Before a game actually starts, some decisions must be made. Usually this phase becomes trivial, but this page intends to explicitly list those steps.
- decide on goban size, depending on
- time available (19x19 = 1 hour, 13x13 = 30 minutes, 9x9 = 15 minutes, approx.)
- rating difference
- decide on rules
- choose colors (eg nigiri)
- (or) choose handicap and komi
- decide on time
In tournament play the setup will be handled by the pairing rules.