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1st night of all nights in GO history: AlphaGo (AI) battles first round agains 9P Dan Lee Sedol (Korea)

It will become some exiting five days from 9th March 2016 on in the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul (Korea) which can be seen as a historical moment in GO history. March 2016 will proof if a highly skilled human player can be beaten by a Go computer. Lee Sedol (born 1983) from South Korea who picked up the challenge is seen as the world best Professional Go player these days (rank: 9P Dan).

The eldest board game in the world (more than 2,000 years old with origin in Ancient China) can be played since 2015 by Artificial Intelligence (AI) called AlphaGo. Its a new self-learning mashine based on a neuronal net which was developed by Deepmind Technologies, a British corporation which was founded in 2010 and now is being owned by Google.

The Go world around the globe is heavily exicting since January 2016 after the results had been published in Nature (edition: 28th Jan 2016) about the five days fight of European Go Champion Fan Hui (2P Dan) who lost 0:5 against AlphaGO in October 2015. You can download all 5 games as SGF (zipped / unzipped). The astonishing result is seen as a seriously test for the developers of Deepmind around founder Demis Hassabis.

Lee Sedol announced end of February 2016 during a press conference (see pictures) that he is very confident to win 5:0, at least his personal target is 3:2 which would be a big disapointment for him personally (see translation of the interview in the Lifein 19×19 Forum).

On 9th March 2016 starts the live stream of first day on Youtube
at 04:30 am CET / 13:00 KST (= 8th March 20:00 PT / 23:00 ET)

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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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