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Wbaduk, Cyberoro's new English server
Wbaduk, or world baduk service is Cyberoro's new English site, available at http://wbaduk.com. I think this initiative from the Korean makers of Cyberoro is very nice, and useful for every western goplayer, so I decided to put a little guide about the new site here.
First of all I have to say that the design is much better , the page is easier to look through and similar to the Korean version. They probably didn't just make it because foreigners were nagging them to let them play on orobaduk server, but actually worked with it and seems like they are also trying their best to maintain it.
The news section is updated every second or third day. Somebody on the site was criticizing the organizers about putting on so few news, but there are much more information then I was expecting. Of course it would be even better if they would hire some westerners to write news about western Go-life, but maybe later. What I don't really like in this section however is that you don't have a direct path to see the sgfs the news concern. It would be pretty easy to solve that, and very useful, too.
In the second section, you can read some basic information about Korean Amateur Baduk Association (KABA). There's not much to say about this, if you are interested, read :P
About baduk obviously have a lot of information on baduk. Apart from some basic stuff, you can read about Korean baduk's history, and find plenty of information from your favourite Korean pros or international matches.
The gibo or kifu part will probably be one of the most popular sections of this homepage. The only negative thing with the embedded sgf viewer is that even though you can print the game record, so far I didn't find a way to save it.
The lecture part has some interesting (pro and ama) lessons on different topics for different strength players (from 25 k to around 5d). I think the strength is a little overrated, but the strongest section can be useful to anybody from 5k I guess. I hope they will keep on updating this section regularly.
Test room is definitely my favourite. You can challenge yourself in differnet parts of the game: pattern, opening, haengma, tesuji, endgame, middle game, life&death, judgement in 100, 300, 500, or even 1000 blocks! If you are logged in, the site keeps track of your progress - at leat I believe so.
Community has various options, there is a free forum, and baduk clinic: a place where you can ask your questions about certain moves. At the moment it's quite inconvenient to answer somebody's question, and look through all the other answers, so I think it should be further developed. Looking forward seeing how the photo album will improve: so far there are only pictures uploaded by the admin, but anybody can share.
Last but not least, in wbaduk section you can download the client, check the rating list, or learn about the system itself. I don't think the client improved in anything worth mentioning, if we don't take into consideration that there is a wbaduk room now. If they would finally start the betting (they have it on the Korean server) I think it would attract a lot of goplayers.
I hope many of you will have fun visiting this site regularly.
First of all, i thougt my browser is buggy or sth. like this, cause the test room soesn´t work under firefox and IE. Solution: you have to get a stable rank in wbaduk (Rank*)by winning and losing some games. After i got a rank,it suddenly works all fine :-)
3k kgs ( FR ) 2010-02-15 03:02
The test room looks very interesting but it doesn't for me :(
(i tried on IE 7 and firefox 3.5)
9k ( BR ) 2010-02-14 03:02
I went there to test and I liked it. The only problem is that it saves the games in .NGF format. The sgf editor that they recomend doesn't convert it to .sgf properly, so I have to convert it with GlGo (from IGS), but it lost the informations and the board was 180 graus rotated.
But maybe I just need to get used to it, thanks! =)
By the way, I know the person responsible for Eng translations and posting Eng news to wBaduk. He is Korean 5d. And he is interested in Go news from other countries.
I can send his email, if you would like to help him.
1d ( VN ) 2010-02-03 02:02
This is great.
11K ( SE ) 2010-02-03 01:02
My IE freezes on lectures too, gonna get me an account and try to actually play :)
2K ( FR ) 2010-02-03 03:02
I am on wbaduk and it's very interessant.
But internet explorer bugs when i go on the lecture. Am I alone?
2d ( HU ) 2010-02-02 10:02
Thank you, I included the link in the text.
I've heard most of the sites developed by Koreans only work with IE unfortunately. :(
2d ( US ) 2010-02-02 07:02
The problems and gibo don't seem to work under Firefox (Linux)
( SE ) 2010-02-02 07:02
and the url is... http://www.wbaduk.com/