Go: Chess grandmaster Lee Sedol prepares to play computer AlphaGo in epic showdown

It was a result that sent shockwaves through the Go community. AlphaGo, the computer created by DeepMind, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) arm of Google, thrashed European Go champion Fan Hui 5-0 – the first time a computer program has beaten a professional player of the ancient Chinese game. Played on a board with a 19×19 grid of black lines, Go is such a complex game that enthusiasts hoped it would be years, or perhaps decades, before machines would be able to triumph over the best human players.  But now that time scale is shortening and AlphaGo is scheduled to play the world’s top player, Lee Sedol, over five games in March. Mr Lee is a stronger player than Mr Fan and for now remains confident. “This is the first time…


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