- February 7, when the server was celebrating its
jujo 9p and
sheah 5p, two most active professional players on
IGS, played a game for the first time on the server.
The game started on the Berkeley site, but the
server became unstable when an unexpectedly huge
size of crowd attended. The game was later moved to
the France server and finished there.
- February-March, IGS MacMahon 1993 Tournament.
Organized by Finnish player Olli Lounela and his
hard-working staff. The tournament consisted of eight
rounds with about 480 games assigned -- 80% of the
games were finished on the board (others were decided
by the organizers). At the end, player "lyu" gained
the most MacMahon points by defeating all 8 players he
faced, thus earning the championship. (There is a nicely
written report on the tournament by Olli, as well as the
game records of the 382 finished games, available on the
ftp site of bsdserver.ucsf.edu: Go/igs/mcm93*.)
- April 5, the Berkeley site (icsi) was no longer
in use after a long period of great service to IGS.
Meanwhile, the main site of IGS had moved smoothly to
Univ of Penn (hellspark) in March. A future permanent
site in UCSF (bsdserver) was started to be built.
- IGS tightened up the ranking system. Players
could no long set a "rank" of 4-dan or above by
himself; recommendation and approval from the server
administration were now needed. This event was marked by
the so-called "6-dan massacre" in June, when most of the
previously self-set 6-dans (and 5-dans) were demoted to
- June-August, IGS Super Go Series. Ten of the best
IGS players teamed up to take on a special knock-out
tournament. Eight spectacular games were played,
attracting about 100 observers each time. When "playboy"
defeated "khuang" in the final game of the series, the
Korean team claimed the victory by a score of 5-3 over
the Chinese team. The most remarkable performance was
displayed by "sweat" from the Korean team, who had won
4 in a row before he was eliminated by "khuang." (A
file consisting of all the game records and stories is
available on bsdserver.ucsf.edu:Go/igs.)
- During the same period, professional players, as
well as some strong amateur players connected to IGS
directly from Taiwan, thanks to Ing's Educational Go
Fundation. The appearance of these Taiwanese strong
players also added to the attraction of IGS.
- Taking the advantage of the availability of the
Taiwanese players, Jujo Jiang pro 9-dan started to offer
teaching games to some young (teenage) Taiwan future
stars. Jujo, an always popular performer on the board,
again attracted hundreds of followers. These three
events, the Super Go, the Taiwanese professionals, and
Jujo's teaching games, made the summer of 1993 some of
the happiest days in the young history of IGS. "Big
games every night," it was said.
- Late August, IGS "cooled off", when many strong
IGSers left the server temporarily to participate
tournaments around the world, in which they played
games on real boards. These tournaments included the
US Go Congress (US Open and Ing's Cup of North America
division), and Obayashi Cup in Europe. Some IGS players
showed great performance in these tournaments, and there
were memorable moments such as re-unions and first
meetings among many IGSers.
- IGS started to implement a new ranking system,
in which each player would be assigned a "rating"
along with a self-set rank. The ratings would be
calculated daily based on all rated games played on the
server. Later in the year, ratings would be displayed
- Starting from August, a mysterious player named
"yac" appeared on the server. By winning 37 games in
a row at one stretch, very likely an (unofficially)
IGS record, "yac" became one of the most famous and
popular players on the server. Finally in November,
"yac" disappeared, with a 90% winning rate and over 100
games played. Most IGSers still don't know who "yac"
- September, GOE rules (a.k.a. Ing's rules) were
implemented on IGS. Thus the server have been equipped
with two sets of playing rules.
- Early October, the three IGS administrators,
"tweet", "tim", and "fmc" met for the second straight
year in San Francisco, discussing "where to go" --
future directions for IGS.
- October, Registration was implemented on the server.
New players would have to register to be a "regular"
player, otherwise a "guest."
- IGS started to build parallel servers for Chinese
chess and Shogi within the Go server. The implementation
has not been completed yet.
- November 14-15, a Blitz Tournament was
organized by "magpie." 16 players participated this
double-elimination mini-tournament. After 30 super-fast
games, "tigerman", who had played the game for just over
4 months, won the tournament by surviving from all his
- December 11-12, Japanese professional 9-dans
Hane Yasumasa and
who were attending the European Fujitsu Finals in
Amsterdam, appeared on IGS for the first time. Mr.
Narita, a top manager of Fujitsu who had decided
earlier this year to donate a hard disk to bsdserver
(IGS future site), witnessed Hane 9-dan's first IGS
game, a friendly game with "zhong." Mr. Narita was
also attending the Fujitsu Final in Amsterdam.
* Happy New Year, everyone!
Jim Z Yu
Go isn't everything. Go is the only thing. -- zhuge
Subject: IGS in 1993
Date: 31 Dec 1993 20:16:15 +0100
This is posted on behalf of Jim Z Yu, who is known to
lots of us as zhuge. He asked me to post it on New
year's eve, as he wouldn't have any internet connection
at this point. But never fear, he'll be back.