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Japan, Kyoto, August 1989 (08-02 - 08-06), RIF rule

Final Standings:

1Nakamura ShigeruJapan ½11111111
2Nara HidekiJapan½ 011111½17
3Nishimura ToshioJapan01 10110116
4Hasegawa KazutoJapan000 ½11111
5Mikhailov NikolayUzbekistan (USSR)001½ 01½½1
6Bobkov EvgeniyRussia (USSR)00001 01114
7Sundling IngvarSweden000001 1103
8Kozhin MikhailRussia (USSR)0010½00 01
9Gardström PetterSweden0½00½001 02
10Palmgren JanSweden000000101 2

The First Renju World Championship took place in Kyoto, Japan, August 2-6, 1989. Thanks to the effort of the first three RIF member countries the big event became reality.

Without any doubt, Nakamura was the superior player in the tournament. He won nearly every game as expected. One interesting thing that many people remember is, when Nakamura was asked after the ending of the World Championship "If in the World Championship there were 10 Japanese players, then what would be the place of the best European player in that tournament?" Nakamura smiled and replied: "The 11th". It showed a big confidence about Japan renju, and without any question - Japanese were so much stronger than the players from Europe at that time. As you can see from the tournament table, the four best players were all Japanese.

Ando Meritee