SGF is the abbreviation of 'Smart Game Format'. The file format is designed to store game records of board games for two players. It's a text only, tree based format. Therefore games stored in this format can easily be emailed, posted or processed with text-based tools.
The main purposes of SGF are to store records of played games and to provide features for storing annotated and analyzed games (e.g. board markup, variations).
Only this page is modified to be more concise. Please visit the official SGF File Format for more information.
An user orientated introduction to SGF files
Note: Many Go (WeiQi) terms are used throughout the specification, e.g. point is used instead of field or square.
Note: Please pay attention to the difference of mandatory (has to be, must not, ...) and recommended (suggested, should have, shouldn't ...). Mandatory topics HAVE TO be done exactly this way, otherwise it's illegal. Recommended topics should but don't have to be followed. If the application doesn't obey those suggestions then the 'only' consequence is bad style.
Last updated: 2001-08-12
See history for changes.
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