I’ve been playing on OGS a lot these last few days and it’s a nice server, however there is one thing I’ve noticed that I feel isn’t that great, and that’s the lack of handicap usage.
I believe all the scheduled tournaments are without handicap and ranked games are usually without handicap too, it seems like this is the norm but it really shouldn’t be like this on a serious server imho. Games without proper handicap can’t really be taken seriously, at least if it’s more than 2 ranks difference between the players, and thus shouldn’t be ranked. Also, I suggest that tournaments use at least proper handicap-2, which is usual in real-life egf tournaments, or the games just won’t be any interesting for either player as the game will be over rather quickly and then pointlessly drag on, instead of being challenging for both.
Not using handicap messes up the ratings too, and is probably a reason for why there is such a high variance in the ranks here. I feel that more stronger players would play here if proper handicap was being used, and the site should encourage this. On other servers, like KGS or IGS, playing a ranked game without proper handicap is very rare.
Anyway that’s just my thoughts on that, I like the site I just wanted to share these thoughts.