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SanRenSei game (3rd round… CODECENTRIC Go Challenge 2014): Go bot CrazyStone (5-6D) vs. Franz-Josef Dickhut (6D)

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.

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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
Rules: Japanese
Winning condition: First party to win three games

All infos on the official web site inclusive all games in the archive.


CrazyStone-6D-Franz-Josef-Dickhut-7D-18102014-1.sgf (24.5 KB)

For your individual review / Go training pick up the SGF of the SanRenSei game here:  Eidogo | OGS

Book mark next game: October 25th, 2 pm UTC (4pm CEST)

[1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz-Josef_Dickhut
[2]: http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Player_Card.php?key=10501403
[3]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?CrazyStone
[4]: http://remi.coulom.free.fr/
[5]: http://www.unbalance.co.jp/igo/eng/
[6]: https://blog.codecentric.de/en/2014/09/codecentric-challenge-2014-2/
[7]: https://go.codecentric.de/#homepage


About LinuxGooo

I am a real Go Beginner… but I like to learn and have fun with. And I fell in love with playing for influence (mainly San-RenSei fuseki, Cosmic style) as white and black. … 26th Jan 2014 I started on KGS (as 6-7kyu since Sept), another global GO Server on the web. On 4th March 2014 I registrated on OGS (Online Go Server). In July I began to play on Korean servers, on Tygem (10kyu) and on Wbaduk (11kyu). If possible by time, I like to have reviews and analysis of my games, which helps to progress (beside observing/Kibitzing Dan games). – My special thanks go to different KGS teachers/players for audio lectures and individual reviews: Dsaun (N.Y.), Battusai, TapJoshua (4D), Troll (2D), MXHero (5D), Shygost (3D), Mingjiu Jiang (7P)… not to forget all the other KGS players who offered me their knowledge and shared their personal experiences. My special tks go to Dsaun for his audio lecture “Shape” (on 22nd Febr 2014) which was the first step into a systemtical learning. Currently I study with www.321go.org and with the first GO book: “Graded Go Problems for Beginners” (Vol. 1-4) by Kano Yoshinori. Volume 1: Introductory Problems Volume 2: Elementary Problems VOlume 3: Intermediate Problems Volume 4: Advanced Problems For individual “offline training” I experimented with and use different bot programmes: Aya 6.34 (1k), Oakfoam GNU Go 3.8 and Zenith 4.4. better known as Zen (5k-5D) (Rec.: Running these bots I use as front end (Goban) Drago.) For editing/rediting SGF files the programme MultiGo 4 is suitable. Have fun behind the board…


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