In "traditional" handicap, when there is a ranking difference of 1, black plays first and there is no komi (Sensei's Library uses this term). But if you play without komi anyway, this is no handicap. ...
Handicap games are very common in Go. The weaker player, taking black, gets to place (usually) up to 9 stones on the board, depending on the difference in skill. Both free and fixed placement are ...
When the difference in rank is one stone the weaker player takes black and the komi is 0.5 for white (sometimes called "no komi" even though that's not technically correct). From then on add one ...
It was mentioned elsewhere that a 9p could not give 7 stones to a 2p. I have no databases available and wondered if this is correct. Bonus: If they aren't representative, why not? And is there a ...
I found it very difficult to handle handicap when my opponent is given 6 or more stones. I don't really like to force something complex when I know it could be severely punished. The good way to ...