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December 2003 Journal Article - JavaRanch GO Ladder - Interested?

Dirk Schreckmann

Joined: Dec 10, 2001
Posts: 7023
In this month's edition of the JavaRanch Journal, Johannes de Jong has inquired whether Ranchers might have some fun with a JavaRanch GO ladder.
So, how about it? Do we have any GO players amongst us?

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Chinmay Bajikar
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Joined: Dec 08, 2001
Posts: 159
What would a GO ladder mean??

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Eric Pascarello

Joined: Nov 08, 2001
Posts: 15385
This brings up the topic of when people here were trying to force me to program GO.
Chinmay to answer your question...A ladder is a type of tournament.
GO is a game.
[ January 07, 2004: Message edited by: Eric Pascarello ]
William Brogden
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I used to play Go - about the most fascinating board game there is, and highly resistant to "artificial intelligence"
Jim Yingst

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 18671
Well, I almost missed this since I was away from the internet for most of the last couple weeks. I'd be interested I suppose - I'm not a hard-cord Go player or anything, but know a bit about it, and it could be fun especially with people I (virtually) know. Bert (1-dan) will probably kick my butt, but that's what handicaps are for. (Can we have handicaps higher than 9?)
I note that Dirk's post points to the Journal article, which in turn points to our Contact Page which should show how to contact Johannes. Except that somehow, Johannes has been misplaced, and does not appear on either the current or retired pages.
Anyone wishing to tell Johannes that yes, they're interested, can send to (Yes, that's Johannes.) Or wait for the contact page to be properly reMapped, which will probably be happening real soon now...
[ January 09, 2004: Message edited by: Jim Yingst ]

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Jim: Or wait for the contact page to be properly reMapped, which will probably be happening real soon now...
Not in the nearest couple weeks.
Johannes asked me to remove him from the contact page, as he currently isn't on an active bartenders duty. In past, I tried to resist such requests, but then figured it's easier to remove him and then, when he wasn't looking, put him back. Unfortunately, Dirk's link caught us in the middle of the "removing" part of the cycle. I think, I'll have to wait a little until Johannes get tired to check the contact page, before I can safely put him back again.

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Jim Yingst

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Posts: 18671
Well that seems to get Map off the hook. But I'd say that if Johannes himself posted an article requesting that people contact him by following the link - then Map is fully entitled to just put him on the main contact page and ignore subsequent protests.
Dean Lee

Joined: Aug 27, 2003
Posts: 11
Originally posted by Chinmay Bajikar:
What would a GO ladder mean??

Eric's answer is correct. something i want to add is:
1) GO is based on japanese translation. the translation of chinese name should be "weiqi";
2) GO(weiqi) originated in China at least 2,000 years ago. Japanese developed many theory in modern era.
3) china, japan, korea are three major Go(weiqi) powers right now. Korean players have the best records so far.
A ladder is a kind of tournament. you are ranked based on your records, you can only play someone in your neighborhood. winning move you up. you can not refuse to play when someone requests. or you will be ruled losed. there is time period for the ladder, typically, one semester, or several months. it is fairly common in tennis, badmin, raquet, squash or ping pong.

[ January 15, 2004: Message edited by: Dean Lee ]

Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
I don't know how many of you are as addicted to go as I am, but it is, IMHO, the best game in the world. If anyone is interested in learning or improving (or kicking my butt), all of those things are possible in this wonderful virtual world. My favorite go server, IGS has some teaching mode capabilities that I'd be interested in exploring; so teaching or playing, count me in.

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Johannes de Jong

Joined: Jan 27, 2001
Posts: 5089
Hmm I missed this thread. Yep I do work now and then
Sorry about the "lost" e-mail adress. The adress will most likely dissapear within a month or so, I simply get too much SPAM in it.
But if you are interested, mail me within the next month.
My basic idea with a GO ladder is that JavaRanch visitors play each other & learn from each other. The idea is that the games will be distributed to all "members" for commenbts. The finer details I still have to work out. I simply did not want to spend too much time working out the rulus, how to run a GO ladder, until I was sure there was real interest.
In defence I had Map remove my contact info +- 3 weeks afer publication of the "article".

I agree. Here's the link:
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