Hello, I’ve been thinking about professional Go games and how we access them. It seems to me that OGS has the potential to become a database and a platform for viewing pro games, similar to Eidogo.com or Waltheri’s Go Pattern Search.
The advantage of those websites is that they allow users to pick and select games based on opening moves and different patterns, and they have a large number of games listed.
I believe OGS could offer a similar service, albeit adjusted to better fit what OGS already provides. While implementing a pattern recognition system might be challenging, OGS could create a list of professional player names. When a name is clicked, a list of the games they’ve played could be displayed, and selecting a game would bring up an OGS board.
Although I’m unsure of the technical aspects, I think it could be an interesting addition to OGS, transforming it into a place not only for playing Go but also for in-depth Go study.
Considering the availability of SGFs, this project might not be overly difficult, albeit time-consuming. An introduction of a new pro player could be done periodically, showcasing their top games. For instance, each month or quarter, a new player could be introduced into the OGS database, generating interest. This could include famous players like Lee Sedol or historic players like Honinbo Shusaku.
I believe this initiative could attract more interest and, with players coming to OGS to study Go, have positive effects for the community. OGS caters to both new and experienced players, and many might not be aware of external resources for learning Go. Therefore, turning OGS into a hub for various resources, alongside its existing features like the Puzzle section and learn-to-play feature, could distinguish it as a leading platform in online Go playing and communities.
Thanks for reading, and I apologize for being verbose.