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Is there a program for the C64 that plays the game of Go? Progress on go engines has started later than with chess, so maybe there is no C64 Go software from the 80s, but maybe someone has recently created such a program? The program does not have to be strong, just be able to play the game.

  • If there was it would have been terrible. Even in the late 90's the state of the art for Go AIs was very bad, and that was on much more capable computers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Go#Early_decades – Ross Ridge Nov 24 '17 at 19:07
  • Thanks. Wikipedia mentions two programs written in the 80s in Forth. None of them is for the C64, but one runs on a computer with only 1K of RAM, so writing one for the C64 should not be impossible. Of course, it is weak, and it only uses a 15x15 board. But, in fact, a 9x9 board would also be okay. – RetroQuestion2017 Nov 24 '17 at 20:39
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    I wrote one for the BBC Micro in the '80s. It was a bit rubbish as you might expect but I got it to the stage where it would beat me. – Chenmunka Nov 25 '17 at 11:27
  • "If there was it would have been terrible" ... it's OK, I'm terrible at Go, too. :) – Jules Nov 25 '17 at 11:43
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    @RetroQuestion2017. No, I don't still have it. It taught me a lot about pattern recognition, and about Go, when I wrote it. But the limits of the machine stopped it being any real use. – Chenmunka Nov 26 '17 at 9:04
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Yes, it was written by Stack Computer Services Ltd., but it's not very good. OK for beginners to learn from.

  • There is also a Go game called Go Player for the Amiga and Atari ST. Here is a video of the Atari ST version – Tim Locke Nov 24 '17 at 21:00
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    Thanks. The game from Stack Computer Services seems to have the strength of ca. 20 kyu. It's a good example. I can imagine that beginners could have fun playing against it. I'll have to play against the Atari program to see how good it is. – RetroQuestion2017 Nov 25 '17 at 14:10
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    Now, I have also found Microgo1 for the C64. It uses a 9x9-sized board and plays a decent beginner's game. – RetroQuestion2017 Nov 25 '17 at 17:41

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