Updated January 14, 2016
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 6:30-9:00 PM, and it is ongoing.
Beginners on Tuesdays and Saturdays 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 fall, we have about 25 – 40 players coming sometime on Tuesdays, including about 4 children. Saturdays are smaller, about 15 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 Larry Eclipse, and it is ongoing this winter.
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. Our instructor, Nick Sibicky 4d, usually gives a one hour lecture, and then there is time for a game or go problems afterwards. You can see past lectures on YouTube 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). Andrew is posting these classes on YouTube as well. Andrew is also organizing the American Go Association YouTube Channel.
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 25 – 40 players visit us, 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 smaller, but it is easy to find a game then as well.
Paid Private Go Lessons
Paid private Go lessons are now available at the Seattle Go Center on Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Sundays. We will continue our extensive program of free group lessons on other days. Private lessons are great if you want to commit to an individualized program of instruction. Our teachers are well qualified for the levels they teach, and they are committed to finding effective ways to improve your game.
Jon Boley 5d will continue teaching students at all levels and all ages two Sundays a month. (Jon travels from Bellingham to give these lessons.) Peter Nelson 5d is now available to teach single digit kyu players and low dan players on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. He prefers students who are junior high school age or older. You can see his “Go personality” in these youtubes. John Richards 7k specializes in teaching children (age 5 – 10), but he is available to all ages who are beginners or double digit kyu players on Tuesdays before 1 pm, and Saturdays. (John is recovering from back surgery; he will be back later this winter.) Larry Eclipse 6k is available to teach beginners up to double digit kyu players of all ages on Fridays and Saturdays. He may also be available on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.
The instructors will be establishing the fees for their instruction, but the minimum charge is $20/hr. The Go Center will be not be open to the public during private instruction times. Parents (or guardians) of children under 16 having lessons at the Go Center must stay with their child during the lesson, unless there are two other adults present during the lesson. (Yes, we have wi-fi and a couch.) If you are interested in private Go lessons, you may contact the instructors directly, or you may contact the General Manager, Brian Allen, at 206 632-1122, or by email.
Advanced players (dan players) can often find games on Saturday afternoons. We have two 5 dans who are regulars. 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
Workshops by visiting professionals. Please check our Events Calendar page to see if any workshops are currently scheduled. We have the pro Yilun Yang coming in April, 2016.