Early Tuesday night was slow at the Seattle Go Center, with only about 20 players, since so many members were at the U.S. Go Congress in nearby Tacoma. But then a meeting organized by Dae-won Suh, President of the Asian Go Federation, and former Korean Ambassador to the U.N., doubled the attendance, as Suh met with the leadership of the Center, including president Lee Anne Bowie, and local Korean players. Also attending from the U.S. Go Congress were three Korean professional players, and KBA General Manager Jong-Ryeol Kim. A reporter from the Korea Times, and staff from the Seattle Korean Consulate also attended.
While no specific events were scheduled at the meeting, Mr. Suh strongly encouraged the group to plan medium-sized events in the future that attract players from all backgrounds, according to local organizer Sonny (Sung-Chul) Cho. Mr. Suh seemed pleased with the diversity in the Board and in the membership of the Seattle Go Center. After the meeting, an official photo was taken, and the group broke into lively discussions of teaching methods, go equipment, and trips to Korea. Story and photos by Brian Allen. Top photo: Local business leader Seok-Dong Kang greets Dae-won Suh. Bottom: Pros Hyunghwan Kim, Dahye Lee, Myungwan Kim and Go Center organizer/teacher Sonny Cho.