Jul 032018
 

Summer “Overcompensating for Emma” Edition

I couldn’t find any reports of goban spontaneously bursting into flames (at least, not with pictures) but I’m keeping mine in the fridge until August, just in case…

This issue moves further away from the old-style links in an effort to improve the layout. This has the dubious benefit of letting me liberally scatter more links throughout the bulletin without breaking up what little content there is. It may also make editing easier; ask me in a few issues. Everything looks fine posted on CorkGo, but do let me know if anyone has issues following the links from any particular email client.

European Go Yearbook
A source at the EGF confirmed that plans for further yearbooks have been shelved for now. There is speculation about making the existing one available as an ebook after the next congress. Meanwhile, there are still some physical copies available from https://www.eurogofed.org/yearbook/

Looking forward… July

EGF AGM
This will take place on 2018-07-31 in Pisa, Italy.
Agenda
There is a discussion over on L19 started by Ian (of course) about two ratings proposals.

Weekly Meetings

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
Online – Thursday 20:00-22:00 on OGS
Stillorgan – Sunday 14:00-18:00 at PingZone, St Benildus College

IGA Internet Tournament
https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/1209837599153371/

Looking back… June

2018 Top 8
There is a brief note regarding Cian’s blitzkrieg over on the IGA site.
Tibi has also posted photos on facebook:
Round#1
Round#2
Round#3
Round#4

2018 Top 8 Go Tournament

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

Jun 042018
 

Observant readers will have noticed that there was no bulletin for May. Real life got in the way. I’ll try not to let it happen again…
The email version of this edition may look a little different. Let me know if anyone has trouble viewing it.

Looking forward… June

IGA Internet Tournament
https://www.facebook.com/groups/213994972070977/permalink/1209837599153371/

Further ahead… July

EGF AGM
This will take place on 2018-07-31 in Pisa, Italy. Agenda available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qYqtlX12Ml3pxs5HIInk9bhFdh9_c58h76Etp0gnIgI/edit

Weekly Meetings

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/

Meetings in Cork seem to have petered out for now.

Looking back… April/May

PGETC
Ireland beat Morocco 3-1 in round 8, followed by a draw against Belarus in round 9, finishing 6th of 9 in League D – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/draw/73

PGETC Rule Violation Update
The previous decision (that Carlo Metta used Leela computer software to assist him) has been overturned by the appeals committee – http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/403

WAGC 39
Ireland was represented by Michael (2k) who placed 48th in a field of 61 – http://www.irish-go.org/2018/05/04/39th-world-amateur-go-championships/

Rank Survey Results
Results from the cross-server and international rank survey run by OGS are available – https://idex.github.io/go-rank-survey/go-survey-results

LeelaZero
The EGF have posted an interview with LZ’s creator – https://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=205

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

Go Meme of the Week
go memes

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 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

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/

January

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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

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