2nd Not The London Open

Date(s) - 25/05/2019 - 27/05/2019
12:00 am

London Go Centre


With financial support from:

Central London Go Club


This is a six round tournament with side events, lectures and games reviews by Antti Törmänen, 1p, thanks to Nihon Ki-in.  Antti will also be signing copies of his new book Rational Endgame.

There will be a free buffet on Saturday night and we will will organise some suitable events for the evening.

You will pay the entry fee appropriate to the date you pre-register (if this link doesn’t work see “registration”, below).

Prizes include:

  • Main tournament first prize £100
  • First “below the bar” £60
  • 4 wins or more £20
  • The best performing player 10 kyu or weaker on registration £20
  • Lightning 1st prize £20


Formal entry and payment begins at 10am on Saturday 25th May. If you pre-register now on attending you will pay the fee associated with the date you applied (fee schedule below).


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.

Getting There

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.

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 the British Go Association will help your application. To request such a letter please ask.



Saturday 25 10:00 lectures/reviews
12:00 Formal registration starts
13:00 Round 1
15:30 Round 2
18:00 Free Buffet
18:30 Lecture
19:00 Book signing,
19:30 Casual games, Go videos
Sunday 26 10:00 Round 3
13:30 Round 4
16:30 Round 5
19:00 Lightning Go Tournament
Monday 27 10:00 Round 6
13:00 Round Up Lecture
14:00 Closing Ceremony




There is no separate entry fee to the Lightning Tournament for those playing in the Main Tournament otherwise there is a fee of £5.

Full Student Junior (under 18)
Pre-registration on or before 12th May
£30 £20 £10
Pre-registration after 13th May £35 £25 £15
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 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, please just send an email to londongocentre@gmail.com titled “NTLO 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 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.


Not The London Open is conducted according to British Go Association Rules, broadly as follows:

Playing time 60 minutes
Canadian Overtime 15 moves in 5 minutes, increasing by 5 stones for each subsequent period
Komi 7½ points
Handicap McMahon, difference – 1 (where required)

Players are required to be familiar with the Canadian Overtime Procedure (pdf).


Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st place 2nd place 3rd place
Main £100 £50 £30
Below the Bar £60 £30 £20
10 kyu or weaker on registration £20 £10 £5

Prizes for the Lightning Tournament: 1st £20, 2nd £10

Tournament Certificates will be awarded to anyone with four wins or more.


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

Check our list of hotels and accommodation sites


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