T Mark Hall Rapid Play Weekend

Date(s) - 29/09/2018 - 30/09/2018
All Day

London Go Centre

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The new annual event is in memory of T Mark Hall, who left a legacy to establish a London Go Centre.

It is over a weekend with two separate tournaments:

  • Day 1: T Mark Hall Rapid Play Tournament – 5 round individual, 40 minutes sudden death
  • Day 2  International Teams Tournament (run since 1992) 3 round, 45 minute, sudden death.

Both tournaments are class C for EGF rating.

You will pay the entry fee appropriate to the date you pre-register (see below).  Please mention if you are playing on Saturday, Sunday or both.

The winner of the  T Mark Hall Rapid Play Tournament will be the proud holder of the T Mark Hall Memorial Trophy for one year and their name engraved.

Teams compete for the Kobayashi Trophy

Cash prizes are also awarded,  please read on.


You may register for one or both events.  Please indicate if you are playing on the Saturday, Sunday or both.

The team tournament is for teams of three players.  The original idea was that each team represents a country but in recent years we have relaxed that rule. If you want to play but don’t have two willing Go playing friends contact us and we will try to match you up.

Formal entry and payment begins at the start of each day however if you pre-register now, (indicated which or both days) on attending you will pay the fee associated with the date you applied (fee schedule below).

On Saturday evening there will be a casual alternate games . It will follow a similar format to that used in  the Isle of Man tournament and will likely feature Chess, Monopoly, Bridge, Poker, Bananagrams and any other games people bring.


The London Go Centre is located in Shepherds Bush (opposite GoldHawk Road tube), along a pssage to the right of Sainsbury’s

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.

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.

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.

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.


Day 1 – Inaugural T Mark Hall Rapid play Tournament

Saturday 29th 09:00 Registration opens
09:45 Registration closes
10:00 Round 1
11:30 Round 2
13:30 Round 3
15:00 Round 4
16:30 Round 5
18:00 Prize giving
18:30  Buffet (included in entry fee)
19:00 Alternative games evening


Day 2 – International Team Tournament

Sunday 30th 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 15th Sept
15th Sept and later
Rapid Play
£15 £20
Team £10 each player £15 each player
Both £20 £25
£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: admin@west.londongo.club titled “TMH weekend ” with your grade, club and country (together with your EGD PIN if you have one) Please indicate whether you want to play on one day or both.

If you are entering the team tournament please provide the other names or indicate if you would like to be matched up.


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:

Rapid Play 40 minutes sudden death
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
 10 kyu or weaker on registration £10

Team Tournament

1st team 2nd team 3rd place
Main £30 £18 £12
Handicap £24 £15 £9


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


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