80.7.5.161: **Time instead of Stone Handicap?**
(2010-01-07 18:17) [#6905]

I was wondering if there was an equivalent time handicap instead of stones or points. For instance, perhaps a 3 dan could play with 15 seconds byo-yomi against a 2 dan with 20 seconds, creating a roughly even game. I doubt such a thing exists yet - I suppose I'm more curious if anyone had given it any thought, I couldn't find a page on sensei's about it.

tapir: **Re: Time instead of Stone Handicap?**
(2010-01-07 22:20) [#6909]

I remembered something and found it again here:

"The dojo has a league also. Each of the students competes. The stronger a player is, the fewer games they have to play. Two different time limit rules are used in the league games. There is a longer time limit where each player has a minute to move, and hayago where the players are given just 10 seconds to make a move. There is no time limit, so any given player can play 1 or 10 games in one day. The league also has a rating system. The ratings are based on the players' winning percentages. There is a handicap, but one that was very different than the orthodox system of allowing the opponent to place the number of stones to the difference in rank. **The stronger player gets 10 seconds less in their time for every number difference in rank.** There is also a reverse komi rule. 0 komi, —3 komi, —5 komi, and —8 komi.[26]" (from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho_Chikun)

But this only works with short time limits to begin with.

Regards Tapir.