Game Record Form
A game record form is a piece of paper, usually with vertical and horizontal lines showing an empty go board, on which moves are recorded by noting the number of the move at the intersection where it was played, to create a game record.
The Japanese go term is 碁罫紙, pronounced "gokeishi", and meaning "go ruled paper".
Game record forms are sometimes called kifu, blank kifu, or kifu paper, but this usage should be discouraged, since kifu refers to the actual game record, not the form, and in any case the use of kifu itself is less preferable than the English game record.
Obtaining game record forms
Preprinted game record forms
Pads of pre-printed game record forms can be purchased anywhere go supplies are sold.
- All About Go offers free .pdf game recording sheets in 9x9 and 19x19 sizes.
- The website of the Belgian Go Federation has blank game record forms available in the "download" section. (no longer has download section)
- Game Record Form for 19 x 19 games from Steve Sisk pdf
- Blank game record templates (PostScript) designed by Dr. Fred Hansen of CMU can be downloaded here.
- Pelle Evensen's Go-forms: http://www.evensen.org/go/goforms.html
- board.ps is hand-written PostScript by David. It is easy to change board sizes. Open the file in a text editor and change the following line:
/boardsize 19 def % number of lines
If you're so inclined, you can also change the club name and the watermark letter, and probably even more things.
If you need the game record form in PDF, you can use the ps2pdf program that comes with Ghostscript. There is a web site that has a web interface to that program, and it works very well.
Forms from SGF editors
Open an empty board in your favorite SGF editor and print it.
In the worst case, here's how to draw a go grid freehand.
See also WP.