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Bay Area Go Players Association is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization serving the Northern California go community by organizing and operating tournaments, lectures, pro workshops, and other educational events. Please learn more about us, support us, and visit our photo gallery.

Upcoming Events

Following is a list of events coming up in the go community. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest scoop. If you know about an event that you don't see listed here—or if you have updated information—please let us know.

This calendar was last updated 4/13/2014.

DateLocationEvent
April 5, 12, 19, 26Milpitas Free Go Lessons with Mingjiu Jiang 7P

Youth age 6-18 and their family members are invited to learn to play go every Saturday at the Spinnaker Community Club House in Milpitas from 11:00 am until noon. Mingjiu Jiang is a professional go player who now teaches go to children and adults. No experience is needed to come and enjoy this fun event. The lessons are sponsored by Ing's Goe Foundation. For more information and to make a reservation please email youthgolesson@gmail.com or call (408) 262-3223. Seats are limited.

April 19San Francisco Mingjiu Jiang 7P at the San Francisco Go Club

Mingjiu Jiang, professional 7 dan, will be at the San Francisco Go Club the third Saturday this month starting at 7:30 pm. This will be his last game review session at the club's 8th Avenue location. Bring a game record and have your opening reviewed by a professional. "Each person gets a chance to present a game to Mingjiu Jiang and the rest of the group. Mingjiu gives his professional critique and everyone gets to ask questions. It's all lots of fun, relatively painless, and extraordinarily instructive," explains club president Paul Goodman. This event is free. Check the San Francisco Go Club website for additional information.

May 9San Francisco Learn and play go

Come to the Nichiren Hokke Buddhist Church in San Francisco (near Japantown) for a free evening of go. Whether you are an absolute beginner, a strong player, or somewhere in between, join Ernest Brown any time from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Ernest enjoys teaching beginners, but if you just want to come and play that is fine too. Snacks and tea provided. The church is located at 2016 Pine Street near Laguna. This event is sponsored by Bay Area Go Players Association, so there is no entry fee.

May 30San Francisco Learn and play go

Come to the Nichiren Hokke Buddhist Church in San Francisco (near Japantown) for a free evening of go. Whether you are an absolute beginner, a strong player, or somewhere in between, join Ernest Brown any time from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Ernest enjoys teaching beginners, but if you just want to come and play that is fine too. Snacks and tea provided. The church is located at 2016 Pine Street near Laguna. This event is sponsored by Bay Area Go Players Association, so there is no entry fee.

May 31San Francisco Bay Area Go Players Association Spring Go Tournament

This tournament will have four rounds of AGA-rated play with no elimination. It will be held in the Union Bank Community Room located in Japantown near easy parking and public transportation. All levels are welcome. There will be cash prizes for the top players in each of four divisions, an open section so the strongest players can play all even games, free pizza, go book prizes for those playing in their first go tournament, and fun door prizes. This tournament has lots of exciting features and will draw a good crowd, so you won't want to miss it!

  • Read the tournament flier for more information.
  • Register by 11:00 pm on May 28 to save $5 on your entry fee and save yourself time on the morning of May 31.
  • Send an email to the Tournament Organizer with your questions or comments.
June 6San Francisco Learn and play go

Come to the Nichiren Hokke Buddhist Church in San Francisco (near Japantown) for a free evening of go. Whether you are an absolute beginner, a strong player, or somewhere in between, join Ernest Brown any time from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Ernest enjoys teaching beginners, but if you just want to come and play that is fine too. Snacks and tea provided. The church is located at 2016 Pine Street near Laguna. This event is sponsored by Bay Area Go Players Association, so there is no entry fee.

June 20San Francisco Learn and play go

Come to the Nichiren Hokke Buddhist Church in San Francisco (near Japantown) for a free evening of go. Whether you are an absolute beginner, a strong player, or somewhere in between, join Ernest Brown any time from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Ernest enjoys teaching beginners, but if you just want to come and play that is fine too. Snacks and tea provided. The church is located at 2016 Pine Street near Laguna. This event is sponsored by Bay Area Go Players Association, so there is no entry fee.

June 21Sacramento Davis/Sacramento Go Club Quarterly Tournament

This will be a one-day, four-round, AGA-rated tournament held at the Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Ave, in Sacramento. Admission is free for AGA members. Registration opens at 9:00 am and play begins at 10:00 am. There is no pre-registration—just show up, sign in, and play! Additional details are available on the Davis/Sacramento Go Club website.

July 7-11Mountain View 2014 Summer Go Day Camp

Professional player Mingjiu Jiang 7P will teach a one week go camp in Mountain View, meeting from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. The camp is open to all players interested in go, but space is limited. The registration fee includes lunch and snacks. See Mingjiu's web page for more information and a registration form.

Local Go Clubs

Northern California is privileged to have many active go clubs. Following is a list of some of the local clubs. Be sure to check club websites for the most up-to-date information. If you don't see your club listed here, please let us know.

ClubMeeting Location and Hours
Berkeley Campus Go Club
www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~goclub/
This club meets on the UC Berkeley campus one night each week when school is in session. Check the club website for the current meeting place and time.
 
