[Computer-go] McMahon tournaments on KGS
maproom at gmail.com
Wed May 18 13:23:43 PDT 2016
I have now realised that it was a language problem. "McMahon tournament"
means different things in Europe and America. I knew only the European
meaning, and KGS implements the American version.
I assume that those who wrote here encouraging me to I hold the monthly KGS
bot tournaments in McMahon format were referring to the American version;
and that is what I can use. I hope they can advise me on sensible settings
for "Handicap", "Low bar", and "High bar".
On 18 May 2016 at 17:38, Nick Wedd <maproom at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 18 May 2016 at 17:31, Xavier Combelle <xavier.combelle at gmail.com>
>> 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
> That's a possibility. So I should run a test 19x19 tournament. I still
> need a volunteer Ranked Robot to test the format.
>> 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
>>> 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
>>>> You can see the results at
>>>> 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 Wedd maproom at gmail.com
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