 to confirm
Dublin – Wednesday 20:30 in Toners – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/dublin/
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/917134471757020/

Looking back… January

PGETC Round 5
Ireland won 3-1 against Iceland on Jan 23rd – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/445

1st European Grand Prix Finale 2018
Coverageon the EGF site with some game commentaries by Antti Tormanen – https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=185

Random Resource

Rosy Stein
Have your games analysed by Leela v11. Submit an sgf file for free every weekend – https://rosystein.com/index.php/how-it-works/

Jan 072018
 

Looking forward… January

PGETC Round 5
Ireland will face Iceland on Jan 23rd – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/445

2018 Correspondance Tournament
Entries are closed and the tournament is underway – https://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

Much further ahead… March

Full details are now available for this year’s Confucius Cup – http://www.irish-go.org/2018-confucius-cup/

If anyone is willing to host a visiting player for the duration of the tournament, kindly get in touch with the IGA – https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/irish-go/T4rvBPhpslc

Weekly Meetings
Cork – Monday 19:00 in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950
Galway – Tuesday 19:00. Those interested should email info [at] alexander [dot] ie or call Richard on 091 555800 to confirm
Dublin – Wednesday 20:30 in Toners – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/dublin/
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/917134471757020/

Cobh meetings are temporarily suspended until a new location can be arranged.

Looking back… December

PGETC Round 4
Ireland won a single game of its four against Slovenia on December 12th – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/444

AlphaGo Teach
Deepmind have released a tool to help find new and creative ways of playing Go – https://alphagoteach.deepmind.com

As with everything, a related channel has sprung up – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLvg67cJxYWwTD1BBp5qjvQ

Dec 102017
 

DeepMind’s AlphaZero Crushes Chess

a generic version of their [Deepmind’s] algorithm, with no specific knowledge other than the rules of the game, could train itself for four hours at chess … and then beat the reigning computer champions – i.e. the strongest known players

The article references a recently published paper available on arXiv – Mastering Chess and Shogi by Self-Play with a General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm.

This appears to document DeepMind’s efforts generalise AI, allowing the same solution to be applied to different problems across multiple domains. The “fully generic” AlphaZero algorithm is applied to chess, shogi, and go “without any additional domain knowledge except the rules of the game, demonstrating that a general-purpose reinforcement learning algorithm can achieve, tabula rasa, superhuman performance across many challenging domains“.

*** UPDATE ***

Additional Resources
AlphaGo Zero: Learning from scratch Deepmind blog post
Mastering the game of Go without human knowledge – Nature paper
The AI That Has Nothing to Learn From Humans
Deepmind announces AlphaGo Zero: Learning from scratch – OGS
South Korean pro strikes the first move on adapting Zero style