At the moment if a player times out in multiple correspondence games in a row only the first game is ranked and the others are silently annulled. The pros and cons are summerized in this post (some extensive discussions on that topic are linked below).
Now, with the new AI feature, at the end of a game the AI kicks in and calculates the chance to win for both players. So why not use that result to decide correspondence timeouts?
For example we could decide the game for one side if the win chance is >80% or so. If the game is not decided yet, anull the game (or maybe count as draw)
It’s probably not as easy as it seems, but I think it’s worth discussing its pros and cons.
Some pros are:
- The games would count against the rank, which could mitigate (un)intentional timeouts for lost games.
- Player who like to play fast correspondence games (time per move <1d) wouldn’t have to fear to disort their rating with timeouts of players who haven’t checked the time settings before accepting the open game challenge. (If the AI decition is applied to the first game as well).
Some cons are:
- Only possible for 19x19 at the moment.
- Players could time out of a clearly won game if the opponent didn’t resign. (Is this even a con? It’s impolite to let a game time out. But one could argue that not resigning a clearly lost game was impolite in the first place).
- One has to decide what the lower bound for a clear win is. (>70%, >80%, >90%, the AI would resign?)
- Handicap games have to be handled differently. At the beginning of the game the AI would give the game always to black. (Maybe only apply the rule after 150 or so moves?)
- The value of corner territory is valued much more by the AI than its value would be in low elo human play. The AI takes its superhuman ability of whole board reduction into account. In some cases this could result in games decided for one side, which would else end in favour for the other player because the inability of weak players to invade a big mojo.
I’m really interested in what you think about AI decision for cor timeouts (and to see it implemented if it turns out to be a good and doable idea).
For a general discussion about the timeout rule, please read the linked threads and join the discussion there if you have a new point to add that isn’t directly related to the proposed change of using the AI.