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Thibault de Vassal    (2007-04-01)
Internet Go vs. Masters

From Goama newsletter -

How strong are Tygem ( ) stars?

Korean Tygem Go server announced a tournament between top 3 Tygem players and Korean Dream team: Cho Hunnyun, Lee Changho and Yoo Changhyuk.

The results are:

First game: Cho Hunhyun, 9-dan lost by resignation to "spiderman1"

Second game: Lee Changho, 9-dan lost his game by resignation to "GoldHammer"

Third game: Yoo Changhyuk, 9-dan lost by 6.5 points to "gurenarukl"

It's hard to believe it, but they played without any handicap! Each game gathered more than 5000 observers. It seems, that Tygem has lot of other good players, considering that these 3 masters are not undefeatable. Their scores: Spiderman1 , 9-dan on Tygem, W113-L51 GoldHammer, 9-dan on Tygem, W275-L60 gurenarukl, 9-dan on Tygem, W893-L360

Maybe the online Go is far from the offline Go, or do we need a special experience for playing Go on servers? How strong are Tygem star players? Do we know them in real life? There are so many questions.

Chess players will also ask about the possibilities of computer help. Unfortunately they don't have English client available.

Don Groves    (2007-04-01 23:39:29)
Internet Go vs. Masters

I did not know that April 1st jokes were so popular around the world ;-)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-04-02 01:58:45)

Could such a thing really happen... ? (what is unbelieveable most may be the number of observers, but who knows)

Mikhail Ruzin    (2007-04-09 19:17:12)
Internet Go vs. Masters

Answer from Goama newsletter - Edwon Dimariel (France) wrote: Hello, Many French players on KGS have been wondering if the Tygem story is right. Are you used to make "April Fishes" on April the 1st ? It's very common here, and these results are hard to believe. How much time did they have to play the games ? Answer from Alexander Dinerchtein, the main editor: It was not a joke. I attached some photos in pdf and the game record of Cho Hunhyun's defeat with few comments.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-04-09 19:30:45)
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Astonishing !

Maybe, like in chess, we can speak of "advanced Go" ('centaurs' program + human) already.





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