A short introduction to OGS
From now on I'm going to keep you up to
date with all interesting happenings at OGS. However, I think some of
you don't know much about this server. Therefore I'll give you a
OGS is a round based server. That means
you don't have some hours and minutes to play, but days and hours. A
standard time setting on OGS is Fischer time with 5 days + 1 day up
to a maximum of 7 days thinking time. With this time setting you're
able to play opponents, who aren't online at the same time you are
and you can play multiple games. To speed up things when playing e.g.
sente moves you can use so called ???Conditional moves???. After your
move you can save additional moves which are automatically triggered
if your opponent plays a move you predicted.
Besides OGS has a system which allows
you to play a lot of tournaments and some of the players are only
playing tournament games. Of course you can challenge other players
as you do on other servers, but if you take part in the tournaments
you'll find yourself at 30 simultaneous games easily. You wonder how
that can be ? Well, here is a description of the possible tournament
Mini-tournaments are small tournaments
everybody can start. The creator decides on all important settings
and can either invite other players or open up the tournament to
everybody. Once a tournament is finished the players get points based
one their place in the tournament, the number of players and the
board size. With the points from all your mini-tournaments you can
get a place at the ???MT Leaderboard???. Due to the nature of this
competition those who play more tournaments might get a higher place
than those who have a better win percentage.
There are sixtitles which have tournaments in a 19x19 class, a 9x9 class and a
Handicap-19x19 class and are played in regular periods. Depending on
the tournament you're playing the rules may differ, but they all have
a main tournament deciding on the challenger for the title match
versus the current titleholder. The titleholder and those who did
well during the tournament get little graphics next to their name,
which proves their success.
The last tournament type is the ladder
competition. There are three ladders, one for 19x19, one for 13x13
and one for 9x9. The rules are easy: You can challenge up to three
players which are close above you and you can be challenged by up to
three other players. The winner gets the ladder place of the better
placed one, while the loser and those between the two lose one place.
Because of this both things, the amount
of time you have to think about your moves and the seriousness of
tournament games, there are a lot of interesting games and even some
really big surprises. And, by the way, this server is still being
developed and users can vote for features they want to see being
Of course this is only a (very) short
introduction, but I'll focus on some topics during future news. I
hope you'll enjoy my reports.