Date(s) - 04/05/2019 - 06/05/2019
London Go Centre
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This is a three day event on the first May Bank holiday weekend. The Bar Low is specifically for kyu players and the MacMahon bar is set no higher than 3 kyu (so far it has always been 5 kyu or lower)
On Saturday night we will provide a light buffet and expect to formally open the T Mark Hall library.
The training session will be a rotating series of lectures and simultaneous play as follows:
Thanks to a sponsor who prefers to remain anonymous:
- The weekend is free of charge for anyone aged under 18
- There is a discount for full time students
- The Bar Low is free of charge if you enter either of the other two events
Prizes include copies of books by Yuan Zhou, for example:
Formal entry and payment begins one hour before the start of activities on each day.
If you pre-register early indicating the days you will be attending you will pay the fee associated with the date you applied (entry and fee schedule below).
|12:45||lunch (not provided)|
|15:45||lecture||Joanne Leung’s observations|
|17:00||kibitzing||casual games and move discussion|
|19:00||light buffet (provided)|
|18:30|| prize giving
|11:00||Round 1||by grade|
|13:00||Round 2+||self-paired < 5 stones handicap
|Adult||Student||Junior (under 18)|
|Sat 4 May
|Sun 5 May
|Sun 5 May
|Discount||Sunday (Bar Low) is free to enter if you attend on either Saturday or Sunday|
|Surcharge||£5 (all ages) if you do not pre-register or do so after 21st April
£10 if you are not a member of your national Go Association. This non-member surcharge is waived if this is your first Go tournament within Europe.
Formal registration and payment takes place on the day of each of the events. However if you pre-register you will pay the entry fee appropriate to the date you applied.
If the link doesn’t work, please just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org titled “1st Kyu Players Weekend” with your grade, club and country (together with your EGD PIN if you have one) and the days you wish to attend.
If you’re uncertain whether your entry has been accepted, just check our list of Pre-registered Players.
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 subsequently you wish your name to be removed from the online list then email us.
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 email us with your preferred strength.
Tournaments at the London Go Centre are conducted according to British Go Association Rules, broadly as follows:
|Playing time||25 minutes|
|Canadian Overtime||20 moves in 5 minutes sudden death|
|Handicap||McMahon, difference – 1 (where required)|
Players are required to be familiar with the Canadian Overtime Procedure (pdf). The BGA is currently exploring Fischer time and we might adopt this on the day.
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
the prizes will be from a choice of books for the first three players and anyone with four wins or more.
- 1st place: £15
- 2nd place: £10
- 3rd place: £5
The London Go Centre is located in Shepherds Bush (opposite GoldHawk Road tube).
Although there is no on site accommodation, there is plenty available and we have a list of Nearby Accommodation . Compensations include many more local amenities with, for example, bars and restaurants offering more types of cuisine than you can count.
The area is very well connected for transport to the rest of London to take in the sights.
As well as Goldhawk Road tube (Circle and Hammersmith & City) nearby stations include Shepherd’s Bush (Central Line) and Shepherds Bush (Overground). Consequently the venue is easy to reach from all mainline termini and the Birmingham and Brighton train lines. Many buses pass nearby.
Buses don’t accept cash and cash fares on the tube are expensive. Most contactless credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex) or debit cards can be used directly and offer you the cheapest fares for single journeys and in aggregation.
If you don’t have a suitable contactless card we recommend getting a Visitor Oyster Card in advance.
Travel by car to the venue is not recommended as on-street parking is rare and expensive. However Park and Ride London might be able to help you plan a car journey to a convenient tube station.
Entering the UK is usually automatic for European Union nationals. For the rest of the world you can find the necessary information here.
If you need a visa 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 ask.
There is no on-site accommodation however there are many nearby (15 minute walk or nearer) options.
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