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SGC is Open Again

We had a very good first evening at the new Phinney Community Center location. It was nice to see old friends and a few new folks showed up.   We’re still settling in a bit, but people seem pretty happy with the space.  Looking forward to see you at SGC and enjoying some Go play.

See seattlego.org/directions for how to get our new location, or google maps has a pin at our doorway if you search for “Seattle Go Center”. 

Seattle Go Center Re-opening 

we have just confirmed we are moving to Phinney Community Center, and we are re-opening 12 SEP, Tue, for normal hours.  We will also be open 16 SEP, Sat, for normal hours.  We are still working out the status of the Wed class, and we are still looking at bringing back Kids Time and Women+ Night in OCT (please send feedback if you have a desire for those programs fall through spring time).

Please note, use this address for google maps, 6611 Dayton Av N, because the official PNA address is off due to the size of their campus.  Also, there is free parking in both parking lots of PNA.  The 5 Line and E Line buses run frequently near PNA.  We will also have some yellow sandwich signs out in the parking lots that will direct you to our new entrance.  I’ve also tried to declare a pin for google maps at our new entrance.

This coming week is a bit of a soft opening and getting our legs back, but stay tuned for a site warming party and possibly a lightning tournament or something fun once we settle in and unpack.

SGC Temporarily Closed

SGC must close until it finds a temporary location to rent. Our landlord says they are defaulting on their loan, and we need to leave the premises by 27 JUL. SGC will operate normally through 18 JUL in its current location. We hope to find a new temporary location soon and resume normal programs. Until we rent a temporary location for SGC, we are looking for a location to host Tue evenings, for example, a restaurant or coffee shop that is closed on Tue. Please email manager@seattlego.org with any suggestions or questions.

Upcoming U District Street Fair

This weekend, the Seattle Go Center will be returning to U District Street Fair. Last year we reach over 80 people and this year we are looking to reach even more. We will be at University Way NE booth number 303 from 11am-6pm on 20th-21th. We love to see you there.

New Classes/Workshops Starting Up May 17th

This May 17th at 7:00pm, Chris Wells will be hosting a series of workshops. These workshops aim to help SDK-DDK get better at understand Fuseki, Joseki Choices, and the Opening in the Modern AI Era along with general ideas and concepts of the game. The workshops will consist of lectures, game discussions and take home problems for those who wish to dive in deeper to the subjects. After the workshop, there will be an hour of free play to practice what you have learn, ask more questions or just enjoy some games.

This class will hopefully be the first of several lectures. If you are a strong player that would like to host a class/workshop. Please reach out to us at Programs@seattlego.org to learn more.

Call For Volunteers for Sakura Con and Cherry Blossom 

The Seattle Go center has to major events coming up this April, and we need help from you. This April 7-9th, we have one our biggest events in Sakura Con. We are looking for 10-20 volunteers to help manage the room and promote the game of Go. We also need 2-4 volunteers that would be willing to help with set up on Friday and take down on Sunday. All volunteers that sign up ahead of time will be award badges to the event. Be aware that volunteers will have to follow the Sakura Con Masking and Vaccine policy.

Also this April 14-16, we will be returning the the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival. This a moderately size event and We are looking for around 5-7 Volunteers to help manage our booth. We also like to have 2~ volunteers to help set up the event.

To learn more about this event or to sign up for one of these events please email programs@seattlego.org or contact Kyle Burg.

Lighting Tournament

This March 25th, the SGC is hosting our first lighting tournament. We will have 5 rounds of lighting fast game play to test your gut level evaluations and fast reading skills. Along with the joy of winning, Players can also get book prizes. Entry is free, and no AGA membership is required because the games will not be submitted for ratings. 

Registration: 

1:00pm-1:45pm 

First game starts at 2pm

Tournament settings:

Handicap

5 rounds

5 mins 3 byo 10 second

Standard Saturday hours apply during the tournament.

Upcoming Winter Plum Blossom Tournament

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).

Registration: 9:00am-9:45am

The Entrance fees: $20 for non-voting members $10 for voting members $10 for children

Pizza: 12:30 pm

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.