My flight to New York was on the 29th of July, and I was pretty excited about participating in the 32nd USGC in Boston. In the beginning of June, I suddenly decided to go to the USGC. Professor Daniela asked me “What are you going to do during the summer vacation?” and she told me that going to the USGC would be a good experience for me. At that time I was considering what to do in vacation. About a month later, the Korea Baduk Association put an announcement that they would support two professionals who participate at the USGC. I naturally applied as it felt like the right sequence in a joseki. In the end, I and Dahae Lee 4p were selected.
The US Go Congress is the biggest Baduk event in North and South America. It is held once a year and spans one week. About 600 Baduk players participated in this year’s event. It included a big variety of activities such as US Open Masters, US Open, Women’s Tournament, Evening League, simultanous games, Crazy Go, Pair Go, game reviews and lectures. I thought that the program satisfied Baduk players. The USGC is a utopia for Baduk players.
I checked out the congress website to get some information before going there. There was various information. Among lots of events in the congress schedule, Google Deepmind team’s lecture ‘The story of AlphaGo’ caught my attention. I really wanted to listen to the lecture.