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October 31st, 2007

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Potential ad hoc promotion

Based on feedback from Andre Connell, Andrew Davies and Manfred Kimmel, I intend to promote Ben Bredenkamp to 7 kyu after the weekend. If you have any input on this matter, please leave a comment or e-mail me (kroon@sun.ac.za).

Update: the promotion has been implemented. Congratulations, Ben.

Posted by Steve as Cape Town, Rank Changes, Stellenbosch at 9:45 AM, No Comments »

October 17th, 2007

Ben places 38th at 2nd KPMC

Here are the full results (data obtained from http://forum.ufgo.org/index.php?act=ST&f=8&t=597)

1 1 Chang Bea Kang Korea 8 45 319 34 o 28 o 4 o 13 o 2 o 6 o 11 o 14 o
2 2 Yuqing Hu China 7 41 324 35 o 21 o 12 o 7 o 1 x 5 o 6 o 4 o
3 6 Hsi Chen C-Taipei 6 44 312 39 o 22 o 8 o 11 o 5 o 1 x 2 x 12 o
4 4 Kazumori Nagayo Japan 6 41 296 37 o 26 o 1 x 20 o 12 o 10 o 19 o 2 x
5 14 Frank Janssen Netherlands 6 40 285 47 o 9 x 33 o 15 o 35 o 25 o 29 o 1 x
6 11 Cristian Pop Rumania 6 39 311 44 o 18 o 16 o 6 x 7 o 29 o 1 x 5 o
7 34 Mai Duy Le Vietnam 6 38 299 1 x 38 o 35 x 22 o 17 o 16 o 7 o 29 o
8 19 Yi Ming Guo Australia 6 38 283 52 o 16 o 31 o 5 x 9 o 30 o 4 x 35 o
9 25 Ralph Spiegel Austria 6 33 267 58 o 12 x 21 o 43 o 65 o 14 x 32 o 46 o
10 12 Jia Cheng Tan Singapore 5 42 295 45 o 25 o 2 x 17 o 4 x 28 o 10 o 6 x
11 13 Michael Yao Sweden 5 41 296 46 o 17 o 9 o 1 x 29 x 8 o 5 x 43 o
12 5 Jing Yang Canada 5 41 295 38 o 20 o 27 o 19 o 6 x 2 x 13 o 11 x
13 35 Kai Kun Xie New Zealand 5 39 275 2 x 48 o 34 o 64 o 14 x 65 o 30 o 19 x
14 29 Jan Ramon Belgium 5 38 280 62 o 36 o 30 o 31 o 13 o 11 x 14 x 34 x
15 10 Radek Nechanicky Czech 5 37 292 43 o 8 x 26 o 32 o 40 o 4 x 12 x 7 o
16 9 Lianzhou Yu USA 5 36 296 42 o 14 o 13 x 8 o 19 x 7 x 31 o 15 o
17 32 Nikola Jevtic S&M 5 34 268 65 o 31 x 22 o 10 x 37 o 26 o 25 x 44 o
18 22 Pariwat Sompaokaew Thailand 5 33 273 55 o 6 x 32 x 34 x 21 o 18 o 40 o 26 o
19 30 Bei Ge UK 5 32 279 63 o 57 o 29 x 18 o 28 o 19 x 35 x 8 o
20 43 Choon Lee Malaysia 5 32 268 10 x 60 o 23 o 25 x 39 o 40 o 44 o 13 x
21 46 Daniel Jakadewa Putra Indonesia 5 31 247 13 x 23 x 60 o 49 o 59 o 56 o 27 o 25 x
22 56 Diego Rodriguez Colombia 5 30 253 23 o 15 x 17 x 57 o 33 o 46 x 59 o 50 o
23 45 John Walch Switzerland 5 29 245 12 x 3 o 40 x 53 o 15 x 49 o 41 o 63 o
24 27 Javier Fernandez-Villarez Spain 5 28 265 60 o 33 o 5 x 28 x 18 o 50 o 46 x 39 o
25 7 Ruslan Dmitriev Russia 4 40 288 40 o 42 o 15 o 2 x 11 x 9 o 34 x 10 x
26 8 Pal Balogh Hungary 4 38 291 41 o 10 o 6 x 9 x 31 o 13 x 16 o 30 x
27 31 Arkadii Bogatskyi Ukraine 4 35 281 64 o 32 o 19 x 29 x 8 x 17 o 9 x 65 o
28 16 Marco Firnhaber Germany 4 35 275 49 o 19 x 11 x 42 o 41 o 34 x 8 x 38 o
28 17 Farid Ben Malik France 4 35 275 50 o 13 x 56 o 12 x 34 x 31 x 51 o 28 o
30 15 Hon Hung Siu Hong Kong 4 35 266 48 o 56 o 7 x 14 x 45 o 44 x 65 o 9 x
