2nd T Mark Hall Rapid Play Weekend

Date(s) - 07/09/2019 - 08/09/2019
9:00 am - 8:30 pm

London Go Centre

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This is the 2nd annual event  in memory of T Mark Hall, who left a legacy to establish a London Go Centre.

Both tournaments are class C for EGF rating.

On Saturday evening there will be a lecture on shape by Zhang Chao, 6D and a free light buffet.

You will pay the entry fee appropriate to the date you pre-register (see below). 

The winner of the T Mark Hall Rapid Play Tournament will be the proud holder of the T Mark Hall Memorial Trophy for one year and their name engraved.


Formal entry and payment begins at the start of the day however if you pre-register now, (indicated which or both days) on attending you will pay the fee associated with the date you applied (fee schedule below).

On Saturday evening there will be a lecture followed by casual alternate games (following a similar format to that used in  the Isle of Man tournament and will likely feature Chess, Monopoly, Bridge, Poker, Bananagrams and any other games people bring).


The London Go Centre is located in Shepherds Bush (opposite GoldHawk Road tube), along a passage to the right of Sainsbury’s.

Getting There

As well as Goldhawk Road tube (Circle and Hammersmith & City) nearby stations include Shepherds 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.

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

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 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.

From abroad

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.

If you need a visa you might find that a letter of sponsorship or explanation from us will help your application. To request such a letter please ask.


Day 1 – 2nd T Mark Hall Rapid play Tournament

Saturday 7th 09:00 Registration opens
09:45 Registration closes
10:00 Round 1
11:30 Round 2
13:30 Round 3
15:00 Round 4
16:30 Round 5
18:00 Prize giving
18:20  Light Buffet (included in entry fee)
18:30 Lecture: Shape by Zhang Chao, 6D
19:30 Alternative games evening


Before 24th August
24th August and later
Rapid Play
£15 £20
£5 surcharge if you are not a member of your national Go association. £5 discount for students. Free if under 12 on 1 September 2018.


Formal registration and payment takes place when the tournament starts. However if you pre-register you will pay the entry fee appropriate to the date you applied.

If the link doesn’t work or if you prefer,  please just send an email to: londongocentre@gmail.com titled “TMH weekend 2019 ” with your grade, club and country (together with your EGD PIN if you have one)


You can see the list of pre-registered players here. If you cannot see your name or would prefer us not to publish it please contact us and ask for the entry list to be updated.

If you’re uncertain whether your entry has been accepted, just check our list here.

If you do not wish your name 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.


Both tournament are conducted according to British Go Association Rules  as follows:

Rapid Play 40 minutes sudden death
Team Tournament 45 minutes sudden death
Komi 7½ points
Handicap McMahon, difference – 1 (where required)
In the team competition teams will be placed into divisions of three ranked according to average strength. The strongest player on each team plays strongest and the weakest plays the weakest. Only kyu graded teams get a handicap. Subject to numbers all teams in a division will play all other teams.


Prizes will be awarded as follows:

Rapid Play

1st place 2nd place 3rd place
Main £25 £15 £10
Below the Bar
£20 £10 £5
 10 kyu or weaker on registration £10


There is no on-site accommodation however there are many options nearby (e.g., 15 minute walk or nearer).

Check our list of hotels and accommodation sites


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