This is a seven round tournament rated EGF Class A with side events:
lightning Go
pair Go
 continuous 13×13

The top board in the main tournament will be live streamed on our YouTube channel and played on a traditional Japanese goban with slate and shell stones.

photo needed The professional-in-residence will be Stanisław Frejlak, 1p, who will be available for reviews, advice, etc. He will also give two lectures and review the final game of the top board.
The top group in the main tournament compete for the London Open Go Trophy.
The David Ward Cup in memory of the long term organiser of this tournament, will be awarded to the best placed British player in the main tournament, together with a £100 prize. (The cup and endowment has been generously donated by Helen Ward, his widow).
Prizes include
Top group 1st prize £250
Below the bar 1st prize £100
 Best single digit player kyu player £40
Best double digit player kyu player £30
Lightning 1st prize £60
Pair Go 1st team prize £60
 13×13 winner £30

Formal entry begins at midday on 28th December. However you can pre-register now (see below). You will pay the entry fee appropriate to the date you pre-registered.

There is no requirement to pay before 28th December. However in order to guarantee your place please read “pre-registration” carefully.

After the formal tournament ends the 13×13 final will be played and we are planning either an informal 9×9 or Rengo with token prizes.

There will be NYE celebrations (including an optional buffet meal) and we will see in the new year. To reserve a place for the buffet in advance please ask.


You can find out how to get to the tournament here.


There is no accommodation on site however we do have a list of hotels and other accommodation many of which are within a 15 minute walk.


Wednesday 28 12:00 – 14:00 Registration
14:15 Opening Ceremony
14:30 Round 1
18:30 Round 2
Thursday 29 10:00 Round 3
14:15 Round 4
18:15 Lecture
19:15 Pair Go
Friday 30 10:00 Round 5
14:15 Round 6
18:15 Lecture
`19:15 Lightning
Saturday 31 10:00 Round 7
13:30 Pack up
14:00 Game Commentary
14:45 Closing Ceremony
15:15 13×13 final
16:00 Rengo Tournament
18:00 New Year’s Eve Meal
till late Games and drinks


If you have finished your round in the main event or are otherwise not playing find an potential opponent and challenge them to a 13×13 game. If you want to play but can’t find an opponent then write your name on the sheet provided. If you’ve put your name on the sheet and start a game then cross it out so others know to look for another opponent. You can only play the same opponent three times

Handicaps are based on the BGA handbook. This tournament is not rated however the two players with the most wins play off on the final day after the main tournament for a £30 prize.

Note: most of the thin 19×19 boards have 13×13 on the reverse. Use an analogue clock set to 20 minutes sudden death.


If you are registered for the main tournament then there is no separate entry fee for the Lightning, Pair Go or 13×13 tournaments. These are included in the main entry fee as are lectures or any other side event.

Full Student Junior (under 18)
Early Bird (applications before 1 November) £35 £25 £15
Standard £45 £35 £25
Late (applications after 14th December) £55 £45 £35
Day rate £20 £15 £10
Side Events
If you are not registered for the congress then for each side event (lightning, pair go or 13×13) there is a fee of £10 per player (£5 for junior). For lectures you are requested to make a donation to LGC.
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 takes place when the tournament starts unless you have paid in advance. There is no obligation to pay in advance but please read “pre-registration” below.


You can pre-register now to join the registration queue. You will pay the entry fee associated with your date of pre-registration whenever you pay.

If the link doesn’t work or if you prefer, please just send an email to: titled “LOGC 2022 ” with your grade, club and country (together with your EGD PIN if you have one).

To guarantee your place you must pay in advance as detailed here and in your acknowledgement email. If you cannot attend then if we can re-use your place you will get a full refund as soon as your place is taken.

In the unlikely event that we cancel the tournament all fees will be refunded within 48hrs of the announcement.


The list of registered and pre-registered players is here. The entry list is in two sections:

    • registered players
    • pre-registered players

Registered players have paid in advance and are guaranteed a place.

Pre-registered players are in a queue by date of pre-registration.

As soon as you choose to pay you are moved to the registered players list. Once the number of registered players reaches the tournament limit the pre-registered players list becomes a waiting list.

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.


The London Open Go Congress is conducted according to adapted EGF rules and participation in the tournament implies knowledge and acceptance of these rules. A reference copy will be available during the tournament.

Komi 7½ points
Handicap (if required) McMahon difference – 1
Digital Timing (default) 50 minutes + 20 seconds/move (Fischer Time)
Analogue Timing (only if needed) 90 minutes main time then 20 moves in 5 minutes (Canadian Overtime).


Your initial McMahon score (MMS) determines who you will play in the first round. Your 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. 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.


Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st place 2nd place 3rd place
Top group
£250 £100 £50
Below the Bar £100 £50 £20
Best single digit kyu £40 £20 £10
Best double digit kyu £30 £15 £5

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


We have no intention to misuse your data. The only way we use your data is for Go related purposes. Please read our Data Usage and Protection Policy. It is a condition of entry that we can publish the details of the results.