Major four-day McMahon tournament, held in London at the New Year.
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.
2016 Pair Go
2015 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.||
|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.||
|There is usually a professional teacher, the most frequent one being Guo Juan from the Netherlands and Catalin Taranu from Romania. They give lectures and analyse games. Other teachers have come from Japan, Korea and China.||
|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.||
|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:
David Ward Cup: