Date(s) - 28/12/2019 - 31/12/2019
London Go Centre
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The London Go Centre can accept 100 entries this year.
You will pay the entry fee appropriate to the date you pre-registered, see below.
– Main tournament first prize £250 (approx €290)
– First “below the bar” £100 (approx €110)
– Lightning 1st prize £60 (approx €70)
– Pair Go 1st prize £60 (approx €70)
The best performing player 10 kyu or weaker on registration £30 (approx €35)
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 £100 prize (for 2019, thanks to a donor wishing to remain anonymous)
After the formal tournament ends we are planning either an informal 9×9 or Rengo with token prizes.
There will be NYE celebrations (a meal or a party) and we will see in the new year.
Formal entry begins at midday on 28th December. If you pre-register pre-register now on attending you will pay the fee associated with the date you pre-registered (fee schedule below).
The venue is the new London Go Centre. It is opposite Goldhawk Road tube along a passage just to the right of Sainsbury’s.
Although there is no on site accommodation, there is plenty near by and 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.
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.
Most mainline train operators will run reduced services on holidays. We will know more nearer the time.
Travel by car is not recommended as on-street parking is expensive.
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 ask.
|Saturday 28||12:00 – 14:00||Registration|
|Sunday 29||10:00||Round 3|
|Monday 30||10:00||Round 5|
|Tuesday 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 will either organise a party or reserve a table at a local restaurant. To reserve a place in advance please ask.
There is no separate entry fee either for the Lightning Tournament or for the Pair Go Tournament. These are included in the main entry fee as are lectures or any other side event.
|Full||Student||Junior (under 18)|
|Early Bird (Registration before 1 November)||£35||£25||£15|
|Late (Registration after 21st December)||£55||£44||£33|
|Surcharge||£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 takes place when the tournament starts. There is no need to pay your entry fee before then.
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 email us with your preferred strength.
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.
There is no accommodation on site however we do have a list of nearby hotels and hostels, many of which are within a 15 minute walk.
Check our list of hotels and accommodation sites
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
|1st place||2nd place||3rd place|
|Below the Bar||£100||£50||£20|
|10 kyu or weaker on registration||£30||£15||£5|
Tournament Certificates will be awarded to anyone with five wins or more.
Lightning Tournament: 1st £60, 2nd £30
Pair Go: 1st team £60, 2nd team £30
ABOUT THE LONDON OPEN
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