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April 19th, 2010

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Ben wins 2nd quarter 2010 SAGA internet tournament

We had a reasonably strong turn-out on Saturday, with the top group of 8 players all being 1k or stronger. Ben played from Korea, and managed to keep awake sufficiently to win the tournament. Group 2 again only had 4 players, but both Riaan and Francois played well and gained promotion. So, congatulations to:
– Ben Gale for winning the tournament.
– Riaan Swart on his promotion to 4k.
– Francois van Niekerk on his promotion to 8k.
Thanks to all who took part and we look forward to seeing you all again at the 3rd quarter tournament. The final results after 3 rounds were:
1. Ben Gale
2-4. Konrad Scheffler, John Leuner, Andrew Davies
5-7. Andre Connell, Steve Kroon, Sam Scott
8. Chris Welsh
9-10. Riaan Swart, David Richfield
11. Francois van Niekerk
12. David Gale

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April 14th, 2010

Presentation on Go and AI

I recently gave a talk on AI techniques, and why Go is the new frontier for AI research. The slideshow for the talk, which includes an introduction to Go, is available here.

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April 5th, 2010

Message from Aketa-sensei

I recently received an email from Aketa-sensei. He writes:

I sent a picture.  Can you recognize who it is?
In October 2008 I was brought to a hospital by an ambulance because of a backache. When I was in hospital I had my hair cut. It took me about a year to recover without an operation. Now I have completely recovered.
After visiting your country I took care of Carle Joubert who studied Go at Kansai Ki-in for six month.
Please say hello to all the Go players in S.A.


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