Creating attractive Baduk server
to find the most popular Go server, just by checking the number of players in
rush hours, but which Go server is the strongest one?
If you like
to observe the games, played by best players in the world you have to join
Tygem or Cyberoro (WBaduk).
ago IGS (Pandanet) was the strongest server. Many top pros, mainly from Japan
used it regularly. Just to name few superstars: Cho Chikun, Kobayashi Koichi,
Kobayashi Satoru, Ryu Shikun. That time the choice was limited. Pandanet was
the only server in Japan.
players used IGS too, but they also played on Korean Hitel and Chollian
servers, because of attractive local tournaments.
it's hard to meet professional 9-dans on Pandanet. I believe that outdated
software with many limitations is the main reason. Current IGS 9-dans (like
Cornel Burzo) are about 2 stones weaker, than IGS 5-6 dans (that time it was
the highest rank) from early 90's
of attracting top players are important. First of all it's good to have monthly
tournaments, open only for regular players (for example, you have to play
minimum 20 rated games per month). It's important to have live games from
professional offline tournaments. It's good to support top players by paying
them for live reviews.
As you can
see, we don't have these conditions on KGS. The interface is good, the server
is free, there are Korean, Chinese and Japanese program versions, but they
don't have any tournaments with big cash prizes and it's possible to find live
games only from local European/US tournaments. If you like to watch the LG cup
live ,for example, you have to choose WBaduk.
Who is the
strongest one on KGS? MilanMilan probably. He is 3-dan Chinese pro. He can
easily beat our US and European stars. But if you check Tygem or Cyberoro, you
can find thousands of players, who are not weaker (sometimes even stronger)
KGS is only
attractive for teachers. You can see that most 7-9d KGS players have lessons
rates in their profiles. On WBaduk you cannot even find players profiles! You
cannot advertise your teaching services, but everyone can see your score, your
winning % and can ask you to give some private lessons.
servers, like Play361 or Dashn tried to attract users by paying top players for
every played game. It's not the best method, I think. As a result, Play361
server is closed now. Dashn server is still working, but it's much smaller now
and most Dashn stars moved to Tygem or WBaduk, like it happened with Pandanet
15 years ago.
If they pay
you for every game you play, you will hate Go soon. I worked this way on Dashn
about 10 years ago (I stayed in Korea and it was necessary to earn money for
paying for my Go school) and I remember the feeling, when you have to play as
many games as possible. Quality is getting lower, you start losing your games
and it makes you angry.
much better feelings, while playing, if you know that ranking #1 master gets a
guaranteed prize at the end of the month. You try to play as many games as
possible too, but you pay attention on winning such games. Not only on
finishing them quickly.
same reason we have prizes for teachers in our Insei League on KGS. These games
are not just teaching games for them - they try to win every game, they try to
get the prizes. It makes teaching games attractive both for students and
ago I started to work officially on WBaduk. I did not use this server for about
8 years. Many things changed since that time ...
I will put
my efforts for making this server more popular in Europe and USA, but the task
is not that easy.
I will need
I will try
to publish WBaduk news regularly on our GoSensations.com portal, the main
source of online Go news in English.
If you find
something worth publishing, worth sharing with others, please email me
(firstname.lastname@example.org) such games, such stories.
example, if you feel that someone on WBaduk plays like legendary
Takemiya-sensei, send me his games please and add your impressions. I will
study these games and together we will try to guess, is he real Takemiya,
9-dan, or just one of his fans.
soon on WBaduk!
P.S, I have
2 accounts here: breakfast and Sasha (short name from Alexander, which they
used when I studied Go in Korea). Feel free to challenge me! Crazy Russian
trickmoves are waiting you!