william – EGCC http://go-centre.nl/wp Amstelveen, the Netherlands Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:41:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.12 Alphago wins the match with Lee Sedol 4 – 1. http://go-centre.nl/wp/egcc-programme-around-1st-match-of-lee-sedol-vs-alphago/ http://go-centre.nl/wp/egcc-programme-around-1st-match-of-lee-sedol-vs-alphago/#respond Tue, 01 Mar 2016 11:33:45 +0000 http://go-centre.nl/wp/?p=26968 Continue reading Alphago wins the match with Lee Sedol 4 – 1. ]]> result5_960


Update 3: Alphago beat Lee Sedol 9p 4 – 1!. In the last game Alphago seemed to make a mistake and Lee Sedol was leading. But during the game Alphago turned the tables slowly and won by resignation.
It has been an incredible week with a result that shocked most Go players. Scientists were not so surprised though. We can’t wait to see in depth analysis of the games and we are also very interested on what Google Deepmind will do after this victory. We hope that Deepmind will develop Alphago further and eventually make a version of the software that can be available for the public.
We now have the situation, like with Chess and Checkers that the computer can beat the strongest players. So now we can start where we left and play human to human games again. Some time in the future we will probably have a tool that will enable us to study our games. We are sure this will be of great benefit to us all. Meanwhile Google Deepmind will develop their AI software further so that it eventually can be of help in more serious matters like healthcare.
Update 2: After 4 games Alphago leads 3 – 1. After winning three convincing games AlphaGo seems to have made mistakes in a complicated fight after some very sharp moves by Lee Sedol.
Update 1: After 2 remarkable games Alphago leads with 2 – 0! The program played very strong and Lee Sedol is left ‘speechless’ after the second game.
You can follow the video of the games with very clear commentary of Michael Redmond 9p on the Deepmind YouTube-channel!

During the first round we organized a meeting in the EGCC, about 60 people were there from 05:00 to see the first match. The info on this match you can find below.

Starting Tuesday night March 8 we will start a meeting where Go players and everybody who is interested in Artificial Intelligence and Game programming can watch the historic first game between Google’s AlphaGo and Lee Sedol 9p.
Not only will we watch the game and live commentary by Michael Redmond 9p, but also we have Guo Juan 5p, Merlijn Kuin 6d (tbc) and Peter Brouwer 6d doing live commentary and answer questions about the game. Also there will be discussions about Artificial Intelligence.
We already have over 25 people coming from all over the Netherlands!

The schedule looks like this:
Tuesday night, March 8
19:45 – 23.00: gathering of goclub ‘The Two Eyes’.
Subsequently, there will be played from 23:00 to 04:00 go. If there is enough interest we will make it a Rapid Tournament, with five rounds.
Wednesday, March 9
04:30 u – 05:00 h: Reception of all interested parties with coffee and tea.
05:00 u – 10:00 am: Live broadcast of the match with commentary by Michael Redmond 9p. The game starts at 13.00 Korean time with 2 hours of thinking time per person/computer and 3x 1 minute byo-yomi.
05.00 u – 07.00: Comments on the opening by alternately Peter Brouwer 6d, Dutch champion Rapid, and (tbc) Merlin Kuin 6d, current and multiple Dutch champion.
06:00 – 07.00: Explaining the functioning of AlphaGo by Erik van der Werf 1d, scientist and programmer of four goprograms.
07.00 – 10.00: Comments on the match by Guo Juan 5p, go professional and -lecturer.
07.00 – 07:30 h: Discussion on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the programmability of intuition initiated by Jaap van den Herik, AI professor.
07:30 u – 08:30 h: Buffet breakfast
08.30 – 09.00: discussion about the opportunities and dangers of deep learning initiated by Mathijs Romans 1d, software architect
09.00 – 10.00: Final Discussion on how the (professional) practice go play and learning is affected by the (arguably superior) gocomputers.
Register : office@go-centre.nl citing “AlphaGo March 9th”.
]]> http://go-centre.nl/wp/egcc-programme-around-1st-match-of-lee-sedol-vs-alphago/feed/ 0 CEGO European Pro Qualification Tournament http://go-centre.nl/wp/cego-european-pro-qualification-tournament/ http://go-centre.nl/wp/cego-european-pro-qualification-tournament/#respond Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:05:10 +0000 http://go-centre.nl/wp/?p=1078 Continue reading CEGO European Pro Qualification Tournament ]]> Thursday, 29th of May, the EGCC organizes, on behalf of the European Go Federation, part of the CEGO European Pro Qualification Tournament, that will decide the first CEGO European Professional.
The 16 participants selected by the EGF will play a knock out tournament with losers rounds. Only after two losses players are knocked out.
The tournament will start in Strasbourg (May 24-25) with the first two rounds.
After rounds 3 and 4 in Amsterdam (May 29), one player with 4 points will become professional.
The 4 players with 3 points will play the last two rounds in Vienna (June 20-22) and the winner of these two rounds will become the other professional player.
The pairing for the first round in Strasbourg should be: 1-16, 2-15 … (EGF ratings).
For detailed information see: Overview
For tournament rules see: Rules
For the EGF Professional Go System Constitution see: Constitution


