[Computer-go] A few questions from a beginner

Jason House jason.james.house at gmail.com
Mon Mar 17 17:03:10 PDT 2014

> On Mar 16, 2014, at 2:35 PM, Mikko Aarnos <mikko.aarnos at kolumbus.fi> wrote:
> 3. On GTP-protocol and final_score: How do you score a board where the game hasn't ended(i.e. there are moves left which are legal and don't kill off our groups)? Almost all scoring methods require that dead stones are removed, and I can't figure out how to do that easily. Or do you just assume everything on the board is alive?

As a general rule, your bot should not pass a game it cannot score. The two typical methods are
1. Play until all opponent stones have been captured (and mark everything as alive)
2. Determine life/death status from playouts.

#1 is easier, but frustrates humans. If you plan to compete in KGS tournaments, check out http://www.weddslist.com/kgs/rules.html (game end protocol)

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