31 40 Thomas Heshe Denmark 4 33 266 7 x 62 o 45 o 41 o 10 x 43 x 22 x 18 o
32 44 Cristiano Garbarini Italy 4 33 260 11 x 50 x 3 o 38 o 64 o 15 o 43 x 32 x
33 39 Giedrius Tumelis Lithuania 4 33 238 6 x 66 o 41 x 36 o 43 x 42 o 20 o 27 x
34 33 Leonid Entin Israel 4 33 237 66 o 27 x 14 x 23 o 56 x 41 x 42 o 59 o
35 26 Matti Siivola Finland 4 32 271 59 o 4 x 10 x 21 o 20 o 32 x 28 o 22 x
36 23 Andrzej Zyzak Poland 4 32 239 56 x 46 o 43 x 33 x 47 o 63 x 49 o 20 o
37 41 Timotej Suc Slovenia 4 31 255 8 x 47 o 39 o 40 x 16 x 33 o 45 x 64 o
38 50 Ben Gale South Africa 4 31 248 17 x 44 o 55 o 65 x 63 o 27 x 38 o 56 x
39 63 Bernardo Roca-Rey Ross Peru 4 29 233 30 x 37 x 62 o 47 o 50 x 23 o 24 o 45 x
40 36 Miroslav Smid Slovakia 4 26 245 3 o 29 x 18 x 39 x 62 o 38 x 55 o 48 o
41 52 Julio Melchert de Dengy Venezuela 4 24 229 19 x 61 o 64 x 37 x 38 x 62 o 3 o 24 o
42 28 Oyutbileg Tsendjav Mongolia 3 35 264 61 o 1 x 37 o 27 o 30 x 12 x 26 x 17 x
43 18 Fannian Kong Norway 3 35 245 51 o 11 x 36 o 30 x 27 x 22 x 37 o 40 x
44 65 Martin Benenati Michelena Uruguay 3 34 258 32 x 24 o 49 o 50 o 25 x 35 x 15 x 31 x
45 38 Mehmet Barsbey Turkey 3 34 252 5 x 34 x 48 o 44 x 52 o 36 o 50 x 16 x
46 37 Amine Bachri Morocco 3 31 251 4 x 63 o 28 x 52 o 32 x 20 x 18 x 51 o
47 20 Heng Cheong Cheong Macau 3 30 257 53 o 5 x 57 o 4 x 26 x 37 o 39 x 23 x
48 42 Santiago Tabares Argentina 3 29 261 9 x 7 x 59 o 16 x 51 o 39 x 33 x 21 o
49 59 Francisco Pereira Portugal 3 29 228 26 x 58 o 42 x 24 o 46 x 64 o 56 x 33 x
50 64 Sin Voon Chin Brunei 3 28 243 31 x 53 o 52 o 35 x 44 x 59 x 21 o 41 x
51 49 Vasili Galinovsky Belarus 3 28 240 16 x 51 o 65 x 46 x 57 o 45 x 23 x 62 o
52 3 Cherises Aguilon Philippines 3 27 209 36 x 45 x 44 x 58 o 55 o 24 x 52 x 57 o
53 47 Niyazi Baghirov Azerbaijan 3 26 222 14 x 41 x 66 o 63 x 23 x 55 x 60 o 54 o
54 55 Yoni Lazarov Bulgaria 3 25 206 22 x 54 o 50 x 51 x 3 x 47 o 36 x 61 o
55 48 Irwing Sanchez Ecuador 3 24 226 15 x 35 x 38 x 62 x 58 o 53 o 54 o 36 x
56 51 John Gibson Ireland 3 23 226 18 x 49 x 58 o 55 o 42 x 54 o 17 x 37 x
57 24 Marcos Arambula Moreno Mexico 3 23 211 57 x 65 x 54 o 59 x 53 o 3 o 63 x 52 x
58 66 Dragoslav Vodenik B&H 3 18 207 33 x 39 x 47 x 54 x 60 o 61 o 57 x 58 o
59 21 Bruno Borchartt Brazil 2 32 244 54 o 2 x 25 x 26 x 22 x 57 o 64 x 42 x
60 62 Davit Harutyunyan Armenia 2 29 222 29 x 40 x 63 x 48 o 36 x 52 x 53 o 49 x
61 57 Nurman Aylanc Cyprus 2 27 220 24 o 30 x 20 x 56 x 49 x 21 x 66 o 3 x
62 58 Jose Gomez Pinto Chile 2 22 199 25 x 59 x 51 x 3 x 48 x 60 o 61 o 66 x
63 54 Mario Aguero Abando Costa Rica 2 21 190 21 x 55 x 24 x 66 o 61 o 51 x 48 x 47 x
64 53 Edgardo Caceres Estrada Guatemala 2 20 208 20 x 64 x 61 o 45 x 24 x 48 x 62 x 60 o
65 61 Edgar Escobar Thompson Panama 1 19 191 28 x 52 x 53 x 60 o 54 x 66 x 58 x 55 x
66 60 Sandeep Dave India 0 26 196 27 x 43 x 46 x 61 x 66 x 58 x 47 x 53 x

