41st London Open Go Congress 2014

28th - 31st December 2014, International Students House (ISH)

A European Go Federation Bonus Points Tournament (level B)

Main tournament prize £400 (approx €500)

First "below the bar" £150 (approx €185)

The European Go Federation have confirmed that they will be supplying a professional to provide teaching and game analysis for tournament participants. More details to follow.


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

ISH is 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 at ISH early booking is advisable. Please read the accommodation booking procedure.

London travel information may be found here with any changes here. 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.

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SCHEDULE

Saturday 27 18:00 - 22:00  Organisers available for arrivals
from abroad in the Portland room.
Sunday 2812:00 - 14:00 Registration
14:15 Opening Ceremony
14:30Round 1
18:30 Round 2
Monday 2910:00Round 3
14:15Round 4
18:30 Lecture
19:00 Pair Go
Tuesday 30 10:00 Round 5
14:15Round 6
18:30 Lecture
19:00 Lightning
Wednesday 31 10:00 Round 7
14:00 Packup
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. There will also be an evening meal arranged at a local venue on 31st December to celebrate the lead up to New Year.

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TOURNAMENT FEES

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) £40 £35 £20
Standard £47 £42 £27
Late (Registration after 15th December) £55 £50 £35
Surcharge £10 if you are not a member your national Go Association

If you only want to play for one or two days then these rates apply - £10 per day for Junior players or £17 per day for other players (plus the surcharge if you're not a member of your national Go Association).

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

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PRIZES

The British Go Association is providing the prizes for the main tournament: 1st £400, 2nd £200, 3rd 100, 4th £50.

Thanks to the generosity of the Central London Go Club there will be prizes for 1st and 2nd place "below the bar" of £150 and £75.

Similarly, thanks to the generosity of the City of London Go Club there will be a prize of £50 for the highest ranked player at the end of the tournament who started with a GoR of 10 kyu or lower.

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ENTRY

Formal entry begins at midday on 28th December. However pre-registration helps us and is cheaper for you. Each registration will receive an immediate automatic email response. If you do not get a confirmation (please check your spam first) then please email us.

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.

You can see who has already pre-registered here.

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RULES

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).

INITIAL McMAHON SCORE

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.

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PREVIOUS OPENS

If you want to get an idea about the event before deciding to come please take a look at the 2013 tournament report 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.

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ACCOMMODATION

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.

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