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    Posted April 14, 2011 by
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    Human vs. Computer Go Competition Report on IEEE SSCI 2011


    Several years ago, machines were still losing against strong amateur Go players.The last developments in computer Go have allowed machines to compete against professional players, with a small handicap in the machines' favor.


    The IEEE SSCI 2011 held a human vs. computer Go competition in Paris, on April 13 and 14, with National University of Tainan (NUTN), Taiwan, the INRIA team TAO,France, and Grid5000 to provide servers for the Go program MoGoTW.


    On the first day, MoGoTW broke a new world record by winning the first 13 by 13 game against the professional Go player Ping-Chiang Chou (5P), with handicap 3 and reversed komi of 3.5. It also won 3 out of 4 games of Blind Go in 9 by 9. In games with random initial positions of 180 stones, MoGoTW won 2 out of 3 games against a strong amateur player. On non-standard initial positions computers can be at a very strong amateur level in 19x19.


    These results show that even though machines have not reached the level of human professional Go players yet, the gap between the two is shrinking.


    Website: http://ssci2011.nutn.edu.tw
    Adrien Couetoux reports on IEEE SSCI 2011, on April 14.

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