We are ready to teach complete beginners informally on Tuesdays from 3 – 9 PM, and on Saturdays from 12 – 5 PM. Our Beginners Class is on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM, and continues in August.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays, you don’t need an appointment, and we arrange individual or small group lessons with volunteers who are ready to teach when you walk in. This summer, we have about 40 players coming sometime on Tuesdays, including about 8 children. Saturdays are smaller, about 20 players, but we have volunteers available to teach then as well. The day manager, usually Dennis Wheeler 7K, is also available to teach beginners from 1-5 PM.
If you prefer to learn in a class setting, we recommend the Thursday evening class for those who are starting out. Complete beginners can start at any time. This is also a good night for more advanced beginners, so if Thursdays are good for you, come on by. The class is taught by Carlos Enrique Encalada, and is ongoing throughout the summer.
If you already play on a 19×19 board, and can finish a game, but are not a strong player, then the “Double Digit Kyu Player” class on Mondays is a good choice (20 kyu – 10 kyu players). This class meets from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. The class is not meeting in August; Nick Sibicky will resume teaching this class in the fall; you can see past lectures by following this link. They are watched world wide.
If you are in the 10 kyu to 1 kyu range, and working towards being a dan level player, then we recommend the Wednesday Night class with Andrew J. This is the “Single Digit Kyu Class” (SDK). This class is not meeting in August, but will start up in the fall.
Your first 10 visits are free (including these lessons). Youth visits under 18 are always free.
Tuesdays and Saturday afternoons are also good for advanced beginner and intermediate players (“kyu players”) who are looking for teaching games with stronger players, or games with players at their own strength. On Tuesday evenings we have plenty of players, so that everybody can find a game to suit their needs. We generally have fresh baked bread and take out pizza available on Tuesday evenings, too. Saturdays are somewhat smaller, but growing. It is easy to find a game then as well.
Lessons from a pro on Saturday. Simon (Ximeng) Yu is a professional Go player from China who is going to college in Seattle. He gives lessons and teaching games on Saturday, starting at 2:00 p.m. Priority is given to strong players, but often there is instruction available for all who are interested. Simon is donating his time, so there is no charge for this class.
Sundays we have private lessons with Jon Boley 6d. Lessons are usually on the 2nd, and 4th Sunday of the month. (Our Ratings Tournament is usually held on the first Sunday of the month.) For more information on private classes, please email Jon Boley
Advanced players (dan players) can often have teaching games on Saturday afternoons with our local pro, Simon (Ximeng) Yu, at 2:00 p.m. On Tuesday afternoon and evenings we always have players up to 3 dan; we often have 6 dans with us. You may phone us at 206 545-1424 to see which teachers are available.
On three weekends each year, we offer workshops by visiting professionals. Please check our Events Calendar page to see if any workshops are currently scheduled.