For the 1st time in go history, there will be a "World Champion" (...with "Zen" as one of the 4 competitors !)
For the 1st time, a "world champion" will be selected by a specific competition (to be organized in Osaka in March 2017).
There will be 4 competitors: the best player of each of the 3 big countries (South Korea, China, Japan)...and "Zen" defending the AI (Artificial Intelligence) side!
Japanese representative will be Iwama Yuta. Probable players for China will be Ke Jie, and for Korea: Park Junghwan
This will be very exciting!
The "Zen" team expects to overcome "Alpha Go" in 2017...and plays legendary Cho Chi Kun in a 3 games-match in November.
"Zen", the best publicly available software, has made incredible progress the last months (I reported he won a match against German champion Lukas Krämer, 6-d, by 3-1 in September).
The objective of its developers is now to beat "Alpha Go" before end 2017 ! Yes, guys !
The team managed to organize a test match of 3 games against the legendary Cho Chi Kun starting just now (end November).
Cho is certainly not as strong as he was in the eigties, but he is one of the most prestigious go players. He has won no less than...75 titles !
Please find here more info about this match (in French):
The 31st Brussels tournament took place on the weekend of the 29th and 30th October 2016 and gathered 63 players!
The winner is Fabien Lips (4d, FR), followed by Lucas Neirynck (5d, BE), Antoine Fenech (5d, FR) and Manuel Frangi (2d, FR).
Complete results: http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Tournament_Card.php?&key=T161029G
On the weekend of July 2nd everyone's welcome at the 9th edition of the Ghent Go Tournament.
In March, Belgian team (Kwinten, Nelis, Dominique, Gabriel) lost heavily (0-4) against a strong opponent: Poland.
Belgium is now in the middle of the "peloton" (6th out of 12 teams) in this B-league.
Here are the results of the round:
And here the standings after this round:
This week the first match of the interclub 2016 will be played. A stunning amount of 8 clubs are participating, the highest amount in a decade.
You can find the interclub schedule and results here: http://www.gofed.be/en/tournament/interclubs
May the best club win.
This week end, 16 top European amateurs fought to become the fifth European professional go player.
Ukranian Artem Kachanovskyi beat his countryfellow Andrei Kravets in final and join the four ex-amateurs who already qualified as pros through similar competitions in 2014 (Lisy, Jabarin) and 2015 (Shikshin, Surma).
Complete results can be found here: http://www.eurogofed.org/index.html?id=40
AlphaGo will face its ultimate challenge: a 5-game challenge match in Seoul against the legendary Lee Sedol, the top Go player in the world over the past decade
Read everything about the match here:
(comments on youtube are planed)
Here some reactions and prognoses by some pro players:
Antti Törmannen (ex-7d from Finland) had been insei since some months by the Nihon Ki-in in Japan.
He has just been promoted professional by special recommendation "due to satisfactory results in the insei league and pro examen" (like late Hans Piesch some ...18 years ago).
Congratulations to him !
Here you can read an interview of Antti:
On february 20 and 21 the 26th Leuven Tournament will be held. You can learn more and register here .