The 2017 London Open, stage 4 of the UKBGF Tour, is now only a few weeks away. It will take place from 26th-28th May at Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11. Entry will be strictly limited to 128 players, 64 in the Masters and 64 in the Intermediates, and the format of the main tournament will be a Saturday Swiss qualifier followed by a last 16 knock-out, guaranteeing everyone plenty of play. Places have been booking up quickly and there are less than twenty places left in each division, so if you want to take part, do sign up now, they are likely to be all gone before the day!
The venue has a large playing room which will enable everyone to be in the same space, and we have use of a café on site from which we will provide a range of food and drinks on all three days of the tournament. Tea, coffee and some cold drinks will be included in the registration fee. Our caterers will endeavour to provide for any special dietary requirements you may have, but if you want to take advantage then you will need to register before April 30th – and in any case, registering quickly means we can guarantee to cater for the right numbers.
There will also be a £250 Super Jackpot and Warm-up tournament starting on the Friday evening, and a Consolation and Last Chance for those who fail to qualify for the last 16, as well as the usual array of side events: one point shoot outs, consulting doubles, Speedgammon and jackpots to suit all pockets).
For inexperienced tournament players there will be a Newcomer’s Tournament – costing just £10, for those who want to have a try at a major tournament for the first time without a significant financial outlay. You don’t have to be a beginner to enter! We will also be running a Quiz on Sunday, and you can enter a pool to qualify for the Blackpool Imperial Cup which takes place in June. All the proceeds from this qualifier will go to the Alzheimer’s Society, the nominated charity of the Imperial Cup.
Registration (£40) is required in advance, and you can buy your Tournament Pass here:
Entry fees will be £50 for the Masters and £10 for the Intermediates, and there will be a £5 surcharge for players who are not members of the UKBGF. There will also be side pools from £10 to £200 for those who want to top up their potential winnings. All Prize funds and side pools are returned at 95%.
Results from both main divisions will count towards the UKBGF Tour. The Tour has been very popular in the past and we anticipate high demand – the St Albans Open has a waiting list and the West Yorkshire Open has just two cancellations to fill