As was pointed out on reddit and elsewhere Foxy now has tsumego battles.
死活对战 on the right there.
To play you press fist 死活题对战 on the left. On the right it’s you tsumego history 我的题库. In top-right it’s number of first place you’ve taken 冠军. I specifically won some to not show embarrassing zero.
Here’s how the game looks like:
There’re four players of similar strength. 8 tsumego in total. You can see the progress of opponents. Always black to play, and maximum 60 seconds to solve. If you fail, you get like a 6 seconds penalty (you have countdown before you see next problem).
Winner is whoever got more correct answers until the end of the competition. I think there’s no tie-break you just divide the places.
Here’s the trick though. Competition ends whenever one of the players gets through all the problems.
Here’s me getting first place:
I finished all problems so the competition ends with me at the first place as player with most correct answers. Maybe the second player could’ve solved the two remaining problems correctly and jump ahead but it doesn’t matter, competition ends now.
This creates additional incentive to solve problems quickly, like 20 seconds per problem or faster. If a player solves 5 and fails 3 faster than you solve 4 correctly they win.
And it doesn’t matter which player finishes all problems to stop the battle. Here’s me just clicking tengen as soon as I can, and since I got through the set, competition ends. This is a bit dumb, bottom player who is worse than everyone gets to stop the battle?
As I said, I think there’re no tie-breaks. Here’s example with all of us getting first place. Right, it says before the name “1”.
After the match the right button is something like asking for another game with the same players or something. I think.
And the left button takes you to your library to the page with the problems you got wrong so you can solve them in a calm environment.
All in all, I really dislike the fact that it ends when one player finished the set. I think it incentivizes players to not really read the tsumego and go with instinct, and click through tsumego. It really resembles mindless clicking to me, although I’m a slower player, blitz isn’t something I do.