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gnugo - The GNU program to play the game of Go
[-l, --infile <filename>]
[-L, --until <move>]
[-o, --outfile <filename>]
[-D, --depth <num>]
[-B, --backfill_depth <num>]
[score [estimate|finish|aftermath] ]
[-d, --debug <level>]
[-m, --moyo <level>]
[-b, --benchmark num]
[-r, --seed num]
GNU Go plays a game of Go against the user. It has many other features: it
can play against itself or another program, analyse and score a recorded
game. GNU Go is compliant with Go modem protocol, load and save game in
the Smart Game format.
GNU Go default is a simple alpha-numeric board display, but you can use
a client such as CGoban.
The game of Go
Go is a game of strategy between two players usually played on a
19x19 grid called goban. The two players put black and white stones on
the goban to enclose territory. Go was invented about 4000 years ago in
ancient China. Other names for this game are (Chinese) Wei Chi, (Korean)
Baduk and (Ing) Goe.
Playing a game in ASCII mode
To start a game with default options, just invoke gnugo. The board will be
drawn at your terminal using ASCII letters. In this mode, you can get help on
available commands by the h key. To play as Black with 4 stones handicap,
with a 0.5 komi, recording the game in the file record.sgf:
gnugo --color black --handicap 4 --komi 0.5 -o record.sgf
Playing a game with CGoban
CGoban is a general purpose client program by Bill Shubert for
playing Go. It runs under X Window System with a beautiful resizeable
graphic display. To use GNU Go under X Window System, obtain the
most recent version of CGoban from Bill Shuberts web site
Start CGoban. When the CGoban Control panel comes up, select Go Modem.
You will get the Go Modem Protocol Setup. Choose one (or both) of the
players to be Program, and fill out the box to the path to
gnugo. After clicking OK, you get the Game Setup window. Choose
Rules Set to be Japanese (otherwise handicaps wont work). Set the
board size and handicap if you want. Click OK and you are ready to go.
In the Go Modem Protocol Setup window, when you specify the path
to GNU Go, you can give it command line options, such as --quiet
to suppress most messages. Since the Go Modem Protocol preempts
standard I/O, other messages are sent to stderr, even if they are
not error messages. These will appear in the terminal from which
you started CGoban.
The game stops when both players pass. GNU Go will attempt to
compute and report the score to you. It may occasionally make
mistakes due to wrong evaluation of the status of a group. You
can check the score as follows. In ASCII mode, at the end of
the game, stones believed dead are marked in lower case letters,
and you have the option of toggling their status before counting.
Using CGoban, you may use CGobans counting facility to count
the game using either Japanese or Chinese rules.
Viewing a stored game
gnugo -l filename.sgf --mode ascii
loads filename.sgf and lets you navigate through the game by using the
commands forward, back, goto and last.
It is not possible to navigate through variations in ascii mode.
You may also use CGoban to view stored games. CGoban can navigate
The files in the doc directory contain detailed documentation about
debugging options and internal program structure. Other documentation may
be found in comments throughout the source code.
Go Modem Protocol
The Go Modem Protocol is a standard interface between Go programs and
The Go Modem Protocol was developed by Bruce Wilcox with input from
David Fotland, Anders Kierulf and others. Any Go program *should*
use this protocol since it is standard. Since CGoban supports this
protocol, the user interface for any Go program can be done
entirely through CGoban. Using the Go Modem Protocol, you can play
with another computer running a different program (even on a
different operating system) using a modem, a serial cable or over
the internet if the other program also supports the protocol. You
can also communicate with the Go servers using CGoban.
Smart Game Format
Games (with comments, variations and other features) can be
stored in the Smart Game Format (SGF). This format originated in
Anders Kierulfs program Smart Go. Martin Muller and Arno
Hollosi developed the current standard, which may be found
GNU Go supports the Smart Game Format.
force the playing mode (ascii, gtp or gmp). Default is
ASCII. If no terminal is detected GMP (Go Modem Protocol) will be assumed.
replay the game generating moves for color, where color is white,
black, or both. (requires -l)
Dont print copyright and other informational messages.
-l, --infile file
Load the SGF file (to score or analyze a recorded game).
-L, --until move
Stop loading just before move is played (e.g. 154 or L10).
-o, --outfile file
Save the played game to file in SGF format.
Set the board size to use (1-19). Default is 19, other common formats are
13 and 9.
Choose your color (black or white). Black plays first, White gets
the komi compensation.
Set the number of handicap stones.
Set the komi (points given to white player to compensate advantage of the
first move, usually 5.5 or 0.5). Default is 5.5.
Display the version of GNU Go.
Display help message.
Display help about debugging options.
Display copyright notice.
Debugging and advanced options:
Show board each move.
Level of play. (default 10; smaller=faster, weaker).
-b, --benchmark num
Benchmarking mode - can be used with -l.
Verbose tracing (use twice or more to trace reading).
-r, --seed num
Set random number seed.
Count or estimate territory of the input file. Usage:
gnugo --score estimate -l filename
Loads the SGF file and estimates the score by measuring the
influence. Use with -L if you want the estimate somewhere else than
at the end of the file.
gnugo --score finish -l filename
Loads the SGF file and gnugo continues to play by itself up to the
very end. Then the winner is determined by counting the territory.
gnugo --score aftermath -l filename
Similar to score finish except that a more accurate but slower
algorithm is used to determine the final status of the groups.
If the option -o outputfilename is provided,
the results will also be written as comment at the end of the output file.
Load SGF file, output final position (requires -l).
If you find a bug, please send the SGF output file to firstname.lastname@example.org
together with a description of the bug.
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