Placing handicaps against computers

Sometimes when I play against a computer I must place my own handicap stones. Sometimes they are placed for me.

Just curious why sometimes it is different. Any reason?

Hey cdunc123!

Different rulesets allow different Handicap rules.

Japanese rules have fixed positions, Chinese rules have free placement

As far as I know, different bots use different rulesets. You can find a matrix with the possible variations here:

Hope this helps :smiley: