|Beginning the game 2|
|Komi in an even game|
|When the players are of approximately the same strength, they decide who has Black and White by nigiri, the player with Black makes the first move, and the player with White makes the second move. The players then play alternately.
Since the player who plays first has an advantage, the "komi" system is used.
|In order to compensate for the advantage of playing first, Black gives White some points, usually five and a half.
The half point is to ensure that the game is not a draw.
|When calculating the territories, 5.5 points are added to White's score.|
|How to calculate the komi|
|Dia. 1 shows the end of a game in which Black is giving a komi of 5.5 points.
Black's territory is 31 points; White's territory is 30 points.
On the board, Black is ahead by 1 point . . .
|In an even game played with komi, 5.5 points is added to White's score.
That means that White's total becomes 35.5, so White winss.
The final result is: White wins by 4.5 points.
|*||At present, the komi is set at 5.5 points in Japan and China, 6.5 in Korea and 7.5 in Taiwan.