About the Seattle Go Center

The Seattle Go Center teaches and promotes the Asian game of Go. This 4000 year old strategy board game continues to fascinate players from around the world.  The Seattle Go Center was established in 1995, with its own building in the University District of Seattle, thanks to the generosity of a Japanese professional Go player, Iwamoto Kaoru.  It is now self-supporting. The Go Center is recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity, with the formal name of  Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West.  It is organized as nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Washington.

Featuring a Japanese style tatami room, and a larger American style playing room with display boards for teaching, the Go Center provides a quiet and uncluttered space for studying and playing Go.  The Center also has a reference library with books and periodicals in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean, filling more than 50 feet of bookshelves.  The essential beginner’s books and equipment are also offered for sale. Three public computer stations are set up with a variety of  go programs.  A digital projector is available for lectures. Members may use the well equipped kitchen to prepare food and hot drinks, and there is an ample refrigerator with cold juice and soda.

Directors:

Lee Anne Bowie, Rick Campbell, Bill Chiles, Michael Cho,  Hikojiro (Hiko) Katsuhisa, Chris Kirschner, Oren Laskin, David Snow, Lucy Lu Wang

President:
Lee Anne Bowie

Vice President:
Bill Chiles

Treasurer:
Hikojiro Katsuhisa

Secretary:
Lucy Lu Wang

Director Emeritus:
Frank Fukuda

Staff:
Brian Allen, General Manager
Dennis Wheeler, Saturday Manager

 

Updated after the Board of Directors Meeting of  March 22, 2015