Ms. Chizu Kobayashi 5D from Japan will be visiting the Seattle Go Center on Tuesday, Jan. 24. She will be playing simultaneous games at 3:30 p.m., and give a lecture in the evening, at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Kobayashi is also representing the Nihon Ki-in, which provided the funding for the Seattle Go Center. We look forward to her visit.
It is still possible to join our winter classes. Jon Boley’s winter Youth Classes meet Sunday Mornings at 9:00 a.m. Nick Sibicky’s Monday evening class for beginners and double digit kyu players meets 6:30 p.m. Jon Boley’s Tuesday Intensive class meets at 6:00, and his Wednesday class for intermediate players meets at 7:00 You do not have to register in advance for these classes. More information is on the instruction page.
Congratulations to Jordan Betcher, one of our Go Center youth players, who won the “J” section (3 kyu) of the U.S. Open this August with a 6-0 record. Jordan, his brother Job, and Daniel Zhao of New Jersey also won the kyu section of the Youth Team Tournament at the U.S. Go Congress. Jordon and Job often come to our local tournaments, so watch out!
Our most challenging youth tournament of the year will be held on Sunday, May 15, from 1 to 5 or 6 p.m. at the Go Center. If we get enough players, we will have both an open section with cash prizes, and a handicapped section with book and equipment prizes. The tournament is free, but players must be members of the American Go Association. ($10/yr for Youth. More info: here) Registration is at the beginning of the tournament.
You do not need a pass or ticket to visit the Seattle Go Center room at the Sakura-Con festival, April 22-24. Just go to the 3rd floor of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, which is downtown at 7th and Pike, and you will find us in room 304. We have a good line-up of volunteers, but more teachers are always welcome at this busy and crazy event. You can find our schedule at this link: http://www.seattlego.org/events/.
We had a great time at Cherry Blossom Festival this year with teaching and tournaments. Our outreach tables were very busy, with 7 volunteers teaching non-stop on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Seattle Go Center will be teaching and playing Go at the Cherry Blossom Festival the weekend of April 1, 2, and 3. On Friday morning, we will be teaching school groups. All day Saturday and Sunday, we will be giving short lessons to visitors to our booth. We also have a free AGA rated tournament on Saturday, and Children’s tournaments on Sunday.
The Seattle Go Center is now recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the IRS. This means that donations to the Center are tax deductible, and that we qualify for “matching grants” for donations from many employers. We are listed under our formal name: Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West. For more information, contact Brian at the Go Center.