Hi there, I was just thinking about Pro games, and access to them. It seems to me that there is potential for OGS to also become a database and place for people to view pro games much in the same way that you could use Eidogo.com or Waltheri’s go pattern Search.
The advantage of the two websites that I mentioned are that they are able to pick and select games based on opening moves, and different patterns and such. And they have many games listed on there.
However, I see no reason that OGS cannot offer a simmilar service, if somewhat altered to better fit in to what OGS already offeres.
For example, it would be a far stretch to implement a pattern recognition sort of thing in to OGS and make that work to recall games.
But what I think OGS could do is create a long list of Pro names, and then when a name is clicked on, have a list of the game they have played… once a game is selected, an OGS board could bring up the game.
Of course, i do not know how any of this is achievable at all, but i do think it might be an interesting addition to OGS, to be a place not only to play go, but also a place to really study GO.
Also with there being SGF’s available, supposedly, it should not be all that difficult for this to be done… though i consider it something of a time-consuming project. But, what could be done, is an introduction to a new pro player every so often when the work of transferring all the games of that pro player has been done. (Not even every game just the top ten, or however many most recent games. or most interesting games, and so on.)
What could be done, is that month on month, or quarter on quarter, a new player could be introduced in to the OGS database of games of that player. So one month could be Lee Sedol. You make an announcement and or send out an email, letting everyone know that this pro players games are available to look at.
And one month it could be… Most famous players in history month and start of with Honinbo Shusaku, and have the ear reddening game in there with a few others.
I think this would generate a lot of interest. And with players coming on to OGS to study the game of Go as well as to play it i think it may well have a knock on effect that can only be a positive thing for OGS. Either way, my reason for suggesting this is simple… OGS is a place for new players as well as more experienced players. I would say that nine out of ten people on the website have little to no idea of the resources out there to learn go. and sometimes it takes a long time before a person either discovers these resources, or someone tells them where to find them.
What i am suggesting is that OGS become a centre of different resources. OGS has already made steps in this direction with the Puzzle section, and the learn to play feature. OGS in my opinion also has the best tools for game analysis, and generally is the most ergonomic of all go sites that I have used to play. I think the addition of a pro game database of sorts would be a great step forward in to distinguishing OGS as a front-runner in online GO playing and Communities.
Thanks for reading, and I apologise about my being very wordy.