Weekly Schedule

Sunday

Open to public on
tournament days only.

Monday 6:30-8:30 PM

Nick Sibicky’s “Double Digit Kyu” class starts up Sept 23. Breaking News: no class Sept 16.

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 everybody can find a game.

 

Wednesday closed (Sept.)

“Programming Go AI” will return, in October 2019

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 5:30-8:00 PM
Free beginner’s lessons and meet-up at Hurry Curry Seattle

Friday  closed

Saturday 1:00-8:00 PM

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

Shogi games and lessons, 3rd Saturday of the month.

News

24th Anniversary Tournament Report

October 6, 2019, Seattle Go Center held a Go tournament to celebrate our 24th anniversary. AGA Chapter Rep Nick Wilmes officiated with aplomb.

Forty Go players signed in to compete — including ten Youth players, younger than 18 — and the first round was delayed several minutes while AGA memberships were initiated or renewed, pairings were tweaked, and extra clocks were brought out. The players didn’t seem to mind, chatting with friends old and new.

Go players gaze seriously at their games in progress.

Seattle Go Center 24th Anniversary Tournament – Open Section

Young girls take the white stones, elder men take the black stones.

Seattle Go Center 24th Anniversary Tournament – Handicap Section

After the first games, pizza lunch from Pudge Bros. was quickly demolished by the hungry Go players and their support staff (a.k.a. families).

Go players display their winning certificates.

When the dust settled after the third round, Haichen Zhu 7 Dan had won the Open Section (and the $150 prize).

Three men discuss a table full of books about Go.
Seattle Go Center 24th Anniversary Go Tournament. Prize table for Handicap Section.

In the Handicap Section, 3-game winners were Brendan Roof 1 Dan, Lucy Lu Wang 2 Kyu, David Snow 5 Kyu, Emma Huang 12 Kyu, and Derek Wisher 14 Kyu, and they got to select a prize from a table loaded down with books about Go. Ms. Huang also won the Youth Prize.

One advantage of having such a large field of competitors is that nearly everyone had someone near their strength to play against. In the Handicap Section, all but two of the games were played at a handicap of 3 or less.

Join us at the Go Center for the next tournament, Sunday November 3. There’s no entry fee (and no prizes), and AGA membership is required. The next tournament with prizes (and entry fees) is the Jin Chen, scheduled for January 5, 2020.

–Mike M.

Code of Conduct

The Seattle Go Center Board of Directors recently approved our new Code of Conduct, so members, visitors, and managers have a common set of expectations to keep everyone feeling comfortable at the Go Center — and a clear path for voicing concerns as they arise.

Here is the full text of Seattle Go Center Code of Conduct in PDF.
Here is the American Go Association Code of Conduct, which informs behavior expectations at tournaments and other AGA events.

Fall Schedule Update

Tuesday Game

As summer fades into fall, much of our regular schedule is returning. On Mondays, Drew will teach one more class on Sept 16 (thanks Drew!), and then YouTube star Nick Sibicky will start teaching again on Sept 23 with our live audience, from 6:30-8:30.

Tuesdays were big in August, and will probably get even bigger when the UW students are back in town in late Sept. We are open 1-10 p.m.

We will be closed on Wednesdays in September. In October, we’re expecting to reboot the “Programming Computer Go A.I.” class, based on the book “Deep Learning and the Game of Go”

Thursdays are a great day for beginners. We are open for casual games 2-9 p.m., and Larry Eclipse teaches (free!) “Go for Complete Beginners” class, 6:30-8:30 PM.

On Fridays, we are open only for the UW Chanoyu (Culture of Tea) class.

Saturday is our second most popular day.  Players of all levels can find a game, and Dennis Wheeler is available to teach beginners.  Open 1-8 p.m.

Sundays we are closed, except for tournaments.

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