Apr 302019
 

Exciting happenings in both the PGETC and TPGTC. Also, applications are open for the KPMC.
Clearly, the Go community has not caught on to the idea of backronyms…

Looking forward… May

Galway Tournament
A 2-day tournament will be held on May 25th-26th in the Galway Bridge Centre

Online Interprovincials
Round 2, real soon now
Munster v Ulster
Leinster v Connaught

Further ahead… September

Belfast Go Tournament
There will be a one day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 14th

2019 KPMC
The search is on for an Irish player to attend the 14th Korea Prime Minister Cup International Baduk Championship

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
Dublin – Wednesday 19:00 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

Kindly note that Dublin meetings are now starting earlier (allegedly in the hope of finishing earlier)

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
9th PGETC
With Ireland’s 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan in the penultimate round, the team now stands at the top of the table. League C beckons next year…
The final round versus Portugal takes place on the 7th.

Transatlantic Pro Go Team Championship
Mateusz Surma has eliminated all opposition so far in the TPGTC. The EGF posted an interview with him after the second round.
The next game will take place on May 5th.

Looking back… April

Top 8
This year’s Top 8 kicked off over the weekend

Online Interprovincials
The third game between Connaught and Ulster was played, putting Connaught ahead 2-1, and bringing an end to round 1.

Irish Correspondence Tournament
Play continues

Further back… March

2019 Irish Go Congress
The IGA has a detailed writeup of the event.
The BGA also posted one entitled Irish Open Runs Smoothly on April 1st, which I’m sure was completely unintentional.

On the continent…

EGF – The Movie?
Someone has started a thread over on L19 about the cons and pros (pun intended) of creating a movie. The concept is vague but the discussion is lively.

Tenuki

Leela Zero Reviews OGS
OGS are building LZ analysis into the site

Autumn 1989
Someone recently linked me an old issue of the British Go Journal, to highlight how far computer Go has progressed in the last 30 years. However, there was an unexpected fragment from the past on page 15…
BGJ fragment

Mar 312019
 

A lot to cover this month. I have dropped the numbers from the title, going back to just the month name. Looked a bit unwieldily and these bulletins aren’t really intended for archival purposes anyway. Comments to the usual address

Looking forward… April

2019 Online Interprovincials
Round 2, at some point

TPGTC
The first round of the Transatlantic Pro Go Team Championship is scheduled for 20:00 CET on April 7th

The Young One
The AGA’s Power Report has coverage on the career of 9-year-old Nakamura Sumire, who will make her professional debut this month

Further ahead… September

2019 Belfast Go Tournament
There will be a one day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 14th

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in Mc Swiggans
Dublin – Wednesday 20:30 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
9th PGETC
Ireland trounced Cyprus 4-nil in the 7th round.
Although Ireland and Iceland now both have the same match points, and total board points, and first board points, Iceland’s second board has more points than Ireland’s second board, so Iceland remain at the top of the table. For now…
The penultimate round will be against Kazakhstan on the 16th, with the final round versus Portugal taking place in May.

Looking back… March

2019 Irish Go Congress
Results for the Open are available

2019 Online Interprovincials
The first round is nearly complete. Leinster claimed a 2-1 victory over Munster, while there was one game to play between Connaught and Ulster when last updated.

2019 AGM
This took place during the Irish Go Congress. No minutes posted yet but Eoghan has stepped into the position of president.

2018 Irish Championship
James is the new Irish Champion. Games can be viewed online (1 2) and Cian has posted sgf files commented by Antti Törmänen 1p to the Irish Go mailing list

2019 Irish Correspondence Tournament
Play continues

On the continent…

2019 Euro Pro Championship
Held last month in Jena, Germany. The EGF has a report.

Grand Slam Qualification
EGF article covering the 2019 tournament. The Grand Slam itself will take place at the end of April.

The EYE
Catalin Taranu has proposed creating an European Youth Elite team

Tenuki

The Future of Go in the West
A lengthy but worthwhile read, focusing on online content

How to “Teach” Go
Taking a different approach to introducing new players.

The Road to Recovery
Janice Kim, a well-known professional, successfully underwent surgery to have a brain tumour removed

Go Compare
A comparison of ranks across servers & associations from OGS survey data
rank comparison from OGS survery

2018-11 November

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Oct 312018
 

Looking forward… November

Cork Tourney
Unfortunately, there is no tournament scheduled in Cork this winter.

9th PGETC
Ireland will face Bulgaria in round 3 on Nov 27th

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 19:30 in the Black Gate
Dublin – Wednesday 20:30 in Toners
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

Looking back… October

2018 Correspondance Tournament
The final game seems to be caught in a ko fight for the last several dozen moves… Irish Correspondence 2018

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
Ireland finished 2-2 against Georgia in round 1 and sat out round 2 due to there being an odd number of teams in D League

Tenuki

Black Swans
Another interview with the creator of LeelaZero, this one by Black Swans. (The previous one was by EGN.)

Not a halloween ghost story
Tales from Huai An

the surrounding game logo

Not that sort of Go Masters

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Sep 252018
 

Tan Yue Chuan, from the Department of Baduk Studies in Myongji University (home of the Myosu newsletter), is studying how people in different countries started playing as part of his master’s thesis.

Take the survey

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April

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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

Feel obsolete yet?

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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

September

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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.