Modification of UCT with Patterns in Monte-Carlo Go


Algorithm UCB1 for multi-armed bandit problem has already been extended to Algorithm UCT (Upper bound Confidence for Tree) which works for minimax tree search. We have developed a Monte-Carlo Go program, MoGo, which is the first computer Go program using UCT. We explain our modification of UCT for Go application and also the intelligent random simulation with patterns which has improved significantly the performance of MoGo. UCT combined with pruning techniques for large Go board is discussed, as well as parallelization of UCT. MoGo is now a top level Go program on 9x9 and 13x13 Go boards.