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Introduction

Since the establishment of IGS (February 1992, read some of the history) more and more players discovered the internet facilities to meet fellow Go players and play online games 24 hours a day anytime anywhere.

This page gives you an overview of the servers currently (August 2002) available to you. All servers have their merits one way or another.

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Overview
IGS-PandaNet Internet Go Server
Server name IGS (Internet Go Server)
Information http://www.pandanet.co.jp/
Address telnet igs.joyjoy.net 6969
Registration http://www.pandanet.co.jp/English/register/
Audience Mainly English speaking. Wide range of skills available. Lots of (anonymously) playing professionals. Lots of teaching professionals.
Load Players: 1500  Games: 500  (rough indication)
Pros
  1. Constantly has lots of players online
  2. High quality client software available
Cons
  1. Some people say IGS became impersonal when becoming more crowded
Notes Needs installation of client software
Kiseido Go Server (KGS)
Server name KGS (Kiseido Go Server)
Information http://kgs.kiseido.com/
Address http://kgs.kiseido.com/
Audience Mainly English speaking. Some teaching professionals.
Load Players: 500  Games: 100  (rough indication)
Pros
  1. Special teaching facilities
Cons
  1. Not so many visitors
Notes Runs on Java software
World Web Go (WWGo)
Server name WWGo (World Web Go)
Information http://www01.tjsys.co.jp/
Address http://www01.tjsys.co.jp/
Audience Mainly Japanese speaking. Wide range of skills available.
Notes Runs on Java software

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