London GO Centre
Go is probably the oldest of all known games. It is an abstract strategy game for two players in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. The game was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day.
It has been played in its present form in Japan for over eleven centuries.
In the 1920s the Nihon Ki-in was formed. Newspapers began to sponsor tournaments, a professional system was established. There are more than a dozen major tournament, with columns and game analysis every day in the national newspapers. Top players are celebrities.
The London Go Centre is a charity based in Hammersmith established largely through the legacy of T Mark Hall. His desire was that there should be a permanent home for Go in London. He was a diplomat based in Japan and he was awarded 5 Dan amateur by the Nihon Ki-in. The Nihon Ki-in have supported us in a number of ways including sending us professional players to oversee tournaments.
Our objects are to promote the game at all levels of interest. We offer lessons, lectures, social Go and run tournaments. In September we will be hosting the European Women’s Championships and next Easter we will be running the 1st London Youth Tournament. We also host the major UK tournament the London Open Go Congress between Christmas and New Year. This tournament is noted for its high levels of international participation.