I’ve always been sad that AlphaGo Teach hasn’t seen more enthusiasm around the (English-speaking?) go world. Sure, the tiny board and the disability to add your own variations may be frustrating… but it’s such a fascinating resource of weird, insane, yet even positions.
For this reason, I’ve taken it upon myself to catalogue AGT’s whole-board joseki on OGS demo boards (with downloadable .sgf). Now you don’t need a magnifying glass — and you can add your own variations! (If you can handle the lag… lol.)
Part 1 — fuseki 1. R17 2. Q4 3. D16 4. C4: https://online-go.com/review/412363
This should be 99 % complete (I’ve probably missed a variation here or there).
The vast majority of AGT’s database consists of those board positions it considers even (meaning most of them have white up by 52 — 60 %). Yet most of the variations look at least partially insane from a human standpoint. It seems that to AlphaGo, by far the highest virtue in go is “light”, “flexible” play (or, from my humble 12k perspective, “loose” and “overplay”). Most positions look unresolved; both sides mainly seem interested in creating aji for later. Is it just confirmation bias, or does it feel like black especially has to try some incredibly adventurous stuff in order to compensate for komi?
Coming up next: part 2 — fuseki 1. R17 2. Q4 3. D16 4. D4.