The idea of World Championships was discussed in the first RIF meeting in 1988. At that time, there were only 3 renju countries Japan, Sweden, USSR. It was decided that the First Renju World Championship should be held in Kyoto a year later - in 1989.Everybody was waiting for this big event excitedly. It was the first time the peope from western countries could have a chance to see the legendary Shigeru Nakamura playing the tournament games. That was the beginning of the history of Renju World Championships...
Qualification Tournament (QT) and Open Tournament (BT)
The System and Rules of World Championship