While Bellevue is just across Lake Washington from the Seattle Go Center, during rush hours it can be 60 minutes away. This makes it hard for Bellevue players to come to weekday events at the Seattle Go Center. In February, the Go Center started meet-ups at the Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center, which is close to the Microsoft campus, and about 12 miles east of the Go Center. The Thursday group meets from 5:30 to 8:30 in the “Game Lane” of the mall, and has 12 – 18 players coming, both dan and kyu level. There is a Saturday group as well, meeting at the same place and time, which had five players the last time they met. “We have tried to do this before on the East Side, but we never got a large enough group to keep it going,” reports Manager Brian Allen. This time, thanks to support from Crossroads Bellevue and Uncle’s Games at the shopping center, and dedicated volunteer Thane W., they are able to get a large enough group on Thursdays that everybody can find a game. “Now we are hoping that we can also build up Saturdays.” Most of the publicity was done with the Go Center’s e-mail list, which has about 450 addresses. Photo: Sonny Cho 6d answering question at Crossroads. Photo/Report by Brian Allen.
American Go E-Journal
Tuesday May 20, 2014