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Info about Renju World Championship in Kyoto, Japan in August 2001 - 1st info about WC in Kyoto

The 7th Renju WC Middle report 1 - 2nd and the latest info about WC in Kyoto

Short general info:

This RIF web site is pretty big. It includes at least  73 folders and 2029 files. The site and this first page which was changed recently has been changed several times. The old first page from September 20, 1999 will probably not be updated but it still exists and you can use it if you are used to the structure of the old first page. The oldest saved version of the first page is from March 23, 1995. Most of the info on this site you can find directly from this first page.

The most important page on this site is the RIF newspage. Almost all new information you will find on this page and usually this info will not be found on other pages. Older news you will find on  some of the old newspages. You can find news from January 1995 till now. All news are first published in  Renju (Electronic) Newsletter via e-mail. This newsletter is free to RIF member-countries and for connection men of RIF. However, individual players may also subscribe free-of-charge. If you wish to receive a free subscribtion to the Renju Electronic Newsletter, please, subscribe on a special subscrition page.

You are able to search for pages within this site.

6 December 1999 Renju became 100 years old: The name of RENJU has a beautiful sound. It is said that the origin of Renju was born in the middle of 18th century in Kyoto, Japan. But this game had various names at that time, for example "Kakugo", "Gomoku-narabe", "Itsutsu-ishi" and so on. So Goraku Takayama, who was the first permanent Japanese Meijin, named this game "Renju" and made information in Yorozu-Chouhou newspaper 6 December 1899.

This site is MSO Worldwide's thirty-third ever "Link of the Week".

Some more interesting pages:

Online Renju Class - Study Renju online every Thursday with World Champion Ando Meritee as the teacher.

During the 100-year celebration of the word Renju a great match was played in Japan. Read the document by Alexander Nosovsky about the great match Meritee-Nakamura 3,5 - 2,5.

Renjuplayers in the world is a big project where all important players should introduce themselves.

Read any Japanese article in English. Info how to use the translation page:
Translation page:

If you want to send a message to other renju players in the world you can use our ordinary guestbook for usual messages and our guestbook for renju contacts for messages where you search for contacts with other players in the world.

Short info for beginners : Renju is the professional variant of Go-Moku and uses more sophisticated rules. Actually the official word renju for our game (instead of go-moku) was 100 years old in December 1999. In renju the black player (the beginner of a game) is not allowed to make double-threes, double-fours or more than five in a row. Renju also uses sophisticated opening rules. Renju International Federation (RIF) was founded on August, 8 ,1988. This RIF Web site is of course primarily for renju but it also covers other five-in-a-row games, such as, free-played Go-Moku, Five-In-A-Row and Pente. If you wish to see an introduction (a FAQ) to renju and other five-in-a-row games including the rules and the history select the rules- and the history page (our FAQ). 

Sites where you can play on line: Most players want to use Internet for playing with other players. Here are some links to such places:

  1. including Richard's PBeM Server where you can play a lot of brain games including gomoku, renju and pente

  2. PlaySite - For the moment a very popular site for playing with tournaments several times a day

  3. It´s Your Turn

Magazines about renju: Renju Newsletter is not the only magazine about renju. Here are some links to online magazines:

  1. Renju Newsletter - Old Renju Newsletters 

  2. Renju World Magazine Online - (Some old articles you can find on a RIF Web page)

  3. Swedish Magazine Fem I Rad

  4. Olga Jonsson-Skouridina´s links to magazines in Russian

Renju Sekai (in Japanese) is a  paper magazine with 12 issues every year. You can subscribe by sending e-mail to Hideki Nara. He has the e-mail address:

Official documents

  1. Official statues of RIF

  2. Official rules of RIF

  3. General Assembly decisions 1999

  4. General Assembly decisions 1997,1995

Information and results from tournaments: Usually you can first read about results from tournaments in Renju Newsletter. Later you can find articles from the tournaments in the magazines mentioned above. For the most important tournaments you can find extra information on special pages. Here are some links to such information:

  1. Renju Youth WC in Arjeplog Sweden played July 30 - August 4, 2000

  2. Tables of results, some games and images from Renju WC in China July 27th - August 5th 1999

  3. Newsletters regarding Renju WC in China July 27th - August 5th 1999

  4. WC via e-mail

  5. WC 1997

  6. WC 1995

  7. Japanese Meijin Finals games

  8. RIF 10 years celebration tournament

  9. European Championship 1996

  10. Old tournament results - WC, EC, Japanese Meijin finals, Russian (& former Sovjet) Supreme League (High League), Swedish championships

You want to be a better player: Here are som links you should try if you want to be a better player:

  1. Online Renju Class - Study Renju online every Thursday with World Champion Ando Meritee as the teacher.

  2. Improve your playing - Read what Alexander Nosovsky thinks in this matter

  3. 24 problems - Try to solve these problems

  4. Encyclopedias (with games) - Study some encyclopedias for example database freeware with 3559 games or buy  Renbase 4.0 for Windows 95

You want to read about or reach some other renju players in the world

  1. Renjuplayers in the world - answers to personal questions - Recently I asked the subscribers of Renju Newsletter to answer some easy questions about themselves and to send me a photo. Only a few players have already answered. This page will be updated often.

