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.  Our regular classes at the Go Center are free (you just pay for your visit to the Go Center, and your first 10 visits are free).   But scheduled individual instruction with the same instructor has many advantages, and may be worth the expense.  To learn more about private lessons, please contact Brian Allen, the manager, by email or by phone (206) 632-1122.

Yue (Vincent) Zhang is available to teach strong players, both adults and children, in either Chinese or English.  Yue is an AGA 7 dan, who won our Anniversary Tournament in 2016.  He has also done very well in international tournaments, placing 2nd in the 17th Pandanet Cup Internet World Amateur Go Tournament (2012), and in the top 8 in the 21th Pandanet Cup Internet World Amateur Go Tournament (2017), among other accomplishments.  In addition, Yue is a paleontologist with a PhD from Ohio State University, and he has extensive college teaching experience.  His specialty is early mammals, but he knows a lot about dinosaurs too.


Cullen Mott

Our second new instructor is Cullen Mott.  He has been a guest teacher for a number of Double Digit Kyu classes at the Go Center, and he has provided individual lessons on many Thursdays.  He is currently playing at a 2 dan level, and he is open to teaching adults and children from beginner to 4 kyu.  Cullen is willing to write up a lesson plan with homework for students with a specific goal, such as gaining two ranks.  He is also open to more impromptu lessons for students who don’t have the time for rigorous study.

We have three other teachers who are continuing with the Paid Private Instructor (PPI) program.   Larry Eclipse is great for students from beginner to 15 kyu, and he has a flexible schedule.  A math teacher, he has had the most students in the PPI program.  John Richards really enjoys teaching children from beginner to 15 kyu.  Many of our members know him from Tuesdays, when he teaches informal lessons for free.  Peter Nelson is a 5 dan, who can teach stronger students. He taught the Single Digit Kyu class last year.  He has teaching videos on Youtube at longstridebaduk.


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!



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… ]

Open Late For All Five Nights of AlphaGo

We will be open very late May 22-26 for all the AlphaGo/Ke Jie Events, watching the broadcasts from China live. The Games with top professional Ke Jie are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting around 7:30 p.m. (Seattle time.) These are long games, so 9 -12 p.m. may be the best time to watch. We do not have a schedule yet for when the on-line commentators are going to be starting. Our  Events Calendar will be updated as we get more information. 

Watch party for the first AlphaGo/Lee Sedol game in 2016

Tournament This Sunday!

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This is one of our three big tournaments of the year — there will be cash prizes, plus book prizes and equipment prizes. Special prizes for youth. A great way to play some intense Go face to face. 3 rounds, Japanese rules. [ Read more… ]

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). [ Read more… ]