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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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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 … . In the days before komi, how was the 1-stone handicap handled? Or did the weaker player just take black, and handicap started at two stones? …
asked Jun 26 '12 by Max