The preliminary round in the masters' competition narrows the number of contestants to 16. This group of 16 then plays individual games against one another. Each contestant plays 16 games at this stage, receiving 10 points for each win and 5 points for a tie. Three finalists are selected at the end of this round.
The 2nd and 3rd place finishers then play one game against each other, with the loser finishing in third and the winner advancing to the final match. This person and whoever finished first in the group of the 16 round play for the championship.