London Open

Tournament Type: 
A
Next Tournament Date: 
28 December 2018 - 31 December 2018
Main Tournament is 7 rounds. Time limit 90 minutes with 20/5 overtime.
Venue: 
London Go Centre, 54 Goldhawk Road, London
Postcode: 
W12 8HA
Directions: 
Opposite Goldhawk Road underground station.
Current Champion: 
Weijin Chen

Major four-day McMahon tournament, held in London at the New Year.

The London Open is the UK's biggest tournament. It is always held at the new year period: 28th - 31st December. It first ran at new year 1974/75 (2nd - 5th January) and has run every new year since.

Usually over 100 players take part - even up to 150. Players battle over 4 days in 7 rounds, with long time limits. Many come from continental Europe and further away too, and usually several top European players take part. The top player gets to hold the London Open Trophy with cash prizes for the top players and prizes for other good results too. Prizes are also given for the Lightning Tournament, held one evening, and Rengo on the final afternoon.

Another evening event is the London Pair Go. Around a dozen male-female pairs compete for the best pair title. For more details see the London Pair Go Page.

There is usually a professional teacher, the most frequent one being Guo Juan from the Netherlands and Catalin Taranu from Romania. They give lectures and analyse games. Other teachers have come from Japan, Korea and China. In 2018 the teacher will be Ali Jabarin 2p.

The venue for 2018 is the London Go Centre. It is supported by the T Mark Hall Foundation and Nippon Club UK.

History

In the winners list the year shown is the old year of the new year period:

Past Winners and Results: 
  • 2017 Weijin Chen
  • 2016 Seong-Jin Kim & Qiuchi Li
  • 2015 Sai Sun
  • 2014 Chi-Min Oh
  • 2013 Yuanbo Zhang
  • 2012 Lukas Kraemer
  • 2011 Young-Sam Kim
  • 2010 Antti Tormanen
  • 2009 Zi Wang
  • 2008 Chi-Min Oh
  • 2007 Shaoyou Ouyang
  • 2006 Ondrej Silt
  • 2005 Cho, Seok-Bin
  • 2004 Zhao, Pei
  • 2003 Li, Wenhao
  • 2002 Li, Hiaou
  • 2001 Gbor Szabics
  • 2000 Kim, Seong-June
  • 1999 Zhang, Zhongyong
  • 1998 Lee, Hyuk (Grand Prix); Guo, Juan (Open cash prize)
  • 1997 Guo, Juan
  • 1996 Guo, Juan
  • 1995 Zhang, Shutai
  • 1994 Guo, Juan
  • 1993 Zhang, Shutai
  • 1992 Shen, Gruangji
  • 1991 Zhang, Shutai
  • 1990 Michael Katscher
  • 1989 Zhang, Shutai
  • 1988 Yoo, Jing-Soo
  • 1987 Terry Stacey
  • 1986 Matthew Macfadyen
  • 1985 Andre Moussa
  • 1984 Lee, Choon-Sub
  • 1983 Hosokawa, N
  • 1982 Liu, Xiao Yuang
  • 1981 Terry Stacey
  • 1980 Matthew Macfadyen
  • 1979 Robert Rehm
  • 1978 Jim Bates
  • 1977 Matthew Macfadyen
  • 1976 Jon Diamond
  • 1975 Hirama, K
  • 1974 Jon Diamond

David Ward Cup (for top British player):

  • 2017 Daniel Hu
  • 2016 Andrew Simons
  • 2015 Andrew Kay
  • 2014 Matthew Cocke
Start Year: 
1974
Normal Month: 
December
Current?: 
Current


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