Simply speaking, the system is McMahon with SOS, SOSOS, a 4 dan bar, a supergroup, the bottom bar at 20 kyu, even games.
The supergroup will consist of the 24 European Championship participants plus an even number (at least 8) additional strongest players (selected from those who registered to play in both weeks) to complete a total number of supergroup members playing in both weeks to 31-32.
The thinking time is the same for both players and depends on the higher ranked player as follows:
4 dan – 8 dan: 2.5 hours basic time + 3x 1 minute byoyomi
4 kyu or below: 1.5 hours basic time + 3x 30 seconds byoyomi
Forms and checklists are used for results, sealing, dropping, and names. Sealing a move is possible between 12:00 and 14:00 according to the tournament rules. The participants can decide to drop a next round which they announce to the organizers by filling in a dropping form by 23:00 the day before the round.
Prizes go to the top 10 players who have played all tournament rounds and to players with at least 8 wins.
Penalties: A player not playing a round without proper notification can be