Software Review

BGJ 132 Autumn 2003

Reviewer: Nick Wedd

Previous issues of this Journal have carried reviews of Go Professional, Go Professional II, and Go Professional III. These programs used the Go-playing engine written by Dr. Michael Reiss, which competed in interna- tional Computer Go tournaments under the name Go4++. Dr.





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BGJ 128 Autumn 2002

Reviewer: Nick Wedd

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.





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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.





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BGJ 119 Summer 2000

Reviewer: Paul Hazelden

The good news: Go Professional III by Oxford Softworks is a nice, solid piece of Go-playing software. The bad news: it is, as far as I can tell, almost unchanged from the previous version. There may be some subtle changes to the Go engine, but as a rusty 8 kyu I haven’t worked out yet what they are.





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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.





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The advertisement says that the program has a 4 kyu diploma from Japan, this seems optimistic, the first game I played against it I gave it 9 stones and won by 241 (But I am a mean handicap player, I can normally give a real 4 kyu about 100 komi in a 9 stone game).





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Goliath version 3.5

Goliath is a Go-playing program, written by Mark Boon. He wrote a version for the Atari many years ago, which won computer Go tournaments in 1989, 1990, and 1991.




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BGJ 119 Autumn 2000

Reviewer: Mogens Jakobsen, June 2000, with help from Lene & Lasse





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July 1995

Reviewer: Nick Wedd





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