codecentric go challenge 2014 (with total score of best-of-five competition)
Today we have seen an impressive, 3rd game with a very classical SanRenSei opening between 11 times National GO Champion Franz-Josef Dickhut (6Dan EGF) from Germany as white and the Go bot CrazyStone (5-6D) as black. This bot runs on a server with low capacity Dual Core 900 mhz processor.
How did it make Franz-Josef to survive after his centre attack ? – With move 70 white still missed a 2nd eye to survive there.
Today this game has been re-streamed on OGS live from KGS. – Tks to the KGS team and tks to Remi Coloum for programming CrazyStone which is available for Windows PCs (buy it here). – And congrats to Franz-Josef for his fantastic game (and win) we have seen today taking all four courners and an exiting Ko fight which might have isolated white’s centre group.
status quo on 18th Oct 2014: Crazy Stone – Franz-Josef Dickhut: 1-2
– 10/04/2014: Crazy Stone wins by 1,5 points
– 10/11/2014: Franz-Josef Dickhut wins by resignation
– 10/18/2014: Franz-Josef Dickhut wins by resignation
Go is Asia’s most popular board game with many professional players in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan. From the programmer’s perspective, go is also one of the most complex games. In chess, the program “Deep Blue” beat then human world champion Garry Kasparov as early as 1997. However, even the best go programs of today are still significantly weaker than professional go players.
But the gap is closing. In the last couple of years, the playing strength of go programs has leaped to a new level. This was due mainly to the incorporation of Monte Carlo methods into the traditional game tree search approach. Yet up to now, no professional or top amateur has played against a go program in an even contest, i.e. without a handicap of several stones in favor of the program.
For more information, visit the official blog post codecentric go challenge 2014.
The rules of the challenge (with no handicap)
Starting date: Saturday, October 4th 2014, 4 pm CEST
Schedule: First three games: one game per week, every Saturday at 4 pm CEST
Venue: Online, KGS Go-Server, “Computer Room”: http://www.gokgs.com
Handicap: Even game, Komi: 6.5
Thinking Time: 1 hour + 5 times 40 sec Byoyomi per player
Winning condition: First party to win three games
CrazyStone-6D-Franz-Josef-Dickhut-7D-18102014-1.sgf (24.5 KB)
Book mark next game: October 25th, 2 pm UTC (4pm CEST)