46th London Open Go Congress

Date(s) - 28/12/2019 - 31/12/2019
12:00 am

London Go Centre

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This is a seven round EGF Class A Bonus Point Tournament Level C in the European Grand Prix (Photo) with side events, together with lectures and games review by  Cătălin Țăranu,  5P

Pre-registration is now closed

However it is usual for there to be cancellations . If you want to be added to the waiting list please continue.

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

You can pre-register now (if this link doesn’t work in your email client please see “registration”, 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 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.

Getting there

There is usually some engineering work on rail and tube at this time of year. 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.

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.

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. A letter of sponsorship or explanation might help you. To request such a letter please ask us.


Saturday 28 12:00 – 14:00 Registration
14:15 Opening Ceremony
14:30 Round 1
18:30 Round 2
Sunday 29 10:00 Round 3
14:15 Round 4
18:30 Lecture
19:15 Pair Go
Monday 30 10:00 Round 5
14:15 Round 6
18:30 Lecture
19:15 Lightning
Tuesday 31 10:00 Round 7
13:30 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 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
Standard £46 £35 £24
Late (Registration after 21st December) £55 £44 £33
Day rate £19 £15 £9
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. 


You can pre-register now and you will pay the entry fee  for your date of entry

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


The  list of pre-registered players is 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.


The London Open is conducted according to British Go Association Rules, broadly as follows:

Komi 7½ points
Handicap (if required) McMahon difference – 1
Digital Timing (default) 70 minutes +10 seconds/move (Fischer Time)
Analogue Timing (only if needed) 90 minutes main time (either player 19 kyu or stronger), 60 minutes otherwise,  then 20 moves in 5 minutes (Canadian Overtime).  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 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
Main £250 £100 £50
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


Information about the history of the London Open can be found here.


We have no intention to misuse your data. The only way we use your data is for Go related purposes. Please read our Data Usage and Protection Policy It is a condition of entry that we can publish the results.