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“.

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.

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/