[Computer-go] Match Conditions?

"Ingo Althöfer" 3-Hirn-Verlag at gmx.de
Mon Feb 1 06:59:30 PST 2016

Hi Aja,

congratulations again to the fantastic achievement of your team!

One bunch of management questions:
* How many games will be played in March between Alpha-Go and Lee Sedol?
* Will it be just "X games" or some "best of X" format?

* What will be the thinking times?
* Will there be rest days between the rounds?

* Would it be ok for DeepMind, when Lee Sedol takes one or two coaches
from the computer-go scene?

Cheers, Ingo.

Gesendet: Montag, 01. Februar 2016 um 14:38 Uhr
Von: "Aja Huang" <ajahuang at google.com>
An: computer-go at computer-go.org
Betreff: Re: [Computer-go] Mastering the Game of Go with Deep Neural Networks and Tree Search

Hi Petr,
On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 11:38 AM, Petr Baudis <pasky at ucw.cz> wrote:That's right, but unless I've overlooked something, I didn't see Fan Hui
create any complicated fight, there wasn't any semeai or complex
life&death (besides the by-the-book oonadare).  This, coupled with the
fact that there is no new mechanism to deal with these (unless the value
network has truly astonishing generalization capacity, but it just
remembering common tsumego and joseki shapes is imho a simpler
explanation), leads me to believe that it remains a weakness.
If you check Myungwan Kim 9p's comments in the video, in the 4th game there was a semeai that AlphaGo read out at top side. See the game at
Unfortunately before the Lee match I'm not allowed to answer some of the interesting questions raised in this thread, or mention how strong is AlphaGo now. But for now what I can say is that in the nature paper (about 5 months ago) AlphaGo reached nearly 100% win rate against the latest commercial versions of Crazy Stone and Zen, and AlphaGo still did well even on 4 handicap stones, suggesting AlphaGo may do much better in tactical situations than Crazy Stone and Zen. 
I understand you bet on Lee but I hope you will enjoy watching the match. :)
 Of course there are other possibilities, like AlphaGo always steering
the game in a calmer direction due to some emergent property.  But
sometimes, you just have to go for the fight, don't you?

                                Petr Baudis

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