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( The first All England Open was held in the English town of Guildford in 1898.

The All England Open Badminton Championships is the world's oldest badminton tournament, held annually in England. With the introduction of the BWF's latest grading system, it was given Super Series status in 2007 and upgraded to Super Series Premier status in 2011.

The world's first open tournament was held in the English town of Guildford in 1898, the success of which paved the way for All England's inaugural edition, which was held at London's Horticultural Halls in 1899. Although the inaugural edition consisted of just the doubles format, the singles were introduced from the second edition onward.

It was eventually considered – especially after the first Thomas Cup series in 1949 – the unofficial world championship of the sport until 1977 when the International Badminton Federation launched its official championships.

There were two instances when it was halted – from 1915 to 1919 (due to World War I) and from 1940 to 1946 (due to World War II). The tournament has been held at eight venues and is now played at Arena Birmingham, Birmingham.


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