41st London Open Go Congress 2014

Supported by
European Go Federation
Sponsored by
Korean Amateur Baduk Association
Sponsored by
The Nippon Club
Sponsored by
Central London Go Club
Schedule Fees Prizes How to enter Results Rules Previous Opens Accommodation

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

A European Go Federation Bonus Points Tournament (level B)

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.

In its inaugural year it will be presented by Hajin Lee, secretary of the International Go Federation.

Main tournament prize £400 (approx €500)

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

Lightning 1st prize £100 (approx €125)

Pair Go 1st prize £100 (approx €125)

Best performing player 10 kyu or weaker on registration £50 (approx €63)

Fan Hui, 4p will provide teaching and game analysis for tournament participants.

Hajin Lee, 3p, will provide game analysis and review.

Dongeun Choi, 1p, will provide teaching and game analysis for kyu (particularly DDK) 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. 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.



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
19:15 Pair Go
Tuesday 30 10:00 Round 5
14:15Round 6
18:30 Lecture
19:15 Lightning
Wednesday 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 have reserved 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) £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 before 15th December, after that £20 per day (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).



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

This year we are able to offer prizes for the lightning tournament: 1st £100, 2nd £50 and pair Go: 1st team £100, 2nd £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.



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 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.



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 Tue Feb 24 2015. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.