[Computer-go] Congratulations to Many Faces again!

Hideki Kato hideki_katoh at ybb.ne.jp
Sat Oct 16 06:19:51 PDT 2010

Thank you Nick for the tournament.

First of all, I'd like to apologize being late to the tournament due 
to lack of enough preparation and thank Nick for suggesting and 
helping me to borrow the account of SimpleBot and Aloriel for giving 
me the account.

This was my first experiment of KGS slow bot tournament and I thought 
12 hours time setting is not necessarily long and thought having more 
rounds by reducing the time could be better.  Six minutes for a move 
lead me fall asleep in fact :).  Looking at the human players' 
tournament, the longest is (AFAIK) Japanese three major championships, 
which gives each player 8 hours (with byo-yomi) and other Japanese 
championships give 4 or 3 hours.  Internatonal championships use 3, 2 
or 1 hour.  I'd like to prefer 3 hours for next slow tournament in 
order to prepare the matches against human champions in future.
(in Japanese)

I have no idea if this slow tournament is included to the annual 
championship but at least please announce earlier (if I missed, 
sorry).  I'd like to apologize to Yamato, who asked me to join this 
tournament instead, for losing his chance to get some more annual 
championship points, due to my laziness.

At the annual championship page 
I've found the link to the Excel sheet 
<http://www.weddslist.com/kgs/annual/scoring.sls> has a typo (sls 
should be xls). #Seems no one downloaded that file before :).

You have assigned 4, 2 and 1 multipliers to 19x19, 13x13 and 9x9 
boards sizes but I think there are no reason to favor larger boards 
and making all the same or independent awarding might be better.  
Also, as someone suggested earlier, it's not necessary to depend on 
the time-settings.

Can we change the software and/or hardware upon each tournament?  
I guess we can because accepting no improvements for a year 
has no sense but it would be better to state so on that page.


Nick Wedd: <l6P6zENnoYuMFANi at maproom.demon.co.uk>:
>Congratulations to Many Faces of Go, undefeated winner of this week's 
>Slow KGS bot tournament!
>My report is at http://www.weddslist.com/kgs/past/s2/index.html
>I will as usual welcome corrections and comments.
>I apologise for my mistake which marred the first round.  I had 
>inadvertently left on the setting which caused the server to remove 
>players not present just before the start of round 1.  Zen and valkyria 
>were not then present, and were removed.  Aloril and Petr allowed them 
>to play by allowing Zen and valkyria to use accounts of players of their 
>own that they had entered;  but as these were two of the poorest players 
>in the event, they both suffered losses.
>I have decided to score the tournament as usual for the Annual KGS bot 
>championship http://www.weddslist.com/kgs/annual/index.html , as this 
>half-year is just a test of the system.  I may be persuaded to change my 
>mind on this.
>This Slow tournament was, I think, very successful, providing some 
>competent-looking games, and attracting interest from kibitzers.
>When my mistake with the settings was found, I said I would hold a 
>replacement tournament soon, probably in November.  I now think it may 
>be better to hold these slow tournaments regularly and more frequently, 
>maybe twice a year, and to hold the next one in January or February.  I 
>welcome your views on this.
Hideki Kato <mailto:hideki_katoh at ybb.ne.jp>

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