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Playing Go Online

Introduction

Since the establishment of IGS (February 1992) 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.

When playing online sounds appealing to you, then you should definitely read the document How to Play Go on the Internet.

Server Overview

IGS (Internet Go Server)
Server name IGS (Internet Go Server)
Information http://igs.joyjoy.net/
Address telnet igs.joyjoy.net 6969
Registration http://igs.joyjoy.net/English/register/index.html
Audience Mainly English speaking. Wide range of skills available. Lots of (anonymously) playing professionals. Lots of teaching professionals.
Load Players: 1000  Games: 300  (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
KGS (Kiseido Go Server)
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: 150  Games: 50  (rough indication)
Pros
  1. Special teaching facilities
Cons
  1. Not so many visitors
Notes Runs on Java software
WWGo (World Web Go)
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

Page creation: Jan van der Steen