This February 18th, the Seattle Go Center is hosting our first Winter Plum Blossom Tournament. We will have an Open Tournament for our top 8, and a Handicap Tournament everyone else. We will also give out prize and providing pizza for the day (thanks to our AGA members).
The Entrance fees: $20 for non-voting members $10 for voting members $10 for children
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 email@example.com or call at 701-610-6236
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.
This August 6th, 2022 is the 77th anniversary of America dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Our generous benefactor, Kaoru Iwamoto 9p, was playing a Honinbo title match game with Utaro Hashimoto about 5 miles from the impact site. The blast disrupted the last day of their three-day game, and though windows were broken from the blast, nobody in the playing room was badly hurt. Later in the day, they restored the board state and finished the game. Only later, as they walked to their host’s house, did they get the terrible news of what happened as refugees were fleeing the center of Hiroshima..
Iwamoto Sensei’s wartime experiences motivated him to continue to share and teach the game of Go as a pathway for international understanding.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or just visit our booth to voice your support.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The Seattle Go Center will be re-opening for in-person activities on Tuesday March 1st, 2022.
Upon re-opening the SGC will limit the consumption of foods and drinks to the outdoor patio until COVID-19 rates have declined further, and we will require visitors to wear N95 (preferred) or KN95 masks. With the windows open it may be chilly, so warm clothing is recommended.
We will still require visitors to be fully vaccinated and strongly encourage they be boosted as well.