But the EGF has abandoned the Japanese 1989 Rules. If Japanese style rules are used, these are Verbal European-Japanese Rules.
Individual countries have their own rulesets. Some use the AGA rules, some have adopted the EGF approach of not really defining rules and some use the J1989.
Bill Spight wrote:
In bridge the basic approach is that the players can take care of themselves.
Most go referees would probably agree with that approach. I think the open question is whether after being called the referee should interfere if the players agree on a wrong conclusion, since the players might be assuming an interference will come should they say/do something incorrectly.
John Fairbairn wrote:
Much more important, I think, is that the players are not required to be interested in mathematics. Rules study as usually discussed here is a branch of maths.
On the other hand, it seems sad that not even the top players for whom prize money is a non negligible part of income seem to proprly know the rules of the game they play.
The opponent had the presence of mind to pass in reply. Not even AlphaGo could decide on the status of life and death from there. The Nihon Ki-in decided the strong player lost. Common sense 1 Rules 0.
Well, the rules as I understand them would have ruled the same way, the only stone on the board was alive so its owner won by about 360 points (give or take the komi)
All that is really required, rather than a handbook of minutiae, is a meta-rule - which may simply be an announcement before a tournament - that go for amateurs is just a game.
Well, even the professional rules include the following:
These rules must be applied in a spirit of good sense and mutual trust between the players.
In practice that is effectively how things proceed anyway, with the exception that the rules obsessives don't go away and organise their own tournaments. They prefer to stay and disrupt events for the majority.
Even outside the rule obsesive comunity, there is demand for fairness and consistency, which is hard to achive without written rules which are consistentky interpreted by the referees. If you look at a local sport league, played by local amateurs (basketball, volleyball...), you will still see demand for a fair and consistant referee who enforces the rules of the game.