The ‘Man vs Machine’ Go match ended on January 16, with the computer winning 3-1.
Here’s are the full results with links to the games:
- Fri, Jan 13, 8pm US Eastern Time: Tromp won by resignation.
View Zen19 vs John Tromp game 1 online or download the SGF.
- Sat, Jan 14, 8pm US Eastern Time: Zen19 won by 18.5 points.
View Zen19 vs John Tromp game 2 online or download the SGF.
- Sun, Jan 15, 8pm US Eastern Time: Zen19 won by resignation.
View Zen19 vs John Tromp game 3 online or download the SGF.
- Mon, Jan 16, 8pm US Eastern Time: Zen19 won by resignation.
View Zen19 vs John Tromp game 4 online or download the SGF.
It was a very interesting match and we all got to see just how good computers are at Go now.
They may not be good enough to challenge a professional player yet, but I felt that Zen’s performance was quite impressive when you think about where computer Go was at just a few years ago.
Thanks to everyone involved
Thanks John Tromp for putting up a good fight for the humans, Yoji Ojima (who created Zen), Hideki Kato (who provided the hardware that Zen ran on during this match), Darren Cook for organizing this event and making the original Shodan Go Bet with John, and anyone else who was involved behind the scenes.
If you’re interested in learning more about computer Go, subscribe to the computer Go mailing list.
Commentary of game 2
A lot of people asked if the games could be commented, so I’ve chosen one game and reviewed it. I chose to review game 2, because I thought it was the most tactically interesting of the four and it shows some of the strengths and weaknesses of Zen well.
Since I’m expecting some people who are not serious Go players, but are interested in computer Go to look at this, I’ve gone into more detail than I normally would in a review. Please forgive me if you’re a strong Go player and you feel like I’m pointing out the obvious at times :).
Also, if you have any questions about the game, feel free to ask here.
Commented game record
John Tromp vs Zen19
What do you think of Zen
What do you think about Zen? Are you surprised to see computers playing this well? Leave a comment below.