[Computer-go] History of program strength

David Doshay ddoshay at mac.com
Sat Sep 27 18:33:24 PDT 2014

Hi Peter,

From June 2005 thru May 2006 SlugGo took first place in all of the KGS competitions it entered, beating both commercial and research programs (May 2006 was 13x13 and 9x9; SlugGo was 1st on 13, 4th on 9, and all our tuning and optimizations were done on 19). By Dec 2006 the MC programs were stronger with long time limits and SlugGo came in 3rd: this was the time when MCTS passed conventional programming. Over this time period SlugGo had 72 G5 cores.

In Mar 2007 SlugGo came in 8th on 18 minute total time and MC was clearly stronger than anything conventional. Later in 2007 SlugGo beat an 8k human at the Cotsen Open running on an 8 core Xenon Mac Pro tower.

I hope this helps.

David G Doshay

ddoshay at mac.com

On 26, Sep 2014, at 4:48 PM, Peter Drake <drake at lclark.edu> wrote:

> I'm giving a talk on computer Go (and how to play Go) to a regional computer science conference in a couple of weeks.
> Has anyone compiled a table or graph of the best programs' strength over time? Ideally it should make the jump after Monte Carlo clear.
> I am aware of these:
> http://senseis.xmp.net/?KGSBotRatings (only goes back to 2007)
> http://www.computer-go.info/h-c/ (a bit difficult to condense into a single line graph)
> -- 
> Peter Drake
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