Handicap refers to ways to make weaker players more competitive against stronger ones. In Go, for example, it takes the form of extra stones placed by the weaker player. The goal is to make the game even and challenging for both players.

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Are professional ranks representative for how many stones of handicap players can give each other?

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 ...