Andrew Jackson Will Explain the Google vs. Human Pro Go Games Tonight

Andrew Jackson video

Our regular Wednesday Instructor will take on the topic of the day, and discuss the recent win by a computer program (Google AlphaGo)  over a professional player, Fan Hui 2p.  The computer won the match 5-0.  The class is at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Jan. 27, 2016.  The class is designed for players in the single digit kyu range (1-9 kyu), but anyone may attend, especially tonight.  The class is free, and your first ten visits to the Seattle Go Center are also free.  More information about the match is at the AGA website.  Many of Andrew’s lectures are recorded and posted later on YouTube.

Gala Pair Go Night!

3rd Annual Pair Go Tournament finalPlease join us for a gala evening of Pair Go on Saturday Dec. 12,  with dessert and two rounds of play. We will be playing by International Pair Go rules, with one male and one female player on each team. The players can be any age, so a dad and daughter or mother and son can be a pair go team. This will be a dress up occasion.   Fee per player: $5 for youth and voting members, $10 for others. Registration is on the evening of the tournament, from 6 – 6:45. The first round is at 7 pm, dessert is at 8:30, and the 2nd round is at 9:00 pm.

Photos of 20th Anniversary Fun

Our 20th Anniversary Tournament had 48 players, the largest fall tournament we have had in many years.  And our evening party had over 100 attending!  Thanks to our friends from the Nihon Ki-in, Mr. Hiroshi Yamashiro 9P and Mr. Feng Shiung 6P “Kuma Sensei”, for coming all the way from Japan! [ Read more… ]

Kuma Sensei Keeps Teaching

Kuma Sensei teaching

Kuma Sensei (right) during Sunday game reviews

Kuma Sensei, a professional Go player from the Nihon Ki-in in Japan, will continue his visit to the Seattle Go Center with simultaneous games today, Tuesday, Oct. 6, starting at 6:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, Oct 7, he will give a lecture to Andrew Jackson’s Single Digit Kyu Class, starting at 7.  The lecture will be recorded for distribution through YouTube.  As part of our 20th Anniversary Celebrations, there will be no charge for the lecture.

Anniversary Tournament and Party Oct. 3

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we have a big Saturday planned for Oct. 3, 2015.   Our Anniversary Tournament will have a total of $500 in prizes, and will be AGA rated.  The tournament will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The  tournament details are at the bottom of this note.

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Single Digit Kyu Class Starts Up Again

SDK Class Go Problem 4 kyu

On Wednesday Sept. 2, at 7:00 p.m., Andrew Jackson’s Single Digit Kyu  (SDK) Class will start up for the fall.  The class is free, and your first 10 visits to the Go Center are also free.  Regular attendance is encouraged but not required for this class.

Andrew wrote his students, “It’s not too late to hit our Go goals for 2015! I’ve found a whole bunch of great problems right at the 3k-8k level that I’m excited for us to work on over the coming weeks — doing problems is one of the best ways to improve! [ Read more… ]

The Atom Bomb Game

This is the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.  Our benefactor, Mr. Kaoru Iwamoto, was almost killed by this bomb.  His championship game with Mr. Utaro Hashimoto was moved at the last moment to the outskirts of Hiroshima, about 10 kilometers from the center of the destruction. The blast disrupted their game, which was being played over several days, but nobody was badly hurt, so they set up again and finished the game.  (Hashimoto won the game; Iwamoto eventually won the championship.)  Only later did they get the terrible news as refugees came streaming from Hiroshima.

Each year, there is a beautiful memorial with floating lanterns at Green Lake, “From Hiroshima to Hope“.  It will start at 6:00, south west of the Bathhouse Theater.  We recommend it highly.

If you click on this post, and pull it up as a separate page, you can replay the game.  It is the 3rd Japanese Honinbo, title match #2.  Mr. Iwamoto had black.  The last move before the atomic bomb blast was 106.

Maeda 6P visiting July 28 & 29

Maeda visiting 2014

Our good friend Ryo Maeda 6P, and a fellow pro from the Kansai Ki-in, Koyo Hoshikawa 3P, will be visiting the Seattle Go Center next week, on their way to the Go Congress in Minnesota.

On Tuesday, July 28, they will be playing simultaneous games in the afternoon, starting at 3:00 p.m. There may be more simultaneous games in the evening, depending on how they are feeling after their long journey. The fee for a game is $10.

On Wednesday, July 29, Maeda Sensei will give a lecture at 7:00 p.m. He is one of the most popular lecturers at the US Go Congress, and we highly recommend this evening at the Go Center. [ Read more… ]