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Steve R Bullock
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I just got my first GO board game, and am having trouble figuring out some of the rules. I have learned from experience that a computer version of a game helps me learn (the computer does not allow you to make illegal moves, etc.) games.

Are there any good GO computer games available to play solo, me against the computer? It does not have to be brilliant, I just want to learn the rules.

I prefer to buy a cheap PC game, but will settle for an online game if other BGGers have had good experiences with them.

Thanks!
 
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I know not about PC's, but for Macs there is the excellent Goban: http://www.sente.ch/software/goban/

It's a free front-end to GNU Go: http://www.gnu.org/software/gnugo/gnugo.html

Apparently Gnu GO has a variety of graphical versions, quite likely some for Windows. The download page at the above GNU Go site links to some of them. The AI is reasonably good, and has adjustable difficulty.
 
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Another possible opponent is Igowin, the free version of "Many Faces of Go." You can download it at http://www.kiseido.com/download.htm
 
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Try out the great online tutorial at:

http://playgo.to/interactive/

Also, most of the online go servers have some low rated computer opponents to play against. KGS has 'WeakBot' and the like.

For software I second Goban for the Mac, and suggest Drago for PC. Both of these are front ends for GNUGo, which is the standard go AI.
 
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You could always learn online. Many players on many Go servers will help you learn. BGG has a presence on the KGS Go Server; we even have our own room. There's a BGG tournament starting in a couple weeks.

http://www.gokgs.com/
http://senseis.xmp.net/?BGGKGS
 
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I like the Aya program, currently version 5.99. You can download it from this link:

http://www32.ocn.ne.jp/~yss/index.html
 
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I also recommend Igowin, http://www.kiseido.com/download.htm. The 9x9 version is free.

If you want free 19x19, I've tried the http://www.gnu.org/software/gnugo/gnugo.html, and it's good. You just have to click on the board at the end to get the scoring. Also there are two pieces to install if I remember right.

And the free tutorial if you're having rules questions. http://playgo.to/interactive/

You can also post in the Go page forum that you have questions and I bet several people will offer to help you:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/188
 
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Your best bet is gnuGo. It's free, and since you're starting out you don't need to worry about the limitations of AI.

When starting to learn Go, however, teaching games are invaluable, if you can find a willing opponent.

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http://www.hikarunix.org/

A Linux Live CD with an operating system dedicated to playing GO.

Download the ISO, burn a CD and reboot your computer with it.

Tools:

http://www.hikarunix.org/tools.html

Screen shots:

http://www.hikarunix.org/ss.html
 
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Thanks to everybody- I will check out some of the sites.

I am itching to play my wife this game (she loves Pente) but simply can't until I know the rules better.

Maybe that itching is just my athletes foot acting up...
 
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http://www.hikarunix.org <--- this is the way to go. Free. It has some of the applications mention in other posts, has a library of historical games, client and host software for network play and the book The Interactive Way To Go in html (yeah, you can find it online, but it's pretty cool to see it integrated here).

More dialog here in Slashdot article Best Go Resources for a Beginner?:


http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/12/01/166255
 
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No one has mentioned this yet, but computer AI Go programs are not good for you. Since it's just getting a feel for the game, it should be ok for a while. Once you have the basics down, I'd stop playing the computer. They teach you bad habits.
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I played a couple of matches on the kgs go server, when I felt like learning to play. People were really friendly, and even took time to tell what I did wrong - or at least some of it. I just announced that I was a total beginner, and then I had to wait a minute or two for an opponnent. Remember to play 9x9 when you are starting out.

knifie_sp00nie wrote:
No one has mentioned this yet, but computer AI Go programs are not good for you. Since it's just getting a feel for the game, it should be ok for a while. Once you have the basics down, I'd stop playing the computer. They teach you bad habits.
 
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jgerman wrote:
Here's a link to one of them, you can find all seven on YouTube afaik.


There are about 75 episodes of Hikaru No Go, and almost all of them have a Go Go Igo segment at the end.
 
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My plan is to use the computer "GO" just to learn the rules. I much prefer playing in person. I use computers just to learn the rules of a game, not get addicted to the computer gameplay.

I am just old school.
 
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ekted wrote:
There are about 75 episodes of Hikaru No Go, and almost all of them have a Go Go Igo segment at the end.

And, most importantly, they feature Umezawa Yukari.
 
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Good site with interactive go problems:

http://www.goproblems.com/
 
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