A team consists of 4 players. The players of a team are seated on 4 boards in order of decreasing ranks.
A team gets one bonus point for a) at least 3 different nationalities, b) rank differences of more than 5 only (20 kyu is the lowest rank), c) age differences of more than 5 years only (no, we won’t verify this, however, the participants are expected to be sportsmanlike!), d) at least one female and one male player, e) having registered with a team name. Thus, at most 5 bonus points are possible. The bonus points are added to the total score (points) of the team at the qualification stage and are used as a side criterion to decide ties in the knockout stage.
The thinking time is 20 minutes without byoyomi. Handicaps will be used up to 9 stones according to rank difference. White wins ties.
A team wins due to a higher number of board wins or ties in case of the same number of wins as the opposing team. A team gets 1 / 0.5 / 0 winning points if it wins / ties / loses.
The qualifications are a 4 rounds handpaired swiss tournaments depending on winning points with SOS and SODOS used for tie breakers. From each qualification the two best teams qualify for the playoff finals.
In the playoffs the ties (2-2 result) are decided by 1) higher number of the team bonus points, 2) a total of scores achieved on all boards (wins by more then 10 points, by resignation or by forfeit count as wins by 9.5 points), 3) first board result.