[Computer-go] Congratulations to Zen!

Jean-loup Gailly jloup at gailly.net
Mon Jun 4 15:14:23 PDT 2012

> Play resumed, and pachi2 captured the dead white stone, but Zen19S passed
instead of capturing the dead black stone.

Actually pachi did not capture the dead white stone, it simply passed
because it would still win
even when both C2 and A8 are considered alive. The problem is that KGS
ended the game
immediately after this one pass, instead of sending a kgs-genmove_cleanup
command to Zen.

I reported this problem to wms in Aug 2011. wms made a change in the kgsGtp
client, but not
in the server. It seems that the change did not fix the problem. Zen was
using client 3.5.8
which has the change. The change uses "I got a pass back from
kgs-genmove_cleanup" as the
indicator that the game is finished. Pachi did get that kgs-genmove_cleanup
and did pass, so
everything was fine from Pachi's point of view. But Zen did not get a
kgs-genmove_cleanup command,
so it did not get an opportunity to capture the dead black stone at C2.

I think the only way to fix the problem reliably is to require two
passes even in cleanup up mode.
Both players need an opportunity to capture all dead stones, so both need
to receive
kgs-genmove_cleanup commands until they pass. Which implies that the game
ends with two passes.

My apologies to the Zen team for thinking initially that Zen received a
command. And congratulations for winning the tournament, this is well

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