John

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“.

Dec 042017
 

Cork Winter Olympics Edition

Cork Go Tournament 2017

The 2017 Cork Go Tournament was held over the last weekend of November. As suggested by the locals sporting the latest in arctic fashion, it was cold…

Cold weather gearSkiing anyone?

Thirteen players took part in all. Kim and Justyna, of murugandi fame, won 1st and 3rd places respectively. 2nd place was taken by Przemyslaw Dyszczyk.

Results are available on the EGD – http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Tournament_Card.php?&key=T171125G&pin=16274137

An album of pictures from the weekend is up on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/The3rdCoyote/media_set?set=a.10215552175744024.1073741900.1428742620&type=3

Thanks to Tom and K for running another successful tournament. Hope ye are looking forward to doing it all again next year…
Unable to restrain excitement

Looking forward… December

PGETC
Ireland will face Slovenia on December 12th – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/444

2018 Correspondance Tournament Entry
December 15th is the last day for signups – https://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

Survey
The EGF have posted a survey asking for feedback on their new site – https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=176

Much further ahead… 2018

Next year’s Confucius Cup will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of March – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/10/14/dates-for-2018-confucius-cup-set/

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* – Meetings have moved to Monday nights at 19:00, but are still 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 – Thursdays 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Cobh* – Thursday 20:30 in Whitepoint – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9
Stillorgan – Sunday afternoons 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/917134471757020/

* Some dates are doubtful this month. Best to check with one of the locals if you are thinking of attending.

Looking back… November

PGETC
Ireland conceded all 4 games in round 3 to Greece – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/443

92
What is thought to be the shortest official game to be counted, ending after just 92 moves, occurred at the Russian 2017 Championship between Ilja Shikshin and Vjacheslav Kajmin – https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=177

Nov 012017
 

Looking forward… November

Cork Go Tournament 2017
November 25th & 26th in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall – http://www.corkgo.org/?p=1022

PGETC
Ireland will face Greece on November 14th – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/443

Much further ahead… 2018

Next year’s Confucius Cup will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of March – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/10/14/dates-for-2018-confucius-cup-set/

Weekly Meetings
Cork – Meetings have moved to Monday nights at 19:00, but are still 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 – Thursdays 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Cobh – Thursday 20:30 in Whitepoint – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9
Stillorgan – Sunday afternoons 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/917134471757020/

Looking back… October

2017 Irish Correspondence
The winner of this year’s tournament was Irina – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/10/15/review-of-icc-2017/

Ireland back Online
The Online Go Club is once again meeting on thursdays – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/

PGETC
Ireland drew its second round 2-2 vs Cyprus – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/442#2

25 Years EGCC Anniversary Tournament
The European Go Cultural Centre in Amstelveen celebrates its 25 year existence – http://www.go-centre.nl/Events/AnniversaryTournament.php

How to review a Yearbook
Interview with Kim Ouweleen – https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=153

AlphaGo: Reboot
AlphaGo Zero learns to play simply by playing games against itself – https://deepmind.com/blog/alphago-zero-learning-scratch/

Thanks to those who have provided updates from around the country.

Oct 042017
 

Looking forward… October

Ireland back Online
The Online Go Club is restarting this thursday – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/10/03/october-news/

PGETC
Ireland emerged from its first round 2-2 vs Kazakhstan – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/441

25 Years EGCC Anniversary Tournament
The European Go Cultural Centre in Amstelveen celebrates its 25 year existence – http://www.go-centre.nl/Events/AnniversaryTournament.php

Looking further ahead… November

Cork Go Tournament 2017
Dates are set (Nov 25-26) for the 2017 Cork Go Tournament – http://www.corkgo.org/?p=1022

Weekly Meetings
Cork – Meetings have moved to Monday nights at 19:00, but are still 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 – Thursdays 20:00-22:00 on OGS – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/
Cobh – Thursday 20:30 in Whitepoint – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9
Stillorgan – Sunday afternoons 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/917134471757020/

Looking back… September

Korea Prime Minister Cup 2017
Kevin won 2 of his 6 games in the 12th KPMC and has posted a synopsis of his trip – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/09/13/results-from-kpmc-12/#comments

How to write a Yearbook
Interview with Kim Ouweleen – https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=151

Can’t get enough AlphaGo
Three more games, commented by Ke Jie and Fan Hu, referred by the EGF VP – https://www.facebook.com/eyfel/posts/10154681532646207

Thanks to those who have provided updates from around the country.

Sep 082017
 

We are pleased to announce The Cork Go Tournament of 2017, to be held over the 25th-26th of November.

Cork Go Tournament 2017

Here in friendly Cork, on the banks of the Lee by the famous St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, we are delighted to host another Go tournament for all you Go aficionados out there.

GENERAL INFO and RULES

This will be a class B Swiss Tournament (Handicapped -1) of 5 rounds; 50 minutes main thinking time and 3X30 seconds byoyomi. Komi will be set at 6.5 and Japanese counting will be used for scoring the game.

As always we will supply various teas, coffee, fruit, biscuits, and other goodies!

Saturday Sunday
9.30: Registration
10-12: Round 1 11-1: Round 4
1-3: Round 2 1-2: Lunch
3-5: Round 3 2-4: Round 5



VENUE: St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall, Dean Street, Cork.

Entry Fee – €15/€10 (unwaged/students).

REGISTRATION
Please fill out the registration form
— OR —
You can email corkgotournament17@gmail.com with your name, email address, rank, and club.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Source: Cork Go Community

Sep 022017
 

Looking forward… September

PGETC
With team entries for the upcoming PGETC closing on the 12th, players may still have a few days to get their names in – http://www.corkgo.org/?p=1005

KPMC
Kevin of Galway will represent Ireland in the 2017 Korea Prime Minister Cup – http://www.irish-go.org/national-international/Korea/

Weekly Meetings
Cork – Meetings have moved to Monday nights at 19:00, but are still in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950
Galway – Tuesday at 20:00, usually at Westwood House Hotel. Anyone 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/
Cobh – Thursday 20:30 in Whitepoint – http://www.corkgo.org/?page_id=9
Stillorgan – Sunday afternoons 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/917134471757020/

Looking back… August

Invisible – The Games of AlphaGo
An account of the story of AlphaGo, including commentaries of 73 games against human pros. Available electronically for €20 – https://gumroad.com/l/VmVNy (or get the dead-tree edition for slightly more)

Looking further back… June

Myosu
I missed the launch of this new (possibly quarterly) Baduk magazine at the tail end of June. Published by Myongji University Baduk Studies, it is aimed at English speakers – http://www.mjubadukstudies.com/en/2017/06/30/launching-global-baduk-magazine-myosu/

Thanks to those who have provided updates from around the country.

Aug 242017
 

We’re putting together the Irish panel for the PGETC this year: http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps

It starts in late September. We’ll be in league D along with Slovenia, Iceland, Cyprus, Greece, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Portugal, and newcomer Morocco.

It will involve 8 fixtures at the rate of roughly one a month, and the strongest available players from the panel play each match; there’s no need to play all of them.

Last year’s panel: http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/teams/11/IRL

We have 5 players so far, and ideally we’d have 12 on the panel.

If you can join in, head over to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/irish-go