This article is from the Go FAQ, by Morten PAHLE firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Not everyone is lucky enough to live close to an active Go-club or has
the time to go there as often as he likes. Therefore, it is excellent
that there are now alternative places to play on the internet.
On all servers, you can play Go, or discuss Go with other people. On
most servers, you can replay games, have your games mailed to you or
have games taught to you.
Access to most of the servers is free, and the software which is
required is usually shareware, so there is no cost in playing on the
servers. (However, if you continue to use a shareware program, you
should pay for it.)
Although there may be no fee payable, all servers have rules of use
which the user should acquaint himself with and abide by.
The number of players on a server varies from server to server and
depends on the time of the day. The largest server can have up to
5-600 players logged on and over 200 games played at any particular
time. The players' rankings can range from beginners to established
and strong amateur players. On some servers, professionals come to