42nd London Open Go Congress 2015

28th - 31st December 2015, International Students House (ISH)

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.

Main tournament prize £TBA

First "below the bar" £TBA

Lightning 1st prize £TBA

Pair Go 1st prize £TBA

Best performing player 10 kyu or weaker on registration £TBA

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

Formal entry begins at midday on 28th December, however you may register now.

The venue, ISH, can be found in this 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.

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

Entering the UK is usually automatic for European 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 email us. In all cases early application for a visa is advisable.



Sunday 27 18:00 - 22:00  Organisers available for arrivals
from abroad in the Portland room.
Monday 2812:00 - 14:00 Registration
14:15 Opening Ceremony
14:30Round 1
18:30 Round 2
Tuesday 2910:00Round 3
14:15Round 4
18:30 Lecture
19:15 Pair Go
Wednesday 30 10:00 Round 5
14:15Round 6
18:30 Lecture
19:15 Lightning
Thursday 31 10:00 Round 7
14:00 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 Italian restaurant. To reserve a place in advance please email us. If sufficient early interest is shown we will adjust our booking.



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

Entry Fee Full Student Junior (Under 18)
Early bird (Registration on or before 1st October) £TBA £TBA £TBA
Standard £TBA £TBA £TBA
Late (Registration after 15th December) £TBA £TBA £TBA
Surcharge £10 if you are not a member your national Go Association

Payment in pounds Sterling on the first day of attendance before play (may be by cash or credit/debit card).



The British Go Association is still considering the the prizes for the main tournament



Alas, the online registration is temporarily failing to notify us of your registration. Please just send us an email with your details to include your EGF PIN and we will reply to confirm. We hope to resume normal service soon.

Formal entry begins at midday on 28th December. However pre-registration helps us and is cheaper for you.

If you do not get a confirmation within 24 hours (please check your spam first) then please email us to chase.

If you do not wish your name and grade to appear in the online list of players you must indicate this when you register. If you wish your name to be removed from the online list after submitting your registration then contact us.

You are expected to enter using your European Go Federation Rating (GoR) if you have one. This helps us plan the tournament but is not necessarily used for the draw. See below for how we set your initial McMahon Score.



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 state this in the Notes box on your entry form, or contact us.



If you want to get an idea about the event, before deciding to come, please take a look at the tournament page with report and result links and photo galleries from the 2012 London Open and the London Pair Go.

The tournament is receiving support from the City of London Go Club, the Central London Go Club, the British Go Association and other sponsors.



ISH offers accommodation on site in single, twin, triple, 4-bedded, 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 to the main ISH site situated 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 they will not be able to identify you as a tournament participant so you will not receive the discount.

Other off-site accommodation can be found from a number of websites including airbnb, homestay, Wake Up London, London Town or Visit Britain.


David Ward Cup

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.


Last updated Thu Aug 20 2015. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.