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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… ]

Late Summer Training Camp in Tokyo

Nihon Ki-in Summer Camp LectureThe Nihon Ki-in has organized another excellent “Training Camp” in Tokyo.  The full event runs from August 21 – Sept. 3, but you may also select week-long sessions as well.  Instructors include Michael Redmond, Ishida Yoshio,  and Feng Shiung (“Kuma”).  [ Read more… ]

Closed Saturday July 4, Open Sunday

The Seattle Go Center will be closed for the 4th of July (Saturday).  However, we will be open on Sunday, July 5, for our Monthly Ratings Tournament.  Registration is between 10 and 10:45, and the third round should finish around 5 pm.  More info on our events page.

See Us at the U District Street Fair

U District Street Fair

This weekend May 16 & 17, we will be at the University District Street Fair, reminding our neighbors about the Go Center, demonstrating the game, and teaching beginners.

This year, we are pretty far down on “The Ave”. We have Booth 421, on The Ave between 42nd St. and 41st St. If you are mapping it, the street address is about 4131 University Way NE, 98105. [ Read more… ]

Paid Private Instruction Expands

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. [ Read more… ]

Sakura Con Outreach April 3, 4, 5

Sakura Con 2014 720 pixelWe will be teaching  and playing  Go for three days in the “Asian Games” room at the amazing Sakura-Con 2015 festival in downtown Seattle. You do not need a festival pass to join us. We will be in room 305 of the Washington State Convention Center,  the same as last year, near the escalator.  We will be there from 10 am to 10 pm on Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 5.  There will be a 13×13 Tournament on Sunday, starting at 10 am.

Yang Workshop Feb 21-22

We look forward to our annual workshop with Yilun Yang 7P, which will be on the weekend of Feb. 21-22, 2015.  This year, we are starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, which is later than usual.  The early registration discounts end on Wednesday, Feb. 18.  For more information, please go to our Yang Workshop webpage.

Yilun Yang

Yilun Yang

Beginner’s Class Starts Up Jan. 8

On Thursday evenings at the Go Center, from 6:30 – 8:30, Carlos Encalada is ready to teach both complete beginners and more advanced beginners.  Zei Wei will be his teaching assistant.  This is a great time of the year for beginners to arrange a sequence of lessons. [ Read more… ]