London Open

Tournament Type: 
Next Tournament Date: 
28 December 2016 - 31 December 2016
Main Tournament is 7 rounds. Time limit 90 minutes with 20/5 overtime.
International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street
Current Champion: 
Sai Sun

Major four-day McMahon tournament, held in London at the New Year.

Central London Go Club British Go Association European Go Federation
JFK Statue at ISH
JFK Statue at ISH
The London Open is the UK's biggest tournament. It is always held at the new year period: 28th - 31st December. ISH is near Regents Park in central London map.
It first ran in 1975 and has run every year since. Usually over 100 players take part - even up to 150. Many come from continental Europe and further away too. Several top European players take part.

Recent Events

2015 Results
2015 Report
2015 Pair Go
2014 Results
2014 Report
2014 Pair Go
Players battle over 4 days in 7 rounds, with long time limits. The top player gets to hold the London Open Trophy with cash prizes for the top players and prizes for other good results too. Prizes are also given for the Lightning Tournament, held one evening, and Rengo on the final afternoon. Winner 2011
Winner 2011

Earlier Events

Another evening event is the London Pair Go. Around a dozen male-female pairs compete for the best pair title. For more details see the London Pair Go Page. Pair Go
Pair Go
There is usually a professional teacher, the most frequent one being Guo Juan from the Netherlands. They give lectures and analyse games. Other teachers have come from Japan, Korea and China. Guo Juan
Guo Juan
Main Hall
Main Hall
Most players play in the large hall at ISH. The evening events are held there too. ISH also has a bistro, a bar and reasonably priced accommodation. Top Room
Top Room
The top boards are in their own room. Adjacent to it is an analysis room. Prize-giving and the Rengo are upstairs. In all, ISH provides a superior playing environment.

In the winners list the year shown is the old year of the new year period:

Past Winners and Results: 
  • 2015 Sai Sun
  • 2014 Chi-Min Oh
  • 2013 Yuanbo Zhang
  • 2012 Lukas Kraemer
  • 2011 Young-Sam Kim
  • 2010 Antti Tormanen
  • 2009 Zi Wang
  • 2008 Chi-Min Oh
  • 2007 Shaoyou Ouyang
  • 2006 Ondrej Silt
  • 2005 Cho, Seok-Bin
  • 2004 Zhao, Pei
  • 2003 Li, Wenhao
  • 2002 Li, Hiaou
  • 2001 Gbor Szabics
  • 2000 Kim, Seong-June
  • 1999 Zhang, Zhongyong
  • 1998 Lee, Hyuk (Grand Prix); Guo, Juan (Open cash prize)
  • 1997 Guo, Juan
  • 1996 Guo, Juan
  • 1995 Zhang, Shutai
  • 1994 Guo, Juan
  • 1993 Zhang, Shutai
  • 1992 Shen, Gruangji
  • 1991 Zhang, Shutai
  • 1990 Michael Katscher
  • 1989 Zhang, Shutai
  • 1988 Yoo, Jing-Soo
  • 1987 Terry Stacey
  • 1986 Matthew Macfadyen
  • 1985 Andre Moussa
  • 1984 Lee, Choon-Sub
  • 1983 Hosokawa, N
  • 1982 Liu, Xiao Yuang
  • 1981 Terry Stacey
  • 1980 Matthew Macfadyen
  • 1979 Robert Rehm
  • 1978 Jim Bates
  • 1977 Matthew Macfadyen
  • 1976 Jon Diamond
  • 1975 Hirama, K
  • 1974 Jon Diamond
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