세계오목협회(Renju International Federation(RIF))[www.renju.org]는 1988년 8월 8일 스웨덴 스톡홀롬에서 설립되었습니다.
한국을 포함하여 일본, 러시아, 스웨덴, 에스토니아, 중국 등 11개국이 가맹국으로 있으며,
이스라엘, 미국, 필리핀 등 전세계 35개국에서 오목이란 취미문화를 통해 문화교류를 활발히 하고 있습니다.
모든 국제대회는 RIF의 설립이후 개최되었습니다.
제1회 세계선수권대회는 1989년 일본 교토에서 처음 시작되었으며 작년에 제7회 세계선수권대회가
개최되었으며, 팀세계챔피언쉽은 선수권대회와 격년으로 번갈아 개최하고 있습니다.
세계오목협회 본부는 스웨덴에 있으며 회장은 피터 칼슨이 맡고 있습니다.
RIF 랭킹 현재 세계 1위는 에스토니아의 안도메리티가 차지하고 있으며 우리나라에서는 김병준 6단이
세계 랭킹 11위를 차지하고 있습니다.
세계오목협회내 영문 역사를 함께 수록하며 국문과 다름을 알려드립니다.
On the 2nd of February 1958 the Swedish Association "Svenska Luffarschackforbundet" was founded.
From 1961 this association has arranged Swedish Championship and from 1961 till 1980 the rules were
the completely free rules 1-2 and the were played with crosses and circles on a piece of paper.
In the beginning of January 1975 for the first time I met Alf Dahlgren who organized competitions
in southern Sweden without knowledge about the Swedish Association. I had played the game before
but nerver in any organized form. Alf Dahlgren inspired me to play more seriously.
In november Alf Dahlgren met the chairman of the Swedish Association, Bertil Bokelius.
and Dahlgren? playing friends joined the Association. I played for the 1st time in Swedish Championship 1988.
In May 1978 the first international match between Sweden and Denmark took place.
The danish player Torben Zahle informed Alf Dalgren about the existence of the game in Japan.
I made some tries to reach the Japanese players and finally I succeeded through a Swedish Go-player
who gave me address to Mr Bozulich at Ishi Press (the Go books publishing firm).
Mr Bozulich gave me the address to Nihon Renju Sha.
In august 1977 Mr Valdimir Sapronov from Russia visited Osaka in Japan.
During his visit met Mr Kosho Hayakawa in Kyoto.
After coming home to Russia Mr Sapronov wrote in a Russian newspaper about Renju
and three University students answered and together these four player introduced renju in former Soviet Union.
The three university students were Alexander Nosovsky (Now he is the chief-editor of Renju World -
The International Magazine of the Renju International Federation), Nikolai Alexandrov
(Now he is living in USA and recently he informed in some of the Internet Newsgroup
about "The First North American Open Renju Championship by e-mail") and Slava Bruver.
In December 1982 for the 1st time Japanese players visited Sweden and participated in the tournament
"Swedish Open International Championship of Renju".
In 1983 I was the first Swedish player to visit Japan.
In the summer 1985 two Swedish players Peter Jonsson and Jan Palmgren took part in a renju tournament in Moscow.
On the 8th of August 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden The Renju International Federation (RIF) was created.
The 1st World Championship of Renju took place in Kyoto, Japan 1989.
The second World Championship was organized in Moscow 1991 and the third World Championship
was played in Arjeplog, in the north of Sweden 1993. In August 1995 the 4th World Championship
took place in Tallinn, Estonia. The winner of the 1st and 2nd World Championship was Shigeru Nakamura
from Tokyo, Japan. The winner of the 3rd World Championship was Ando Meritee from Tallinn,
Estonia and the winner of the 4th World Championship was Norihiko Kawamura, Japan.
Many other international tournaments have been organized since the start of RIF.