Upcoming Kaya Go Server

While generally disliking this manner of advertising, I thought it acceptable to write a notification post for my readers regarding the up-and-coming new internet go server, the Kaya Go Server. As of now, their webpage doesn’t provide too much evidence on how the new server will be better than the current, popular ones such as Kiseido Go Server, World Baduk and Tygem baduk, but the newcomer certainly promises a lot. I’m sure I’m not the only one to think that Wbaduk’s and Tygem’s user interfaces, for instance, are quite horrifying, KGS (The old one!) being superior to them in nearly every aspect, and that KGS itself needn’t stop its services at what they provide now. Web browser accessibility would be a welcome addition, as would be an iOS port. Even more, I personally dream of the possibility to have my game database in the cloud, easily accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.

Kaya Go Server’s ambition seems big enough, but it’ll certainly be a while, still, before we’ll know how it turns out. Even if the service itself will be top-notch in quality of the software, it’ll take years to establish a user base comparable to that of KGS — and Wbaduk and Tygem may be completely out of reach without some really big sponsors. The new KGS is currently looking for donations to make the big dream possible, though their explanation for the need of money is at the moment a bit elusive. Putting up a whole new server is obviously a lot of work in itself with all the coding work needed, but there are hardware-related questions to be answered as well; for instance, a server computer is badly needed. In any case, personally I’m looking very much forward to what the new KGS can provide, and wish the very best for it.

EGC report

It’s well past the European Go Congress already, and I myself am back from a short holiday. Even if it’s a bit late, I thought it’d be nice to write about the topmost impressions of my second trip to France, and my fifth go congress.

The congress was situated in a suburb of the legendary city associated with wine, Bordeaux. The suburb, Talence, itself seemed to be a large university campus. The organizers had arranged for several university buildings to function as the congress area — a common solution, if a bit cumbersome. Comparing to all the other congresses I’ve been to so far, the general distance between the congress buildings was the longest. The congress in Villach, 2007, was remarkably good in the sense that everything was under the same roof; it was incredibly easy to find all sorts of activity in case one got bored. In Bordeaux, although the setting was functional enough, many evenings felt somehow hollow. Luckily it was easy enough to get on the tram and travel to the downtown of Bordeaux, which was full of things to see and do. Indeed, Bordeaux provided for some really nice sightseeing:

The water mirror of Bordeaux, likely one of the city's best-known sights.

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