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
  • 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 online 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/) パンダネット

  • 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 is the grandfather of internet go, starting in 1992, it is still one of the most popular.
  • Its Japanese website hosts many articles and news from all over the world, including [ext] Europe and [ext] USA.
  • Typical number of players connected at any time: 1131 (28-12-2013)

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

  • English (origin) and many other languages {Basque, Catalan, Czech, German, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish}
  • 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.
  • Web Clients include [ext] Shin KGS, [ext] KGS Leben, and GoUniverse
  • Has a strong North American and European following, but still does well world wide.
  • The ability to create "rooms" for clubs or countries, and plenty of chat.
  • Typical number of players connected at any time: 587 (22-10-2015)

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

  • Playable directly in the web browser (i.e. nothing to download/install and works on most smartphones and tablets).
  • Constantly updated, uses modern software.
  • Real time and correspondence games.
  • Multilingual.
  • Customizable themes. Review tools available.
  • 9x9, 13x13, 19x19 and custom size boards. Handicaps from 0 to 36.
  • Different time systems (including Fischer).
  • Extensive tournament play.
  • Ability to create "groups" for clubs or countries.
  • Typical number of players connected at any time: 1300 (09-07-2016)

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

  • English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese languages.
  • Now has an Apple iPad client: ([ext] http://www.tygemgo.com/ehowto/guide.ipad.asp)
  • Requires download of the client, which only works on Microsoft Windows or Apple iPad
  • Works on Mac with wine (except for some buttons, Capitan June18):
    1. brew install wine
    2. brew install winetricks
    3. winetricks mfc42
    4. proceed with usual routine for opening .exe with wine
  • Typical number of players connected at any time: 2470 (at single most populated server) (20-02-2015)

WBaduk ([ext] http://www.wbaduk.com/) (was OroBaduk)  新浪囲棋/幽玄の間

  • 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 some people have got it to work with wine.
  • Now has Java client accessible from homepage.
  • Now has Apple iPhone & iPad clients.
  • Now has Android app client. (search for "wbaduk" on Google Play)
  • Typical number of players connected at any time: as much as 25,000 (May be the largest server with an English client)

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

FICGS - Free Internet Correspondence Games Server ([ext] http://www.ficgs.com/)

  • Turn-based / correspondence Go server (30 days + 1 day / move)
  • Playable directly in the web browser (works on smartphones and tablets).
  • Go application for mobile phones ([ext] https://ficgs.com)
  • Real time and correspondence games.
  • Multilingual (partly).
  • Customizable themes.
  • Also a correspondence chess server.
  • 7 players tournaments & world championship.
  • 19x19 boards only.

[Fox Weiqi(=Go)] - Fox Weiqi Server (a.k.a. Yehu Weiqi 野狐囲碁) ([ext] http://www.foxwq.com)

  • Hosted 60 online games where AlphaGo played as "Master" against elite players
  • Fox Weiqi of [ext] English version, [ext] Japanese version website and Korean version [ext] Han-Q Baduk.
  • Parent company of Fox Weiqi and Chinese Tencent QQ, WeChat? is the same. Thus it also be called Tencent Weiqi or QQ Game.
  • Can use QQ account to login
  • Available in English, Japanese and Korean client for [ext] foreign download specially
  • Client is Unicode software that no AppLocale installation required
  • Has Android, iOS App [ext] mobile client
  • English client installation information tutorial [ext] here
  • Fox Weiqi Server registration is simple that just according to the guide of client software
  • Typical number of players connected at any time: more than 17,000 (30-07-2018) (May be the most popular and largest Go server in China and with an English client)
  • 2018 Tencent World Artificial Intelligence Go Competition ([ext] website 23-06 to 31-07-2018)

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.
  • Rankings
  • Traffic Is relatively slow, and there are a few players stuck online.

GoQuest ([ext] http://wars.fm/go19?lang=en) 囲碁クエスト

  • Very simple Japanese blitz Go server with English support.
  • Automatch or Game with Friend (common password required).
  • Automatic Chinese scoring (not always perfect). Komi is 7 points with draws possible.
  • There are also 9x9 ([ext] http://wars.fm/go9?lang=en) and 13x13 ([ext] http://wars.fm/go13?lang=en) boards.
  • Time control is fixed: (3 min + 1 sec/move) for 9x9, (5 min + 3 sec/move) for larger boards.
  • Mobile apps have some additional features.

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

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

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

  • 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)

LKGS? - LankeWeiqi? 2.0 - Lanke Online Go Pro ([ext] http://www.lanke.cc/) 烂柯围棋

  • new Go server from China (version 2.0 release on 2nd Dec 2014)
  • multilingual (Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English)
  • realtime games (19x19)
  • no client installation required, playable directly in the web browser
  • customizable themes (in preperation)
  • review tools available
  • score estimation
  • game analysis (preview)
  • central chat room / game board chat / private message system
  • absolutely free

Mattle? ([ext] https://go.mattle.online)

  • Support online human-vs-human, or against-AI
  • A cross-platform support with iOS, android and web
  • ELO rating/ranking
  • full-fledged in-game chat and discussion board
  • 100% free
  • game timer
  • cross platform support, with web version, android and iOS app, all connected to central server

Multiplayer Go Server - [ext] http://multiplayer-go-server.herokuapp.com/

  • English
  • Turn based in real time
  • No login needed
  • Fully customizable with rules
  • Can spectate

Playgogame ([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

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

  • Japanese (origin), Chinese, Korean 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 PeterHB on December 1, 2018 - 22:30
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