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The Path of Go 2011-04

BGJ 155 Spring 2011

Reviewer: David Carter-Hitchin

Microsoft Research has recently developed Go-playing software, which was released last December to run on the Xbox 360 games console. I downloaded it...

SmartGo:Player and SmartGo:Board 2002-09

Review by Nick Wedd, from British Go Journal 128

These are both programs for Windows, by Anders Kierulf. They are both available from the SmartGo website. SmartGo:Board costs 29 dollars, SmartGo:Player costs 59 dollars.

SmartGo:Board

SmartGo:Board allows you to play through and edit Go game records. It can handle the two most commonly used formats of game...

SmartGo 2004-09

BGJ 135 Autumn 2004

Reviewer: Mike Harvey

My first impression of SmartGo was of a bewildering range of options, so that I didn’t know where to start. I discovered later that there were even more toolbars that are initially hidden. Most of them relate to diagramming, annotation, editing and maintaining a library of game records, and these are SmartGo’s strengths. Simply playing Go against it is to ignore its best...

Obsolete: Many Faces of Go Palm OS Edition 2001-03

BGJ 122 Spring 2001

Reviewer: William Connolley

In my last game at the last London Open, both my opponent and I recorded our games on a Palm using – quick plug – PilotGOne:

www.skarpsey.demon.co.uk/pilotgone.html

they seem to becoming quite common. Now David Fotland has produced the Many Faces of Go Joseki Dictionary for the palmpilot, so I can see just where I went wrong in my first...

Obsolete: Many Faces of Go Joseki library for the Palm 2001-03

Probably obsolete and no longer available as of March 2014

In my last game at the last London Open, both my opponent and I recorded our games on a Palm using PilotGOne. Now Smart Games has produced the Many Faces of Go Joseki Dictionary for the palmpilot, so I can see just where I went wrong in my first corner against Jim Clare.

For those unfamiliar with Palms, they are small personal data assistant (PDA) devices...

Nemesis Software: review 1996-10

The following information was correct as of 1996, however as of February 2013 it's unclear whether it's still available.

It is primarily a Go-playing program, but has a number of features which add to its value for Go teaching. Installation is easy.

This review describes four software products: Nemesis Go Master, Nemesis Go Master Deluxe (a superior...
MyGoFriend 2011-04

BGJ 155 Spring 2011

MyGoFriend is a strong program for Windows with some interesting features for studying, at least in 9x9. As fits the gold medallist from the 2010 Computer Olympiad it is powerful, but limited in some ways and lacking some features which may be considered basic in other programs. It has 7 pre-programmed levels of strength, beginner to sensei, which search through a...

Many Faces of Go, verson 11.0: review 2002-09

Review by Nick Wedd, from British Go Journal 128, Autumn 2002

In issue 109 of this Journal, I wrote a review of version 10 of David Fotland's program "The Many Faces of Go". Since then, I have been recommending it as the best all-round Go program for someone who is willing to pay for the best. Version 11 has now been released. Like version 10, it is a program for Windows, and comes on a...

Many Faces of Go, version 9.0: review 1995-11

Many Faces, unlike the two programs which beat it in the championship, is a complete Go package. It does everything from teach the rules of Go to a complete beginner, to playing near the highest levels so far achieved by computers.

The latest version of David Fotland's program Many Faces of Go has recently been released. This follows its success in the FOST World Computer Go championship this autumn, in which it came third...
Many Faces of Go, version 10.0: review 1997-11
In Number 101 of the British Go Journal Journal, I wrote a review of version 9.0 of David Fotland's program "The Many Faces of Go". Since then, I have been recommending it as the best all-round Go program for someone who is willing to pay for the best.

Version 10.0 has just been released. Whereas version 9.0 was a Dos program (and therefore compatible with Windows), version 10.0 is a Windows 95 program...