44th London Open Go Congress

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Date(s) - 28/12/2017 - 31/12/2017
09:00 - 22:45

International Student House

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This is a seven round tournament with side events, lectures and games review by an EGF Professional. You will pay the entry fee appropriate to the date you pre-register (if this link doesn’t work see “registration”, below)

– Main tournament first prize £250 (approx €280)

– First “below the bar” £100 (approx €110)

– Lightning 1st prize £60 (approx €70)

– Pair Go 1st prize £60 (approx €70)

The best performing player 10 kyu or weaker on registration £30 (approx €35)

The David Ward Cup, in memory of the long term organiser of this tournament, will be awarded to the best placed British player, together with a £50 prize.

Cătălin Țăranu, 5p will provide teaching and game analysis for tournament participants.


Formal entry begins at midday on 28th December.  If you pre-register now on attending you will pay the fee associated with the date you applied (fee schedule below).


The venue, ISH, is located in central London (map). They reserve a certain amount of accommodation for tournament participants (and those accompanying them). However, the venue is popular at this time of year so, if you are planning to stay there, early booking is advisable. Please read the accommodation booking procedure.

From abroad

London is served by many airports and Eurostar. Entering the UK is usually automatic for European Union nationals. For the rest of the world you can find the necessary information here. You might find that a letter of sponsorship or explanation from the British Go Association will help your application. To request such a letter please ask.

Getting around

London travel information may be found here with any changes here. The tube and bus network is fully functioning during the tournament, but buses don’t accept cash and cash fares on the tube are expensive. The best thing to do is get a Visitor Oyster Card in advance.

Most mainline train operators will run reduced services on holidays. We will know more nearer the time.

Travel by car is not recommended as on-street parking is expensive. There is a little parking at ISH, which is both chargeable and has to be pre-booked.


Wednesday 27 18:00 – 22:00 Organisers available for arrivals from abroad in the Portland room.
Thursday 28 12:00 – 14:00 Registration
14:15 Opening Ceremony
14:30 Round 1
18:30 Round 2
Friday 29 10:00 Round 3
14:15 Round 4
18:30 Lecture
19:15 Pair Go
Saturday 30 10:00 Round 5
14:15 Round 6
18:30 Lecture
19:15 Lightning
Sunday 31 10:00 Round 7
13:30 Pack up
14:00 Game Commentary
14:30 Closing Ceremony
15:15 Rengo Tournament
19:30 New Year’s Eve Meal
22:00 Games and drinks

After the closing ceremony, we will have a Rengo tournament for those who are staying for the New Year celebrations.

On 31st December, to celebrate the lead up to New Year, we reserve a table from 7pm for 30 covers at a local restaurant


There is no separate entry fee to the Lightning or Pair Go Tournaments. These are included in the main entry fee.

Full Student Junior (under 18)
Early bird (Registration on or before 1st November) £35 £25 £15
Standard £46 £35 £24
Late (Registration after 21st December) £50 £39 £28
Day rate (before 1 Nov) £13 £10 £6
Surcharge £10 if you are not a member of your national Go Association. This non-member surcharge is waived if this is your first Go tournament within Europe.


Formal registration takes place when the tournament starts. However if you pre-register now you will pay the entry fee appropriate to the date you applied.

If the link doesn’t work, please just send an email to admin@west.londongo.club with your grade, club and country (together with your EGF PIN if you have one).


You can see the list of pre-registered players here. If you have pre-registered and your name is not here or if if it is and you do not want your name to be published please contact us.


The London Open is conducted according to British Go Association Rules, broadly as follows:

Playing time 90 minutes if either player is 19 kyu or stronger, 60 minutes otherwise
Canadian Overtime 20 moves in 5 minutes
Komi 7½ points
Handicap McMahon difference – 1 (where required)

Players are required to be familiar with the Canadian Overtime Procedure (pdf).


Your initial McMahon score (MMS) will be set from your GoR as published on the date of the tournament. If you do not have a GoR you might be required to provide other evidence of your strength. Your initial MMS determines who you will play in the first round. If you do not think your GoR is accurate (for example, you are a quickly improving kyu player who hasn’t played in any recent tournaments) please email us with your preferred strength.


The David Ward Cup and endowment has been generously donated to the British Go Association by Helen Ward, his widow, in memory of the long-time President of the Central London Go Club and organiser of this tournament.


ISH offers accommodation on site in single, twin and multi-bedded rooms.

Tournament participants will be entitled to a discount. Quieter single and double rooms are available at the Mary Trevellan Hall (MTH) which is an annex about a 10 minutes walk away.

Ask to be placed in MTH if you wish for peace on New Year’s Eve.Enquiries should go to ISH (not us) by email or telephone (+44 20 7631 8310) mentioning you are a participant in the Go tournament. While you can use their booking system using an modern browser (old browsers may fail), it will not be able to identify you as a tournament participant so you will not receive the tournament discount.

If you do not want to or cannot stay at ISH the West London Go Club has a list of hotels and accommodation sites


Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st place 2nd place 3rd place
Main £250 £100 £50
Below the Bar £100 £50 £20
10 kyu or weaker on registration £30 £15 £5

Prizes for the Lightning Tournament: 1st £60, 2nd £30 and Pair Go: 1st team £60, 2nd £30

Tournament Certificates will be awarded to anyone with four wins or more.