Pavol Lisy
Cornel Burzo
Csaba Mero
Thomas Debarre
Christian Pop
Mateusz Surma
Jan Simara
Ali Jabarin
Pal Balogh
Fredrik Blomback
Viktor Lin
Timur Sankin
Lukáš Podpěra
Benjamin Teuber
Andrii Kravets
Jan Hora


Dusan Mitic
Bohdan Zhurakovskyi
Juri Kuronen
Lukas Kraemer
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Go public – a Go promotion walk through the city of Bochum http://go-centre.nl/wp/go-public-a-go-promotion-walk-through-the-city-of-bochum/ http://go-centre.nl/wp/go-public-a-go-promotion-walk-through-the-city-of-bochum/#respond Sat, 14 Apr 2012 17:00:40 +0000 http://egccmedia.com/wordpress/?p=230 Continue reading Go public – a Go promotion walk through the city of Bochum ]]> Today Go public – one of the projects entered into the Iwamoto Awards has been realised. The players of the Go Club Bochum promoted Go with eagerness and enthousiasm. Here’s what the main organizer, Andreas, reports about this event.

“We trusted in the weather forecast and met at noontime in the main station of Bochum. Around 15 players gathered and while waiting there for the players to arrive, people already took interest in our go boards and some came to ask what we were doing. When we started to leave the main station the sun came out and it felt warm although we had around 13 degrees. It was fun to walk as a group with each of us carrying one go board and sure attracting the views of people.

We walked to a nearby public place which was our first stop and put blankets to the ground on which we then put our boards to play. On the borders of the blankets we placed flyers so that interested people could directly take a flyer without having to ask us and in case that people asked us we could easily hand them out. To our positive expectations a lot of people stopped wondering what we were doing and also a lot of flyers were taken as well as people sitting down with us and getting explanations. We stayed on the first place for two hours until we moved to our next stop.

The next stop was the main shopping street of Bochum where we found a nice spot to attract the views of pedestrians. We also received positive replies by the public but couldn’t stay too long since the rain started. As we were invited to be visiting a book store on our route later, we decided to go there earlier and it was ok since they had everything prepared for us. They had set up tables and put advertisement for us which was really impressive and kind.

Feeling wet and cold due to the rain we enjoyed to sit down in the book store and get some rest while playing in warm atmosphere. It is the biggest book store in Bochum, that’s why many people passed and stopped to see what we were doing. The book store even made announcements via speakers to make everyone inside the store aware that we are showing Go and that everyone is invited to join us. It was such a good feeling to hear it and made all of us happy.

During the day a lot of people who never heard of Go, but also people who had once played or heard of the game, showed their interest. We might have also created a new link to the Korean community in this area while one Korean woman came towards us and told us that she knows many Korean people who are looking for Go players but were not aware that there is such an active community in Germany. :)

We finished the day in a nice bar where we ate and drank together to discuss the day and play more Go. I’m happy to say that the project was very successful and that even players from cities like Bonn and Düsseldorf came to support us. Already during the day players asked to repeat the project in Bochum and if possible also in other cities. I am looking forward to it and can recommend this project for no matter which city or country as it is so easy to implement. :tmbup:


Click here to see a photo gallery documenting the event!

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