Visit us at the Cherry Blossom Festival

Instructors John Richards (right) and Dan Top (rear right) in 2016

Instructors John Richards (right) and Dan Top (rear right) in 2016

We will be teaching and sharing the game of Go at the Cherry Blossom Festival at Seattle Center on Friday, April 21, Saturday, and Sunday.  We are in our regular place in the Loft of the Armory (one floor up from the food court).  The Cherry Blossom Festival extends to several other buildings as well.  If you are new to Seattle, please note that we are down at the Seattle Center (under the Space Needle), not at our building, which is the Seattle Go Center.  The Go Center will be open regular hours on Saturday, as well.

The Festival is free, with many events and performances, but parking is expensive.  So if you can walk, bike or bus, you will save some money.  We have a core of volunteers scheduled already, but I expect we can use more teachers midday on Saturday and Sunday.  This will also allow teachers to take some time off, and check out the rest of the festival.

We will be open 10 – 6 on Friday, 10 – 6 on Saturday, and 10 – 5 on Sunday.  Here is the festival schedule:

We hope to see you there!


No pass needed to visit us at Sakura Con

Last year's trophy for the Sunday 13x13 Tournament. Photo by Dennis Wheeler

Last year’s trophy for the Sunday 13×13 Tournament. Photo by Dennis Wheeler

This weekend, April 14 – 16, we will be at Sakura Con, sharing the game of Go with anime and manga fans.  We are in the same room as last year,  Room 305 of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.  Remember that you do not need a ticket or pass to reach us.  We are outside the gates of the restricted area.   Just go up the escalator, and take a left on the third floor.

Pro Bian Wenkai visits from Nihon Ki-in.

Bian Wenkai (on right) with Go Club instructor Ben Resnick

Bian Wenkai (on right) with instructor Ben Resnick

Bian Wenkai 2P, a young pro from the Nihon Ki-in, visited the Seattle Go Center from March 23 to March 28.  Originally from Shanghai, Mr. Bian is fluent in Japanese and Chinese, and also speaks some English.  A friendly and generous teacher, Bian Sensei visited the McDonald International School Go Club, the Zoka Coffeehouse group, and played against a team of players at Nick Sibicky’s  DDK Class at the Seattle Go Center.  He gave a lecture on Sunday afternoon, and he also played simultaneous games four times at the Go Center. Forty-nine people visited the Go Center on the Tuesday, when Bian Wenkai was there.  Report and photos by Brian Allen

Playing simul games on Tuesday

Playing simul games on Tuesday


16 Players at Children’s Tournament

Players in the 19x19 Tournament

Players in the 19×19 Tournament

The Spring Children’s Tournament had sections for 19×19 games, and for 13×13 games.  All of the 19×19 players were students of Sonny Cho, mostly from his class at the Northwest Chinese School in Bellevue.  The four 13×13 players were from the McDonald International School Go Club, and from the Saturday players at the Seattle Go Center.  [ Read more… ]

Goban Tables at Seattle Go Center

Dengda Tang and Edward Kim smallerSome friends from the forum lifein19x19 were interested in how we used our gobans (floor boards) in the main playing room.  The low tables are simply made with plywood, so we have covered them with tablecloths.  The little side tables for stones help a lot. This photo is from the 2015 Jin Chen Tournament.

Korean Pro visiting this week

Chihyung Nam at the Go Center in 2012

Chihyung Nam at the Go Center in 2012

Korean Pro and Myongji University Professor Chihyung Nam is visiting Seattle this week.  She will be playing simultaneous games at the Seattle Go Center on Tuesday, Feb. 7, starting at 6:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m., she will be lead a discussion of her book “Contemporary Go Terms”.  On Thursday, she will be visiting the after school Go Club at McDonald International School.  Welcome back, Chihyung!

Youth 19×19 this Sunday Jan. 22

The Youth 19×19  Go Tournament is this Sunday, starting at noon.  We will have treats, and book and equipment prizes. The tournament is free, but players need to be AGA (American Go Association) members.  It is $10 a year.  You can sign up with the AGA  online.  We expect to finish around 5 p.m.  Players should be comfortable with playing on the big 19×19 board, but they do not have to be advanced players.  (Parents: we often use the smaller 9×9 and 13×13 boards in our Go Clubs, so make sure your child is OK with the bigger 19×19.)
If you know you are coming, and you haven’t told me already, please send Brian an email.  The actual registration isn’t until Sunday, so last minute sign-ups are welcome.
I know that we have at least three kyu players in the 20 – 10 kyu range (“double digit kyu players”) coming to the tournament.
Looking ahead, we also have Youth 19×19 tournaments scheduled for Sunday, March 12, and Sunday, September 10.  We will also have a fun tournament on 9×9 and 13×13 boards in the spring.

Our Biggest Tournament of the Year

2016 Jin Chen Tournament

2016 Jin Chen Tournament

The 2017 Jin Chen Memorial Tournament will be this Sunday, January 8, with registration between 10 and 10:45 a.m.  Please make sure your American Go Association membership is up to date.  General admission to the tournament is $15; while youth and voting members of the Seattle Go Center pay $10.  We have plenty of parking on Sundays.  Please bring food, as you may not have much time to go out between games.  We hope to see Sunday!

Open Tuesdays and Thursdays Throughout the Holidays

Since Christmas and New Years are on Sundays this year, we will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the holidays.  Our Thursday evening Beginner Class will also continue.  We will not be open on Saturday, Dec. 24 or Saturday, Dec. 31.  Our more advanced classes will also take a holiday after Christmas.  For the full schedule of classes, please check our events page.

Our weekly schedule is posted on the right hand side of the home page.