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The history of the world's best Go players

Based on Go4Go data and GoRatings algorithm:

Google AlphaGo vs Fan Hui 2p - five games

I really wanted to give AlphaGo an entry in Go4Go player database because it is now strong enough to beat other pro players. But I soon ran into some technical difficulties. AlphaGo doesn't have a rank yet. And I am not sure if it is male or female player Biggrin - but that field is required in my database. So I will for the moment attach the five game records to this article.

Go4Go Change Log

Go4Go.net is under active maintenance and development. We aim to be the best Go information site serving the western Go community. Following is a list of latest changes:

Japanese era name conversion

年号→西暦変換表

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Rank progression of Japanese professional players

While compiling Go4Go database, player rank information is often the most difficult piece of information to verify. A very good resource for Japanese rank progression is online at:

http://homepages.cwi.nl/~aeb/go/misc/progression.html

As of September 2015, this page covers 630+ players. There are also links to Nihon and Kansai Kiin's player information pages.

The Chinese World Champions

The Chinese world champions

This interesting photo was published at Chinese portal site Sina. It shows all 15 Chinese Go players that have ever won at least one Go world championships.

The Chinese world champions

The back row players (younger ones) are: Piao Wenyao, Fan Tingyu, Jiang Weijie, Mi Yuting, Shi Yue, Tuo Jiaxi, Zhou Ruiyang, Chen Yaoye, Tang Weixing. The front row players (more senior ones) are: Kong Jie, Luo Xihe, Ma Xiaochun, Yu Bin, Chang Hao, Gu Li.

Gu Li vs. Lee Sedol Jubango Special Report - Lee Sedol's Past Titles

As of January 2014, before the first game of the jubango, Lee Sedol has 42 major titles, including 14 international ones. The following table, which is generated automatically from the Go4Go database, contains records for 40 events.

Lee Sedol's Titles:  

Gu Li vs. Lee Sedol Jubango Special Report - Gu Li's Past Titles

As of January 2014, before the first game of the jubango, Gu Li has 40 major titles, including 7 international ones. The following table, which is generated automatically from the Go4Go database, contains records for 35 events. Gu Li also won a number of bilateral competitions (e.g. China-Korea Tengen Competition) and some invitational tournaments which are not counted in the statistics.

Chinese Go Terms

This document was published at http://yeefan.sg/weiqi/chinesegoterms/ under the OpenContent License. All credits go to TAN Yee Fan, the original author. His wonderful website also hosts a collection of original life-and-death problems. Because I need to frequently refer to these terms when writing Go articles, I make a copy here at Go4Go. Links in the following table point to the corresponding Sensei's Library entries.

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Go Review - Go World Archive

I received the latest Go World Archive DVD by mail. My first impression was pretty positive. The disk is apparently professionally produced, sitting in a solid case and properly wrapped.

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