The following six players will compete for the World Go Championship:
Park Jeong-Hwan 9p as the defending champion in 2017 (ranking number one in Korea), Iyama Yuta 9p (ranking number one in Japan), Ke Jie 9p (ranking number one in China), Shin Jinseo 8p (ranking number two in Korea), Wang Yuanjun 8p (*ranking number one in Chinese Taipei), Yamashita Keigo 9p (ranking number four in Japan)
Single Kockout Tournament(seeded players: Iyama 9p and Park 9p *They will play from the 2nd round)
Time allowance: 3 hours, a countdown starts when the remaining time become 5 minutes.
All game will begin at 10:30 a.m. No break time till the end of the game.
Even game with black giving 6.5 points komi with Japanese rules
Total Amount: 32 million Japanese Yen
Winner: 20 million JPY, Runner-up: 5 million JPY, Third・Forth: 2.5 million JPY, Fifth・Sixth: 1 million JPY