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Top Go Player Prepares to Face AlphaGO Machine
   2016-02-23 14:34:12    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Li Shaotong

Lee Se-dol speaks in South Korea on Feb. 22, 2016, during the second press conference for his match with Google¡¯s Alpha GO in March. [Photo: sina.com.cn]

A decade after Gary Kasparov put his Chess acumen up against a computer, a similar competition - with a Chinese twist - is set to take place.

AlphaGo, a computer program created by Google, is set to take on one of the world's top 'Go' Chess players.

South Korea's Lee Sedol and AlphaGo will battle it out over a 6-day period next month to see whether computer science can outwit human instinct when it comes to the mastery of the ancient Chinese strategy game.

"There might have been a lot of updates (to AlphaGo) over the last four to five months (since match in October), but I still think it is a limited amount of time (for AlphaGo to develop capabilities enough) to compete with me."

AlphaGo has already won a match against reigning European 'Go' champion Fan Hui, blanking him 5-games-nil.

Despite this, Lee Sedol says he believes he can easily top Google's program, suggesting he might even be able to hold AlphaGo without a victory.


"In its match (with a professional Go player Fan Hui) in October, AlphaGo didn't have the capability to compete (with me). However, as you said, (the programme) is being continuously updated, so I think it has been improved a lot in terms of capability. I will not feel too comfortable (about the upcoming match), but until now I still think I have the upper hand, because there is a time limit."

The match between AlphaGo and Lee will be held at a hotel in Seoul from March 9th to the 15th.

It comes just 10-years after Russian Chess master Gary Kasparov faced off against IBM's "Deep Blue" in a highly-publicized match.

Kasparov won that event 4-games-2.

The computer ended up winning the rematch a year later.

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