September 2006

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.





Last updated Wed Feb 20 2013. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

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.





Last updated Fri Feb 18 2011. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

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.





Last updated Sun Jul 08 2007. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

Review by Nick Wedd, from British Go Journal 128

Version 11.0

Review by Nick Wedd, from British Go Journal 128





Last updated Fri Mar 30 2012. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

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. It works with Windows 95 and NT, but not with Windows 3.x. It includes everything that was present in version 9.0, and in the version 9.0 "Deluxe Addon", with many improvements.





Last updated Sun Jul 08 2007. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

Hardware and Software reviews from recent editions of the British Go Jounal are available online here. Other reviews, mostly prior to 2000:





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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).





Last updated Fri Feb 18 2011. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

HandTalk is written by Professor Chen Zhixing, of Zhongshau University, Guangzhou, China.





Last updated Sun Jul 08 2007. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

The central tool of this program is a life and death problem solver, which is capable of getting the right answer to problems considerably more difficult than any other program I know of. It uses this capacity in several ways:





Last updated Sun Jul 08 2007. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

The programme is very easy to use, with an intuitive interface. Twelve large buttons at the top, information down the left, and the board taking up most of the rest of the screen. It does all you would expect: saving games, loading complete and partly complete games, stepping backwards and forwards through saved games. You can add comments to the games but there is no facility to record alternative sequences.





Last updated Sun Jul 08 2007. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.