London Go Centre
London Go Centre opened in March 1975 and closed on 31 October 1978. It was located at 18 Lambolle Place, Belsize Park, NW3.
The center was open from midday to 11PM every day of the year but 25 December. Stuart Dowsey established the Centre with funds raised in Japan through a committee of influential go players headed by Iwamoto Kaoru. It had only two other employees (David Mitchell and later Alison Cross). Membership peaked at around 250 players.
The Centre ran a championship tournament each year. The winners were:
1976 Y. Ohtsuka and S. Godfrey 1977 A. Ito 1978 Jim Bates
After 2 ½ years it became clear that in spite of the success the Go Centre had in promoting Go in the UK, it could not survive without a further injection of funds from Japan. Efforts were made to find new more central premises in the Covent Garden area and nearby. Initially these efforts were supported by the Nihon Kiin but as time wore on a new board of directors was elected to the Kiin and they vetoed the idea. For this reason, funds were not forthcoming, and the Centre was forced to close.Strangely enough Iwamoto Kaoro visited the centre for 2 weeks in August, just before it closed.
What became Central London Go Club was the replacement to the London Go Centre. The initial move was to the Inter-Varsity Club in London, from where it migrated to various other locations as time went by.
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