A. Official Categories - Individual
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.
8 players (12)
3 players (4)
3 players (4) – born 1999 and later
3 players (4) – born 1977 and earlier
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.