Go, the oldest board game in the world, has simple rules but astonishingly complex strategy and tactics. The game allows players to develop powers of concentration, perception, and working memory. It gives them a lifetime of challenge and fun, competition and friendships.

In this class, players will advance their skills by playing games, solving Go problems (“tsumego”), and observing demonstration lessons from the instructor. A handicapped tournament in the final class will allow players to compete for small trophies.

Week 1:

  • The Surrounding Game: Group
  • Get to Know Each Other
  • Essential Shapes
  • Surrounding Game: Partners
  • 9×9 Demonstration Game: Group
    • Corner-side-middle rule
    • Second line atari
    • Two liberties on the edge
  • 9×9 Partner Games
  • Tsumego: Connecting Problems
  • Play against Mr. Speno (3-stone handicap), if time