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.

Preparing for the London Open Go Congress

Long time no see, everyone! The past ten days have been increasingly busy for me, what with the Finnish Championship league (where I managed to get a 5/5 result) and the university exam week. Now, however, I’m officially on Christmas holiday!

Next up in my tournament calendar is the London Open Go Congress, where I’ll be fiercely fighting for the first place. Now that I’ve free time, I’ll probably play some games in the internet (KGS or wbaduk) as a preparation, as well as review some more professional games – probably by Nie Weiping. The Finnish Championship final will be held on 15-16 January: a best-of-three match with Javier-Aleksi Savolainen. The games will surely be broadcasted on KGS.

I’ve no real game-related content for this update, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be posting some more tonight – maybe a review from the Korean Ambassadors’ Cup tournament, or from the Finnish Championship league. Fast readers can make requests here about which game I’ll review, and about what I’ll be focusing on in the review!