Go Links

Most of the links previously on this page have been moved to different sections: History and Culture, Go Around The World, Learn Overview, Rules of Go

The fun and miscellaneous stuff remains on this page!

Also check out the literature section of our go bibliography.

Miscellaneous Items Of Interest

Bob High Memorial Library: Contains articles on the origins of go and its relationship to ancient Tibet, Chinese poetry and philosophy, Buddhist philosophy and other subjects.

TurboGo: Arnoud van der Leff's creations include a joseki tutoring program and a screensaver that plays random games from your sgf collection when your computer is idle.

Go Term Dictionary: Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English terms are cross-referenced for easy translation.

The Internet Go Dictionary: A searchable database.

13x13 handicaps: The Cambridge Go Society's system for handicapping 13x13 games between players of different ranks. CGS runs a yearly 13x13 national tournament in Great Britain using this system.

BIgo Assistant: OCR "Info-donationware." Scan games and send them, and the authors send back sgf files and keep copies of the games. They also sell their archive of 700,000 (mostly amateur) games and offer review/recording software.

Go4Go: Detailed news of big Asian tournaments and 1000's of pro game records, mostly from 2000 onward, easy to sort by player or event.

Perfect Tsumego Play: Dave Dyer says his program plays "perfectly", if the pattern is in the program's database.

Go Tools: A computer program intended for use studying and solving life and death problems.

Picture Problems: Is it go or is it art? Japanese amateur enthusiast Tanaka Takayuki makes problems out of shapes that resemble real objects.

Cyclic Go configurations: Animated illustrations of six illegal "ko" positions.

Repeating Go Positions: Another animated playout of six repeating positions, some different from the above.

Harry Fearnley's Rule-Busting Riddles and Other Oddities: You may never see these problems in a game, but they are interesting puzzles in their own right.

rec.games.go: A freewheeling, unmoderated forum for discussion and debate.

More Games!

Go variants and other games that are played at Go congresses, games that feel like Go, and games that use Go equipment.

Go Variants

Crazy Go - Go Variants played an US Go Congress during "Crazy Go"

  • Hex Go Hex: Black and white stones on a go-like board with hexes instead of squares. The object is to create an unbroken chain of stones from one side of the board to the other. Invented by John Nash, the brilliant, erratic subject of the Academy-award-winning film A Beautiful Mind.
  • Spiral Go
  • Volcano Go
  • Blind Go
  • 3-4-6-4 Tessellation Go
  • 3D Go
  • Toroid Go
  • Galactic Go (23 line)
  • North Carolina Go (map)
  • U.S. Go (map)
  • Binary Go
  • Triple Go
  • Pon-nuki Go
  • Progressive Go (1,1,2,2,3,3,...)
  • 4 color Go
  • Zen Go
  • Mono Go
  • Rengo Kriegspiel
  • Ren Go ("Family" Go - 3 player teams)
  • Pair Go

On the Side - Other Games played at US Go Congresses

Pits: Learn the rules of the 5-player card game that has been a popular side attraction at Go Congresses in Europe and the US.

Liar Dice: Another game sometimes played at Congresses and go events.

Feels Like Go

Reversi (aka Othello) - bystanders often confuse go with othello.
"Through The Desert" - a board game with a light theme, in which players try to surround areas.
Pathogen, an iOS game that some compare to go.

Use Your Equipment

Go Mo Ku
Konane: "Hawaiian checkers" can be played on a standard go board.

Other Mind Sports games

Shogi.net: Links and information concerning "Japanese chess."
Xiangqi: The Chinese ancestor of Western chess.
Liubo: Xiangqi evolved from this even more ancient game.
Korean Chess: Very similar to xiangqi, but with slightly different rules.
Daoqi: Go variant in which the edge of the board is eliminated.
Renju International Federation: Renju (Go-Moku) is the professional version of gomoku (five-in-a-row). The RIF site includes over 2000 pages on various aspects of this deceptively simple-looking game.