Tournament Formats for all Categories


Individual Categories


Open

  • 8 basic groups, top 8 players from each group go to A1 (groups 1+3+5+7) and A2 (2+4+6+8) final groups

  • Mutual matches from basic groups are counted in final groups A1/A2

  • Players who finished 9th -11th, 12th -14th etc. in basic groups go to divisions of 24 players each

  • Mutual matches from basic groups are not counted in divisions 

  • Top 16 players from each final group go to play-off

  • Bronze series will be played (best of 5), all other series in play-off are best of 7

  • Play-off in divisions: top 4 players from each division, best of 5, bronze series is not played


Juniors

  • 2 basic groups
  • Top 4 players from each basic group go to quarterfinals
  • All series are best of 7 with the exception of bronze series (best of 5)
  • There will be no placement matches between Group 1 and Group 2 for players who finished 5th and lower in their basic groups. Final standings will be made according to their position in the basic group, then according to number of points they gained in their basic group and then (if points are equal) according to goal difference


Ladies

  • 2 basic groups

  • Top 6 players from each basic group go to final group of 12 players, the rest of players go to divison

  • Mutual matches from basic groups are counted in the final group

  • Mutual matches from basic groups are counted in division, unless the number of players in division is 8 or less

  • Top 8 players from final group go to quarterfinals, all series are best of 7 with the exception of bronze series (best of 5)

  • There will be no play-off in division

Veterans

  • 4 basic groups

  • Top 6 players from each basic group go to A1 (groups 1+3) and A2 (groups 2+4) final groups

  • Players who finished 7th – 10th in each basic group go to division 1, the rest of players go to division 2

  • Mutual matches from basic groups are counted in final groups A1/A2 and in division 1

  • Mutual matches from basic groups are counted in division 2, unless the number of players in division 2 is 12 or less

  • Play-off is only played in final groups

  • Top 4 players from each final group go to quarterfinals, all series are best of 7 with the exception of bronze series (best of 5)




Team Categories



Open Teams

  • 2 basic groups

  • Top 4 teams from each basic group go to quarterfinals

  • There will be placement matches for 5th - 8th place

  • There will be placement matches for teams which finished 5th and lower in their basic groups – 5th team from group 1 plays 5th team from group 2 etc.

Junior Teams

  • 2 basic groups

  • Top 4 teams from each basic group go to quarterfinals

  • There will be placement matches for 5th - 8th place and a bronze match


Ladies Teams

  • 1 basic group

  • Top 4 teams from basic group go to semifinals

  • There will be a bronze match

Veteran Teams

  • 4 basic groups

  • Top 2 teams from each basic group go to A1 (groups 1+3) and A2 (groups 2+4) final groups, the rest of teams go to division 1 (groups 1+3) and division 2 (groups 2+4)

  • Mutual matches from basic groups are counted both in final groups, and in divisions

  • Top 4 teams from each final group A1/A2 go to quarterfinals

  • Top 4 teams from each division go to division quarterfinals

  • There will be placement matches for 5th - 8th place and a bronze match in final groups

  • There will be placement matches for 13th - 16th place and an 11th place match in final divisions




Unofficial Individual Categories


U13: Children born 2004 and later

  • 1 basic group
  • 12 rounds in the morning, 8 rounds after lunch
  • Top 8 players go to quarterfinals
  • All series are best of 5 including the bronze medal series


Superveterans: born 1967 and earlier

  • 3 basic groups
  • Top 4 players from each basic group go to final group
  • Players who finished 5th – 8th in each basic group go to division B, the rest of players go to division C
  • Mutual matches from basic groups are counted in the final group
  • Mutual matches from basic groups are counted in divisions
  • Top 8 players from final group go to quarterfinals, all series are best of 5, including the bronze medal series
  • There will be no play-off in divisions


Disabled

This category was cancelled due to insufficient number of players registered for the tournament. EC ITHF ruled that Johan Estmo (Sweden) will be granted a wild card in Veterans tournament instead, and Milan Zeman (Czech Republic) will be granted a wild card in Open category. In addition, a series of matches will be played between Estmo and Zeman.


Playing format of tournaments in all categories can also be downloaded as a PDF file.




Qualification Criteria


A. Official Categories - Individual


Standard Quotas

For each category, the maximum number of players from one country is listed below. The maximum number of players for the hosting country (Czech Republic) is given in brackets.   

Open:

8 players (12)

Women:

3 players (4)

Juniors:

3 players (4) – born 1999 and later

Veterans:

3 players (4) – born 1977 and earlier


Defending Champions

The defending world champions in each category automatically qualify for the tournament outside the standard quotas above: 

  • Maxim Borisov (RUS) in Open
  • Stanislav Lutay (RUS) in Veterans
  • Viktoria Gorodnickaja (RUS) in Ladies
  • Mikhail Shashkov (RUS) cannot start in Juniors because of exceeding the age limit for this category.


Qualification via World Tour 2016/2017

In addition to the quotas above, the following qualification criteria apply for World Tour 2016/2017 Ranking. The following players automatically qualify for the World Championship outside the above-mentioned quotas.

TOP 20 players from the World Tour Ranking automatically qualify for the Open category (only 3 players per country can qualify in this way).

TOP 3 juniors, ladies and veterans from the World Tour Ranking automatically qualify for their categories (only 1 player per country can qualify in this way).

Extra qualification places from the World Tour are non-transferable to lower positions if more than 3 players (Open) or 1 player (Juniors, Ladies, Veterans) from one country meet the World Tour qualification criteria.

Extra qualification places are non-transferable if one of the extra places is earned by the defending champion.


Example 1: if the defending world champion in Open (Maxim Borisov) is among TOP 20 players in the World Tour, the 21st player in the ranking will not be considered.      

Example 2: if four players from Finland are among the TOP 20 in the World Tour Ranking, only the best three of them qualify for the Open category.

Example 3: if  the top three junior players in the World Tour Ranking come from Ukraine, only one of them can qualify for the Juniors category. No other juniors will qualify, since the qualification places are non-transferable to lower positions. 


B. Official Categories – National Teams


Open: each match is played by 5 players at a time. The minimum number of team members is four (4) and the maximum is ten (10).

Ladies: each match is played by 3 players at a time. The minimum number of team members is three (3) and the maximum is five (5).

Juniors: each match is played by 3 players at a time. The minimum number of team members is three (3) and the maximum is five (5).

Veterans: each match is played by 3 players at a time. The minimum number of team members is three (3) and the maximum is five (5).

Substitution of players during all team matches can be made between each of the 5-minute rounds. Once a player has been substituted, that player cannot play again in that team match.


C. Unofficial Categories (Individual Only)


Superveterans (50+): no maximum number of players as of now – born 1967 and earlier. For this category, a 10 EUR registration fee applies. The fee is to be paid during the registration for this category on Day 3. The defending champion (Pavel Plesak) has been exempted from the fee.

Children (13-): no maximum number of players as of now – born 2004 and later.

Disabled: no maximum number of players as of now – any holder of a disability certificate issued in their home country is eligible, provided that the disability directly affects and impairs their game performance. The entry to this category will be approved by the organizing committee. For more information, please contact wch.liberec2017@gmail.com.