New York Institute of Go

Go: A lifetime's worth of complexity in a game learned in 10 minutes.

What is Go?

Go (wéiqí, baduk) is a strategy board game with simple rules. Two players, one takes black while the other takes white, take turns placing one stone on a board. The goal of the game is to surround more territory than the opponent. Go originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is the oldest board game continuously played until the present day.

There are more than 10170 possible board configurations, making Go a googol times more complex than chess. Go is a profoundly complex board game, requiring abstraction and multiple layers of strategic thinking.

Why Learn Go?

A brief list of the many benefits of learning Go:

  • Increases attention span, allowing longer periods of concentration.
  • Strengthens the mind via engaging strategic battles with the opponent.
  • Overcome and embrace defeat.
  • Learn how to evaluate small and large, and local and global trades.
  • Exercise leadership by building empires of stone soldiers from an empty board.
  • Encourages creativity as memorization is unrewarding beyond the basics.


Group Classes

Fun classes in small groups

  • Max 10 students per class
  • Targeted guidance for each student
  • Hands-on tutorials & in-class practice
  • Available online & on-site

Private Lessons

Professional 1-on-1 Coaching

  • Custom study plans
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Available online & on-site
  • Live recording available (online)

Adult Classes

Interactive Mental Training

Coming soon...





Magnetic boards and projectors fascilitate an inclusive learning environment. Our experienced teachers also compete at the international level.



The Divine Move of Go textbooks at NYIG provide systematic learning from beginner to expert.Written by professionals.



We carry slate and yunzi Go stones. Our Go boards are primarily 19x19, but smaller sizes are also available. Contact us if you are interested in an everyday or authentic Go set.

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