Paid Private Instruction
Paid private Go lessons are now available at the Seattle Go Center at times when we are not open to the public. We will continue our extensive program of free group lessons on other days. Private lessons are great if you want to commit to an individualized program of instruction. Our teachers are well qualified for the levels they teach, and they are committed to finding effective ways to improve your game.
Meet the Instructors
Yue (Vincent) Zhang is available to teach strong players, both adults and children, in either Chinese or English. Yue is an AGA 7 dan, who won our Anniversary Tournament in 2016, and our Spring Tournament in 2018. He has also done very well in international tournaments, placing 2nd in the 17th Pandanet Cup Internet World Amateur Go Tournament (2012), and in the top 8 in the 21th Pandanet Cup Internet World Amateur Go Tournament (2017), among other accomplishments. In addition, Yue is a paleontologist with a PhD from Ohio State University, and he has extensive college teaching experience. His specialty is early mammals, but he knows a lot about dinosaurs too.
Cullen Mott has taught a number of Double Digit Kyu classes at the Go Center, and has provided individual lessons on Thursdays. He is currently playing at a 2 dan level, and he is open to teaching adults and children from beginner to 4 kyu. Cullen is willing to write up a lesson plan with homework for students with a specific goal, such as gaining two ranks. He is also open to more impromptu lessons for students who don’t have the time for rigorous study.
John Richards 7k specializes in teaching children (age 5 – 10), but he is available to all ages who are beginners or double digit kyu players on Tuesdays before 1 pm, and Saturdays.
Larry Eclipse 5k teaches complete beginners up to players 15 kyu in strength. He says, “According to Albert Einstein, ‘One of the strongest motives that leads one to to art and science is the desire to escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one’s ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the concerns of the merely personal into the world of objective perception and thought.’ I believe that Go also provides this escape. Do YOU have a finely tempered nature? Do YOU long to escape from the concerns of the merely personal into the world of objective perception and thought? Then learn to play Go or get to know this game better with an experienced teacher.”
Chris Wells 4k is available to teach players age 13 and older, from beginner up to 8 kyu. He has taught at Seattle Go Center and at the Empty Sky Go Club in Rochester, NY. “I enjoy teaching Go, and particularly watching the same student get stronger over multiple games, with the most satisfying moments being when they employ a trick, or avoid a trap, that I had taught them about previously.”
Terms and Conditions
The instructors will establish the fees for their instruction, but the minimum charge is $20/hr. The Go Center will be not be open to the public during private instruction times. Parents (or guardians) of children under 16 having lessons at the Go Center must stay with their child during the lesson, unless there are two other adults present during the lesson. (Yes, we have wi-fi and a couch.) If you are interested in private Go lessons, you may contact the instructors directly, or you may contact the Programs Manager, Mike Malveaux, at 206-545-1424, or by email.