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Re: [gnugo-devel] testing gnugo

From: bump
Subject: Re: [gnugo-devel] testing gnugo
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 06:16:44 -0700

John Tromp wrote:

> dear Gnugo developers,
> It appears that gnugo is mostly tested on 19x19 boards.
> I wonder if 9x9 games are not sufficient to expose most of the
> weaknesses of gnugo. Certainly in play against humans, gnugo
> can blunder in 9x9 at least as badly as in 19x19.
> It's funny that in 4 handicap games, gnugo playing white will pass
> after only a few moves, deciding that it can't make a living group with
> white, while gnugo playing black loses easily. I attach the 2 games
> I played against gnugo 3.2
> I think making gnugo strong enough never to lose 4 handicap 9x9 games
> would be an exciting goal to work towards...

I don't disagree with anything you wrote.

But, our energy and resources are finite, hence the emphasis
on 19x19.

If you are interested in working on making GNU Go work better
on 9x9 we'd give you support.

Daniel Bump

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