Free Instruction

Updated December 11, 2017

We are ready to teach complete beginners informally on Tuesdays from 3 – 9 PM, and on Saturdays from 1 – 5 PM.   Our Beginners Class  is on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:00 PM, and it is ongoing this fall.  All this instruction is free!

Beginners on Tuesdays and Saturdays don’t need an appointment, and we arrange individual or small group lessons with volunteers who are ready to teach when you walk in.  This fall, we have about 30 – 50  players coming sometime on Tuesdays, including about 6 children.  Saturdays are smaller, about 15 – 20 players, but we have volunteers available to teach then as well.  The day manager, usually Dennis Wheeler 7K,  is also available to teach beginners from 1-5 PM, as well as John Richards.

If beginners prefer to learn in a class setting, we recommend the Thursday evening “Complete Beginner’s Class” for those who are starting out.  Students can start at any time. This is also a good night for more advanced beginners, so if Thursdays are good for you, come on by. The class is taught by Larry Eclipse, and it is ongoing this year.  (There is also a more advanced class on Thursdays; see below.)

Some of our teachers with visiting professional Go player Myungwan Kim 9P

Some of our teachers with visiting professional Go player Myungwan Kim 9P

If you already play on a 19×19 board, and can finish a game, but are not a strong player, then the “Double Digit Kyu Player” class on Mondays is a good choice  (20 kyu – 10 kyu players).   This class meets from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.   The first class in the fall is on Sept 11, 2017.  Our instructor, Nick Sibicky 4d, usually gives a one hour lecture, and then there is time for a game or go problems afterwards.    You can see past lectures on YouTube by following this link. There are more than 300 lectures, and they are watched world wide.

There is another class for players in a similar range, 15 kyu – 10 kyu, on Thursdays, from 6:30 – 8:30.  This is the “Breaking Into Single Digit Kyu” class, taught by Jonathan Cheng.  This class started up in August, and emphasizes game reviews.  We have noticed that stronger players enjoy this class as well.

If you are in the 10 kyu to 1 kyu range, and working towards being a dan level player,  then we recommend the Wednesday Night group, which will start October 11, 2017.  This is more a study group than a class led by an expert.  The group will probably be meeting every other week so check our events page for the schedule.

Problems for SDK Class

Problems for SDK Class

Your first 10 visits are free (including these lessons). Youth visits under 18 are always free.

Tuesdays and Saturday afternoons are also good for advanced beginner and intermediate players (“kyu players”) who are looking for teaching games with stronger players, or games with players at their own strength. On Tuesday evenings we have 30 – 50 players visit us, so that everybody can find a game to suit their needs. We generally have fresh baked bread and take out pizza available on Tuesday evenings, too.  Saturdays are smaller, but it is easy to find a game then as well.


Nick Sibicky teaching the DDK Class on Mondays

Advanced players (dan players) can often find games on Saturday afternoons, especially in the late afternoon. On Tuesday afternoon and evenings we always have players up to 3 dan; we often have 6 dans with us.   You may phone us at 206 545-1424 to see which teachers are available

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We also have workshops by visiting professionals. Please check our Events Calendar page to see if any workshops are currently scheduled.