Aloha Go players,
You know in chess there is no handicap! As there is Go, the following is a short statement I made about why we have handicaps in Go! As seen at www.chess.com
Hmm, reminds of of game of Go (see www.usgo.org
for additional info), where they use handicap stones of up to 9 stones for the weaker player depending on the rating of the stronger player (9 dan to 30 kyu), but in chess a few less pieces for the stronger player! The goal of playing "go" is to surround more territory than your opponent, there is only black and white stones and you can capture stones, but that a small part of the game!
In Go they do it to make the game more interesting for the "weaker player" as well as making "more challenging" for the stronger player, plus normally the weaker player gets to play Black as black makes the first move in Go. The normal size board has 361 intersections or 256 squares, which equals to 4 chessboards and they use 181 black stones and 180 white stone if they are using the AGA rules!
Hmm, its not a new game its approx. 4500 years old while chess is little over 1500 years old. Names vary by country in China its called w?iq?, In Japan - igo in Korea baduk, in USA - Western world - go! For additional info see Wikipedia - Go and to be fair there a nice article there as well on Chess and its history. I play both games although chess much longer then Go!
So the idea of a handicap given to a weaker player on a board game is not new and if chess.com can do this for students of Chess it would be great! Maybe not as a rated game but a variant of chess, such as chess960, etc. By the way I play turn-base go at Dragon Go Server as "frank713" as well" should you be interesting in playing go!
So we hope to see at our next Go club meeting, its your club and so the more often you attend the better chance of improving. besides KGS there is Drago Go Server a turn-base web site for go. Yahoo, MSN have go playing areas as well, but KGS may have the better players although they tend to play to fast, but via SEEK you can set a time you like!
Email me if you hay questions, join AGA the American Go Association and for sure make time to visit the only AGA affiliate on Oahu, there is one on the Big Island, no Superferry going there, plus a bit costly to travel there and even to the mainland. So Kaneohe is where we meet but we're travel for a special meeting if we know we have Go players there.