Weekly Classes
starting September 2020

Feng Yun has taught weekly classes, workshops, and private lessons for more than twenty years, with a full range of students from beginners to national champions. Starting in September 2020, Feng Yun will be teaching weekly weiqi (go) classes online using web-based tools such as Zoom and various go servers. In taking advantage of contemporary technology, she has found that many of the same objectives can be achieved online as in person, and indeed, some activities such as game reviews are better online.

Classes comprise lectures, problem solving, practice games, and game reviews. All classes are taught live and interactively, where students can ask questions and participate in discussions; the teacher monitors practice games in real time. Problem solving is important for everyone to improve pattern recognition and playing skills, including logical thinking and accurate calculation of variations, and homework problems will be assigned.

Classes are taught at three different levels.

Level 1 Beginner - Students who are just starting to play weiqi need step-by-step instruction. Level 1 classes focus on fundamentals, terminology, problem solving, basic opening principles, and how to complete games without assistance.
Level 2 Intermediate - At level 2, students are expected to know weiqi terminology and some basic patterns of play. Openings are studied to gain a deeper understanding of how experts play, and regular problem solving builds logical thinking habits. Students play practice games and selected games are reviewed by the teacher for everyone in the class.
Level 3 Advanced - Level 3 is for students who have more substantial playing experience, and likely would be rated American 7 kyu or higher. Class material is more challenging than in Level 2, including more in depth analyses of openings, and creative ideas for whole board play. These classes lay a foundation for life long learning and enjoyment of the game. Very strong players, American 4 dan and higher, may be accepted, but these students should also consider private lessons.

Students registered at one level can be promoted to the next level at any time; Feng Yun will recommend when. If you are not sure which level would be best for you, then please ask Feng Yun for advice. One-on-one private lessons with Feng Yun are also available for players at all levels.

Class times are as follows. All times are EDT/EST (New York).

Level 1 Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Level 2 Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Level 3 Saturday 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration is for a term of consecutive classes. You can register using a traditional registration form; complete the form and take a photo with your phone and e-mail it, or type the form data in your e-mail. The preferred method of payment is PayPal, or you can mail a check. Please read our instructions for tuition payments.

Please address any questions to Feng Yun at fengyun@fengyungoschool.com.

2020-2021 Class Calendar

Except for a summer workshop, classes are taught every week with the exception of major national (U.S.A.) holidays. Feng Yun will teach 34 classes between September and June; the first class is September 12. The national holidays observed are as follows.

9/5 Labor Day
11/28 Thanksgiving
12/26 Christmas
1/2 New Year
5/29 Memorial Day

In case the teacher needs to postpone a class for any reason, you will receive e-mail and this calendar will be updated. Any postponement will automatically extend your term. In the 2020-2021 academic year, Feng Yun expects to teach on the following days.

September 12 - regular classes
September 19 - regular classes
September 26 - regular classes
October 3 - regular classes
October 10 - regular classes
October 17 - regular classes
October 24 - regular classes
October 31 - regular classes
November 7 - regular classes
November 14 - regular classes
November 21 - regular classes
November 28 - no classes
December 5 - regular classes
December 12 - regular classes
December 19 - regular classes
December 26 - no classes
January 2 - no classes
January 9 - regular classes
January 16 - regular classes
January 23 - regular classes
January 30 - regular classes
February 6 - regular classes
February 13 - regular classes
February 20 - regular classes
February 27 - regular classes
March 6 - regular classes
March 13 - regular classes
March 20 - regular classes
March 27 - regular classes
April 3 - regular classes
April 10 - regular classes
April 17 - regular classes
April 24 - regular classes
May 1 - regular classes
May 8 - regular classes
May 15 - regular classes
May 22 - regular classes
May 29 - no classes
June 5 - possible make-up for postponed class
June 12 - possible make-up for postponed class
June 19 - possible make-up for postponed class