How do I contact the organizers if I have an issue?
- Via the group chat of the Vermont Go Club Room.
- Or via direct chat tenuki10 (Pete) or jackcary (Jack).
Cell phone or text
- 802-989-4481 (Pete)
- 802-540-5225 (Jack)
Where is the link to the zoom meeting?
- Zoom meeting link and password will be emailed to participants by Friday October 23rd.
Where are the pairings for each round?
- Pairings will be emailed to all participants before each round.
- Pairings will also be listed on this webiste here: Pairings and Results
Where is the tournament schedule?
- Schedule can be found here: Information
Where is the list of players?
- The list of registered players can be found here: Registration
Who sets up the game for each round?
For this tournament, game setup and configuration is a shared responsibility of both players. The tournament organizers will tell you the parings and handicaps, but they can not set up the game for you.
The White (stone) player is responsible for creating the Game Challenge
The Black (stone) player is responsible for finding the game challenge, setting his/her stone color to black, and setting the handicap and komi. This involves clicking the stone colors for each player in the Custom Game/Challenge window.
The White (stone) player is responsible for checking the settings before accepting and beginning the game.
What are the settings for the games?
- Set the room to Vermont Go Club if you are not already in the room
- Write your opponent’s name in the game description field
- Select “Free Game”
- Select “Public”
- Select “Byo-Yomi Time”
- Select “Japanese Rules”
- Set the main time to “40:00” minutes
- Set the overtime to “30” seconds
- Set the periods to “5”
- Make sure the board is “19x19”
What rank do I play at?
- You will play at your entry rank, not your AGA or KGS rank. Handicaps for pairings will be set by organizers and communicated before each round.
Can I turn off my KGS rank?
- Yes, highly recommended for the duration of the tournament. Go to your KGS user settings and uncheck the “Rank” checkbox.
Are games rated? Can I make them private?
- No, games are not rated, make sure to select “Free” in the Game Challenge settings.
- No, the games cannot be set to private, please select “Public” in the Game Challenge settings.
How do I use the KGS Cgoban client?
- Video tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GcMKFDQ468
- Information about the main window https://www.gokgs.com/help/main.html#introduction
- Starting a new game https://www.gokgs.com/help/newGameWin.html. Be sure you understand the nigiri and stone color buttons and how to set handicap before the tournament begins
- Troubleshooting https://www.gokgs.com/help/faq/troubleshooting.html
- We highly recommend that you setup and play a few games in the Vermont Go Club Room before Friday if you are new to KGS!
- You can also post your questions in the KGS Help Room, there are plenty of KGS admins and players that are happy to help out!
Where is the Vermont Go Club Room on KGS?
- Using the Cgoban client: Rooms –> Room List –> Clubs –> Vermont Go Club
- Using Shin KGS: Click the “Chat” menu at top of page –> Scroll down to “Join Room” –> Click Join Room –> Vermont Go Club
What if the KGS Cgoban application is not working on my computer?
- Try using the browser-based alternative Shin KGS.
- How to use Shin KGS
I’m using KGS with the Cgoban Client or GoUniverse Chrome extension and when I click nothing happens (or it is really slow sometimes)
- Turn off or close all other programs on your computer. Close other browser tabs and pages. Maybe reboot too.
- Make sure you are using the latest verison of the KGS software. Uninstall and reinstall.
- Scan you computer for viruses long before the tournament.
- Check your Internet or WiFi connection speed/service.
- If all else fails, try using the browser-based alternative Shin KGS.
- How to use Shin KGS
I made a misclick! Can I undo my last move?
- KGS does have a button that allows you to request an undo from your opponent, but it is up to your opponent to decide if they will grant the undo request. You are not obligated to allow undos, but these are fun games, so you may want to allow undos for obvious misclicks. Please do not abuse the undo feature by asking multiple times during the same game.
What if my opponent does not show up?
- Let the organizers know, we will try to contact your opponent via phone and email. Please be patient as some players are new to KGS. After 15 minutes from the start of the round, you automatically win via forfeit/time.
What if my opponent leaves the game in progress?
- Please be patient as some players may have technical or connection difficulties depending on Internet service quality. If the time runs out on the game, you win by default.
Our game started with the wrong settings/color/handicap, now what?
- Communicate with your opponent via in game chat that the settings are wrong. Resign the game and start/setup a new game with the correct settings. Please try to do this quickly so that the rounds can finish on time.
How do I finish the game to determine the result?
- The game ends when both players pass or if one player resigns or runs out of time. For this tournament, determining and marking which stones are alive/dead at the end of the game is both players’ shared responsibility. If there is a dispute (i.e., “is it seki?”), try to agree on an answer before you contact the tournament organizers. The organizers have the final say on all game results.
What do I do if my opponent is chatting too much or being rude during the game?
- We expect fair play and good sportsmanship. If your opponent is rude or overly distracting, let the organizers know, and we can decide if the action merits a default result for your opponent.
Can I use AI, game analysis, books, joseki dictionaries, or ask other players about my game in progress?
- This event is a fun, friendly, and relaxed event, and we highly doubt this will be an issue. Please play without the aid of software, reference materials, or other players. Organizers have the final say on all tournament game results.
I’m not having fun; what do I do?
- This is a friendly competition, don’t take it too seriously! Focus on playing your best moves and finding the beauty in the game. After the tournament, it’s always a great idea to review your games with other players and learn something new!
Is that Othello?
I have a question that is not on this list!
- No problem, contact the organizers before the tournament begins, and we will add your question and answer here!