Tournament Rules

Team tournament

Blitz Tournament


Please note: To meet the schedule, the tournament administration may, 15 minutes before the next round is scheduled to start, switch a game from byoyomi to "blitz". That means both players will get an additional 7 minutes, but then have to play it out without byoyomi. This rule also applies to the ESC. This procedure was discussed with the FESA board.


The ESC tournament uses a direct elimination system. Games are played by the 32 highest rated European players competing in the ESC/WOSC event. To be be eligible to take part in the ESC, a player

The reference used to determine the 32 highest rated players is the most recently published Pan-Atlantic Shogi ELO system list at the date of the tournament. Players will be allocated to the tournament on a highest rating first basis. If 2 players have the same ELO, their allocation will be determined by draw. This may include determination of whether players are allocated to place 32 or are immediately allocated to the 1st round of the WOSC tournament.

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Once the ESC places are allocated, pairings are determined using a fixed elimination system according to the ELO ranking:

The rounds of the ESC are played in parallel to the 5 first rounds of the WOSC.
Players eliminated from ESC are immediately included in the WOSC players list to take part in the following round. Points earned in the ESC are carried into the WOSC under the Mac-Mahon system. ESC players will be allocated the points of the Mac-Mahon group corresponding to their ELO rating, except that players who play in round two of the ESC are given points corresponding to the top group of the WOSC.