International Team Tournament 2019

Date(s) - 03/11/2019
9:00 am - 6:30 pm

London Go Centre

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Since 1992 teams of three players have competed in the International Teams Tournament.

The intention is to have two divisions allowing both strong and weaker teams to participate. Strongest and weakest team members should be no more than ten grades different and teams must represent a location, preferably a country (tenuous links allowed) or alternatively a Go club. A team’s captain should be indicated with a ‘(c)’.

The trophy (see below) presented to the overall winners .


The trophy was donated by Kobayashi Yukata before returning to Japan 1992. He worked in London for Toyota Tsusho. He was a keen Go player and member of Nippon Igo Kai, whose financial support is gratefully acknowledged.

This page will have further details of how to register soon, but please start preparing your teams.


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.


Sunday 3rd Nov 09:30 Registration opens
10:15 Registration closes
10:30 Round 1
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Round 2
14:30 Round 3
16:30 Prize giving


Before 19th October
19th October and later
Team £10 each player £15 each player
£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: titled “ITT 2019 ” with team name, players grades and country (together with their EGD PINs where appropriate)


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:

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


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


We have no intention to misuse your data. The only way we use your data is for Go related purposes. Our  Data Usage and Protection Policy is here