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 8:55 AM, 1 Comment »

October 15th, 2007

KPMC Update

No news on Ben’s progress as yet. After five rounds, the undefeated players include Kang Changbe, the former Korean insei and now the favourite to win (he has beaten the Japanese and Chinese players), Chen Hsi, the 12 year old Taiwanese 6 dan, and Jan Roman 4d of Belgium. Kang and Chen meet in round 6.

Some photos are available.

The game between two of the favourites at the tournament, the Chinese Hu Yuqing and the Korean Kang Chanbe, is available here

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 8:45 PM, No Comments »

October 13th, 2007

Korea Prime Minister’s Cup

Ben Gale is representing South Africa at the second Korea Prime Minister Cup International Baduk Championship held in Suwon City from 12 to 17 October. We wish him the best of luck! You can track Ben’s progress here

Posted by konrad as SAGA, Tournaments at 5:48 PM, No Comments »

October 11th, 2007

AGM announcement and call for council member nominations

Dear Members of SAGA,

The SAGA AGM for 2007 will be held at 13h00 on 17 November (during the
lunch break of the 4th quarter internet tournament) in the South African
Room of the Kiseido Go Server.

Agenda:

a) Adoption of the minutes of the previous AGM.
b) Receipt and consideration of Officers’ reports.
c) The adoption of the annual financial statements.
d) Election of Council Members.

The terms of council members Julius Paulu and David Richfield are expiring
this year, and we hereby call for nominations for council members to
replace them. Nominations should be submitted in writing (email is
acceptable) by a proposer, confirmed by a seconder (either as a signatory
to a nomination on paper or via a separate email), and agreed to by the
candidate. Nominations should be received by me no later than 17 October
2007.

Regards,
Konrad Scheffler

Posted by konrad as SAGA at 12:31 PM, No Comments »

October 10th, 2007

Ben promoted again

Congratulations to Ben Bredenkamp on another promotion, to 9k. He got his promotion after two 6-handicap games against Andre Connell. Andre believes an ad hoc promotion (to around 6-7 kyu) is desirable, but to implement it, I’d like some more opinions. So anyone who has a chance to play him and test the opinion, I’d value your feedback (mail me at kroon@sun.ac.za).

Posted by Steve as Rank Changes, Stellenbosch at 2:39 PM, No Comments »

October 10th, 2007

Cape Town Go Club vs Alex Dinerchtein

Two members of the Cape Town Go Club, Chris Welsh and Guillaume Binet, recently played a joint correspondence game vs Alexander Dinerchtein 1p on the Dragon Go Server. Both players were at about the 5k level when this game was played (it was a 1 stone handicap game). Alex was kind enough to comment on the game afterwards, and the comments may prove interesting to readers of this site. It may be of particular interest to the Cape Town Go Club members who advised on possible moves at various stages of this game.

GBinet_CWelsh_vs_ADinerchtein.sgf

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Game records at 10:51 AM, No Comments »

October 9th, 2007

Strong bot freely available

There is a new computer program that plays a particularly strong version of Go. It is called Mogo and is freely available. It is particularly strong at 9×9 (allegedly ranked at 3 dan) and surprisingly strong at 19×19 (ranked at 3k on KGS). It makes use of the Monte Carlo technique to generate promising moves and is perhaps a hint of the future, where in fact brute force rather than human emulation will be the secret to achieving professional strength.

At 9×9, I’ve played it about twenty times and I’ve lost every time! At 19×19, it plays a VERY influence-oriented game. It is is not too difficult to beat after you get used to this. I will admit, however, that I lost in my first game against it, although I have beaten it consistently after that. (I am currently ranked 5k on SAGA, to give you some idea of its relative strength).

It comes as an engine, for which you need to download a front-end. The engine is available here. In terms of a front-end, if you are using windows, Drago is the only one that I know of, and it can be downloaded here. For linux users, goGui or qGo are the applications that apparently work best.

If you use Drago, set the custom parameters to “–9 –time 12” and be sure to mark the scoring mechanism as “area”

Edit: In 9×9, Mogo is very strong as black – in about 50 attempts playing as white I’ve yet to win. If I take black, however, I win most of the time.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Links at 1:13 AM, No Comments »