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Wat is go en hoe kon het programma AlphaGo winnen van de wereldkampioen?

Begin maart speelden wereldtop-gospeler Lee Sedol en het softwareprogramma AlphaGo van Google Deepmind een historische match en de uitslag was voor vele go-spelers verrassend.


Duizenden jaren was het meesterschap over het bordspel go voorbehouden aan mensen. Enkele jaren geleden nog waren zelfs middelmatige spelers in staat om de destijds beste go-computerprogramma’s te verslaan, terwijl bij denksporten als schaken en dammen de grootmeesters al geen schijn van kans meer maakten tegen de kunstmatige intelligenties.
Maar nu 2016, tussen 9 en 14 maart, verloor de mens met 4-1 van AlphaGo. Sindsdien staat het spel in een hernieuwde belangstelling.


  • Wat is go eigenlijk?
  • Waarom is het nu zo interessant voor Google?
  • En waarom fascineert het mensen al duizenden jaren?
  • Om deze vragen te beantwoorden organiseren wij drie go-introducties in het Europees Go Centrum te Amstelveen:
  • donderdag 7 April vanaf 19:00 uur
  • zaterdag 9 April vanaf 14:00 uur
  • woensdag 13 April 19:00 uur
  • Graag (gratis) vooraanmelding via E-mail naar
    Europees Go Centrum
    Schokland 14
    1181HV Amstelveen
    tel.: 020 – 64 555 55

    Alphago wins the match with Lee Sedol 4 – 1.



    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 : citing “AlphaGo March 9th”.

    Result of the First World Wide Iwamoto Award

    Iwamoto-Award-2015 Certificate

    During the opening ceremony of the European Go Championships in Liberec, Czechia, we could present the result of the First World Wide Iwamoto Awards. This is the first time that we organized this award world wide, we had four European awards earlier. Mr. Yamashiro 9p, vice-pesident of the Nihon Ki-in handed the certificate over to Daniel Bösze (Austria) for his project Public Touchscreen Go Table.
    The three winners are:
    1 (€ 1.000): “Public Touchscreen Go Table” by Daniel Bösze (Austria)
    2 (€ 500): “the Surrounding Game” by Cole D. Pruitt (US)
    3 (€ 500): “Gakko no Go” by Maria Puerta (Venezuela)

     Harry van der Krogt (L, EGCC), Daniel Bösze (M, Winner) and Mr. Yamashiro Hiroshi 9p (R, Nihon Ki-in)

    Harry van der Krogt (L, EGCC), Daniel Bösze (M, Winner) and Mr. Yamashiro Hiroshi 9p (R, Nihon Ki-in) Photo by Damir Sultanbekov ​


    The full result is as follows:
    FInal score World WIde Iwamoto Award 2015
    FInal score World WIde Iwamoto Award 2015

    The Nihon Ki-in Summer Training Camp 2015


    1. Overview

    -Concept: To let non-Japanese go players get stronger and feel and learn the Japanese culture of go through fantastic programs provided by the Nihon Ki-in
    -Term: From 21st August till 3rd September 2015
    -Place: The Nihon Ki-in (Tokyo)
    -Participants: Suitable for from 10 kyu up to high dan players
    -Courses: Full term, Semi-full, One week course (*you choose one)

    1. Contents

    1) Pro Lecture and Workshops

    Highly-selected and richly-experienced pros including a famous 9-dan pro of the Nihon Ki-in will give you a fantastic workshop every day.

    *You will be given an original special textbook and materials that will help you improve your go skill.

    2) style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Pro Teaching Games & Reviews

    Our pros will give you simuls games and in-depth analysis and reviews of the games.

    3) Special Training Program 2015

    You will stay overnight at a Ryokan, ‘Sugino Yado’ on 27 and 28 August and will be trained for a full day from morning to night: pro teaching games, lectures, in-depth commentaries, quiz and problems

    Sugino Yado’ is a very well-known Ryokan since the legend Fujisawa Shuko (Honorary Kisei) hosted a go camp at ‘Sugino Yado’ every year in which a lots of promising young pros took part.

    *To see ‘Sugino Yado’ from here:

    *Note: During the special program in ‘Sugino Yado’, meals and accommodation (on 27th) and transportations are all included in the Full Term or One Week Course.



    – Visit and experience most popular ‘Go Dojo’ in Japan

    *You will play a goodwill match against the Dojo students (*may include current insei students).

    – Play a goodwill match against the University students (*which may include ex-insei students).

    – Play a league tournament among participants from over the world and the winner will be arranged to play a special match against a top famous pro (*will be decided soon).

    *At previous summer go camps, the winner in 2012 played against Takemiya 9p and in 2014 played against Ichiriki 7p (U-20 World Champion).

    – You may be given a teaching game by a pro at the Nihon Ki-in’s best room (except Yugen no ma) where only first class professionals are allowed to play their official matches.

    – More additional programs shall be arranged.

    1. Course

      (*You can choose one of the following three courses)

    Full Term (21 Aug – 3 Sep): JPY 69,800 (*All inclusive)

    Semi-Full (21 Aug – 3 Sep): JPY 55,000 (*Not including the special training program)

    One Week (21-28 Aug or 27 Aug – 3 Sep): JPY44,900 (*The special program is inclusive)

    * You will get 10% Off of the regular fee if you register for the Summer Go Camp before 1 April 2015.

    *For details, please check the website:

    In memory of Go Seigen

    go_seigen_young Go Seigen passed away at the age of 100. Picture by Zhang Jingna, Caligraphy Go Seigen LoRe
    On November 30 2014 Go Seigen, one of the strongest Go players of the 20th century, passed away at the age of 100.
    Badukmovies in cooperation with Merlijn Kuin – multiple times Dutch champion and board member of the EGCC – pays tribute to Go Seigen by giving a lecture on one of his games against Takagawa Kaku in front of a live audience.
    The video can be watched at:
    Picture in the middle by: Zhang Jingna,