  2. 211 photos - This is photos from different renju events. You can also find some new photos from Renju WC in China 1999.

  3. E-mail addresses to renju players

  4. 40 Renju images with info

  5. Latest RIF international ratinglist presented by Oleg Stepanov

  6. Old RIF international ratinglist in order

  7. Old RIF international ratinglist sorted according to nations

Opening facts: Here are som informtion about the openings of renju:

  1. 26 openings

  2. Renju Classificator (ROC)

Some books about renju:

  1. "Renju for Beginners". In English by Andrej Sokolsky and Alexandr Nosovsky. The latest version of this book (in a zipped file) is now possible to download from Alexander Nosovsky´s Web site.

Test your skill about renju and renju history:

  1. Rickard Johannesson ( has made a test with 20 questions about knowledge of renju history and renju competitions. All the answers you can find on the RIF Web site. You can download the test if you choose the following URL-address:

Playing computer programs:

  1. 25 freeware games and 30 JAVA games - investigation by Alexander Nosovsky

  2. Bill's UNIX Pente Program

  3. These links are not updated for every new program announced in Renju Newsletter. Please, search in Renju Newsletter for more available computer programs.

Other programs

  1. RenLib - Renju Library program (freeware)

  2. Database freeware with 3559 games

  3. Renbase 4.0 for Windows 95

  4. Renju Test Program - a Japanese program which contains 100 renju problem positions, where black is in turn and has to find a win - comments by Frank Arkbo

Why can black always win when you play without any rules: 

  1. Proof - Black always wins in free GoMoku

  2. To be able to view the ps-file maybe you need Ghostview

  3. Many players have had problems with the ps-file so we made a pdf-file

Some pages in Swedish:

  1. Startinformation på svenska

  2. Svenska magasinet "Fem I Rad"

  3. Material som säljes av Svenska Luffarschackförbundet (bräden, stenar, skrifter mm)

  4. Alla svenska mästare - Maratontabeller

  5. Luffarschack förr och nu - in Swedish

  6. Swedish Ranking Committee

  7. Göran Holgersson - Svenska hederstitlar (dan- och kyutitlar)

  8. Renjureglerna på svenska (hos Stockholmsklubben)

  9. Luffarschackets grunder - 17 A4-sidor med 11 lektioner av Peter Jonsson - OBS! Pdf-fil att läsa i Acrobat Reader

  10. Luffarschackets grunder - 17 A4-sidor med 11 lektioner av Peter Jonsson - OBS! zip-fil med Word 6 dokument

  11. Medlemsutskick i december 2000 - Information om hur man blir ny medlem mm.

  12. Länkar till svenska klubbar finns bland länkarna nedan

Translations from Japanese into English

  1. Read any Japanese article in English. Info how to use the translation page:

  2. Translation page:

Links to national pages, rules in different languages, clubs and personal renjupages:

  1. Nihon Renju Sha- Japanese Renju Federation - Best viewed with Internet Explorer

  2. Russian Renju Federation

  3. China Renju federation (RIF China)

  4. Online Renju Class - Study Renju online every Thursday with World Champion Ando Meritee as the teacher.

  5. Alexander Nosovsky´s Web site
    Among other things here you will find a
    zipped Word-file with Renju For Beginners 1999 version and  a zipped Word-file with Click of Stones Zvon Kamney - Part I in English

  6. Renju's Room or Renju no Heya in Japanese
    is the site which mostly in Japanese introduces many kinds of information about Renju. It was originally written for middle-class players. It also contains information of online renju games. If you want to know the online information of renju in Japan with Internet, which means including link pages, you can get almost all from this web.

  7. Oleg Stepanov´s Web site including news about RIF ratinglists

  8. California Renju Club

  9. California Club links

  10. German Renju Page

  11. Stockholm Renju Club

  12. Jönköping Renju Club (In Swedish)

  13. Jönköping Renju Club History (In English)

  14. Arjeplog Renju Club

  15. Hungarian Renju site

  16. About renju in Portuguese language

  17. Información general (en español)

  18. The rules in Finnish

  19. Göran Holgersson´s Renju site

  20. Hannes Hermanssons´s renjupage

  21. Björn Wallgren Homepage

  22. The rules in Italian

  23. Olga Jonsson-Skouridina´s site

Links to other mind sport sites:

  1. Pente and Ninuki-renju (A page on this RIF web site about pente including links to other pente sites)

  2. Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) Worldwide - Bringing Brains Together!

  3. Games Domain

  4. (Japanese Chess)

  5. Swedish Go Info

  6. Oleg Stepanov´s Web site including Pente database and Shogi program

The webmaster of this site is 
Tommy Maltell
President of Renju International Federation
Mailing address: Box 249, S-551 14 Jönköping, SWEDEN

This RIF first page was updated April 13, 2001
When the other RIF pages are updated you can usually see on every special page
The most frequently updated page is the newspage which is the main page for information from RIF