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Go for Students in Laguna, NM

Students at the St. Joseph Mission School in the village of San Fidel (nr Laguna) are learning to play Go.  The school located about 60 miles west of Albuquerque with an enrollment of 41 students, serves the community of San Fidel as well as the Pueblos of Acoma and Laguna. At present, the student body is 95% Native American. The club meets on Thursdays as an after-school program. About 24 students (grades K-7) regularly attend.  Parents and school staff have been known to drop in on occasion.

Club meetings begin with a short mini-lesson, followed by individual play. Zach Garcia leads the Go lectures, while the 3-4 grade instructor, Mr. Kuhn, spearheads chess tactics. Participants may switch between games at their leisure. All students understand the First-to-Capture variation, while a handful of players have moved on to 9×9 games with Japanese scoring.play

The club is very fortunate as our Parent-Student Association continues to fund their program. The club recently purchased new equipment from the AGF, as well as t-shirts with our logo.

Go in Albuquerque

Frontier Go PlayersWe sometimes get questions about where to play Go in Albuquerque. Players have been meeting at the Frontier Restaurant for many years and meet on Wednesdays at 7pm.

The Frontier is located at the corner of Cornell and Central, right across from the University of New Mexico campus. See the map below.

“We play in the next to last section towards the alley. All are welcome, but please bring equipment if you can: it increases your chances of getting a game” says Bob Gilman (5k) who took the picture.

Video Go Lectures and More

EuroGoTVA new resource on the ‘net that has lately come to our attention is EuroGoTV.  There are some great video lectures from professional players on many different subjects, photo galleries and news.  Live coverage of selected European tournaments is also available.   The optional basic subscription is free but required to replay championship games.  VIP membership (25 Euros) is also available and allows members to download the championship game records (sgf format).  Check it out!