This is a place to propose and discuss changes to the format of the OGS Team League, if and when we play another edition next month.
- Players / team. My initial idea was to have a mixed league of three-player and five-player teams, in which the larger teams would only field three players in match-ups against the smaller ones. What actually happened is that we began with a proposed universal three-player format and, with increased registration, developed it into a four-player one.
- The main options: a. 3 players b. 4 players c. 5 players d. 3 / 4-player mix e. 3 / 5-player mix f. 4 / 5-player mix g. 3 / 4 / 5-player mix. I doubt we’ll have enough registrants to consider six-player teams.
- Round duration. In the first vote, there was a narrow victory of two weeks (9 votes) over three weeks (8 votes). With the increase of registrants in the second-stage registration, I decided that two weeks was an inappropriately short time and shifted it to three. However, I think that two weeks does have to be discussed again. I personally find three weeks to be an awkward compromise between a fortnight and a month, so I favour a month. One week would certainly be too short, and I suspect round times over a month would be unwieldy. Note that the original poll specified playing only three games.
- The main options: a. two weeks b. three weeks c. a month
- Game length. In the poll, 30m main time (7 votes) convincely triumphed over 45m (3 votes) and 60m (2 votes). Everyone seems fairly happy with 30m, and I wouldn’t like main time to be any shorter. What I’d like to do is rerun the poll with only 30m and 45m, so as to avoid splitting the > 30m vote. In the overtime poll, 5 x 30s won with 7 votes and longer time controls collectively received 5. Similarly, I want to compress those options into a single longer option, which for the sake of argument can be 10 x 30s.
- The main options: a. 30m + 5 x 30s b. 30m + 10 x 30s c. 45m + 10 x 30s
- Ruleset. My suggestion is that both Japanese and Chinese rules, and indeed all rulesets, will be permitted; but that either player should have the right to insist on playing under Japanese rules. I wouldn’t like mandatory Chinese rules, but if the people demand it…
- The main options: a. mandatory Japanese b. default Japanese, optional Chinese & others c. default Chinese, optional Japanese & others
- Komi in handicap games. The current rule is that in handicap games White will receive either 0 or 0.5 komi, with both being valid. Should we standardise this?
- The main options: a. 0, b. 0.5 c. either
- Handicap. This is perhaps the most controversial element of the rules. A dense discussion on the subject took place, after which I took an executive decision to use what I call H = ΔR / 2, which is to say that one stone is given for every two ranks. We simply needed to come up with a rule so that the league could begin. All handicap options are still on the table – anything from a stone / rank to reverse komi to no handicap at all – but the proposed system must be simple and practical. If I can suggest a few basic ideas:
- Some options: a. 1 stone / rank b. 1 stone / 2 ranks, c. reverse komi of around 6 or 7 points / rank d. no handicap
PS. My judgement for this month is that free placement is optional, but that White has the right to insist on standardised Japanese placement. I’d like free placement to always be available, which is something for discussion.
- Rank balancing. This is another of the more difficult aspects. It can’t be denied that some of the player matchups are unbalanced to the tune of four ranks or sometimes much more. I’d ideally like to try to avoid these unbalanced matchups, but they’re a function of our current level of participation, especially that it seems to have been hard to recruit DDKs. Some suggestions for guidelines have been offered, but I think most people would agree that it’s desirable for the top board to be occupied by dans, or at least 1- or 2k players; and the bottom board by DDKs, for at least 8- or 9ks.
We’ve got a week in which to hold conversation on these points – I’ll probably poll on the 20th and close on the 22nd, proceeding to registration.
What do you all think?