IGS Go server

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The IGS, short for Internet Go Server, also known as Pandanet, located in Tokyo, Japan, is a server that allows players of the game of Go to observe and play against others over the Internet. Started in 1992 by Tim Casey, Chris Chisolm, and Mark Okada, it was the first server of its kind.[citation needed] IGS hosts up to 3,000 players at a time, depending on the time of day.[citation needed]


IGS was first opened to the public in February 1992.[1] The first server was located at the University of New Mexico. Within the first year, two more servers were deployed, one at the University of California at Berkeley and one at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France.

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Besides being a Go server, the IGS Pandanet also hosts several art galleries. The main gallery[2] contains Japanese and Chinese art that has a Go-related theme. Other galleries deal with vintage Go photographs[3] and photography from the 19th and early 20th century, related to San Francisco[4] and Chinatown.[5]

IGS Pandanet broadcasts live championship matches for top professional events, including the Meijin, Honinbo, and Judan titles, and the Ricoh Cup professional Pairs tournament.


  1. ^ Jim Z Yu. "A Brief History of IGS, the Early Years - 1992". Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  2. ^ IGS art gallery
  3. ^ The Meiji Album
  4. ^ Early San Francisco Chinatown
  5. ^ Old San Francisco

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