The Many Faces of Go iPad app, “Igowin HD” is now available in the iTunes app store. The app plays with an adjustable AI strength ranging from 18 kyu to the full-strength Many Faces of Go engine of “about 1 dan on 9×9 and about 3 kyu on 19×19,” says author David Fotland. Users can set their strength, or have it adjusted automatically by the app, which plays on 9×9, 13×13, or 19×19 boards. Handicap and opponent strength can be adjusted or chosen automatically. “It includes an sgf editor that supports variations, comments, and marks, so you can analyze your games when they are finished,” Fotland adds. You can try out a variation and continue the game against the AI from a new position. Games can be saved and restored, or emailed as attachments. At any time you can ask for a score estimate or a hint. This is the seventh mobile app from Smart Games, all under the Igowin brand. Igowin Tutor is a free introduction to the game. Igowin 9×9, Igowin 13×13, and Igowin Pro let you play go against the AI. Igowin life is for practicing solving life and death problems, and Igowin Joseki is for learning Joseki.
American Go E-Journal
Sunday October 24, 2010