We are ready to teach complete beginners informally on Tuesdays from 3 – 9 PM, and on Saturdays from 12 – 5 PM. Our “Real Beginners” class is on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM, and is ongoing. There is also a follow up class – “Beginners Workshop” which meets from 7:00 – 9:00 on the same Thursdays.
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. At present, we have about 5 kids coming on Tuesday afternoon, from 4-7 PM, and about 30 adults at all levels by 7:00 PM on Tuesdays. Saturdays are smaller, and the day manager is available to teach beginners from 1-5 PM.
If you prefer to learn in a class setting, we recommend the Thursday evening classes for those who are starting out. “Real Beginners” and “Beginners Workshop” are ongoing this fall, and they are free. This fall, complete beginners can start at any time, since the class is small. The classes are taught by Jon Friedman and Frank Lam, and they are best for adults and teenagers.
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 with Nick Sibicky is for you (20 kyu – 5 kyu players). This class meets from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Nick records his lectures and posts them on Youtube.com. You can see past lectures by following this link
If you are in the 10 kyu to 1 kyu range, and working towards being a dan level player, then the Wednesday Night class with Andrew J is for you. This is the “Single Digit Kyu Class” (SDK). This class is ongoing, and meets from 7 – 9 PM
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 smaller, but this Summer most players found games pretty quickly. The Saturday Manager is usually Dennis Wheeler, 7k.
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 find teaching games on Tuesdays with Ho Son 7d, and others. Sometimes teaching games are possible with strong players on Thursday afternoons and Saturday as well. 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.