Since 3 years, a match (of 5 games) has been organized between the strongest commercially available software and a top European amateur player.
Up till now the human (Franz-Josef Dickhut, D, 6d) had triumphed against the machine/s ("Crazy Stones" in 2014; "Zen" in 2015), both times by 3-1).
But this year, "Zen" beats Lukas Krämer (D, 6d, German champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015) also by 3-1.
This is a new milestone in Computer-go because "Zen" (unlike "Alpha Go") is a publicly available go programs running on regular hardware...
More info here: https://go.codecentric.de/
Young Chinese Rundong Yang wins 2016 KPMC (Korean Prime Minister Cup)
Four other players ended with one defeat: Yu-Cheng Lai (7d, TW), Kim Heesoo (7d, insei, KR), and the representatives of Canada and Thaïland (in this order).
"Our guy" was this year Gabriel Mercier.
Complete results here: http://kpmc.kbaduk.or.kr/eng/result/gameTable.asp
Dear Go players, with this message I'm happy to inform you the next season of Pandanet Go European Team Championship will start on 15th of September. If you want to be a member of the Belgian team, please just fill the doodle (with your first name, family name and rank):
The 12 top ranked participant will be accepted in the team (but qualification can be organised if there is much more than 12 participants).
Condition to be a member of the Team:
This is a great opportunity to play against other european players (and even pro sometimes) without moving too far !
Please read the infos about the matches before season starts:
With great expectations for this year,
Natalia Kovaleva (RU, 5d) won the 2016 European Championship which was organized this year in Belgium (Antwerpen)!
She remains the only undefeated participant.
Read here the report by one of the participants:
Full list of the final standings:
1. Natalia Kovaleva
François Gonze was recently interviewed by Daily Science about his passion. Read the full interview in French by following this link.
Nobody expected this just a few days ago, but Kim Youngsam 7d managed to win the EGC 2016 Main Tournament!
At the end of the 7th round, Taïwanese Chan YiTien (world amateur champion in 2014 !) was the only unbeaten player...and thus favorite (Kim YS has already been defeated 2 times).
But in the 8th round, Ilya Shickine did a great performance by beating Chan.
And when Ilya went on to beat in the 9th round his last European rival Ali Jabarin (IL, 1-p), he joined Chan as co-favorite.
In the 10th and last round, Chan lost to Kim YS so that Ilya had just to win against Zhang (CN, 7-d) to be the only one with 9 wins...But he lost, offering the final victory to Kim YS (after tie-break).
Finally, it was a very narrow result, as four players ended with 8 points.
Three players ended with 7 wins:
Here are the complete results:
1. Ilya Shikchin is 2016 European champion as he won the "European Championship" (a knock-out tournament for the 8 best European competitors after 4th round of the main tournament).
2. Fan Hui(FR, 2-p), European champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015, was well partly present in St P...but did not compete!
2. the other professional European players (Artem Kachanovski, Alexander Dinerstein and Catalin Taranu) did not play the entire main tournament...Among them, only Artem made his way to the European Championship; the 2 others did badly.
And what about the Belgians ?
Kim Young-Sam (KR, 7-d) won unbeaten the WE tournament in Saint-Petersburgh.
Pavol Lisy (SK, 1-p), Andrei Kravets (UK, 6-d), Lee Kibong (KR, 7-d) and Kim DoHyup (KR, 7-d) followed, each with only 1 defeat.
remarks: suprinsingly enough, 2014 world amateur champion, Chan Yi Tien (TW, 7-d), was beaten 2 times (by Dusan Mitic and by Lee Kibong)
Here are the complete results:
By winning the final against Ali Jabarin (IL, 1-p), Ilya Shikchin (RU, 1-p) is European Champion this year. At 25, this is already his 4th European title !
Here are the results of the European Championship (the 8 participants were selected after the 4 first rounds of the main tournament)