- Eight-round Swiss system.
- All games played on even, with Black giving a komi of 6 1/2 points.
- All games will use latest tournament clocks with sound. The time allowance is 60 minutes per player. When a player's time allowance expires, he will be given 30 seconds byo-yomi for three times. If a player fails to play a move within 30 seconds at third time, his or her clock will stop and he will be declared to have lost on time.
- If a player is more than 15 minutes late, he will lose by default. If a player is less than 15 minutes late, up to 30 minutes will be deducted from his time allowance.
- The tournament rules shall be the same as the World Amateur Go Championship Rules. Any problems that arise will be settled by the referees.
- Referees will be Nihon Ki-in and Kansai Ki-in professional players.
- In the 1st round, partners will be decided by drawing lots.
- In the 2nd round on, first-round winners will be paired against each other and first-round losers will be paired against each other.
- From the 3rd round on, pairings will be made as far as possible with players close to each other on points.
Determining the final order
- Players will be ranked in the order of their total number of wins.
- When players have the same number of wins, they will be ranked in the order of their SOS (sum of opponents' scores).
- When players are still tied, they will be ranked in the order of their SOSOS (sum of opponents' SOSes).
- If players are still tied, the winner of a direct encounter between the players concerned will be ranked higher.
- If players are still tied, they will be given the same place.
- Setting of clocks
Clocks will be set for 60 minutes. When 60 minutes are used up, 30 seconds byo-yomi will automatically start. A player will be given three times for 30 seconds byo-yomi. If a player plays a move within 30 seconds, it means that his byo-yomi time is not used up at all. But, if a player uses up byo-yomi for second time, you must play a move within the 30 seconds. Otherwise, the player loses on time.
If a player does not notice that he or she has lost on time, the opponent can inform him or her and declare the game over. If any doubts arise at this time, a referee should be called to adjudicate. If neither player notices that the time has expired, the tournament officials are empowered by the referees to declare the loss on time. In such a case, please comply with the official's directions and immediately end the game.
- Beginning of the game
A referee or a member of the tournament staff will give the signal to conduct nigiri. After deciding the colors by nigiri, the player with white can start his or her opponent's clock.
- Giving advice forbidden
It is forbidden to give any advice to the players during games or during the breaks.
- As far as possible, please avoid private conversation during games.
- If a problem arises during play, press the red button on the centre of the clock once. This will stop the clock. Then please call a tournament official.