43rd London Open Go Congress 2016

28th - 31st December 2016
International Students House (ISH)

Main tournament first prize £250 (approx €280)

First "below the bar" £100 (approx €110)

Lightning 1st prize £60 (approx €70)

Pair Go 1st prize £60 (approx €70)

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.

Cătălin Țăranu, 5p will provide teaching and game analysis for tournament participants.


Formal entry begins at midday on 28th December, however you may register now.


The venue, ISH, is located in central London (map). They reserve a certain amount of accommodation for tournament participants (and those accompanying them). However, the venue is popular at this time of year so, if you are planning to stay there, early booking is advisable. Please read the accommodation booking procedure.

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 email us. In all cases early application for a visa is advisable.

Getting around

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

Travel by car is not recommended as on-street parking is expensive. There is little parking at ISH which is both chargeable and has to be pre-booked.


Tuesday 27 18:00 - 22:00  Organisers available for arrivals
from abroad in the Portland room.
Wednesday 2812:00 - 14:00 Registration
14:15 Opening Ceremony
14:30Round 1
18:30 Round 2
Thursday 2910:00Round 3
14:15Round 4
18:30 Lecture
19:15 Pair Go
Friday 30 10:00 Round 5
14:15Round 6
18:30 Lecture
19:15 Lightning
Saturday 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 Italian restaurant. To reserve a place in advance please email us. If sufficient early interest is shown we will adjust our booking.


There is no separate entry fee to the Lightning or Pair Go Tournaments. These are included in the main entry fee:

Entry Fee Full Student Junior (Under 18)
Early bird (Registration on or before 1st November) £35 £25 £15
Standard £46 £35 £24
Late (Registration after 15th December) £55 £44 £33
Day rate (before 1 Nov) £13 £10 £6
Surcharge £10 if you are not a member your national Go Association

Payment is in pounds Sterling on the first day of attendance before play (may be by cash or credit/debit card).


Prizes will be awarded as follows:

Category 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

This year we are also offering prizes for the Lightning Tournament: 1st £60, 2nd £30 and Pair Go: 1st team £60, 2nd £30

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


(UK entrants) Please use our Registration system to enter. If you're uncertain whether your entry has been accepted, just check our list of Pre-registered Players.

(Non-UK entrants): Please send an email including your name, strength, country, club and email address to london-open@britgo.org

If you get a security certificate error on your browser, please accept it as okay to continue.

Our Tournament Registration system currently only handles those attending for the full four days. If you wish to enter for only a selected number of days, please email us.

Formal entry begins at midday on 28th December. However pre-registration helps us and is cheaper for you.

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 you wish your name to be removed from the online list after submitting your registration then contact us.

We ask you to enter using your grade. This helps us plan the tournament, but is not necessarily used for the draw, which will use your EGD rating (GoR). See below for how we set your initial McMahon Score.


The London Open is conducted according to British Go Association Rules, broadly as follows:

Playing time 90 minutes if either player is 19 kyu or stronger, 60 minutes otherwise
Canadian Overtime 20 moves in 5 minutes
Komi 7½ points
Handicap McMahon difference - 1 (where required)

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


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 tell us.


If you want to get an idea about the event, before deciding to come, please take a look here where you will find reports, results and photo galleries from the 2012 London Open and the London Pair Go.

The tournament is receiving support from Google Deep Mind, the Central London Go Club, the Nippon Club and the British Go Association.


We are hoping to provide a book stall, but this is not confirmed yet.

David Ward Cup

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.


ISH offers accommodation on site in single, twin and multi-bedded rooms. Tournament participants will be entitled to a discount. Quieter single and double rooms are available at the Mary Trevellan Hall (MTH) which is an annex to the main ISH site situated about a 10 minutes walk away. Ask to be placed in MTH if you wish for peace on New Year’s Eve.

Enquiries should go to ISH (not us) by email or telephone (+44 20 7631 8310) mentioning you are a participant in the Go tournament. While you can use their booking system using an modern browser (old browsers may fail), it will not be able to identify you as a tournament participant so you will not receive the discount.


p>Unfortunately ISH will not be able to process requests for accommodation until the middle of November

Price band Rates for Go Congress participants Published Rack Rate from 1st September 2016
Single Room £45 £50.00
Twin Room £33.30 £37.00
Single En-suite £52.50 £58.00
Twin En-suite £37.80 £42.00
Dormitories £24.50 £25.00
All rates are per person per night, and include a voucher worth £3.30 towards breakfast and free wi-fi.

Note that single and twin rooms often do not become available until nearer the event when more resident students notify ISH that they do not need their rooms at the New Year period.

Other off-site accommodation can be found from a number of websites including airbnb, homestay, Wake Up London, London Town or Visit Britain.

Last updated Fri Oct 21 2016. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.