I mean specifically this version.
White to live, black to kill, standard stuff.
But for a lot of players who played it, it feels a little one sided, one side clearly has easier time.
But of course, it’s possible to tweak the difficulty. If you make the board size smaller, it’s harder to live; bigger - it’s harder to kill.
Luckily on OGS we can make boards of various sizes.
What’s the best size to make the game even? Anyone wanna try to establish it? Like back in the old days when pros played to determine 9x9 komi or something.
Does it have to be that specific version? Would it significantly change the game if the corners are not there?
What about this?
There’s some other threads where we even played this variant a bit. I even played a couple of games.
Actually, we also played other similar kill-all variants in this thread:
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I think board may have infinity length. There will be max height with which its always possible to prevent life.
That’s why I specify. Personally, I don’t like other variants. The border should be complete and intimidating. You look at it and feel fire.
That’s an interesting consideration, but it wouldn’t be so practical to play on a infinite board in order to determine the necessary height empirically, which seems to be
Is it slightly more intimidating to remove the corner stones (which gives black certain eyes)?
Does any substantial data already exist from any of the variants of the shape game? I thought people weren’t quite sure who had the advantage even for 19x19?
I mean, in order to answer your question about the optimal size, we must necessarily resolve the more basic question of whether or not 19x19 is too big or small.
I’m also in favor of giving black eyes, it just looks better in my opinion
It seems extremely unlikely that it will make a difference on big boards, but it does for very small boards, and it seems more in the spirit of the game that black doesn’t have to worry about living.
(It should go without saying for me, but I’m happy to play this variant anytime. Preferably live
I feel the fire and bloodlust of an eyeless group just waiting to be killed!
But isnt it marinally better for black if the 1-1 points are open, since that way b is pass-alive even if w manages to take out all the liberties? Ive only played few shape-games with one-space jumps, never with those solid sticks xD
I once tried playing shapegame on 13x13 board with one-space jumps on 1st line, and that was pretty much impossible for white. I suspect that “perfect” board size would be closer to 19x than 13x for all those starting positions.
Empty 1-1s create breaks in the chain that are inherently wimpy.
The only pro shape game I’ve seen was played with full solid wall. So I consider that one pro-approved.
By the way, changing size of the board is a good way of giving handicap in the shape game. If one of the players is stronger to make the game more interesting, they should try to live in smaller board or kill on wider board.
Eyes in the 4 corners are definitely more scary to me.
Now i guess it doesn’t really matter as i’m not expecting white to eat black massive wall.
We played four quick games:
White won both games on 19x19, black won both games on 18x18. All were exciting games, still difficult to say which size I prefer. For now I’ll favor 19x19 just because it has the advantage of being the default size
Also, I guess longer time controls might be good for black?