Magog is the 9x9 Go program that was developed at the Computer Games Group in Maastricht. The project started in December 2001 with the following 3 persons: Levente Kocsis, Erik van der Werf and Mark Winands. Since all of us have finished our Ph.D. research, the development of Magog has stopped. However, since Erik is still working on a next generation Go program and Mark and Levente are also still active in general games research, maybe at some point the project will be revived.
- 2004: In a strong field of 9 participants Magog has won the bronze medal in the 9th Computer Olympiad in Ramat-Gan, Israel. With 10 points out of 16 Magog finished just below Go Intellect and GnuGo (who both had 11 points), and just above Many Faces of Go, Indigo and Neurogo (who all had 9 points).
- 2003: Magog participated in the 8th Computer Olympiad in Graz. Again Magog finished fourth, but now in a much larger field of 10 participants. Since we finished only one point below the numbers 2 and 3 we are happy and consider this a significant improvement compared to last year.
- 2002: Magog has participated in the 2002 Computer Olympiad, finishing at an expected fourth place after Go4++, Go Intellect and GnuGo. Although our program still has many deficiencies and is far from completion we were happy to see Magog win two games against Go4++ and Go Intellect.
The magog team at the 2002 Computer Olympiad. From left to right:
Mark Winands, Levente Kocsis, Erik van der Werf.