Our Top Picks of Go Game Resources
In this section we’ll suggest the best websites, apps, servers and other resources that we are using ourselves to study and play Go and that have stood the test of time.
Where to Play Go
GoQuest — online server for playing Go on 9×9 and 13×13 boards. The games are fast-paced and exciting here. There are always enough players to start a game within a minute any time of day. It’s the best choice in case you want to play a game but you don’t have much time. There are apps for Android and iOS available.
BadukClub — a map and calendar for finding clubs, players, and tournaments anywhere in the world. You can join the site to get local updates, record your games, and quickly register for events both online and in person.
Kiseido Go Server — a slightly old-fashioned but still popular Go server among non-Asian countries. The interface and client are translated into many languages. The client works on Java and can be used for viewing and editing Go games. The KGS client is available on Android.
Fox Go Server — probably the most popular Chinese server. It’s easy to start a game, lots of strong players. There is an English version of the client but it still has Chinese characters in it.
Tygem Go Server is a Korean server. There is an English client app for iPad and Android. It’s similar to Fox Go Server both in terms of interface and the level of players.
Pandanet — the oldest Japanese online Go server. It used to be called IGS (Internet Go Server). There are easy-to-use mobile apps for it and some European tournaments are held here.
Color Go Server — a bright and unusual server. We think that it’s very suitable for playing with children and for those who are tired of conventional black and white.
Baduk Pop — a new app for solving Go problems and playing Go. Interactive lessons, playing against AI or other users online, many gaming elements. Part of the content is available through a paid subscription. The app is developing rapidly and is regularly updated.
Hactar Go — a good app that can play atari Go. There are different difficulty levels and modes as well as regular Go on 9×9 for beginners. The app contains some life&death problems too. Recommended for beginners.
Smart Go — one of the best Go apps for iPhone\iPad. More than 22 000 professional games, 2000 life&death problems. It allows you to record your games and variations, play with a bot, send and import games from other sources.
BW-Go — one of the best Go game editors for Android in terms of functionality. There are plugins for connecting AI and joseki databases.
AI / Software
Sabaki — a modern cross-platform Go editor with a wide selection of editing tools. There is an option to connect AI for game analysis.
KaTrain — a new and easy to use tool for game analysis with the help of KataGo. It has various additional functions and settings.
Lizzie — one of the first software tools for game analysis with Leela Zero or KataGo. Simple and pleasant interface.
Sensei’s Library — a huge online encyclopedia on the game of Go. There is information on almost any Go-related subjects.
Tsumego-Hero — solving life-and-death problems online. Go problem collections are updated regularly. There are levels, rewards and other features that help you stay motivated.
Black to Play — a minimalist and slick website for solving Go problems. It can run as a standalone application on most mobile devices.
Josekipedia — the most complete online joseki database. Here you can find modern variations (post AlphaGo) but beware, there are some questionable ones as well.