1st Kyu Players weekend

Date(s) - 04/05/2019 - 06/05/2019
12:00 am

London Go Centre

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This is a three day event on the first May Bank holiday weekend. The Bar Low is specifically for kyu players and the MacMahon bar is set no higher than 3 kyu (so far it has always been 5 kyu or lower)

    • May 4:  Training groups with four strong players
    • May 5:  22nd Bar Low tournament – kyu players only  EGF Class C.
    • May 6:  self-pairing – no schedule,  play whenever you are ready EGF Class C.

On Saturday night we will provide a light buffet and expect to formally open the T Mark Hall library.

The training session will be a rotating series of lectures and simultaneous play as follows:

    • Charles Hibbert, 3 dan:  Avoiding zero point moves in the middle game
    • Daniel Hu, 4 dan:  Thickness after Alpha Go
    • Joanne Leung, 2 dan:  simultaneous training games
    • Jonathan Turner, 2 dan:  Go Proverbs
    • All:  kibitzing your casual games (informal playing and audience participation)

Thanks  to a sponsor who prefers to remain anonymous:

    • The weekend is free of charge for anyone aged under 18
    • There is a discount for full time students
    • The Bar Low  is free of charge if you  enter either of the other two events

Prizes include copies of books by Yuan Zhou, for example:

Formal entry and payment begins one hour before the start of activities on each day.

If you pre-register early  indicating the days you will be attending you will pay the fee associated with the date you applied (entry and fee schedule below).


Saturday 4

Training Day



10:00 registration opens
11:00 1st session
11:45 break
12:00 2nd session  
12:45 lunch (not provided)
13:30 3rd session
14:15 break
14:30 4th session
15:15 break
15:45 lecture Joanne Leung’s observations
16:15 break
17:00 kibitzing casual games and move discussion
19:00 light buffet (provided)
Sunday 5

Bar Low

10:00 registration opens
11:00 Round 1
12:30 Round 2
14:15 Round 3
15:45 Round 4
17:15 Round 5
18:30  prize giving
Monday 6

Self Pairing

11:00 Round 1 by grade
13:00 Round 2+ self-paired < 5 stones  handicap
18:30 closing ceremony


Adult Student Junior (under 18)
Sat 4 May
£10 £5 £ free
Sun 5 May
£5 £5 £ free
Sun 5 May
£5 £5 £ free
Discount Sunday (Bar Low) is free to enter if you attend on either Saturday or Sunday
Surcharge £5 (all ages) if you do not pre-register or do so after 21st April

£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 on the day of each of the events. 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 “1st Kyu Players Weekend” with your grade, club and country (together with your EGD PIN if you have one) and the days you wish to attend.


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.


Tournaments at the London Go Centre are conducted according to British Go Association Rules, broadly as follows:

Playing time 25 minutes
Canadian Overtime 20 moves in 5 minutes sudden death
Komi 7½ points
Handicap McMahon, difference – 1 (where required)

Players are required to be familiar with the Canadian Overtime Procedure (pdf). The BGA is currently exploring Fischer time and we might adopt this on the day.


Prizes will be awarded as follows:

Bar Low

the prizes will be from a choice of books for the first three players and anyone with four wins or more.

Self-pairing tournament

    • 1st place: £15
    • 2nd place: £10
    • 3rd place: £5


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 suitable 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.


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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