Weekly Schedule

Sunday

Open to public on tournament days only.

Monday 6:30-8:30 PM

Nick Sibicky’s “Double Digit Kyu” class, which earned him “AGA Teacher of the Year” for 2019.

Tuesday 1:00-10:00 PM

The largest weekly meeting of Go players in North America
Our priority is teaching beginners and intermediate players for free between 3 – 9 PM, but all levels can find a game.

 

Wednesday 6:00-8:00 PM

DDK to SDK class
Jonathan Cheng helps players improve more efficiently.  Aimed at players about 12 kyu to 5 kyu in strength.

Wednesday 6-8 PM
Free beginner’s lessons and meet-up at Uwajimaya Seattle

Thursday 2:00-9:00 PM

Open play afternoon and evening

Instruction for Complete Beginners 6:30 – 8:30 with Larry Eclipse New students are welcome.

Thursday 4:00-9:00 PM
Free Go meetup and beginner lessons at Couth Buzzard Cafe & Books
Thursday 5:30-8:00 PM

Free Go meetup and beginner’s lessons at Hurry Curry Seattle

Friday  closed

Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Good day for a game for all levels — and a good day for families!   Instruction available for beginners.

Drew Barnett’s “Programming Go AI” class, Saturdays 5pm-7pm.
Shogi games and lessons
, 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.

News

Strong Japanese Player Coming to Seattle Feb. 29 – Mar. 3

The Seattle Go community is fortunate to have frequent strong visitors, teaching and competing at the Go Center. A good example — Feb. 29 – March 3, 小野慎吾 (Ono Shingo) will be here.

Mr. Ono is a strong Japanese amateur and friend of Chris Scribner’s. He’s ranked as a Japanese amateur 7 dan, but in tournaments he plays at a 12d rating.  He’s not an accredited pro, but his strength is close to pro 1 dan.  Chris listed a few of Mr. Ono’s achievements from his profile page:

  • Won the central Japan Meiyo Honinbou (amateur) tournament 7 times in a row
  • Won the amateur Ryusei (national) tournament in 2015
  • As a senior in college, won the national Jikketsu tournament (a tournament for college students)
  • In his third year of middle school, won the national boy’s and girl’s tournament
  • He’s also placed highly in many amateur tournaments. Recently he placed in the top 16 for the national amateur Honinbou tournament

Mr. Ono has generously offered to play simultaneous games, with up to 4 players at a time. He also will be competing in the monthly AGA ratings tournament on March 1, which is an outstanding opportunity for a up-and-coming dan level players!  Further, he’s interested in getting together with other strong players.  If you’re interested, please email and I’ll pass it along to Chris and Mr. Ono.

(Stay tuned for info on the upcoming visit of Japanese 3 Dan pro, Mr. Daiki Komatsu, March 9 – March 12!)

— Mike M.

Jin Chen Tournament, Jan. 5, 2020

Seattle Go Center held the annual Jin Chen tournament on January 5, 2020. There were 41 players — 33 in the Handicap section, and 8 in the Open. Nick Wilmes, Seattle’s AGA Chapter Representative, was Tournament Director; and pizza lunch from Pudge Bros. was provided for all players, thanks to the generosity of Seattle AGA Chapter and the AGA Chapter Rewards program.

The tournament has been rated already:
Open – agagd.usgo.org/tournaments/seat20200105open/
Handicap – agagd.usgo.org/tournaments/seat20200105handi/

Round 1 games at the 2020 Seattle Jin Chen Go Tournament

Youth players made a strong showing. Overall, 39% (16 out of 41) of the players were Youth, including two in the Open section — including the Open winner, Xinlei Liu 7d.

One advantage to having a relatively large field in the Handicap section is that most games were played even or at a low handicap. Out of 88 games played, all but 3 had a handicap of three stones or less.

Players who won three games:
Xinlei Liu, 7d
Chris Scribner, 1d
Alex Hu, 2k
Yulissa Wu Lu, 7k
Brian Allen, 9k
Quincy Costello, 19k

— Mike M.

Happy 2020 from Mr. Yang

Happy 2020 puzzle for Go players
Happy 2020 puzzle from Mr. Yang

This is (basically) the same puzzle that appeared in the American Go E-Journal near the end of 2019. The picture links to the SGF — happy solving! (Thank you, Mr. Yang!)

— Mike M.

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