Note: This review includes spoilers.

At first I didn’t pay much attention to Netflix’s original show, The Queen’s Gambit. After all, it’s a story about chess, not Go. I am a retired professional Go player, now working as a software engineer. I first learned Go when I was five years old, and trained up to twelve hours a day as a young prodigy, until I became a professional player at sixteen.

Chess and Go have many similarities. They are both mind sports, both have national and international competitions with substantial prize money, and elite players of both games devote their…

photo credit: Dan Maas

I originally prepared this note for the AI Roundtable, a program produced for the opening ceremony of the 2020 US e-Go Congress. (AI Roundtable video link:

Professional Go players are often referred to as one of two types, tournament players or teaching players. Tournament players are the ones who spend most of their time and energy training and competing in tournaments, and most of their income is tournament prize money. …

The documentary “AlphaGo” had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York a few days ago. About a year had passed since the epic Lee Sedol — AlphaGo challenge match — a whole year in which I awaited the film so eagerly. When I received an invitation to the premiere, I decided I didn’t want to wait much longer. It was also a lucky coincidence that I could make the trip to New York without missing any of my classes.

“You can write more, but I can’t guarantee that I will continue reading” said Prof. Probst, encouraging…

Hajin Lee

Software Engineer at Dun & Bradstreet, former professional Go player, MBA. Honorary PM of BadukPop, the best mobile app for Go.

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