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Mark Boon,
an Dutch computer scientist, video game developer and early Go programmer. He started Go-programming in the early 80s on a Commodore 64 and later on an Atari ST, and developed his Go playing program Goliath, three times winner of the World Computer-Go Championship in 1989, 1990 and 1991 [1] [2]. It also became the first program to pass the first of Ing's challenges by beating a young professional player with a large handicap [3]. He spent converting his program to a commercial version that would run on a Nintendo game computer, and soon started the company Tesuji Software B.V. [4] specialized in programming Go-software [5]. When a backing software publisher went into financial trouble, Mark decided to end his Go programming career, consigning his Java Tesuji Software Go Library to the public in 2001 [6] [7]. Mark Boon now resides in Honolulu, Hawaii and is affiliated with Blue Planet Software.
Mark Boon [8]

Selected Publications

External Links


  1. ^ World Computer Go Championships
  2. ^ Goliath 3.5 and Tsume Go Goliath | British Go Association
  3. ^ Mark Boon (2013). The Beginning of Computer-Go Programs. ICGA Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2
  4. ^ List of Go terms - Tesuji - Wikipedia
  5. ^ Re: Who knows Tesuji Software ? by Mark Boon, Computer-go mailing list, 29 April, 1998
  6. ^ Tesuji Software Go Library at Sensei's Library
  7. ^ Mark Boon's Tesuji Go Library
  8. ^ Mark Boon | LinkedIn

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