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Stronger than Lee Setol 3 days after having learned the rules !

Who could do this ? AlphaGo of course !

The Deep Mind team has just released a new version of AlphaGo, AlphaGo Zero.

This new version is stronger than the previous versions (AG Zéro won...100-0 against the AG LeeSetol version !).

But now comes the most amazing info...

Why did they named it "Zero" ?

Because, contrarily to the previous versions that has been "fed" by thousands of games played by the humans since centuries, AG Zero version has learned everything from scratch, from just learning the rules.

Just after 3 (yes, three !) days of playing against itself and learning from its own mistakes, without any pollution by human play (!), AG Zero has already reached the level of the LeeSetol version; and after 40 days, s/he - it surpassed the KeJie version, to become the best ever playing entity in this world.

More than even, IA will be modelling our world, and not only in go !

Read more here: (I recommend you to watch the graphic and the video !): https://deepmind.com/blog/alphago-zero-learning-scratch/

PS: the Deep Mind team opened a forum
https://www.reddit.com/r/MachineLearning/comments/76xjb5/ama_we_are_davi...

International Fantastic Film Festival

On 8th April at 6 PM at the Bozar Ciné 1, the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (www.BIFFF.net) will show "The Divine Move" - a Korean thriller in which the central theme is baduk !

http://www.bifff.net/fr/festival/movie-fr/divine-move-the/

The organisation of the BIFF offer the Belgian Go Federation 20 free places to our members.

Should you be interested to receive a free entrance, you only have to send us an e-mail (board@gofed.be) BEFORE 01/04 with your firstname and name.

In "exchange", we would like you to promote (= speak about) the film and the BIFF among your friends, relatives,...(should they play "go"...or not !).
The Belgian Go Federation will animate a stand to present the game and the Federation to the spectators when they come out after the movie

remarks:
- you have to be member of the Belgian Go Federation to ask a free place
- if we receive more demands than tickets, we will hold a lottery
- of course, please be sure to come when you ask a place !

Wintergo

For those who are interested, the Dutch federation is hosting a wintercamp in Overasselt.
There will be, among other things, workshops and tournaments.
The camp starts December 27th and ends the 31st.

More info can be found here

35ste Brabantse Go toernooi

For those who are interested; the Go-club from Eindhoven is hosting the 35th edition of their tournament on 15-16 November.
More information can be found here:
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A new book for learning go

The American Go Foundation just released a new book free for download. It is a complete introduction to the game of go, known as baduk in Korea. The rules are thoroughly explained with lots of examples and exercises to guide the beginner to master the rules.

This is most certainly a nice book to recommend to newcomers in clubs and it could be used as a teaching material. You can download it by following this link : http://agfgo.org/downloads/LoveBaduk.pdf .

C2P - Coup2Pousse

Christopher Annachachibi, a Belgian player from Brussels, just launched a website dedicated to the game of go. He describes it as a "plateforme d’échange de connaissances et d’expériences sur le Go. Commentaires de parties en ligne ou hors ligne."

There is also a nice guide for beginners. Have a look at http://c2p.hisoland.be/ .

Japan Expo Belgium


The Belgian Go Federation was present at the Japan Expo Belgium on Nov. 4th-6th. It was great, there were many people eager to learn Go, and we distributed about 400 leaflets with Go clubs addresses; we hope to have as many new players!

The place was very noisy and busy; teaching Go is not easy when the players can't even sit and the teacher can't talk louder than the Japanese drums. We invite all interested players to join the nearest club or try KGS to play online. Note: there is a small mistake in the papers, the club organizing lessons for beginners is located in 1083 Ganshoren (not 1038). More info on the clubs page.

Dear new players, don't try to buy hundreds of books to get started. Don't even watch Hikaru again. Just play, play many many games, and you'll become very strong soon. Good luck!

Beginners' Day in Liège

If you want to learn Go or if you've just learned how to play, you might be interested to meet other people who are in your case. That kind of activity will be organised in Liège soon, please doodle here : http://doodle.com/d2itmqigcqyz8p2e

Made In Asia

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The Belgian Go Federation will be represented at Made In Asia on 12th, 13th and 14th March 2009. During the whole weekend, initiations and demonstrations will be organized in order to make Go more popular.

Find more info on madeinasia.be.

Go initiation

The Go-club Antwerpen will organize a go initiation at the Spel 2009 the 28 and 29 November.

Place :
Evenementenhal Den Boomgaard
Antwerpsesteenweg 57
B-2520 Broechem (Ranst)

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