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.  No class Dec. 23 and Dec. 30 (Go Center closed).

Tuesday 1:00-10:00 PM

The largest weekly meeting of Go players in North America
Closed Dec. 24 (Happy Holidays!)

Our priority is teaching beginners and intermediate players for free between 3 – 9 PM, but everybody can find a game.

 

Wednesday 6:30-8:30 PM

Drew Barnett’s “Programming Go AI” class.  No class Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 (Go Center closed).

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, 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.

News

Myungwan Kim, 9 Dan Pro, Nov. 30 – Dec. 6

Mr. Myungwan Kim, 9 Dan professional, is visiting Seattle this weekend and next week. After that, he’ll spend a few days in Portland, OR before returning to Korea.

Mr. Kim is here promoting a simplified form of Go called “Connect Go”, more accessible for some populations. While he’s here, he has graciously agreed to play some simultaneous games and give some lectures.

Updated Wed., December 4
Sat.Nov. 30
1-3pmSimuls
6-8pmLecture (with free pizza!): “Pro game analysis using AI, and the difference from human”
Sun.Dec. 1
9-11amConnect Go seminar
5pm-6pmConnect Go discussion and practice
Mon.Dec. 2
6:30-8:30pmMr. Kim guest lecturer with Nick Sibicky for the “Double Digit Kyu” lesson (with free pizza!)
Tue.Dec. 3
6:30-8:30pmConnect Go demonstration and discussion
Thu.Dec. 5
6:30-8:30pmSimuls
Fri.Dec. 6
1-3pmOffsite: Simuls at Lakewood Korean Baduk Club, 3822 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

Mr. Kim has long been helpful to the Go Center, to the AGA, and to American Go players. He has taught at Go Camp and the Go Congress multiple times, and taught Go players to be Go teachers, and ran a Go school in California.

Gala Night of Pair Go, Sat. Dec. 7

Seattle Go Center is pleased to present the 7th Annual Gala Night of Pair Go!

Pair Go poster
  • Register in person, 5:00 – 5:30 PM
  • $10 entry ($5 for youth 17 and younger / Go Center voting members)
  • Mixed gender two-player teams
  • Festive attire is encouraged

This is a great holiday event, with two rounds of Pair Go, cake, prizes and lots of fun.  (We expect to finish the evening around 10 PM.)  We will be following a slightly modified form of the International Pair Go rules.  Each team is to be composed of different genders (female + male, female + non-binary, or male + non-binary).  Team members may be of any age.  This is not an official Pair Go competition, and formal dress is encouraged, but not required.

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.

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