2019-03 March

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Mar 022019
 

Looking forward… March

2019 Irish Go Congress
The Open & Rapid will take place over the weekend of March 22nd-24th. More than two dozen attendees are already registered, about a quarter being dan-level.

2019 Online Interprovincials
Teams have been formed and round 1 is currently being scheduled.

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

West Cork
A new player in the Bantry area, Terry, is looking for other players in that region. If you are interested in getting in touch, email corkgo@gmail.com and I will pass along contact details.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
9th PGETC
Ireland beat Iceland, who are currently top of the table in League D, by 3 games to 1 in the 6th round.
Opponent in round 7 on the 26th will be Cyprus. Two rounds remain after that, in April and May, with Iceland sitting out the final one. (Due to the uneven number of countries, one had to take a bye each round.)
The IGA has posted a brief comment on Ireland’s performance.

Looking back… February

2018 Final
These matches have apparently just gotten started

2019 Irish Correspondence Tournament
Play continues

On the continent…

Go Cards
With Noord-Holland refused entry to the 2019 Online Interprovincials on geopolitical grounds, ambassador Kim of Murugandi has demanded that Irish players purchase at least 3 sets of their new Go-themed post cards in order to prevent the international incident from escalating.

Tenuki

AlphaGo Groupies
A chart showing daily games played on OGS in recent years, with dates for AlphaGo events highlighted.
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2018-10 October

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Oct 022018
 

Looking forward… October

9th Pandanet Go European Team Championship
The 9th PGETC begins tonight. There is a related thread on L19
Pandanet Go European Team Championship

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 20:00 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… September

Belfast Handicap 2018
Ten players attended in all. Results

New Project for Youth in Europe
The first solid progress for Catalin Taranu’s initiative

2018 Correspondance Tournament
Just two games still running

Tenuki

Surrounding Game
This recent documentary is now available on Netflix (yes, in Ireland) alongside AlphaGo.

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“Don’t just buy books—read them. Don’t just look at the results of pro games—play through them. Don’t just play the same opening moves—try some you’ve not used before. You’ll discover that go is even more fun than you thought”William Cobb

September

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Sep 042018
 

Looking forward… September

Belfast Tournament
There will be a four-round one-day tournament in Belfast on Saturday September 29th

Galway Meetups
The group is now meeting every Tuesday evening at the Black Gate in Galway City. Kevin intends to keep their facebook page active, starting with a life or death problem from one of the club’s recent games.

Weekly Meetings

Galway – Tuesday 20:00 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… August

EGF AGM
The EGF have posted some updates and the minutes are available. There is some related discussion on L19.

2018 Correspondance Tournament
Just a handful of games left

Tenuki

AlphaGo Monument
I had read about the touchscreen go table in Austria, but missed this installation entirely.

AlphaGo monument humanity future overlord
The AlphaGo sculpture in Vienna is the first monument in the world that is dedicated to AI

August

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Aug 012018
 

The annual “should I delay posting long enough for the EGF to release the AGM minutes?” edition

At time of release, the 2018 European Go Congress is ongoing. The 62nd incarnation is so big it has two Twitch steams.

Looking forward… August

[insert breaking Go news here]
*tumbleweed*

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

Looking back… July

EGF AGM
This took place last night. No sign of minutes yet, but the agenda remains available.

2018 Correspondance Tournament
The majority of games appear to be wrapping up

Tenuki

Twitch Plays Go
The AGA report about an all-day Go livestream. It was a few months ago, but the article has archive links.

ELF OpenGo
Facebook’s open-source bot has beaten Pros

Final Move
AlphaGo’s real endgame

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

November

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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.