Qualification System of The World Championship

There are many of you wondering how does the qualification system of the world championship really work. What should the player do to get to the finals of World Championship. The information below gives the clear guidelines for that.


The A-final is the round robin tournament with 12 players who play 11 games during the tournament. The winner of the tournament will get the title of the World Champion. Before the beginning of the tournament the 12 players have to be decided first. Below is the table that illustrates how the 12 seats are taken.

1The Winner of last World Championship
2National Place for last WC 2nd place
3National Place for last WC 3rd place
4National Place for last WC 4th place
5National Place for last WC 5th place
6National Place for last WC 6th place
7National Place for last WC 7th place
8The 1st place of Qualification Tournament
9The 2nd place of Qualification Tournament
10The 3rd place of Qualification Tournament
11The 4th place of Qualification Tournament
12Organizing Country or The 5th place of QT



Sometimes A-final is mistakenly called Men's World Championship. However it is a mistake. The World Championship sets no limits to the age or gender. So, a female player or a child may play freely in A-final is one gets the valid seat.


This is a tournament that is usually played in Swiss system with as many players as the limitations allow. The best players of the QT will get the seats in A-final. The number of the best QT players who get the Seats in A-final depends on the situation of A-final Seats. Usually there are 5 seats given to the best QT players. However, the number may be 4 or greater than 5 in some cases (see the explanations above).
The QT is played a few days before the beginning of A-final, usually in the same location as A-final.
Below are the rules that explain who have the right to play in QT.




The International Open Tournament is a tournament with lots of players, played usually in Swiss System, at the same time as the A-final. This tournament offers no titles, however, there is a benefit for top 3 of the tournament: The top 3 players will earn Personal Places for the next International Qualification Tournament (QT). Anyone has a right to play in BT without any limits. No matter if the player or old or young, beginner or strong player - all are welcome! Open Tournament is like a renju party that entertains all the people during the 7 days while A-final is going.
Usually those who play in QT but do not succeed to reach to A-final, they will play in BT instead. Since it is quite unofficial tournament (except for the rule about the rights of top 3), the organizers have full rights to decide how the tournament is to be carried out, as long as it is played, of course, by the RIF renju rules.