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Fun Youth Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 12

Instructors Lucy Wang and Sonny Cho with tournament players in 2016

We will have a friendly tournament for children at all levels of play, on Sunday, Nov. 12, starting at 1:00 p.m. Prizes will include books, equipment, and fun little things. There is no fee. Children choose whether they want to play on 13×13 or 19×19 boards. The 19×19 games will finish by 5 p.m., the 13×13 games may finish sooner. We will have snacks around 3 pm, including kimbap, the Korean seaweed rice rolls with meat or veggie fillings.

Gala Pair Go Tournament

Join us for this great holiday event, with two rounds of Pair Go. Ten dollars general admission, five dollars for voting members and youth (under 18). We will be following International Pair Go Rules. Each pair must have a female and a male, of any age. Registration will be from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. on the day of the tournament, Saturday, December 16; we will finish around 10 p.m. This is not an official Pair Go competition, so formal dress is encouraged, but not required.

Not Enough Snow To Stop Ratings Tournament

As of Saturday evening, the  Sunday Nov. 5 Monthly Ratings Tournament is still on.  The weather report indicates that we will not be getting much snow in our area.  Registration is from 10 to 10:45 am.  We will cancel if travel gets difficult in our area. Please be careful about your travel, though.  Conditions may be worse where you are.

Private Instruction Program Expands

Yue (Vincent) Zhang

Two more instructors have joined the roster of teachers available for paid private lessons at the Go Center.  Usually these lessons are held when the Go Center is closed to the public.  [ Read more… ]

Anniversary Tournament on Sunday Oct. 1

On Sunday, Oct. 1, we will be celebrating our 22nd Anniversary with a tournament. This is open to all Go players; there are no residence or citizenship requirements. However, you need to have an up to date American Go Association membership (more below).  Registration for the tournament is on the day of the tournament from 10:00 – 10:30 sharp.  We expect to finish around 5:30. [ Read more… ]

New Class on Thursday Evenings!

Jonathan Cheng

Jonathan Cheng is “super motivated” to teach a Thursday evening class for the sole purpose of helping strong double-digit kyu players (roughly 15-10 kyu) to reach single digit kyu within months.  The first class of “Breaking Into Single Digit Kyu” will be on Thursday, August 10, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The structure of the class consists of primarily reviewing games of the students, and therefore it will be highly interactive, just like a private tutoring session. Through the game reviews, you will learn:

1. Basic concepts for the beginning and mid-game

2. Solving life-and-death and tesuji problems in your games

3. Basic qualities/attitude of being a decent go player (How to win a losing game? Or give handicaps? Or play against a stronger player?)

The class is free, and your first 10 visits to the Go Center are free.  For more information on membership please go to our membership page .

Simul Games with Two Pros on Tuesday, Aug 1

Maeda Ryo 6P and Kang Min Hoo 2p, two professionals from the Kansai Ki-in in Japan, will be playing simultaneous games at the Go Center on this Tuesday, Aug. 1.  The first event will be at 3:00 p.m., and the second will be at 7:00 p.m.  Both pros will be playing both times.   Games are $10, watching is free.  You may sign up in advance by emailing the manager, or by using the sign up sheet on the 2nd desk at the entrance to the playing room.  Usually the evening games fill up.

Maeda Sensei and Kang Sensei are going to the U.S. Go Congress in San Diego, which starts Saturday Aug. 5.  We are happy that they included us in their visit!

Cheers,

Brian

South Sound Go Club Presents Surrounding Game Movie

On Monday, July 17, 2017 The Surrounding Game, the first documentary about the game of Go in America, was screened in Tacoma at the Grand Cinema. South Sound Go Club presented the movie to an appreciative audience of Go enthusiasts and individuals seeking to learn more about the game.

After the film. Photo: Thomas Cruver

Doors opened at 6:00 PM for South Sound Go members to meet and for moviegoers to share refreshments before watching the film.  The audience responses to the film were animated; laughing with the film and [ Read more… ]

Surrounding Game Movie Premiere July 31

We are pleased to sponsor the Seattle Premiere of “The Surrounding Game” on July 31 at the Varsity Theatre,  4329 University Way NE, Seattle 98105.  THE SURROUNDING GAME is a full length documentary that follows the lives of three young Americans vying to become the first-ever Western professional Go players.  Visiting Japanese pro Maeda Ryo 6P, a longtime friend of U.S. Go players, will give a short introduction before the film.  This will be a fundraiser for the Seattle Go Center.  Ticket price is only $5 + service fee, but additional donations are welcomed…

Doors open at 7:00, with Maeda Sensei at 7:15, and the film at 7:30.  Runtime is 97 minutes. Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite, or at the theater the night of the event.  More information about the film can be found on the Surrounding Game Website.

Classes Continue in June and July

Our program of free classes continues on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings during the months of June and July.  The classes are free, and your first ten visits to the Go Center are free.  If you are under 18 years old, then all your visits to the Go Center are free!

Nick Sibicky Teaching Double Digit Kyu Class

Nick Sibicky will continue to teach the Double Digit Kyu Player (DDK) class in June; we will have guest teachers in July.  This is on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.  So if you want to be in the live audience [ Read more… ]