Spike in weiqi interest after historic match

Tradition and culture have underpinned the ancient Chinese game of weiqi for more than 3,000 years. But last week, it was technology that sparked interest and piqued curiosity in a game that has seen little change since its invention. Last Tuesday, an advanced artificial intelligence soundly defeated one of the world’s best human weiqi players, South Korea’s nine-dan player Lee Sedol, after a gruelling five-game match in Seoul. (See report below) Players of weiqi, known as Go in the Western world, are ranked using the dan system, with nine-dan being the highest rank attainable. The historic match shocked weiqi players. In Singapore, close to 1,000 people – enthusiasts and first-timers alike – watched the live streaming of the match offered by the Singapore Weiqi Association (SWA) as Google’s AlphaGo computer…

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