Because of the amount of files in the GoGoD zip file some unacrchiving tools struggle to unzip them all.
We have found that 7-zip is the best free program to unarchive all the files successfully. Click here to download 7-zip
From Summer 2016, after many requests, we are including our own GoLibrary search program. But please note this is complimentary and unsupported - although it has worked for many years bug free, and we still use it daily. It is also for Windows users only. See the file ReadMeFirst.txt in the download package.
The download includes only individual sgf files. We no longer offer the GoGoD Encylopaedia, or the programs (our own or third-party) that can supplement the database. This is because the tragic death of T Mark Hall means we no longer have time to maintain these features. Note that the sgf files include games on board sizes other than 19×19. You may wish to delete the folders for other sizes if the program you use cannot cope with other sizes.
Please note that your purchase only includes the latest database. It does not include access to any future updates. New editions can be purchased twice a year, summer and winter.
Yes, as of July 2014 we have included the Names Dictionary and New In Go as HTML documents.
We constantly check the current games and do make corrections or add moves, and other data, as we aquire new sources. By downloading the entire database, you are getting the latest version of every game.
No. They are all text files in simple ascii format. Our philosophy has always been to trust go players, and that trust has largely been rewarded.
We operate on the widely accepted (though strictly untested) assumption, based mainly on chess practice, that individual game records cannot be copyrighted. However, commentary data added to the records is copyrightable, and a collection is also copyrightable. GoGoD asserts its rights to any copyright that may apply. If you use selected games in articles of your own, we do ask that, as a courtesy, you quote GoGoD.
More or less, but as of Winter 2013 the non 19×19 records are omitted. However, the main difference is that the files there have been compressed and so are not easily accessible as individual files.
From Winter 2013, we no longer will produce CDs or alternatives such as USB. The only method of obtaining the database will be via download from this site.
In general yes, but we do quite extensively update and correct existing games as we acquire new sources.
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