Bay Area Go Players Association is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization
serving the Northern California go community by organizing and operating
lectures, pro workshops, and other educational events. Please learn more
about us, support us, and visit
our photo gallery.
Following is a list of events coming up in the go community. Follow us on
Twitter to get the latest scoop.
If you know about an event that you don't see listed here—or if you have
let us know.
This calendar was last updated 12/1/2013.
Davis/Sacramento Go Club Quarterly Tournament
This will be a one-day, four-round, AGA-rated tournament held at the
Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt 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
Some players will be going to Oz Korean BBQ after the tournament. If you would
like to go, send an email to
Jeff Horn to let him know
so he can reserve a table for the group.
December 8||San Francisco||
Mingjiu Jiang 7P at the San Francisco Go Club
Mingjiu Jiang, professional 7 dan, will be at the San Francisco Go Club on
Sunday at 3 pm—note the change of day and time this month.
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
This event is free. Check the San Francisco Go Club
for additional information.
December 13||San 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 6:00 to 9:00
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.
Mingjiu Jiang 7P Visits Berkeley Go Club
Mingjiu Jiang, professional 7 dan, visits the Berkeley Go Club on one
Saturday of the month, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Players of all levels are welcome,
and this event is free. Bring a game record and have your opening reviewed by
a professional! Check the Berkeley Go Club
website for additional information.
2014 Jiang ZhuJiu Ing Cup
This one-day AGA-rated go tournament is tentatively scheduled for Jaunary 18,
2014, in Cupertino. More details coming soon.
Bay Area Go Players Association Winter Go Tournament
This tournament will have four rounds of AGA-rated play with no elimination.
The action takes place at
Language Studies International in downtown Berkeley.
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!
flier for more information.
Register by 11:00 pm on February 19
to save $5 on your entry fee and save yourself time on the morning of
If you have already registered but not yet paid your entry fee, you may
pay now with a credit card or PayPal.
Send an email
to the Tournament Organizer with your questions or comments.
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.
|Club||Meeting Location and Hours|
Berkeley Campus Go Club
|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
2161 Shattuck Avenue (at Center), Suite 222|
Berkeley, CA 94704
Call 510-501-8314 to be let in if front door is locked.
| Fridays: ||7:00 pm to 11:00 pm|
| Saturdays: ||2:00 pm onward|
| Sundays:||2:00 pm onward|
Last updated 9/27/2012
Davis/Sacramento Go Club
314 F Street
Thursdays: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Market Square at Arden Fair
in the food court near Barnes and Noble
1725 Arden Way
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
Lynda L. LoDestro for more information.
Last updated 09/02/2011
Mayfield Go Club
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
It's Your Move game store|
4920 Telegraph Avenue
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 7:30 to 8:30 pm for a free game review
session with Mingjiu Jiang 7P, and Saturday afternoons approximately 1:00 to
Last updated 5/17/2012
San Francisco Go Club
|500 8th Avenue (at Anza)|
San Francisco, CA 94118
| 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|
Last updated 9/3/2013
Santa Clara Youth Go Club
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
418 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Tuesdays: 8:00 pm onward
Visit the club's
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
Sonoma Valley Bagel & Cafe|
350 Rohnert Park Expressway
Rohnert Park, CA
Sundays: 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Last updated 02/21/2008
Cardinal Go Club
Sundays: 2:00 to 4:00 pm when school is in session
Contact the club
Subscribe to the club newsletter.
Last updated 02/23/2009
Willits Go Club
Contact Brian Ferri-Taylor
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
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.
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.
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.
is a website where go players can find other players who live or work nearby
and schedule face to face games.
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.
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
If you have a question about an upcoming go event, information about an
event or club that you would like to share with other go players in
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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
flier at your
go club, in your school, or on community bulletin boards. Thanks for the help!