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 on: 28 May 2017, 21:10:11 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
Round Three:

Ke said before the round that he would do his best, but it did not look like he did. He tried hard at the very beginning but somehow a few bad moves that dragged him into a hopeless game. In the middle of the game, even a novice like me can see that Ke was struggling to alive. Until later AlphaGo played a stone on the middle upper of the board, even I myself can see that Ke had no chance to win.

Among all three games, Ke played the best in the second round. He did well actually, tho he lost all 3. It cannot be comparable with Lee Sedol last year because AlphaGo had much improvement and its database has more that 100 million game. However, I think in a few years later, people will only remember that Lee Sedol is the only human being who can beat AlphaGo once.

 on: 28 May 2017, 21:00:05 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
Round Two:

As expected, AlphaGo won. Ke Jie resigned in the later part of the game, unlike round 1 that he played till the last. However, Ke actually played much better than the first round but he envisaged that he cannot win before the end of the game. This time Ke Jie played some moves rather unusual and made AlphaGo taken more time to respond. In addition, Ke Jie played the white, the colour that he plays better. This is evident in the press conference after the game that AlphaGo analysed Ke Jie's moves in about the first 50 moves that their winning probability was about 50%, i.e. Ke played like AlphaGo.

A good challenge by Ke but a sad lost.

 on: 23 May 2017, 21:55:34 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
ON 23 May 2017, AlphaGO vs Ke Jie. This time it is a 3 round game. I expect that Ke Jie would never win a game, given that this AlphaGO is the newest version with lots of improvement and the record in a few months ago that Ke Jie was beaten by the Master (the computer account set up by Deep Mind team to test AlphoGo on internet GO game).

Ke Jie is the no. 1 ranking player in the world at the moment. Here is the link for his first game:

I found that Ke Jie played rather conservatively. He focused on getting as much territories as possible at the very beginning. Surprisingly, AlphaGo let him take up a lot of territories at the beginning, only defend a few of them. In the middle of the round, AlphaGo showed its planning worked. It built a solid foundation and surrounded the mid-field well. You can see Ke Jie kept losing his territories bit by bit. They had to play to the last move in order to distinguish the winner. At last, AlphaGo won by just a half point.

At least, even for a novice like me, I saw the AlphaGo was improving. It improved on the aspect that its calculation was faster and much more accurate. Besides, it strategy was well played and I am sure that AlphaGo knew he was winning at any time. That's why it allowed Ke Jie to take territories without severe defense. I doubt that AlphaGo was like playing its own game, as long as it was ahead of the opponent, it will play its own way, even the advantage was just 0.5 point.

An exciting game actually. Look forward to the next game.

 on: 16 May 2017, 13:26:10 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
From Venice island to Venice Marco Polo Airport, you may take ordinary bus or airport bus. The journey by airport bus is just about 20 minutes, very convenient. You may go to airport by water-bus as well.

We took an evening flight back to HK, transit at Doha, and completed my trip to Italy.

 on: 16 May 2017, 13:24:19 
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On our last day in Venice, before we went to airport, we visited the Casa di Marco Polo, the home of Marco Polo. Then we did a bit shopping.

I had a Vin Brule at a stall too. That is a boiled red wine, usually for winter time but somehow I just found it.

 on: 16 May 2017, 13:21:19 
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We had gelato everywhere during this trip. But for food, the outstanding items that we had to taste was spaghetti with squid sauce and risotto

We had the spaghetti with squid sauce in Burano and risotto in a Trattoria in Venice. We were so crazy that we walked through the menu of each Trattoria we came across. If there was not risotto in the menu, we skipped.  Grin

Our crazy move paid out at last, we had the best risotto we had ever had.....yummy

 on: 16 May 2017, 13:17:00 
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We had our tea at Caffe Florian, the first coffee house in the world. Beautifully decorated with expensive price, because your are drinking history. This cafe has over 300 years of history and their live music also has over 100 year history. You have to pay music fee (6 Euro each) in addition to the food/drink you ordered.

 on: 16 May 2017, 13:14:11 
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Piazza San Marco....I had been there 11 years ago. A lot of people lining up for Basilica di San Marco.

 on: 16 May 2017, 13:12:08 
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Ponte dei Sospiri......bridge connecting the palace and jail in the old days. I took a picture and found it look nicer if the picture is black and white.

Ohh....Gondola congestion in the third picture.

 on: 16 May 2017, 13:09:00 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
We bought a 24 hour pass for water bus. On the next day, our water-bus pass still have an hour to go, then we decided to take bus no. 1 for a tour. This is because route no. 1 travels through the grand canal of Venice island, so that we can have a view of the city along the canal.

Hence it is not necessary to pay 80 Euros for gondola, unless you really want to take a ride on gondola.

First picture is Ponte della Costituzione - the bridge linking Venice Island to the train station.
Second one is the Venice train station
Then, Rialto bridge

and we left the waterbus at Piazza San Marco

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