News No. 347, 2013-02-09
Published by Dmitry Epifanov

Dear renju players!

2013 Correspondence Renju World Championship will be held in 3 leagues:
High League (Group A, 10 participants), First League (Groups B, C, 12 participants each), Second League (Groups D, E). The size of the Second League is an approximation and will be finally set before the beginning of the tournament.

High League (HL) will be created from top 5 players from the previous group A, 2 top players from each of groups B and C. 1 player with the highest correspondence rating but without direct right to play in HL will be added. The places are inheritable. Thus, if one of top 2 players doesn't sign up, his right to play goes to a player who achieved the 3rd place in the same group and so on.

Players who achieved 6-10 places in group A as well as 3-8 places in group B, C and 1-4 places from group D will form the First League (new groups B, C).
2 top-rated players without direct right to play in FL will be added. The places are inheritable within a group too.

All others, i.e. 9th-11th places from B,C, 5th-10th from D and all new players will form Second League (SL).

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 Taraguchi certified rule for the group A.
The opening rule is Soosyrv-7 certified expansion for the Soosyrv certified rule for groups B, C, D.

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 Council instead of Chief Referee.

Starting date is March 20th, 2013.
Deadline for applications is March 15th, 2013.

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 a famous 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 to the following e-mail addresses: and

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.

Correspondence rating-list is now available at:

Friendly yours, Epifanov Dmitry.

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