- What is the ASR - Advanced Study Room ?
- What is the ASR League ?
- How do I join ?
- Is there a (monthly) fee ?
- How do I play league games ?
- Are there a minimum number of games to play per month ?
- How do the promotions / demotions work ?
- How is the (monthly) score calculated ?
- What if two players have the same score ?
- Are there any prizes? If so, who are the sponsors ?
- How do I claim my prize ?
- How much time do I have to claim my prize ?
- Why do I have to claim my prize ?
- You don't want redeem your prize gift ?
- Can I change my nickname ?
- Can I take a break ?
- What if someone escapes or is otherwise rude ?
- How do I quit the league ?
- What is the timezone used in this site ?
- My game is not being recognized / I forgot to tag the game with #asr
- I have a complaint, question or suggestion. How can I submit it ?
- How can I support the ASR league ?
- My question is not here how to contact the ASR Team ?
What is the ASR – Advanced Study Room ?
The ASR – Advanced Study Room is an internationally/globally community dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of Go game. The “ASR” brings go players closer together from all over the world, from all walks of life … and offers a supportive and friendly environment to play, study, and make new friends. It is run by a group of volunteers who are constantly working to provide the best experience possible.
What is the ASR League ?
The ASR League is an essentially part of the ASR – Adanced Study Room and its concept for efficiently GO studies. Its historically roots can be dated back to 2002.
How do I join ?
Just register there and wait for a member of the ASR Team assigns you to “placement league“, the basis of ASR’s five league divisions (alpha, beta, gamma, delta + placement). You can register any time during the month.
Is there a (monthly) fee ?
No, signing up and playing in the ASR league are absolutely free. Its up to you what you like to support to cover the monthly costs (e.g. server, provider, backupping, software licence) which are steadily increasing. Actually the ASR community is growing steadily from month to month by more than 35 new members.
How do I play league games ?
League games are played in the ASR – Advanced Study Room on KGS GO server. Games must have a minimum of 25 minutes main time & (at least) 5×30 byo-yomi. – Japanese time settings only! All games must be even with 6.5 komi. – No Handicap Stones ! – We suggest free games (but you can play rated if your opponent agrees). Only games played against members of the same class are counted in the results. You can play them anytime you find an opponent. At least one of the players must write “#ASR league” (or as short form: “#asr” / “#ASR”) in the game chat at the beginning of each game. (Rec.: The tag #asr assures that the automated system finds the game, and that the results are counted. If both players forget, please upload the sgf here. A member of the ASR Team will upload it manually.)
Visit a detailled help page here with screenshots: “Easy game setup in 4 steps“
Are there a minimum number of games to play per month ?
Yes, you have to play at least four (4) games each month. As we like to keep the ASR league a lively play for your Go studies ! – If you have played less than four (4) games at the end of the month, you will be taken out of the league (!!).
How do the promotions / demotions work ?
Each month, the top players of a class are promoted to the upper class, and those on the bottom will be demoted one class lower. The number of players promoted and demoted varies from class to class, since we have more players in the bottom classes than in the top ones.
How is the (monthly) score calculated ?
For the Rookie Challenge Contest and monthly ASR league exist an own scoring system, independently from personal rank.
Each player can challenge an opponent maximum two times. The points awarded for a win depend on whether it is the first or second win against an opponent. For the ASR league the points are reset to zero (0) at the beginning of each month.
What if two players have the same score ?
The admins pick the winner based on:
- The players record against each other
- The overall win ratio
If the players are still tied, the admins will decide whether both players will stay in their class or be promoted/demoted together.
Are there any prizes? If so, who are the sponsors ?
How do I claim my prize ?
if you won, you just have to contact the ASR Team here (as we dont service the chat room on KGS Go server with 24 h x 7 d shifts).
How much time do I have to claim my prize ?
You have two (2) weeks to claim your prize, after that we will consider the prize to be lost.
Why do I have to claim my prize ?
It is a way to involve the winners more actively. It happened many times that winners did not claim their prizes or contacted us one or two months later! Th ASR Team can be contacted easily via all media channels (email, twitter, Facebook page, Facebook group, Google Plus, ASR league @ lifein19x19 Forum).
You don’t want redeem your prize gift ?
– Can I give it to someone else inside or outside the league ?
To keep it fair for everyone participating actively in the league a prize neither can be given away by the winner to another Go fellow in the ASR league nor a player outside the league… as the ASR prizes reward the best player or the most active ones of the league month; it is not a lottery prize that any can win just having luck.
A winner only can give the prize back = donate it and the ASR Team will declare the new recipient based on the results of the relevant league month. Regularly it will be the follow-up player right under your position in the results lists.
Can I change my nickname ?
You can change your nickname, but only for the next month. This is because the game results are tied to the nicknames, and also to prevent confusion in the league.
Can I take a break ?
Yes, you can take a break for one month. If you want to do so, let us know before the start of the month, and when you join again, you will be able to re-enter at one class below your current one. Unless You have three months of solid league activity you will be able to remain in your same class, for this to work please post your request in the forum under vacation so we know you will be taking a break state the month and date and user that will be taking a break or contact the ASR Team directly here.
What if someone escapes or is otherwise rude ?
- verbal rudeness (i.e. insulting your opponent)
- cheating – in any way attempting to rig the system
- frivolous play – resigning unnecessarily, making senseless moves, etc.
We understand that tempers can flare during a game, and an apology can often go a long way. We do however reserve the right to remove anyone from the league who fails to abide by our rules and regulations.
How do I quit the league ?
You can quit anytime, but the ASR Team can’t remove you from the current month if you’ve already played any games, because that would also affect the results of your past opponents. However if you want to quit, send a short notice to the ASR Team directly here.
What is the timezone used in this site ?
The time of the ASR events is automatically finding your timezone and converting it so you can see the date/time in your local timezone. For exemple this is the date/time of the first Gu Li vs Lee Sedol jubango game : . The timezone used to display, e.g. in the ASR Forum is however GMT (Greenwich Mean time). If you set your timezone in the preferences your KGS client then displays in the ASR chat room will show in your local time.
My game is not being recognized / I forgot to tag the game with #asr
It can take up to one day for your game to appear in the results as the ASR Team uses an automated script to export all games and game results into own (MySql) database. The crawler runs every five (5) minutes through the KGS players list to look for new games. – The ASR Team pleases you instantly for your patiency as we dont like to stress and overload the KGS server (CPU processor) which is a non-commercially project on its own financed by donations.
I have a complaint, question or suggestion. How can I submit it ?
How can I support the ASR league ?
The ASR – Advanced Study Room is always looking for players who like to volunteer. There exist different forms you can bring in your competences, passion and love for GO. Pls visit our volunteer page here.