SmartGo Kifu transforms your iPad into a Go board with a library of 98,000 professional game records and 2,000 problems. Study master games, solve problems, explore joseki, play against the computer, and record you own games.

- 98,000 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 4.6.2

Updated game collection: now over 98,000 pro games.
Updated player biographies.
Minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings

Computer is no help

Andrew. The man

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!!!!

Consistently excellent


This is an app that keeps updating with fresh new content (including the AlphaGo games among others), and it's a shame that every update wipes the reviews clean.

Which is why I'm leaving this review now. It'll disappear pretty quickly, I'm sure, but as a longtime user, I'm very satisfied with the huge amount of content this app offers, and I'm happy for this opportunity to slap another "5" on the record books.

I bought their EasyGo Player first as a way to play go with friends IRL, and while I'm by no means good at the game or anticipate pursuing Go competitively, I don't regret dropping real coin on this expanded program to access an ENORMOUS amount of stuff: problems, games, annotated games...

More Go than I know what to do with. Awesome.

Great for study, bad for play


Lots of features and a nice interface. I used the problems a lot and it helped tutor me to add intuition and reflect on key things. You can review pro games. But AI opponent is appalling. There’s another game based on Crazy Stone that is a much better opponent and which I use to play against (I range 2-7 kyu depending on how long I haven’t played for). The AI enfine here is good for small board or +12 kyu maybe


Smart Go, Inc.
63.1 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2010 Smart Go, Inc.


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