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Washington State Championship 2022

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This December 3rd and 4th, Seattle Go Center is hosting the first Washington AGA State Championship. The tournament is 5 rounds (3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday), with three pairings brackets (prizes in each bracket):

Top Bracket: Open (no handicap) bracket for top rated players to determine our State Champion.
Upper bracket: McMahon pairing (no handicap) bracket for high-ranked competitors if we have enough players. If not, it will be handicapped..
Lower bracket: Handicap bracket for lower Kyu level players.

The top scoring Washington State player from our top bracket will win with the 2022 Washington State Championship trophy. To qualify for champion, you need to have been a WA resident for the last 6 months and be employable in the US. Prizes for the Championship section will be $500 – $250 – $125, Others will depend on registration. Youth Prizes dependent on registration.

You must have a current AGA membership. Please renew ahead of time to make registration easier for everyone. Go to AGA membership join/update page to check your membership status, or join.

Early Registration: Please fill out the form at https://www.seattlego.org/washington-state-championship-2022 or email Programs@seattlego.org with your name and AGA number and a way to contact you. Early registration will help us more smoothly set up the tournament and have a faster start.

Covid Policy: Because of the increased exposure risk that our game presents, and the expectation of a mild Winter surge, we require masks during tournament games to minimize risk. Please bring your own. We will provide hand sanitizer and masks as needed. We will not be checking vaccination status, but do encourage all to maximize their protection by getting updated.


Registration time: December 3rd, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Saturday First Round Starts: December 3rd, 10:30 AM
Sunday Fourth Round Starts: December 4th,10:30 AM
Entry Free: Open/Upper Section $25, Handicap Section $20, Youth Free (under 18). Spectators are free.

Game Time controls:
Open/Upper Bracket: 45 mins with 5 byo-yomi periods of 30 seconds.
Handicap Bracket: be 30 mins with 5 byo-yomi periods of 30 seconds.

Rules: AGA counting, Komi 7.5, with the passing stones
Tie-Breaker: SOS, SODOS, F2F

For more information please reach out to programs@seattlego.org or call at 701-610-6236

SGC is returning to Bellevue College’s Japan Week

This year, we will be returning to Bellevue College for their “Japan Week” event. This event will be taking place on September 24th from 10am-5pm at Bellevue College (3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, WA 98007).

We still are looking for people to help teach attendants the basic rules of the game. If you have the time and would like to help out, please message us at programs@seattlego.org to get more information.

Haichen Zhu’s SDK to Dan Lectures

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The SGC will be hosting weekly lectures aimed at helping SDK players reach the Dan levels.

These lectures will take place between 7pm and 8pm, Tuesday evenings in the SGC tatami room, and be given by Haichen Zhu, amateur 7-Dan, and experienced teacher.

All members are welcome to attend.

For more information, please e-mail us at operations@seattlego.org.

Four-Week Beginner’s Course at the Seattle Go Center

Beginning Wednesday, August 3rd the Seattle Go Center will host a four-week course aimed at young beginners. It will cover the rules and basic strategies for the game of Go. Those 18 and under are invited to participate for free, but anyone with a membership or day pass is welcome.

The course, run by Chris Wells, will be Wednesdays, August 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at the Seattle Go Center (700 NE 45th St 2nd floor).

Participants are encouraged to plan on attending all workshops, as each will build on the foundations of those that came before, but complete attendance is not required.

If you or your child is interested in participating, please let us know in advance by e-mailing programs@seattlego.org.

The University District Street Fair Is Approaching

We will be at at the University District Street Fair on May 21-22, 11am – 7pm. Located at University Way NE & NE 43rd ST. I could still use some volunteers to help set up earlier, 9am, and more in general. Please feel to reach out at programs@seattlego.org, or just visit our booth to voice your support.

Looking for University District Street Fair Volunteers

We will be retuning to the University District Street Fair, and we are looking for volunteers to help us spread the game of Go on May 21 and 22. To Volunteer or learn more about this event, Please email programs@seattlego.org.

Cherry Blossom Festival

This April 8th through April 10th, the Seattle Go Center will be hosting an outreach event at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion. We will be located at the back left loft of the Armory. Hours will be from 9am-4pm. We hope to see you there.

Light Rail Now Reaches Go Center

The Seattle Go Center is now a mere 5-10 minute walk from the U District Station. Simply exit on Brooklyn & 45th, head north on Brooklyn, and then head west on NE 45th Ave.

With the last major changes for the Link Light Rail system having occurred back in 2016, you can be forgiven if you haven’t kept up with the latest developments. As of October 2nd, 3 new stations have opened on the Link Line 1, Including the U District Station, on Brooklyn Ave NE between 43rd & 45th streets. The other new Stations are the Roosevelt station, on 12th Ave NE between 65th & 67th streets; and Northgate station, on 1st Ave NE, adjacent to the Northgate Mall.

Upcoming Changes in Covid Addenda

As of October 25, we will start checking proof of vaccination, as required by the King County mandate. At that time, people without proof will need to leave the premises. This does not affect our mask policy, and mask are still mandatory. On the positive side, proof of vaccination will allow members to eat food inside the Go Center in a limited form. Also the windows can now be closed depending on weather (Day time manager judgement).

Thanks for your patience and understanding through these rough times.

Seattle Go Center Opening

As of June 1, the Seattle Go Center will be opening up for in person games. We will be open on Tuesday nights from 3pm to 9pm and Saturday afternoons from 1pm to 6pm. We will still be having our remote zoom Game Night.

Until we fully re-open, we ask that in addition to the regular Code of Conduct, you acknowledge the following:

  • We ask that unvaccinated people do not come to the Seattle Go Center.  (We are sorry that this means that many young players cannot attend until after vaccinations for youth become available.)
  • There will be no food eating inside the premises.
  • Wearing a mask is required at all times from entering the premises until leaving, unless you are on the roof deck. 
  • You may consume drinks inside but must return your face mask to its functioning position after each sip.
  • Managers may add or change requirements in response to ongoing developments related to COVID.