History TabletopGame / Go

15th Nov '16 1:33:19 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* ArtificialStupidity: The best Go-playing computer programs are roughly on a par with fairly strong amateurs. Really strong professional players are still well beyond their reach.
** TechnologyMarchesOn: After years of Go programs steadily getting stronger, in 2016 Google's [=AlphaGo=] program [[http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/12/alphago-beats-lee-sedol-in-third-consecutive-go-game defeated Lee Sedol, a top 9 dan human player, 3:0]], [[ForegoneConclusion winning the 5 game match before it had even finished]].

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* ArtificialStupidity: The best Go-playing computer programs are roughly on a par with fairly strong amateurs. Really strong professional players are still well beyond their reach.
** TechnologyMarchesOn:
reach. One of the major factors is that the very large board compared to those of similarly competitive board games like chess means there's just way, way, ''way'' too much calculation needed to reliably decide the optimal next move before the heat death of the universe. \\
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However, TechnologyMarchesOn.
After years of Go programs steadily getting stronger, in 2016 Google's [=AlphaGo=] program [[http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/12/alphago-beats-lee-sedol-in-third-consecutive-go-game defeated Lee Sedol, a top 9 dan human player, 3:0]], [[ForegoneConclusion winning the 5 game match before it had even finished]].
6th Nov '16 4:01:24 PM deezee
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Essays have been written about the differences between Go and TabletopGame/{{Chess}}. Broadly speaking Go has simpler rules and is easier to learn than Chess, but is far more open in its possibilities. We can create computers that have mastered Chess, but until 2016 Go eluded them. Some theorize this is for more than simply the size of the board adding astronomically more possible games of Go. Yet you could probably teach a five year old to play Go in an hour. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaGo_versus_Lee_Sedol This came to an end in March 2016]], when Korean 9-dan[[note]]basically the top rank of grandmaster, in chess terms[[/note]] Lee Sedol lost 4-1 against Google's [=AlphaGo=] project.

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Essays have been written about the differences between Go and TabletopGame/{{Chess}}. Broadly speaking Go has simpler rules and is easier to learn than Chess, but is far more open in its possibilities. We can were able create computers that have mastered Chess, Chess by the mid-90s, but until 2016 Go eluded them. Some theorize this is for more than simply the size of the board adding astronomically more possible games of Go. Yet you could probably teach a five year old to play Go in an hour. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaGo_versus_Lee_Sedol This came to an end in March 2016]], when Korean 9-dan[[note]]basically the top rank of grandmaster, in chess terms[[/note]] Lee Sedol lost 4-1 against Google's [=AlphaGo=] project. \n Notably, this utilizes a fundamentally different approach to AI than Chess. Chess computer operate in essence by brute force - calculating all possible options and looking for the best ones (in practice, they can speed this up by ignoring obviously bad options), while AlphaGo uses an approach called "Deep Learning", in which it analyzes tens of millions of games played by humans as well as billions of games played against itself and looks for common factors that differentiate moves that lead to wins from moves that lead to losses.
6th Nov '16 6:05:05 AM chizo
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** In ancient China, ''Go'' was one of the four arts a scholar was required to learn in order to be considered a member of the "gentlemen caste"
6th Nov '16 6:02:05 AM chizo
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Go is a board game for two players, noted for being rich in strategic complexity despite its simple rules. It is known in China as 围棋 (''Wéiqí''; in Japan as 碁 or 囲碁 (''Go'' or ''Igo''); and in Korea as 바둑 (''Baduk''). Go reached the West through Japan, which is why it is commonly known internationally by its Japanese name, and much of its technical vocabulary is Japanese, although it originated in China.

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Go is a board game for two players, noted for being rich in strategic complexity despite its simple rules. It is known in China as 围棋 (''Wéiqí''; (''Wéiqí''); in Japan as 碁 or 囲碁 (''Go'' or ''Igo''); and in Korea as 바둑 (''Baduk''). Go reached the West through Japan, which is why it is commonly known internationally by its Japanese name, and much of its technical vocabulary is Japanese, although it originated in China.
6th Nov '16 6:01:47 AM chizo
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Go is a board game for two players, noted for being rich in strategic complexity despite its simple rules. It is known in China as 围棋 in Japan as 碁 or 囲碁 (''Go'' or ''Igo''); (''Wéiqí''), and in Korea as 바둑 (''Baduk''). Go reached the West through Japan, which is why it is commonly known internationally by its Japanese name, and much of its technical vocabulary is Japanese, although it originated in China.

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Go is a board game for two players, noted for being rich in strategic complexity despite its simple rules. It is known in China as 围棋 (''Wéiqí''; in Japan as 碁 or 囲碁 (''Go'' or ''Igo''); (''Wéiqí''), and in Korea as 바둑 (''Baduk''). Go reached the West through Japan, which is why it is commonly known internationally by its Japanese name, and much of its technical vocabulary is Japanese, although it originated in China.
6th Nov '16 6:00:16 AM chizo
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Go is a board game for two players, noted for being rich in strategic complexity despite its simple rules. It is known in Japan as 碁 or 囲碁 (''Go'' or ''Igo''), in China as 围棋 (''Wéiqí''), and in Korea as 바둑 (''Baduk''). Go reached the West through Japan, which is why it is commonly known internationally by its Japanese name, and much of its technical vocabulary is Japanese.

