About the National Go Center

Location

The National Go Center is located at 4642 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016, two blocks north of the Tenleytown Metro Station.

It's directly above the Satay Club restaurant and a Papa John's, both of which come highly recommended by NGC volunteers. Their takeout and pizza has fueled many fierce games of go.

The NGC kitchen has a Keurig pot for coffee ($1 suggested donation) and an electric tea kettle for other hot drinks. (We usually have a good supply of green tea, though contributions are welcome.)

Parking

The residential streets off Wisconsin Avenue, such as Chesapeake, have mostly two-hour, zoned parking that becomes unlimited after 6 PM on weekdays and on weekends, so parking is usually relatively easy.

Weekdays before 6 PM, it's hard to find parking if you need to stay for longer than two hours—the closest unzoned parking is about five blocks west of the center.

Hours & Schedule

The NGC is staffed entirely by volunteers, who come in at different times during the week to open the doors and tables to the community.

For the current schedule, please check our calendar for up-to-date listings of when the doors are open throughout the week, tournaments, classes, and other special events.

This is the rough weekly schedule, but be sure to check the calendar for current information.

Sunday

Once a month, Yuan Zhou holds group go lessons from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM for a fee of $100. Check calendar for dates.

Monday

The NGC isn't currently open on Mondays, but the NOVA Go Club meets in Arlington.

Tuesday

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM, hosted by Patrick Sun.

Wednesday

5:00 PM — 9:00 PM: Beginner/Intermediate Go, hosted by Laurie Ensworth. Newer and less-experienced players are invited to join Laurie on Wednesday evenings for games and instruction.

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM, hosted by Eric Haengel. This is our biggest weekly go night: if you can come only one evening, we encourage you to join us on Wednesdays!

Thursday

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, hosted by Nate Eagle.

Friday

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM: BLITZ Go, hosted by Haskell Small. Test your mettle against the clock! Can you survive the pressure of tight time limits? (For those who break into sweat at the thought of a beeping block, be assured that casual games are still totally acceptable.)

Saturday

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Family Go, hosted by Nate Eagle and Conrad Chaffee. Pizza and lots of go-related fun for kids of all ages. Well suited for beginners of any age, and a great opportunity to teach the next generation for experienced players.

Again, please check the calendar for current information!

Costs & Fees

Regular hours at the NGC are free to all. If you value the NGC, we invite you to support the center by becoming a member!

Tournaments and some classes have fees that are noted in the details of the event on the calendar. Unless explicitly noted, all events are free of charge.