BQM 549

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moved from Alternating Play

axd: I'm not sure if there is a page that describes the procedure to follow when a group's status is contested? once the game is finished. As far as I know, in such a case, players resume the game and play alternatingly around the contested group; passing is not allowed then, as it would influence the end score. Can anyone confirm this?

Bill: This situation is handled differently by different rules. Among current official rules, AGA Rules and Ing rules have clear procedures for continuing play in such cases.

axd (13k): reading the Ing rules draws my attention to the word disputed?, see also

Question About Japanese Scoring
has lengthy discussions about what to do - I (reluctantly) decide from there that the obligation to play an equal number of moves (i.e. not passing) is not essential. But I also understand that this is a dark area of the rules. A bit disappointing for someone who thought Go was simple :-)
Japanese Counting
some procedure exists...
Japanese Rules/Discussion
use a separate board to decide on the status of a contested group
Bill suggests playing out, including pass stones
Territory and Area Scoring
There are territory rules that allow disputes to be settled by play, such as the Lasker-Maas rules and Spight rules.

Quite disappointing (yes, welcome to the game, I know :) ... Not quite certain, but I believe I lost a potential (and most probably brilliant) Go player because he might have had problems with such issues.

Bill: You should have played him using area scoring, such as AGA rules. Even if you are used to territory scoring, the transition should be easy for you.

BQM 549 last edited by Dieter on January 13, 2012 - 17:20
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