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

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.

June

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May 312017
 

Future of Go Summit Edition

Defeating Ke Jie 3-0, and taking down an entire team of cooperating pros, AlphaGo lost only to itself (plus human partner) in Pair Go – https://deepmind.com/research/alphago/alphago-china/
AlphaGo’s next move – https://deepmind.com/blog/alphagos-next-move/
Deepmind say this is AlphaGo’s final match event, but they plan to create a teaching tool, and are releasing a special set of 50 AlphaGo vs AlphaGo games in batches of 10 – https://deepmind.com/research/alphago/alphago-vs-alphago-self-play-games/

Looking forward… June

The Surrounding Game
Tom is investigating the possibility of screening The Surrounding Game in Cork – https://www.facebook.com/tomas.oseanachain.1/posts/840055966144800

IGA Site Redesign
Ian is looking for feedback on the updated look – https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/irish-go/NZhv1yjYQWI

Weekly Meetings
Belfast – Monday nights at the Brewbot Pub on Ormeau Road – https://www.facebook.com/BelfastGoClub/?fref=ts
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/
Cork – Sunday nights 20:00 in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950

Looking further ahead… July

Belfast Open 2017
The Belfast Open will take place on the 22nd and 23rd July – http://www.irish-go.org/belfast-open-2017/

EGF AGM 2017
Tuesday 25th July in Oberhof, Germany – https://docs.google.com/document/d/16aANAUFf0PnihyNRkngOCHP3NTZm-tsWNTrGEFi7Q6o/edit#

Looking back… May

Galway Tournament 2017
Full writeup, results, pictures, ominous celtic bog wood trophy… http://www.irish-go.org/2017/05/08/tom-and-jan-galway-champions/
GGG Galway Go Glub millenary celtic bog wood trophy

Pair Go
A brief note on the one-day Pair Go event, which ended up including Rengo too – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/05/29/pair-go-in-the-japanese-embassy/

Irish Correspondence Tournament 2017
Progress can be tracked at http://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

OGS Thursdays
The online group is no longer regularly meeting on Thursday nights. However, players can still be found logged in at random times – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/

Dutch Female Champ 2017
Justyna finished second place in the Dutch Female Championship after a 1-2 loss against the defending champion, Marika Anna Dubiel https://www.facebook.com/justyna.kleczar/posts/1702241176460522

Looking further back…

PGETC
Anyone interested in participating next year should get in touch with Cian

Training League
Ian proposed a Training Collective for the IGA – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/933140213489779/

May

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May 042017
 

In the nearest thing you’re going to get to breaking news here, the American Go Foundation (not to be mistaken for the American Go Association) has assumed stewardship of the ailing KGS – http://www.gokgs.com/ownership_announcement.html

Looking forward… May

Galway 2017
The Galway Tournament will take place on May 6th-7th at the Galway Bridge Club, St Mary’s Road – http://www.irish-go.org/galway-main-tournament-2017/

Pair Go
A one-day Pair Go event is being organised on Sunday May 14th in the Japanese Embassy in Nutley Centre – http://www.irish-go.org/2017-irish-pair-go-championship/

Future of Go Summit
Alpha Go is at it again, this time setting sights on Ke Jie, May 23-27 – https://deepmind.com/blog/exploring-mysteries-alphago/

Thursdays
The online group is no longer regularly meeting on Thursday nights. However, players can still be found logged in at random times – http://www.irish-go.org/clubs-tournaments/online/

Weekly Meetings
Belfast – Monday nights at the Brewbot Pub on Ormeau Road – https://www.facebook.com/BelfastGoClub/?fref=ts
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 – Wednesdays 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/
Cork – Sunday nights 20:00 in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack Street – https://www.facebook.com/groups/191875150950

Looking further ahead… July

Belfast Open 2017
The Belfast Open will take place on the 22nd and 23rd July – http://www.irish-go.org/belfast-open-2017/

EGF AGM 2017
Tuesday 25th July in Oberhof, Germany – https://docs.google.com/document/d/16aANAUFf0PnihyNRkngOCHP3NTZm-tsWNTrGEFi7Q6o/edit#

Looking back… April

PGETC
Ireland finished 3rd in League D after drawing 2-2 against Belarus in the final round – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/draw/59
Cian would like to thank those involved – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/teams/11/IRL – and asks that anyone interested in participating next year get in touch

Training League
Ian proposed a Training Collective for the IGA – https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/933140213489779/

Irish Correspondence Tournament 2017
Progress can be tracked at http://senseis.xmp.net/?IrishCorrespondence

Upcoming Releases
Two upcoming movies had their first screenings:
AlphaGo, a documentary about the 2016 AlphaGo-Lee Sedol match – http://www.usgo.org/news/2017/04/alphago-film-finds-the-humanity-in-the-code/
The Surrounding Game, under development for several years – http://surroundinggamemovie.com/en/schedule/

Alphago spotlight documentary tribeca2017

Looking further back…

Hello China
Rory and John were interviewed about Go and Chinese Chess – http://www.irish-go.org/2017/03/27/hello-china-podcast-interview-rory-john-about-go-chinese-chess/

Irish Elect Stray Cat as President
A satirical take on European Go – https://medium.com/@EuroGoHebdo/irish-elect-stray-cat-as-president-e1ebb5f37dcd

Thanks as always to those who provide updates from around the country.