The IMSA World Masters Championship is held in Hengshui, China on May 12–19. The full schedule of the event has been decided as follows:
May 12: Arrival Day
May 13: Opening Ceremony at 19:00
May 14: 1st round of the Teams Championship at 9:30 and 2nd round at 14:00
May 15: 3rd round of the Teams Championship at 9:30 and 4th round at 14:00
May 16: 5th round of the Teams Championship at 9:30; 1st round of Pairs Championship at 14:00; Awards ceremony at 19:00
May 17: 2nd round of the Pairs Championship at 9:30 and 3rd round at 14:00
May 18: Pairs Final at 9:00, and Awards Ceremony at 17:00
May 19: Departure
The list of participants has been announced as follows:
China: Ke Jie, Mi Yuting, Gu Zihao, Yu Zhiying, Wang Chenxing
Japan: Murakawa Daisuke, Ida Atsushi, Motoki Katsuya, Mukai Chikai, Nyu Eiko
Korea: Shin Jinseo, Lee Ji Hyun, Park Jeong Hwan, Choi Jeong, Oh Yujin
Chinese Taipei: Yuan-Jyun Wang, Li-Hsiang Lin, Hao-Hung Hsu, Joanne Missingham, Hsin-Hui Pai
Europe: Ilya Shikshin, Pavol Lisy, Mateusz Surma, Natalia Kovaleva, Ariane Ougier
North America: Ryan Li, William Shi, Eric Lui, Xuefen Lin, Gabriella Su
Finally, the competition rules of the three tournaments are as follows. All games use Chinese rules, with black giving a komi of 3.75 stones.
Men’s team tournament: six teams of three players each. Single round robin, one or two games a day (five rounds in total). 60 minutes thinking time with three periods of 30-second byo-yomi.
Women’s team tournament: six teams of two players each. Single round robin, one or two games a day (five rounds in total). 60 minutes thinking time with three periods of 30-second byo-yomi.
Pair go: eight pairs (China, Japan, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, North America, Europe, and two pairs chosen through wild card). Single knockout, one or two rounds a day over two days. 60 minutes thinking time with three periods of 30-second byo-yomi.