[Computer-go] McMahon tournaments on KGS

Xavier Combelle xavier.combelle at gmail.com
Wed May 18 09:31:43 PDT 2016

AFter watching that it was a 13x13 tournament I would say that the more
probable is that KGS don't know how to handle handicap tournament with
small board

2016-05-18 18:30 GMT+02:00 Xavier Combelle <xavier.combelle at gmail.com>:

> According to https://www.gokgs.com/help/_fr_FR/tournMcMahon.html McMahon
> avoid high handicap. You could also setup a swiss  with handicap tournament
> 2016-05-18 18:06 GMT+02:00 Nick Wedd <maproom at gmail.com>:
>> I had been persuaded, by postings to this list, to run the monthly KGS
>> bot tournaments with a McMahon division.
>> I now think that this probably won't work.  I have run a test McMahon
>> tournament. No handicaps were assigned, or reported in the results.  This
>> *may* have been because none of the entrants had a confirmed rating (one
>> had a ? rating, four were unrated), but I doubt it.  Even if all the
>> players were treated as having the same initial rating (probably 8k, where
>> I had set the lower bar), handicaps should have been used by the final
>> rounds.
>> You can see the results at
>> http://www.gokgs.com/tournEntrants.jsp?sort=n&id=1040
>> I will be willing to run another test tournament, today or tomorrow, if
>> someone can provide a "Ranked Robot" to help with the test.  It should be
>> able to beat gnugo3pt8 consistently, and should preferably be willing to
>> play 9x9 Go.  All you need to do is leave it running on KGS in tournament
>> mode, and email me with its name.  I have left gnugo3pt8 running, to
>> restore its confirmed rating.
>> Nick
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