45th London Open Go Congress

Date(s) - 28/12/2018 - 31/12/2018
12:00 am

London Go Centre

Categories No Categories

With financial support from:

Prizes donated by:


Please note the new venue and that there is no on-site accommodation (but we have researched options).

As usual this is a seven round tournament with side events, lectures and games review by an EGF Professional. 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 £50 prize.

Ali Jabarin,  2p will provide teaching and game analysis for tournament participants.

Zoé Constans will be sketching players which will be available to purchase.  Previous attendees of the European Go Congress will need no introduction.

The NYE meal will be in a local restaurant.


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

London travel information may be found here with any changes here. The tube and bus network is fully functioning during the tournament, but buses don’t accept cash and cash fares on the tube are expensive. The best thing to do is get 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. 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.


Friday 28 12:00 – 14:00 Registration
14:15 Opening Ceremony
14:30 Round 1
18:30 Round 2
Saturday 29 10:00 Round 3
14:15 Round 4
18:30 Lecture
19:15 Pair Go
Sunday 30 10:00 Round 5
14:15 Round 6
18:30 Lecture
19:15 Lightning
Monday 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 reserve a table from 7pm for 30 covers at a local restaurant. To reserve a place in advance please ask. If sufficient early interest is shown we will adjust our booking.


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.


22nd November 2018:

We have stopped pre-registration as the new venue has a limited capacity.  Unless you live locally, we do not recommend attending speculatively as we cannot guarantee you will get a place.

We will be holding a similar tournament in May 2019, the  2nd Not The London Open and it is possible to pre-register for that now

Formal registration takes place when the tournament starts. There is no need to pay your entry fee before then. 

If you want to informed if a place becomes available, please just send an email to londongocentre@gmail.com with your grade, club and country (together with your EGD PIN if you have one) and let us know if you are a full time student or under 18.


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.


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
Main £250 £100 £50
Below the Bar £100 £50 £20
 10 kyu or weaker on registration £30 £15 £5

Guo Juan’s Internet Go School has donated gift certificates:

four highest SDKs  €99,  €99,  €49,  €25

four highest DDKs €49,  €49,   €25,  €25

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.


By entering a tournament you agree to the tournament results being shared with the British Go Association and the EGF Database

Unless you instruct us otherwise,  now or subsequently,  we will keep your email address for the sole purpose of advising you of future Go related events.

We will not use your email address for any other purpose.