[Computer-go] KGS bot tournaments: structure

Urban Hafner contact at urbanhafner.com
Tue May 10 00:45:10 PDT 2016

That sounds like a good compromise to me. And the lower devision would
hopefully encourage other participants with weaker bots so that Iomrascálaí
and matilda don’t feel so alone. ;)


On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 9:15 AM, Nick Wedd <maproom at gmail.com> wrote:

> At present, KGS bot tournaments are run as Swiss tournaments.  Entry is
> restricted to bots able to beat GNU Go, which is rated at 7k.
> Two suggestions have been made recently for changes in the structure.  One
> is to allow bots of any strength to enter, and to have two divisions, with
> those unable to beat GNU Go in the lower division.  The other is to use
> McMahon instead of Swiss.
> A problem with McMahon is that the scheduling software (a module of the
> KGS server, which I have no control over) uses the ratings assigned by KGS,
> and many bots do not have such ratings. I don't think it's reasonable to
> require all entrants to have rated bot status.  Rated bot status is granted
> only to *stable* bots, ones which do not change rapidly in strength and
> thereby upset the ratings of their opponents.  I think it's fine for
> someone to enter an experimental bot of unknown strength in a tournament,
> but such a bot cannot have a KGS rating.
> Maybe we could combine the two suggestions.  Have two divisions: upper
> division McMahon, with entrants required to have KGS ratings of 7k or
> better; lower division open.  I would like to hear people's views on this -
> and any more suggestions they have.
> Nick
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