Classes began Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 11:30am. BUt you can still register, and we will work on how to get you caught up with the rest of the class.
Instructor: Ben Mantle
Location: Toronto Go club (519 Church street)
Register here for the Beginner Go Class. If you are logged in to the CGA site you should see a large blue register button down towards the bottom of the page.
1. What happens if I miss the registration deadline?
Just send us an email. We can open the registration on the CGA site temporarily so you can be added to the class email list. Very likely you can join in to the class after the initial start, even multiple weeks later. We have additional instructors who can help with those who are starting late.
2. I cannot make the Sunday morning time slot. Is there another way for me to learn?
Sure. There are various other options in Toronto for learning to play, and aside from that there is a huge wealth of study material and playing opportunities online. Best would be to send an email, and we can advise what other learning approach might work well for you.
3. What will the class be like?
The Toronto Go club has a long history of informal mentoring, but this will be the first time we know of the club is organizing structured beginner lessons. We have a rough curriculum in mind, but for sure we will be adjusting as we see how the class progresses. You can expect some presented content on the large demo go board, some exercises for students to attempt themselves, and games played between the students (likely on a 9x9 board, so the students can play each other quickly, get feedback from the instructor, and play with another student).
4. Will I be welcome at the main club meeting 1-5 PM?
Absolutely! You are welcome to stay, there will be players happy to play with you, include some novices who haven't had the chance to attend the class, but do show up at club.
5. Is there a fee?
For now it is free. In the medium term we might find we need some materials fee to pay for books/printed exercises/etc. In the long run? Who knows, we're certainly hoping to make these beginner classes a regular feature, and the work involved for the instructors is significant, so we may want to pay them something. But there are potential sponsors for this, and anyway for any of you starting Winter/Spring 2016 there for sure won't be any instructor related fees until you have progressed beyond this initial beginner class.