ABOUT

Rapid development of Go AI has brought a new era to the world of Go.
And the news about the matches of Go AI vs a human Go player has been reported all over the world. The news has promoted the international recognition of Go and the unique nature of the game has got much attention.
The Nihon Ki-in expects that the development of Go AI will greatly contribute to the advancement of the skills of Go players. It will take this opportunity to hold “World Go Championship”, which will include a GO AI as a player, with the collaboration of Japan, China and Korea.
Participating players include Yuta Iyama who is a holder of six titles in Japan, Mi Yu Ting 9-dan who won the qualifying competition in China, Park Jeong Hwan 9-dan, who is the No.1 player in Korea, and DeepZenGo (Go AI). This Championship will decide who the best Go player in the world is by a round-robin tournament.

Competition Name
World Go Championship
Host
Nihon Ki-in
Sponsors
NTT DOCOMO, Inc. Sumitomo Mitsui Card Co., Ltd. Daiwa Securities Group. Hankyu Corporation
Special Cooperation
Nikkei Inc.
Special Support
IGO&SHOGI CHANNEL INC,
Cooperating Corporations
Hankyu Hanshin Hotels Co., Ltd. Japan Airlines, DWANGO Co., Ltd.
Date
21-23 March, 2017 (24th March is reserved when tie-break game happens)
Venue
Nihon Ki-in Kansai headquarters (Applause Tower 10F, 19-19 Chayamachi , Kita-ku,Osaka)
Commentary Event
21-23 March, 2017 13:00 p.m. ~till the end of the game
(24th March is reserved when tie-break game happens)
Open: 12:30 p.m.
Venue: Hotel Hankyu International (19-19 Chayamachi , Kita-ku,Osaka)

Rules

Players
Human players from Japan, China and Korea-as well as a Go AI. Participating players representing each country have been recommended by the national Go organization.
Japanese representative: Yuta Iyama 9-dan
Chinese representative: Mi Yu Ting 9-dan
Korean representative: Park Jeong Hwan 9-dan
Go AI representative: DeepZenGo
Competition Method
Round-robin tournament (three rounds)
Time allowance: 3 hours, a countdown starts when the remaining time become 5minutes or less.
When Players have the same score, tie-break games will be played.
From 10:30 a.m. No break time till the end of the game.
Even game with black giving 6.5points komi (with Japanese rules)
Prize
Total amount: 50 million yen
Champion: 30 million yen Runner-up :10million yen / Third・Forth 5 million yen

Tie-break game

When two or more players have the same score, tie-break games will be played.

Players

Japanese representative

Yuta Iyama

Born on 24th May, 1989, From Osaka
2002 Became a professional Go player, 2009 became 9-dan

Comment

I’m so honored that I have a chance to take part in such a great match as a representative of Japanese players. I sincerely appreciate all the people who made their efforts to hold this event. I will do my best to make this memorial competition exciting and hope to play good games.

Chinese representative

Mi Yu Ting

Born on 8th January, 1996, From Jiangsu Xuzhou
2007 Became a professional Go player, 2013 became 9-dan

Comment

I’m Mi Yu Ting, a Chinese professional Go Player.
I have three titles: Quzhou-Lanke Cup, CCTV Cup, and China Ryusei competition
In the qualifying matches organized by the Chinese national team, I defeated strong rivals like Chen Yaoye 9-dan, Zhou Ruiyang 9-dan, and Shi Yue 9-dan. I feel honored to get the qualification for this competition.
I am impressed with the rapid development of Go AI, and other Participating players Yuta Iyama 9-dan from Japan and Park Jeong Hwan 9-dan from Korea are also very good players. I will do my best to show good games for the fans.
I appreciate the hosts for holding this meaningful world championship in such an era where Go AI is making rapid progressive.
I sincerely wish great success for this championship.

Korean representative

Park Jeong Hwan

Born on 11th January, 1993, From Seoul
2006 Became a professional Go player, 2010 became 9-dan

Comment

I am so honored that I have a chance to take part in such a competition, playing with representative players from three countries (Japan, China and Korea) and Go AI.
Especially, I am excited to play a game with DeepZenGo.
It will be very nice experience for me and I also think that this is a good opportunity to improve my skills.
I will train till the end of the March in order to play good games in the competition
I appreciate the hosts for holding this world championship.

DeepZenGo

Go software developed by the "DeepZenGo project".

This project was started in March 2016 by Yoji Ojima and Hideki Kato, the developers of ZEN, the strongest Go software in Japan.
In addition to the two developers of Zen, Matsuo lab in the University of Tokyo and DWANGO Co., Ltd joined the project to reinforce the development with the aim of making DeepZenGo the strongest Go program in the world.

DeepZenGo project member

【Developer】
Developers of DeepZenGo
Yoji Ojima
Hideki Kato

Matsuo lab in the University of Tokyo

【Supporter】
DWANGO Co., Ltd.

【Supporter】
DWANGO Co., Ltd.

Comment

We cordially delighted with the foundation of a competition in which Go AIs can participate. We sincerely appreciate all the people who made their efforts to hold this event.
We are so honored to take part in the world Go championship as a representative of AI.
We do not have much time left till the event, but we will put the best efforts into improving ZEN, and we hope to achieve a good outcome that we can be proud of.

Tournament Table

Name DeepZenGo
(Go AI)
Mi Yu Ting
(China)
Park Jeong Hwan
(Korea)
Yuta Iyama
(Japan)
Win Lose Ranking
DeepZenGo
(Go AI)

Record
3/21

Record
3/22

3/23
1 2 3
Mi Yu Ting
(China)

Record
3/21

3/23

Record
3/22
2 0 2
Park Jeong Hwan
(Korea)

Record
3/22

3/23

Record
3/21
2 0 1
Yuta Iyama
(Japan)

3/23

Record
3/22

Record
3/21
0 2 4

Schedule

Date Time Event Venue
21-23 March 10:30a.m.~ Play game Nihon Ki-in Kansai headquarters
13:00~ Commentary event Hotel Hankyu International
24th March
*extra day
for tie-break games
10:30a.m.~ Play game Nihon Ki-in Kansai headquarters
13:00~ Commentary event Hotel Hankyu International

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