News No. 322, 2010-12-02
Published by Dmitry Epifanov

Dear renju players!

Let me introduce you Taraguchi-based World Championship 2011 in Correspondence Renju!

2011 Correspondence Renju World Championship will be held in 3 leagues:

High League (Group AR, 10 participants, RIF rule), First League (Groups B, C, 12 participants each, Taraguchi Rule), Second League (Groups D, E, F, G, Taraguchi Rule). The size of the Second League is an approximation and will be finally set before the beginning of the tournament.

The AR tournament will not affect the participation in the next High League because of the changing of rules. But it is permitted for AR participants to sign up and play in groups B, C.

8 top players from Groups B and C (4 players from each) and 2 players with the highest correspondence rating will play in the High League next year (with Taraguchi certified rule) instead of 10 players of this High League.

8 top players from Groups D-G (2 players from each) will play in the First League next year instead of 8 bottom players from Groups B and C (4 players from each).

The tournament is held at Renju Offline Server (
Please note that this server doesn't support playing via e-mails, only via the interface.
The opening rule is RIF standart rule for AR group, Taraguchi certified rule for groups B, C, D and others. This is the last year when RIF rules are being played in the High League.

Time control - 135 days to each player for all game, and 115 days if both players represent the same country. Besides that, there is an additional rule used at the server - 21 days per 1 move (this rule is only server's rule, therefore referee does not stop games by this rule; but the server does!). After 150 moves a game is declared as a draw.

If player abandons the tournament thus forfeiting a significant number of games then he may be disqualified and all his games are considered as losses. The decision about disqualification is being made by Chief Referee in the First League, in the Second league and in the Qualification Tournament and by Referee Council in the High League.

NB: Dear players! Please, respect each other! Play renju according to "fair play" spirit! If Chief Referee recognizes that some player makes some "unfair" action (for example, resigns or suggests a draw in an absolutely winning position or doesn't stop an opponent's "four" etc.) to let his opponent get better tournament result, the Referee can exclude that participant from the tournament and declare all his games lost. In the High League such exclusion also may be made but by Referee Counsil instead of Chief Referee.

Starting date is February 1st, 2011.
Deadline for applications is January 25th, 2011.

All renju fans are invited to take part in the tournament!

An application should consist of:
1. Your full name
2. Your userid at Renju Offline server
3. Country and city where you live
4. Contact e-mail
5. Contact person: full name, mobile and e-mail of renju player who is ready to confirm your participation and proof your identity.
This person may be your club leader or player, just a good friend of you (maybe from the other country). If you experience problems with finding such a person, feel free to contact Referee to solve this problem together.
6. Your postal address (mandatory for High League participants, not needed for First League and Second League players).

Please, send your applications on two e-mail addresses:
in order to prevent mail delivery problems.

Every application will be answered. So if your application wasn't answered in a week, please try to re-send your application or connect me any in any other way such as private message via Renju Offline (userid Owen) or even SMS to number + 7 916 634 89 54.

Friendly yours, Epifanov Dmitry.

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