[Computer-go] Rules for the Computer Olympiad -- Remote Play

Richard J. Lorentz lorentz at csun.edu
Sat Sep 17 07:27:16 PDT 2011

Very often the rules at the Olympiads tend to be uniform across all the 
games. This, of course, need not be the case but should that happen 
again this year I would like to speak against remote play. For the 
"smaller" games that I participate in, part of the fun and the challenge 
is seeing how my program on my little laptop fares against your program 
on your laptop. Especially now that MCTS is being used in so many 
programs, multiple and faster CPU's with bunches of memory really do 
give a significant advantage, and an unfair one to the many of us who do 
not have access to those kinds of resources.

I would like to suggest that either we make it clear that go has its own 
set of rules (in which case this discussion needs to find an appropriate 
home) or we no longer allow remote play.


On 9/17/2011 5:59 AM, Erik van der Werf wrote:
> Hi Martin,
> Good question, I don't know. If Hideki doesn't know either (he
> compiled the last version based on my original) then it probably means
> this has not been decided yet. I suppose the default would be to use
> last year's rules.
> There is usually a players meeting just before the tournament starts,
> to formalize the details, but for significant changes that would at
> least for some be too late.
> Perhaps we should try to see if there is consensus about what we would
> like this year?
> My proposal would be to change the komi for 9x9 Go to 7.0, and leave
> the rest as it was last year. (So that would mean 19x19: 45m., 7.5
> komi,  13x13: 30m., 7.5 komi,  9x9: 10m., 7.0 komi, remote play
> allowed.)
> What are your preferences?
> Best,
> Erik
> On Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 1:00 AM, Martin Mueller<mmueller at ualberta.ca>  wrote:
>> Does anyone here know which rules will be used for the Olympiad? Especially regarding:
>> - komi
>> - time limits
>> - remote play
>> thanks
>>         Martin
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