Go Servers

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This page gives an overview of online go servers.

Table of contents

Introduction

Internet Go servers can potentially deliver the following benefits.

  • Endless supply of players of all ranks 24 hours a day
  • Play people from just about any country in the world
  • Choose any time settings you like, from games that last less than 10 minutes, to 45 minutes, to 3 months or more
  • Watch strong Dan players any time you want
  • Watch real weakies as much as your lil heart desires
  • Many tournaments, chats, and lessons are available
  • Autosave games, ease in replaying a game, ability to create variations

There are three basic types of servers.

  • Real-time go servers in which two players play on line simultaneously just like over a real goban. Games usually last from 10 minutes to one and a half hours
  • Turn-Based go servers allow you to post a move to a website, and check back later for your opponents response. Games usually last from a few weeks to many months.
  • Play by Email allow you to email your move and play at a similarly slow pace

Currently it appears that the favorites for Americans and Europeans are KGS, IGS, DGS and OGS; however, all of the following servers have different features to recommend them. Pick your favorite!

Users should practice basic Internet security when using these Go servers. See also Internet Security / Go clients and servers for specific information on using Go servers.


Listed hereafter are real-time servers; see Turn-Based Go Servers for the other variant.

The descriptions of the go servers are intentionally kept short; please discuss at the page of the server itself or at Go server reviews and reports if the server doesn't have its own page.

See also:

Most Popular Go Servers

As a convenience for visitors to this page who are looking for a place to play Go on the internet, we have listed the most well-established Go servers at the top of the page. Because of their popularity, these servers can offer richer features and a broader variety of opponents. Popular Western servers are servers on which English is a common, or the most common, language; popular servers are the most popular servers the world over, although here East Asian languages are spoken almost exclusively; popular turn-based servers offer correspondence play at a more leisurely rate than the real-time servers.

Most common servers

IGS - The Internet Go server ([ext] http://www.pandanet-igs.com/)

  • English and Japanese (origin) languages or {Chinese, English, Korean, Japanese} ?
  • Since 2013 there is a new official Client [ext] GoPanda2.
  • The old client,[ext] PANDA-glGo, is still working.
  • Other clients (Windows, Macintosh, Linux , Android, iOS) include [ext] qGo, [ext] GoPanda and [ext] Tetsuki.
  • IGS has one of the broadest selection of players from all over the world.
  • IGS is the grandfather of internet go, starting in 1992, it is still one of the most popular
  • Typical number of players connected at any time: 1131 (28-12-2013)

KGS - KGS Go Server ([ext] http://www.gokgs.com/)

  • English (origin) and a bunch of other languages? {English, Catalan, Czech, German, Spanish, Basque, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Swedish}
  • The KGS client is [ext] cGoban (Windows, Macintosh and Linux; can also connect via web browser without a client) or, for Android, [ext] KGS Client.
  • Has a strong North American and European following, but still does well world wide.
  • The ability to create "rooms" for clubs or countries has been a big draw for many. Plenty of chat.
  • Typical number of players connected at any time: 1574 (28-12-2013)

TygemBaduk - Tygem English language Go server ([ext] http://www.tygemgo.com/)

WBaduk ([ext] http://www.wbaduk.com/) (was OroBaduk)

  • English, Korean (origin), Chinese, Japanese languages
  • The client download is on the [ext] WBaduk
  • Most populous contingent is Korean, but plenty of Chinese, Japanese, and Thais
  • Client is for Windows only? But works with wine.
  • Now has Apple iPhone & iPad clients
  • This may be the largest server with an English client, as many as 25,000 people on line at one time.

Alphabetical list

BadukWorld ([ext] http://www.badukworld.co.kr/)

  • Korean (origin), English languages
  • Java web based
  • The server seems to be oriented towards Korean expatriates
  • Playing fee is $10 per year. Claims "Board and stones are the most beautiful in the world".

BKGo? ([ext] http://www.red-bean.com/bkgo/)

  • English language
  • not sure this is active, web page has a 1999 copyright, looks pretty old

DGS - Dragon Go Server ([ext] http://www.dragongoserver.net/)

  • Turn-based / correspondence Go server

FunNode ([ext] http://www.funnode.com/games/go)

  • Totally free (no premium / pay to play garbage)
  • Easy signup (although you don't need an account to play!)
  • Completely HTML5 / CSS3 / Javascript
    • i.e., nothing to download/install and works on most smartphones and tablets
    • i.e., "instant play" (no refreshing or anything)
  • Play Humans or Bots (fuego and GnuGo)
  • 9x9, 13x13, and 19x19 Boards
  • Handicaps from 0 to 9
  • "Undo Move" and "Offer Draw" requests available
  • Waiting Queue
  • Personalized Player Pages to keep track of Ratings
  • Fully functioning Review System
  • All games Saved and Reviewable
  • Chatting allowed Globally, In-Game, while Spectating, and while Reviewing
    • private chatting also available

GoShrine ([ext] http://goshrine.com)

  • An easy to use live go server.
  • Simple, clean interface.
  • Firewall friendly
  • No Java or other plugins or downloads required.
  • Play against GnuGo
  • Rankings

Internet Go Room? ([ext] http://www.playgogame.com)

  • English and Chinese languages
  • (Note: As of April 2013, the website appears to be Chinese-language only)
  • A Go Server build by Lyu shuzhi.
  • copyright is 2001, doesn't look very up to date

INGO (International Network Go Organization)? ([ext] http://ingo-web.com/)

  • Free
  • Correspondence?
  • Languages: English, Japanese
  • About 600 registered members as of March 2014.

Kaya Go Server ([ext] http://kaya.gs)

  • A new server currently in development.

As of 15 Oct 2013, development of Kaya has stopped. See [ext] http://kayags.blogspot.com/

LGS - The Legend Go Server ([ext] http://www.lgs.taiwango.net/)

  • Chinese (Taiwanese origin), English (sort of) languages
  • The client download is on the [ext] LGS homepage. Unconfirmed that many IGS clients will be compatible. port 9696
  • Primarily Taiwanese players?
  • Typical number of players (estimated) connected at any time: 64 (28-12-2013)

OGS - Online Go Server ([ext] http://www.online-go.com/)

  • Realtime and correspondence games
  • No client required, playable directly in the web browser
  • Extensive tournament play
  • Multilingual
  • Client based on html (there is also a client for Android)
  • Customizable themes
  • Tournaments
  • Review tools available
  • Different time systems (incl. Fischer)
  • Absolutely free

Playgogame

  • English

No strive Go (www.wuzheng.me)

  • Unsure whether this is an real time or turn based go server
  • No time limits
  • Free

PoGo Server (www.pogoserver.com)

  • A new go server (still under development)
  • Runs fully in the browser with no plugins required
  • Play against the Pachi AI (more AI's to come in the future)
  • Focused on ease-of-use and overall user experience

Go Center of Second Life ([ext] http://www.notabene-sl.com/slgc/)

  • Support for other languages in the SL client works, sort of.
  • At the Vineland region is an area dedicated to go. The 3d boards handle all sizes, komi, free and static handicap placement.
  • Has a membership board, and a rating system.

WING - World-wide InterNet Gokaisho ([ext] http://wing.gr.jp/indexe.html)

  • Japanese (origin) and English languages
  • Real Time server
  • Java and IGS / NNGS interfaces
  • Typical number of players connected at any time: 25 (28-12-2013)

See also


Go Servers last edited by 46.239.95.20 on March 29, 2014 - 11:07
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