Hi there, I’m back with another Go variant that I would like to try.
It’s a variant for 3 or more players (though it gets increasingly harder with more players). The idea is very simple:
- The players play consecutively, in a fixed order (i.e., there is a first player, a second player, etc.)
- Between any two players a normal game of Go is played, Round-Robin style.
- The first player is black in all games, the second player is black in all games except against the first player, and so on, until the last player, who is white in all games.
- The boards are entangled: if a player plays at a certain coordinate, a stone of their appropriate colour will be placed on that coordinate on every board they are playing on, as long as this is a legal move. On those boards where it is not a legal move (because the coordinate is occupied, suicide, ko), the player will effectively pass.
- The game concludes when all players consecutively pass. The player with the highest number of points in all games combined wins. I recommend area scoring, since prisoners captured in a ko messes up fairness.
- A player can only resign all games simultaneously, or of course not resign at all. There’s no resigning one board and continuing another. I think the game is more balanced if players are not allowed to resign, by the way.
- (optional) On their first move, each player has the option of choosing a board rotation for each of the boards they play on. I believe this makes the game more fair for players who play later. Probably best not to use this optional rule in a first trial game, though, since it will make coordinates a bit more confusing.
Three players playing each other (5x5 for exemplary convenience):
Player A moves first, at D4, and places a black stone in both games at D4.
Player B moves second, at B3, and places a white stone in the game against player A, and a black stone in the game against player C, both at B3.
Player C moves third, at C2, and places a white stone in both games at C2.
Player A has another turn, at B4, and places a black stone in both games at B4.
Player B plays at D4, which is an illegal move in the game against player A, but legal in the game against player C. Only the stone at D4 in the game against player C is placed
Next C takes their turn, and so on.
Kosh vs le_4TC:
Kosh vs Vsotvep:
le_4TC vs Vsotvep: