Kurnik (PlayOK is english alias, but both adress goes to same site) is a Polish server for many (40+ for English) kinds of games, like Ludoteka or Yahoo! Games. Support for English (and many other languages) is provided.

In Go, there are usually about 200-300 players online of mixed but typically lower ranks:

Polish address: [ext] English address: [ext]

The server previously offered ladders and regular tournaments, but these features were removed.

Some differences from most servers to be aware of:

  • The scoring process can be difficult, captured regions are not highlighted so players need to double check that all dead stones are marked correctly.
  • Colors are not random; the player who set up the room chooses the color he likes. There are many Black-only players.
  • There's no mapping from ELO ratings back to Kyu/Dan ranks so it can be difficult to understand the relative strengths of other players.
  • AGARules is used.If opponent disagree with dead groups, if no move is made, then scoring system assumes that all not removed stones are alive.
  • Only Canadian timing is offered, with a fixed 25 moves per period. The period time is misleadingly labeled as byo-yomi.
  • Impossible to set up handicap games. (You may use passes to allow Black to play successive moves at the start if agreed in advance)

PlayOK last edited by hnishy on March 4, 2023 - 09:32
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