I have recently been playing on Tygem and I’ve been having great fun. The games are really exciting and the style of play is quite different compared to KGS. They are a little more fast-paced so a warm-up with 50 life and death problems on GoGrinder is something I’ve been doing before my games to kick my brain into gear. I’d be interested to know what you think of the different Go servers, which ones you play on, and what you think of the different styles of each server.
Tygem sometimes gets a bad reputation for sandbaggers. While this can be annoying when you are trying to rank up, it is up to the sandbagger to justify their own waste of time; you are getting a zero-handicap teaching game that you can review afterwards. So it’s not that bad really.
I play as Lancre (the hilly and windswept state of walking trees and witches from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld). I’m White in both games and I have put some comments on them to explain some of my thoughts.
I try to hang on to the centre to get enough points.
I try to use a strong group to direct the flow of the game.