Group Scoring

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Group scoring is deciding the outcome of a game based on the number of living groups each person has. It requires a completely different kind of thinking from what's mostly encouraged. If method of play under this scoring were to be applied under other rules[2] it might lead to catastrophic results[1]...


Ehm... In the making..?


Although still not being used in any official event a lot of players such as The Captain seem to be using it in an independent fashion. And their popularity on certain servers is spreading it among the masses.


It's in your hands!


5x5 basic jigo  

This example shows a basic count - each side has 1 living group therefore it's a jigo.

It's great what minuses does it have?

[1]None what-so-ever!

19x19 Main oppositions argument  

However some annoying people think that W winning here (4-1) is... - Yeah, go figure...

Bildstein: But look, take away a few plays by Black, and it's jigo...

19x19 Jigo  

Robert Pauli: Disagree, wouldn't call this one white group.

Black to win in 1 move  

(Sebastian:) Is suicide allowed by these rules? (Hint: Play On The Point Of Assymmetry.)

Robert Pauli: Disagree, it's already one white group.

I marked what I assume Sebastian ment... Indeed a good point by performing suicide B takes away 3 points from W (4-1 become 1-0). However it's only the scoring method defined by the rule set and whether or not suicide is allowed should be also decided by the rule set in use... At least in theory! I wonder if allowing suicide makes any sense here... I think it requires further discussion... :) Reuven

kevinwm: Black thinks he's won the game......

Black to win in 1 move  

kevinwm: But no!!! w zugzwangs with a stunning play of his own. Now by Japanese rules, the last group to play is dead, so white wins 4-2!

More common methods...

[2]Info about more widely spread methods of scoring can be found at scoring.

--- (Please do re-edit it... Reuven)

Group Scoring last edited by on January 25, 2015 - 21:11
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