World Champions


NAKAMURA SHIGERU  
Japan  
World Champion in 1989 and 1991

Nakamura Shigeru won the World Championship twice in 1989 and 1991, and is also the first world champion in Renju history. Up to 2017, Nakamura had participated in the World Championship AT 4 times.

Up to 2014, as a member of the Japanese team, Nakamura had participated in the Team World Championship 3 times, and won the Team World Championship in 2012. 

In Japan, since Nakamura won the first Japanese Meijin in 1975, he had won a total of 30 Meijin titles up to 2020. Up to 2021, Nakamura had also won the All Japanese Renju Championship 8 times. In 2019, the Japanese Renju Federation awarded Nakamura the title of the “7th Lifetime Meijin”.

So far, Nakamura has been regarded as a legend in the renju world.


ANDO MERITEE  
Estonia  
World Champion in 1993, 1999, 2001 and 2005

Ando Meritee won the World Championship 4 times in 1993, 1999, 2001 and 2005, and is also the first world champion from Europe. Up to 2005, Meritee had participated in the World Championship AT 7 times, and is also the player who had won the most number of World Championships.

Up to 2014, as a member of the Estonian team, Meritee had participated in the Team World Championship 4 times, and won the Team World Championship in 2014. 

In 1999, Meritee played a “Match of Two Titans” with Nakamura Shigeru, and won the match with a score of 3.5:2.5. For a long time, Meritee was regarded as the strongest player in Europe, and also one of the strongest players in the world.


KAWAMURA NORIHIKO  
Japan  
World Champion in 1995

Kawamura Norihiko won the World Championship in 1995. Up to 1997, Kawamura had participated in the World Championship AT twice.

In 2010, as a member of the Japanese team, Kawamura participated in the Team World Championship in Tokyo, Japan, and got the 3rd place. 

Up to 2004, Kawamura had won the title of Japanese Meijin 3 times.


HASEGAWA KAZUTO  
Japan  
World Champion in 1997

Hasegawa Kazuto won the World Championship in 1997. Up to 1999, Hasegawa had participated in the World Championship AT 5 times.

Up to 2010, as a member of the Japanese team, Hasegawa had participated in the Team World Championship 3 times, and his best result was the 3rd place in 2000 and 2010. 

Up to 2009, Hasegawa had won the title of Japanese Meijin 6 times.


TUNNET TAIMLA  
Estonia  
World Champion in 2003 and 2013

Tunnet Taimla won the World Championship twice in 2003 and 2013. In 2003, Taimla won the World Championship at the age of 15, and became the youngest world champion until then in history. Up to 2015, Taimla had participated in the World Championship AT 7 times.

Up to 2016, as a member of the Estonian team, Meritee had participated in the Team World Championship 9 times, and won the Team World Championship 3 times in 2008, 2014 and 2016. 

In 2002, Taimla also won the Youth World Championship in Group B in Podyuga, Russia.


WU DI  
China  
World Champion in 2007

Wu Di won the World Championship in 2007. Up to 2009, Wu Di had participated in the World Championship AT twice.

In 2008, as a member of the Chinese team, Wu Di participated in the Team World Championship in Helsinki, Finland, and got the 3rd place.


VLADIMIR SUSHKOV  
Russian Renju Association  
World Champion in 2009 and 2017

Vladimir Sushkov won the World Championship twice in 2009 and 2017. Up to 2019, Sushkov had participated in the World Championship AT 10 times.

Up to 2018, as a member of the Russian team, Sushkov had participated in the Team World Championship 10 times, and won the Team World Championship 3 times in 2000, 2004 and 2006. 

Up to 2009, Sushkov had won the Russian Renju Championship 3 times.


CAO DONG  
China  
World Champion in 2011 and 2019

Cao Dong won the World Championship twice in 2011 and 2019. Up to 2019, Cao Dong had participated in the World Championship AT 4 times.

Up to 2018, as a member of the Chinese team, Cao Dong had participated in the Team World Championship 4 times, and won the Team World Championship twice in 2010 and 2018. 

Up to 2021, Cao Dong had won the Chinese National Renju Championship 4 times.


QI GUAN  
China  
World Champion in 2015

Qi Guan won the World Championship in 2015. Up to 2017, Qi Guan had participated in the World Championship AT twice.

Up to 2016, as a member of the Chinese team, Qiguan had participated in the Team World Championship twice, and his best result was the 2nd place in 2016.

Up to 2021, Qi Guan had won the Chinese National Renju Championship twice, the Chinese National Renju Elite Tournament once, and the renju tournament of the Chinese National Mind Sports Games once.