School of Chinese Studies
Chinese Go! 围棋
Chinese for Children 2018 Spring Registration is now open!
Go is an international game of the mind. It has very simple rules: players take turns to place black or white stones on a board, trying to capture the opponent’s stones or surround empty space to make points of territory. It is also a game of profound complexity, requiring a unique integration and working of analytic (left brain) and artistic (right brain) mental abilities at the same time.
Originated in China more than four thousand years ago, Go (围棋Wéiqí), like Zither playing, Calligraphy, and Painting, is one of the four supreme artistic genres in Chinese culture. It is believed that a strong Go skill is an indication of great wisdom. As the oldest game still played in its original form, Go today is popular among men and women internationally at all ages.
To learn more about Go, please visit here for “A Brief History of Go”.
Led by Ms. Mingming Yin and Mr. Ryan Li, two prestige professional Go players and experienced Go instructors, China Institute will offer beginner level Go classes for students 4 years old and up starting Spring 2018.
In this 5-lesson session short course, basic knowledge and rules of Go will be introduced, along with basic techniques and strategies. In addition to the history and development of Go, historical characters will be introduced. After the first 5-sessions, the students will be able to understand the basic rules, and they will have all the knowledge they need to move into the novice level. They will also be able to accomplish the beginner level and proceed to the higher double digit kyu levels.
Starting May 2, 2018
For Ages 4 and up!
Wednesday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm or
Saturday from 1:00pm – 2:00pm.
Have a question? Please contact us at: [email protected] or (212)-744-8181, ext. 110.
Mingming Yin: The founder of New York Institute of Go (NYIG) and New York Go Association (NYGA), Stephanie Yin (Chinese: 殷明明) is a professional One Dan Go player in American Go Association (AGA) and Chinese Wéiqí (Go) Association. She became professional in 2007 and won multiple tournaments in the US since 2010. As an experienced Go teacher, Stephanie is fluent in both English and Chinese. Since the founding of NYIG, Stephanie has been invited to multiple international Go events including US Go Congress. In May 2017, Stephanie attended the “Future of Go Summit” in China as a main commentator of the Google team DeepMind.
Ryan Li: Ryan became professional in the 3rd AGA professional qualification tournament. Ryan represented North America in numerous occasions, including the IMSA (International Mind Sports Association) Elite Mind Games, Samsung Cup, and Mlily World Go Open. In the 3rd Mlily World Go Open, Ryan defeated world champion Chen Yaoye 9p to advance to the final 16 players. Ryan is currently a PhD student at Yale University studying earth sciences. Ryan is an influencer and instructor at Yale University Go Club in 2017 and University of Toronto go Club since 2011. He has also begun to teach at the annual US Go Congress.