This year's competition had a smaller than usual field of 10 programs. Star of Poland missed its first congress in over 10 years, since the author, Janusz Kraszek, was injured in an automobile accident. Rumor has it that he might host next year's competition in Poland.
This year the tournament was organized a little later than usual, and invitations to the qualifying tournament were not available until early October, which may have prevented some programs from entering.
Since there were only 10 programs, and the results of the first 3 places were clear after 5 rounds, the sixth round was not played.
The final result was:
|1st||5 wins||Handtalk||Chen ZhiXing|
|2nd||4 wins||Go4++||Michael Reiss|
|3rd||3 wins||Go Intellect||Ken Chen|
|4th||3 wins||Many Faces of Go||David Fotland|
|5th||3 wins||Stone||Kao Kuo Yuan and Chih-wen Hsueh|
|6th||2 wins||Explorer||Martin Müller|
|7th||2 wins||Sason||Chang Ho Lee|
|8th||2 wins||Big Stone||Dong Chul Lee|
|9th||1 win||Rex 95||Han Jung Kim|
|10th||0 wins||Right Thought||Min Ho Kwak|
The top programs are still fairly close. Handtalk won all its games, but only beat Go Intellect and Go4++ by 9 points each. Go4++ beat Go Intellect by 15 points, and in 3 additional friendship games after the tournament, Go intellect won two (by 35 and 23 points), and Go4++ beat Go Intellect again by 60 points. Many Faces and Go4++ were not paired in the tournament, but in 3 friendly gams afterwards, Go4++ won two and Many Faces won one.
Handtalk won 200,000 NT dollars for first place, then went on to challenge 3 human experts at 15 stone handicap. The 15 stone prize has been attempted 4? times before (by Goliath, Handtalk, and Go Intellect) without success. This year, the human experts were 3 youth champions, 9 or 10 years old. They were given a few minutes to practice, then the games began. Handtalk looked like it was doing very well, then around move 100, a reporter stepped on the main power cord and all the computers shut down.
All 3 games were started from the beginning, and Handtalk went on to win 2 of the three games, losing to the 9 year old, and winning another 100,000 NT dollars. Handtalk immediately challenged at the 13 stone handicap and won 2 of three again, for another 133,333 NT dollars. Next year the Human challenge will be at 11 stones handicap.
Full tournament grid (not in order of final result):
This entire report was written by David Fotland.
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