The two finalists of the tournament will receive NGD vouchers of €40 and €20, which can be used for participation in our online league and/or ebook copies of our books.
Participation in the tournament is free. The games are played on a toroidal (there are no edges) 13x13 board, made possible by the Variant Go Server. Area scoring is used, time limits are 5 minutes each + 10 seconds Fischer increment, and komi is 3.5 points. Seequ (the programmer of VGS) has made toroidal games particularly easy to play by implementing scrolling: you can click on the sides of the board to move the view in that direction, and there are also keyboard shortcuts (wasd) for this.
Hi Ten, welcome to OGS, hope you enjoy your stay.
That sure is a mind boggling concept. I can’t even imagine how it looks like playing on such a go board. Do you perhaps have an example of game, that you can share here?
On touch screens, a double-tap plays a move, so technically it works and scrolling should be possible too without misclicks (although the hitbox for scrolling is certainly thin). In general, however, the wasd-button scrolling on keyboards is just too handy, and so I cannot really recommend playing on phones or tablets.
I also wonder if it’s a right handed person thing. Being able to hit something like space with your thumb is quite convenient, although of course not all games might use space or whichever as jump etc. Just thinking when using a mouse and keyboard together.
Maybe some left handed people just adapt to it though.