126.96.36.199: Re: Scoring Method Changes Winner?
(2011-10-10 21:17) [#8820]
The most obvious difference between area scoring and territory scoring must be the fact that after all the points are taken, under area scoring you can play inside the territories with abandon; there will not be a penalty for defending needlessly, nor will you be punished for trying something so silly inside your opponent's territory, that a pass is a good enough defense.
The situations where the optimal strategy depends on the scoring system are luckily much rarer. This might be the most common case:
Under area scoring, it is sometimes possible to raise the stakes in the final ko. When this possibility occurs, the player that tries to gain the extra point will have to treat every dame played by the opponent as a ko threat, and still be able to win the final ko.
With territory scoring, there is nothing left for black but to take the ko and connect it, and suffer a defeat. With area scoring, however, black has a chance.
If black makes full use of his ko threat, he can win under area scoring.
After there are no dame left, so the player without ko threats cannot claim the one point usually available for the player who loses the final ko. Therefore white has to pass with , while black connects the ko and tries not to look too smug in the process. White effectively loses a point because of the forced pass, and black wins by 1.5 points.
If black did not have the extra threat, then removing the last dame would be a grave error: not only would black lose the final ko, he would be the one that has to pass while the opponent wins the ko. (Rumor has it that a 5 dan amateur once lost an important game by doing exactly this.)
To summarize: under area scoring the final ko is worth extra if there are no dame left.