|Schedule||Fees||Prizes||How to enter||Registrations||Rules||Bookstall||Accommodation||Previous Opens|
Formal entry begins at midday on 28th December, however you may register now.
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.
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 email us. In all cases early application for a visa is advisable.
London travel information may be found here with any changes here. The train, tube and bus network is fully functioning during the tournament, but buses don't accept cash and cash fares on the train and 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.
|Sunday 27||18:00 - 22:00||Organisers available for arrivals
from abroad in the Portland room.
|Monday 28||12:00 - 14:00||Registration|
|Tuesday 29||10:00||Round 3|
|Wednesday 30||10:00||Round 5|
|Thursday 31||10:00||Round 7|
|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)|
|Late (Registration after 15th December)||£57||£45||£33|
|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).
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
|Category||1st place||2nd place||3rd place|
|Below the Bar||£60||£30||£15|
|10 kyu or weaker on registration||£30||£15||£5|
This year we are able to offer prizes for the lightning tournament: 1st £60, 2nd £30 and pair Go: 1st team £60, 2nd £30
Award Certificates are being designed and will also be awarded to anyone with four wins or more.
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|
|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 tell us.
The tournament is receiving support from the Central London Go Club, the Nippon Club and the British Go Association.
As usual, the BGA Bookstall will be at the Congress, offering a wide range of books. BGA members qualify for a discount.
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, 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.