I don’t play many tournaments, only about four a year, and I’ve only been to a club a couple of times. Since I do all my playing online, where computer programs score the board for me, I am very poor at scoring my games on the board. This isn’t just inconvenient, it also makes it easier for scoring mistakes to occur since only one player (my opponent) is checking the scoring.
I’m sure there are a lot of other people, especially outside of Western Europe and East Asia, that don’t often get to play over the board and so have trouble scoring; not to mention beginners who have only recently learnt the rules of the game. The rulesets don’t make it easier: the strange amalgation of territorial and area scoring used by Western Go federations feels catered more to theoreticians than to practical play.
So, my case is for the international adoption of the simplest scoring ruleset: stone counting. The sequence of stone-count scoring is as follows:
- Remove all the dead stones from the board.
- Fill all of your territory with your own stones.
- Count how many stones are on the board. This can be done by rearrangement into two simple areas, paired removal of stones to see how many of one colour are left, or removal of all stones and counting in sets.
I would personally find this a lot easier; tell me if you would as well.