London Go Centre
TMark Hall bequeathed a legacy with which he wished a new London Go Centre to be established. The solution eventually chosen was to co-locate with the Young Chelsea Bridge Club, and so in 2018 the Centre re-opened.
In February 2018 a tournament was held to celebrate its re-opening, it now regularly hosts the London Open event.
The original 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.
The Central London Go Club emerged from the original 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 and now meets on Saturday at the Inn of Courts public house in Holborn, Central London.
T Mark Hall left a legacy in the hope that a new London Go Centre could be established which, thanks to a supportive Bridge club in west London http:///ycbc.co.uk led to it being re-established http://gocentre.londongo.club
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