David Arnott: "If the wonky scoring system bothers you, play with open holdings. Me, I think it works just fine as is (and for the record, have never seen said wonkiness actually happen.) A lovely balance of offensive vs defensive play, with just enough luck of the draw to keep things from feeling too heavy. Added plus: I've always thought the game system kind of felt, well... Asian. (Go-like, I guess.), so the theme also work for me here.