I plan to start a new backgammon-site, the BTL (Backgammon-Teaching-Ladder).
The basic idea is that participants of the ladder volunteer to comment on games of other (weaker) players, and receive commentaries of their own games in return. You need some volunteers at the top of the list who will not be able to sent in games, because there are no stronger players, of course. I am quite sure that a commentor will benefit from doing the comment itself - if you want to tell others about the game, your concepts, etc., it also helps to clarify these things for you.
This idea is not completely new, it exists already for the ancient board-game go. The archive of the GTL
is aproaching 6500 reviews, have a look there to get an idea what a teaching ladder means.
I could set up such a teaching ladder also for BG, and maintain it. But before I start working out the details (which would be a bit work), I wanted to hear your opinions. I see some problems here, which might it make questionable if the BTL could be a success, like the GTL:
- .sgf is far from beeing a standard file-format for Backgammon games. I really wouldn't like to maintain any other format, though, because I am quite familiar with sgf, and there exist already an excellent tool for working with these files (namely sgfc).
- Most Backgammon players know how to use bg-programs, but to my observation nearly nobody knows that it is possible to annotate moves with gnubg. Furthermore, the way gnubg supports these anotations is way beyond the standard of go-programs.
- We have already the bots who tell us our mistakes. They tell us only which moves are wrong, and not why they are wrong. Anyway, this limits the benefits a BTL could have.
I am intersted in your opinion to the following questions:
- Do you anyway think that ths BTL might be a good idea?
- Could you imagine to participate in the BTL as a volunteer (i.e. reviewer)?
- Last, but not least: I need someone helping me to write all the necessary texts. I could write them myself, but I need at least a native speaker, or someone speaking english better than me, to find all my spelling/grammar mistakes.