We started Jinsei Go in May 2013 with the intentions of building a modern day go server. The project started out primarily as an excuse to practice coding with the intention of providing something that might be fun for other go players.
When beginning to build the go server, our hopes were to resolve friction and annoyances in many of the popular go servers around today. We want to provide a simplified UI that will allow a beginner to learn about the game quickly, and connect with other players who are also interested in learning and playing go. We also want to provide experienced players with the ability to teach newer players and find competition at their level, both in casual gameplay and tournaments. Further down the line we hope to provide a marketplace where professionals and highly skilled amateurs can offer lessons to players across the world.
Michael Kokosenski is a Stanford alum with a degree in Mathematics. He is currently working full-time at Marin Software as technical leader for the bid optimization team. Michael likes to play guitar, piano, recently has turned his skateboarding skills into an interest in snowboarding, and is an aspiring amateur chef. In addition to hosting an occasional meetup, he can be found exploring the San Francisco night life or at the San Francisco Go Club. In addition to Jinsei Go, Michael likes to keep his coding skills sharp by working on side projects.
Alex Wormuth is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science at the University of Southern California, specializing in cyber security and web development. He is responsible for the frontend code and UI experience of Jinsei Go. He is also an Academic Part Time (APT) Intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working on the Resource EXplorer. Aside from technology, Alex loves to play piano, soccer, chess, go, and has an odd fascination with ancient Roman and Greek culture.
Q: What is go?
A: Go is a strategy board game (like chess) that originated in ancient China. It is very popular among Asian countries, though with the introduction of the internet, it is gaining popularity across the globe. Feel free to use Google or Wikipedia to learn more.
Q: That sounds like fun, how can I get started?
A: Go ahead and click "Sign Up" at the top-right of the page and find a friend who also wants to play (it's always more fun to play with friends right?). Once you create an account you can login, create a game, and jump right in!
Q: I don't know how to play, where can I learn?
A: Eventually, we will provide extensive tutorials for beginners to learn how to play, but in the meantime you can find the rules and a basic introduction on Wikipedia or Google.
Q: What technologies are you guys using?
Q: When is the launch date?
A: We currently don't have a planned launch date, as we're not dedicated to the site full time. At any rate, feel free to play at any time and test the latest version of the code.