This page lists suppliers of Go teaching, who provide a service tailored to the customer’s needs, and who charge for their service. If instead you are looking for elementary instruction in Go, see Tel’s Go Notes or this site’s introduction to Go.
There are many suppliers of such services, so this page will be restricted to suppliers who can deliver the lessons in English. Anyone offering English-language Go teaching is invited to email us with some information, so as to be listed on this page.
Also note the BGA now runs the Shodan Challenge which couples challengers with a mentor to help them reach a target grade.
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Peter is the only full-time freelance Go promoter in the UK. He offers workshops for complete beginners, with no prior knowledge of the game required. Most of his time is spent in schools and colleges, but he works with a wide variety of other organisations, public and corporate. Recent clients include:
Tony started working full time on Go in 2004, but has plenty of previous experience promoting and teaching the game. He was BGA Secretary for many years and was elected to the executive of the European Go Federation in 2000, serving a period as President. He is an amateur 3 dan player having learned the game over 30 years ago. He lives in Reading.
The KisekiGo web site, kisekigo.com, describes Tony’s introductory workshops and his sessions for players who have just started to play Go and who want to know more.
Matthew Macfadyen has been the British Go Champion and is Training Advisor to the BGA. He has in the past taught by email and given seminars.
Guo Juan is one of the strongest Go players in Europe; she played as a professional in China. She is also an inspiring teacher. She lives in Amsterdam but can travel to do workshops. She used to deliver her lessons by email or as teaching games on the Kiseido Go Server, but nowadays she uses her Internet Go School to deliver lessons and courses, including her on-line audio teaching service.
Alexandre Dinerchtein was the first Russian professional and lived in South Korea for some years after 1997.
His web site is at breakfast.go4go.net.
Christian Pop offers teaching in the format required by his pupils; he recommends playing a game against him, which he then reviews. He charges US$20–$25 per hour.
He plays on KGS as ‘Solaris’.
He plays on Dashn, Pandanet (IGS) and KGS as ‘toxxicu’.
Ion Florescu teaches on KGS and other servers, at €10 per lesson. He uses the name ‘Tsurukame’.
Ion Florescu’s teaching is described on his Tsurukame Go School web site learngo.world-go.org.
Cornel Burzo is a Romanian Go player. He offers online teaching games on Pandanet (IGS) and also on KGS. He charges €12 per hour (with bulk discounts) and uses the names ‘Cornel’, ‘CornelB’, and ‘MyMaster’ online.
More details at his web site golessons.com.
Csaba Mero is a 6 dan amateur from Hungary.
More details at his web site aromo go school.
Ron Polak is not as strong as some of the other players listed here, having given up competitive play after an illness. He specialises in helping his pupils to break the dan-barrier. In teaching he values humour as much as technical analysis.
He used to be found on the Kiseido Go Server, where he played as ‘Polak’ and as ‘Tictactoe’, but seems to have stopped. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catalin Taranu is Romanian and a professional with the Nihon Kiin. He is often seen teaching Go at big European events and at his Go Salon in Bucharest. He can be found on KGS as fifi.
Svetlana Shikshina is Russian and a professional in Korea, and was specialising in teaching children in that country before starting a family.
Hwang In-Seong is a Korean player living in Europe and running an online training school, the Yunguseng Dojang.
Li Ang is a Chinese professional 3-dan, from Beijing, but was living in Switzerland in 2008. He is an instructor for the Beijing Youth Go Team, and author of 27 Go books.
Li Yue is a Chinese trainee professional, the sister of Li Ang. She has written six books on Go. She is living for a while in Spain.
Joey Hung has represented the USA at international events and has been teaching Go in the Bay Area of San Francisco since 1993.
He teaches on-line on KGS and Pandanet (IGS). You can contact him via his web site egogames.com.
Feng Yun is one of the few female 9-dan professionals in the world. She lives in New Jersey, and sometimes visits Europe. She offers well-prepared teaching programs to interested students at all levels, from beginners to high-ranking amateurs.
Her Feng Yun Go School web site is at http://www.fengyungoschool.com.
Liu Yajie is Chinese professional who teaches on KGS, where she uses the name ‘shuyi’, and by email. She charges £10 an hour.
Liu Yajie’s teaching is described on www.proteaching.com.
Wang Hongjun teaches on KGS, where he uses the name ‘Hongjun’; and by email. One of his pupils is David Ward, who challenged Matthew Macfadyen for the British title in 2004.
Yang, Yilun, 7p
Jiang, Ming-Jiu, 7p
He, Xiaoren, 5p
Janice Kim, 3p
James Kerwin, 1p
Lin, Xuefen, 1p
Yang, Huiren, 1p
Like Feng Yun, these teachers are based in the US.
Some Korean Go Schools are described here.
The Go Teaching Ladder allows you to have your games reviewed, free, by stronger players. You can also offer to review the games of weaker players.
The Go Teaching Ladder web site is gtl.jeudego.org.