Welcome to the Berkeley Go Club

We offer a place to play, free help for beginners, game reviews and lessons by a professional Go player, and a library to enjoy while you are here.

Like us on Facebook and check out the Bay Area Go Players Association to find out about tournaments and other go events in the Bay Area.


Saturday 3:00 PM until last player leaves usual host -- Len Sosnoski AGA 4 Dan
Sunday 2:00 PM until last player leaves usual host -- Dennis Rhodes AGA 3 Kyu

Our club plays at Games of Berkeley every Monday evening from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with a table conspicuously in the middle of the sales floor so that customers can see Go players having fun. We also meet downstairs at the same times on Thursday evenings. The UC Berkeley Campus Go Club meets in the Evans 70 classroom on Fridays from 7 PM to 9:00 PM, and is open to non-Cal students.

Each month our club hosts a game review lesson with Professional 7 Dan Mingjiu Jiang. Beginners through top amateur Dans are welcome to attend. These lessons are subsidized, so you don't need to pay to attend. Please bring records of the beginnings of some of your games.
The next lesson is scheduled for Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

The Caffe Mediterraneum welcomes Go players on Wednesday evenings. Craig Becker, the owner, provides Go sets, and you may also bring your own equipment.

The Bay Area Go Players Association holds quarterly tournaments; the next one is in San Francisco, on Saturday, May 31st.


2161 Shattuck Ave, Suite 222, Berkeley, CA

(The entrance to the upstairs is the door to the right of the Games of Berkeley entrance. The door to 2161 Shattuck is usually open during the day, but will be locked after dark. If the door is locked when you arrive, just call (510) 501-8314 and you will be met at the door.)

We are conveniently located across the street from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Many AC Transit buses stop at this location as well. Our location is in vibrant downtown Berkeley with many restaurants and coffee shops in the immediate area.

Parking can be challenging, especially on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. If you can't find street parking, the parking garage directly behind Chase Bank across the street, on the south side of Center Street, is a good option. For bikers there is a secure lockup across Shattuck Ave, one block south.

Club Info

Our local players range in strength from complete novice to amateur 8 Dan, and in age from under 5 years old to 97. Beginners, internet players and returning players are encouraged to stop by anytime for lessons, practice and play.

Our club dues are: By the month -- $20; Six months at a time -- $100; Twelve months at a time -- $200; Please join! Sustaining members pay $300 or more per year. There is a nonmember day fee of $5. Beginners, kids under 18, and everyone's first club visit -- all free! Herb Doughty's lessons for beginners on Sundays are always free (come any time after 2pm). Vanessa Wong, European 6 dan, also provides more advanced lessons Sunday afternoon.

All dues go toward paying our rent, so we can continue hosting the club in this space. Donations are also appreciated. Any payments can now be made to our secure Paypal account(click the button below); if you want to pay your dues online, a record will be made and our member info will be updated.

If you already play Go, want to learn how, or are just curious, please visit our club!