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Go is a board game for two players, noted for being rich in strategic complexity despite its simple rules. It is known in China as 围棋 in Japan as 碁 or 囲碁 (''Go'' or ''Igo''), in China as 围棋 ''Igo''); (''Wéiqí''), and in Korea as 바둑 (''Baduk''). Go reached the West through Japan, which is why it is commonly known internationally by its Japanese name, and much of its technical vocabulary is Japanese.
Japanese, although it originated in China.



The origins of Go are ShroudedInMyth. It originated in China more than 2,500 years ago, and although it is not known exactly when the game was invented, by the 5th century BC it was already a popular pastime. The oldest surviving written reference is in the Analects of Confucius (c. 500 BCE) by which time the game was already well-known. Archaeology suggests an origin somewhere in the 2nd millenium BCE, so Go is probably OlderThanDirt. Archaeological evidence indicates that the early game was played on a board with a 17×17 grid, but by the time that the game spread to Korea and Japan in about the 7th century, the 19x19 board had become standard. The game is most popular in East Asia, but spread to other parts of the world. A conservative estimate places the number of Go players worldwide at approximately 27 million.

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The origins of Go are ShroudedInMyth. It originated The game was invented in ancient China more than 2,500 5,500 years ago, so Go is probably OlderThanDirt and although it is not known exactly when thus the game was invented, by the 5th century BC it was already a popular pastime. The oldest surviving board game continuously played today. It was considered one of the four essential arts of the cultured aristocratic Chinese scholar caste in antiquity. The earliest written reference is in the Analects of Confucius (c. 500 BCE) by which time to the game was already well-known. Archaeology suggests an origin somewhere in is generally recognized as the 2nd millenium BCE, so Go is probably OlderThanDirt.historical annal Zuo Zhuan. Archaeological evidence indicates that the early game was played on a board with a 17×17 grid, but by the time that the game spread to Korea and Japan in about the 7th century, the 19x19 board had become standard. The game is most popular in East Asia, but spread to other parts of the world. A conservative estimate places the number of Go players worldwide at approximately 27 million.
25th Aug '16 5:19:20 AM JamesAustin
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Not to be confused with the 1999 film Doug Liman film ''Film/{{Go}}'', the short-lived early '80s [[Series/{{Go}} television game-show]], the travel-themed family board-game published by Waddingtons, the programming language developed by Website/{{Google}}, or the LetsPlay series by Creator/AchievementHunter.

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Not to be confused with the 1999 film Doug Liman film ''Film/{{Go}}'', the short-lived early '80s [[Series/{{Go}} television game-show]], the travel-themed family board-game published by Waddingtons, the programming language developed by Website/{{Google}}, or the LetsPlay series by Creator/AchievementHunter.
3rd Jul '16 9:12:49 AM Wuz
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Essays have been written about the differences between Go and TabletopGame/{{Chess}}. Broadly speaking Go has simpler rules and is easier to learn than Chess, but is far more open in its possibilities. We can create computers that have mastered Chess, but until 2016 Go eluded them. Some theorize this is for more than simply the size of the board adding astronomically more possible games of Go. Yet you could probably teach a five year old to play Go in an hour. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaGo_versus_Lee_Sedol This came to an end in March 2016]], when Korean 9-dan[[note]]basically the top rank of grandmaster, in chess terms[[/note]] Lee Sedol lost 4-1 against Google's AlphaGo project.

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Essays have been written about the differences between Go and TabletopGame/{{Chess}}. Broadly speaking Go has simpler rules and is easier to learn than Chess, but is far more open in its possibilities. We can create computers that have mastered Chess, but until 2016 Go eluded them. Some theorize this is for more than simply the size of the board adding astronomically more possible games of Go. Yet you could probably teach a five year old to play Go in an hour. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaGo_versus_Lee_Sedol This came to an end in March 2016]], when Korean 9-dan[[note]]basically the top rank of grandmaster, in chess terms[[/note]] Lee Sedol lost 4-1 against Google's AlphaGo [=AlphaGo=] project.
14th Jun '16 1:14:04 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* {{Minimalism}}: Unlike many board games, which involve different kinds of spaces and pieces, Go only has one kind of piece per player and a plain grid to play on.
1st May '16 5:37:05 PM SantosLHalper
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* FlippingTheTable: A traditional (if humorous) way to {{Ragequit}} is known as the "nuclear tesuji," where the losing player flings the board at the wall, uppercuts the winner and storms out. (Troper General's Warning: Don't actually try this, it's not considered good sportsmanship anymore.)

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* FlippingTheTable: A traditional (if humorous) way to {{Ragequit}} is known as the "nuclear tesuji," where the losing player [[http://40.media.tumblr.com/aab0365bf371e00411bb293a66cad979/tumblr_mn087xt6xc1qio3r9o9_400.jpg flings the board at the wall, wall]], uppercuts the winner and storms out. (Troper General's Warning: Don't actually try this, it's not considered good sportsmanship anymore.)
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