SmartGo Kifu transforms your iPad into a Go board with a library of over 100,000 professional game records and 2,000 problems. Study master games, solve problems, explore joseki, play against the computer, and record you own games.

- 108,000 professional games
- 2,000 Go problems on the go
- 30 annotated games (in English)
- Joseki and fuseki analysis
- Tree view for easy navigation
- Record your own games
- Import and export games
- Use as a Go board for two human players
- Replay games and explore alternate sequences
- Annotate moves, edit game info
- Guess Next Move
- Tutorial with over 100 problems

Computer Play:
- Strong game engine
- Fast response (adjustable)
- Automatic handicap adjustment on 9x9, 11x11, 13x13
- Manual choice of handicap and board size up to 19x19
- Track level per user
- Computer resigns when too far behind (can be turned off)
- Territory estimator
- Hint
- Undo
- Replay

SmartGo Kifu is designed as a versatile tool for Go players who want to study professional games, practice Go problems, record their games, as well as play against the computer. If you're new to Go or just want a quick and challenging game against the computer, please check out our popular SmartGo Player app.

Go is also known as igo (囲碁), wéiqí (围棋), or baduk (바둑).

What’s New

Version 4.8

GoGoD game collection with 108,000 professional game records.
Add Settings > Move Display > Coordinates as Letters.
Various bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

VVSko ,

A Most Quality App

This app has helped me make significant improvements in my understanding of Go.

It’s amazingly comprehensive. Every feature is well designed and integrated into the app. It’s all very easy to use despite the wide array of functionality it has to offer.

Drawgood ,

Best Go app In IOS AppStore So Far

I’ve seen some comments from people who say the computer is either weak or doesn’t play right. That may be the case for advanced players but for a casual/beginner player the software is more than adequate especially if you are 10k or less.

Almost all the features one may need are available. You can replay. Create alternative movement trees and save the game with alternative lines or play. You can set software to take different number or seconds to make a move. It makes sense when you compare difficulty levels against each other only because depending on the calculating ability of the device you’ll get better or worse results.

You can use the area and point estimation feature as well.

You also get almost a hundred thousand games played by pros, famous players, including very old games from before the 20th century.

My gripes are the limited appearance feature. The developers should add more colors of the board, more different stones, and a night mode, or a sort of “zen mode” to only be able to see the board.

Andrew. The man ,

Computer is no help

The computer at its default setting does such sporadic play that basic Joseki goes right out the window and is absolutely no help in building a players skills. You have to set it on the maximum difficulty get a game that is even remotely close to what you would see in a human interaction and then becomes way too hard to play for beginners. For a “smart” system it’s makes some really unorthodox plays. The go problems and pro games are a nice study, but what you learn from the move patterns does not transfer to an actual game because the computer just plays wherever. It would be nice if it followed modern joseki!!!!

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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