Basic information and rules

Gomokuworld's Online World Blitz Cup (WBC) is a championship in one-minute gomoku and open to everyone. One-minute gomoku means swap2 gomoku games with the time control 1 min per player and game and is a highly involving kind of sport enjoyed by many gomoku players. To excel in it, one has to posses a whole bunch of various skills and abilities - the ability to think very fast and accurately, intuition, time management, emotion control, a lot of learned gomoku shapes, and fine motor skills. It is a highly intellectually demanding activity that causes strong adrenaline rushes.

The first WBC was organised last year and was a total success. There were 91 participants from 20 countries, including many elite gomoku players - in particular, 8 out of 12 participants of the A tournament of the World Gomoku Championship 2017 held in Prague. Both competitions were won by one and the same person - Zoltán László from Hungary. You can read more about the WBC 2017 at its official website: sites.google.com/site/worldblitzcup2017

The WBC 2018 continues the excellent tradition. The tournament will determine who is currently the best on the planet at one-minute gomoku as well as help popularise gomoku in general and let many people fulfil their competitive instinct and experience strong emotions to spice up their lives. 

There is an important modification to the tournament formula: The group stage is now followed by a double elimination stage rather than by a play-off stage. Every participant of the group stage advances to the double elimination stage and retains the opportunity to win the entire championship, but those who finish first or second in their groups in the group stage have a big advantage: They are eliminated after two lost matches in the double elimination stage, while all others – after just one.

Another change is that each match of the group stage stops as soon as the winner is determined, i.e., as soon as one of the players has 11 wins.

These two changes were introduced following a survey of the gomoku community. 

Apart from these two changes, the rules stay basically as they were.

Summary of the most essential rules (i.e., those that every participant must know): 
    English: file WBC2018-ENG-SHORT.PDF below
    Hungarian: file WBC2018-HUN-SHORT.PDF below
    Polish: file WBC2018-POL-SHORT.PDF below
    Russian: file WBC2018-RUS-SHORT.PDF below

Full version of the rules: file WBC2018-ENG.PDF below
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