Last updated 02/12/2008
Berkeley Go Club
www.berkeleygoclub.org
www.facebook.com/BerkeleyGoClub
2161 Shattuck Avenue (at Center), Suite 222
Berkeley, CA 94704

Club hours:
  Fridays: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  Saturdays: 2:00 pm onward
  Sundays:2:00 pm onward
Call 510-501-8314 to be let in if front door is locked.  
Last updated 9/27/2012

Davis/Sacramento Go Club
www.davissacramentogoclub.org
Steve's Pizza
314 F Street
Davis, CA
  Thursdays: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Market Square at Arden Fair
in the food court near Barnes and Noble
1725 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA
  Mondays: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
 
Last updated 10/8/2012

Livermore Go Club
Panama Red Coffee Co.
2115 1st Street
Livermore, CA 94550
  First and third Saturdays: 2:00 pm onward
  Contact Lynda L. LoDestro for more information.
 
Last updated 09/02/2011
Mayfield Go Club
www.mayfieldgoclub.com/
Antonio's Nut House
321 S. California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA
  Wednesdays: 7:30 pm onward
 
Last updated 02/02/2011
North Oakland Go Club
www.meetup.com/North-Oakland-Go-Club/
It's Your Move game store
4920 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA
  Sundays: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
 
Last updated 06/25/2013
Palo Alto Go Club
Ing Goe Foundation
887 Oak Grove Road, Suite 203
Menlo Park, CA 94205

The club is open Wednesday evenings from 8:00 pm for a free game review session with Mingjiu Jiang 7P, and Saturday afternoons approximately 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
 
Last updated 3/31/2014

San Francisco Go Club
www.sfgoclub.com
500 8th Avenue (at Anza)
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 386-9565

Club hours:
  Tuesdays:7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
  Saturdays: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  Sundays:3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  Free admission on Sundays

Note: The club will be changing location and hours soon, probably in April, 2014. Stay tuned for details.

 
Last updated 2/5/2014

Santa Clara Youth Go Club
www.gohappycup.com/club-when-where.shtml
Santa Clara, near Stevens Creek Blvd. and Lawrence Expressway
(Contact Yan Zhao for address)
  Saturdays: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
 
Last updated 01/17/2011
Santa Cruz Go Association
Cafe Pergolesi
418 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, CA
  Tuesdays: 8:00 pm onward
Visit the club's Yahoo group.
 
Last updated 8/20/2012
SiliValley Go Club (formerly Sunnyvale Go Club) David Doshay's home in Saratoga
15555 Bohlman Road
Saratoga, CA 95070
(Contact David for more information)
  Tuesdays: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
 
Last updated 12/5/2013
Sonoma County Go Club
  Contact Joanne and Ned Phipps
  707-585-0669
Sonoma Valley Bagel & Cafe
350 Rohnert Park Expressway
Rohnert Park, CA
  Sundays: 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
 
Last updated 02/21/2008
Stanford University
Cardinal Go Club
goclub.stanford.edu
Tresidder Union (map)
  Sundays: 2:00 to 4:00 pm when school is in session
Contact the club for details.
Subscribe to the club newsletter.
 
Last updated 02/23/2009
Willits Go Club
  Contact Brian Ferri-Taylor
  707-459-9628
Super Taco - Evergreen Shopping Center
1726 S Main St # A
Willits, CA 95490
  Tuesdays: 6:00 to 9:00 pm
 
Last updated 03/05/2013

KGS Club Room

We've got our own club room on KGS, the Kiseido Go Server. There you can play go, chat, and network online with other players in Northern California. Did you meet somebody at a recent tournament or pro lecture and you'd like to play them again online? Meet them in the Bay Area GPA room on KGS.

Not familiar with how rooms work on KGS? Simply log in, click on the Rooms menu and select Room List. Next click on Clubs and find the room called, "Bay Area GPA." Click on this room and then click on Join. You are now all set. You will now have a Bay Area GPA tab in your main KGS window, and clicking on this tab will take you into the Bay Area Go Players Association club room.

Go Links

Here are a few resources for go players:
The American Go Association is the national organization of go players in the United States. Lots of information about the game, ratings, and events can be found on this website.

The Way to Go is a wonderful introduction to the game of go written by Karl Baker. This easy to read booklet discusses the history of the game, the rules, and introductory concepts such as eyes and ladders.

GoProblems.com has a collection of interactive go problems at all skill levels—good for beginners and dans alike.

igolocal.net is a website where go players can find other players who live or work nearby and schedule face to face games.

Joey's Go School offers Summer Go Camp and other learning opportunities for go players of all ages and ranks.

The Kiseido Go Server and Internet Go Server are two places you can play go online.

Email List

Enter your name and email address in the form on this page in order to be added to our email announcement list. We'll send you an email roughly twice each month with updates on upcoming go events in the San Francisco Bay Area. We will not share your information with anyone, and we will not overwhelm your email box. This is the easy way to keep informed of tournaments, lessons, pro appearences, and other educational events in your area.

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About Bay Area Go Players Association

Bay Area Go Players Association is a nonprofit organization created to serve the go community by sponsoring and publicizing tournaments, lessons, and educational events in Northern California. Check out our photo gallery to see pictures from past events.

The Bay Area Go Players Association runs monthly ratings tournaments at various locations in the San Francisco Bay Area in order to ensure that go players of all abilities have the opportunity to participate in official games on a regular basis. We also organize lectures and game review sessions in order to help players at all levels improve their game. To bring new people to the game of go, we perform community outreach in the form of go demonstrations and introductory lectures. For intensive learning opportunities, we organize workshops with professional players a few times each year.

Please tell your friends about Bay Area Go Players Association. Spreading the word benefits the entire go community. You can also post our brochure or flier at your go club, in your school, or on community bulletin boards. Thanks for the help!

 

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