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I read some online comments saying, at the amateur level, both sides make so many mistakes anyways that the gap is usually quite large (10+ points after komi), which seems reasonable.

It's true. I'm an amateur ~1 dan, and games rarely come down to 1-2 points. It does happen, but way less often than some giant group dying and one side resigning in the middle of the game.

If a game ever comes within a few points, neither me nor my opponent is really sure who won until we actually count to determine the winner at the end of the game, because usually neither of us is an autistic accountant. That kind of close record keeping throughout the game is necessary in top level pro games, but not in amateur games.

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