Saturday, February 05, 2005


Go is still a great game. One of its best features is a built in handicap mechanism.

I taught my daughter today, and after each game I game her an additional stone as handicap until she began to win. This means that we can have a challenging game together.

If only all games worked so well for any skill level.



Iain said...

If you haven't already, check out New Rules for Classic Games ( It's got a great chapter about handicapping, giving suggestions for how you can build handicaps into regular games. For example, you can let the weaker player use a dictionary in Scrabble.

Yehuda said...

I have it. It is an excellent book. I also have A Gamut of Games, by Sid Sackson. Two books I wish I had when I was young.


Iain said...

Me too! I totally agree. All those years of playing suboptimal games...