Hosted by the 2014 Portland Retro Gaming Expo at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon on Oct.18-19!

It's open to the public, so come try your hand against nearly the entire cast of the award-winning video game documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, including Twin Galaxies record holders Harry Hong, Jonas Neubauer, and Alex Kerr. Official rules below.

Cash Prizes TBA!

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Classic Tetris World Championship 

Pre-Register now! Email tetrischampionship at gmail dot com with your

name, age, hometown, and personal high score to reserve a spot!


Format: Tournament Format is original 8-bit Nintendo Tetris (not Tengen).

You are allowed to bring your own controller as long as it is an original standard unmodified NES controller.

Qualifying Round (Saturday, Oct. 18th):

Qualifying round will be held on Saturday in the free-play area at 8 NES Stations from 10AM-4:30PM.

Entry fee is $10. Once paid, entrants can make as many qualifying attempts as they are wiling to stand in line for. NES stations will be available to rent for one period of one hour for an additional fee (more info to come).

Qualifying attempts will be on type A Tetris for highest score starting on level 9 or higher.

If multiple entrants acheive a max score, seeding will be determined by order in which the max score was reached.

Once an entrant’s game is over for any reason, they must make sure their score is recorded by a scorekeeper and then return to the back of the line for another attempt.

The Qualifying Round will determine the seeding of a 32-person tournament bracket for the Main Event on Sunday.

MAIN EVENT (Sunday, Oct. 19th):

A five-round, 32-bracket seeded tournament tree will be created from the top 32 qualifying scores. With Seed 1 playing seed 32, seed 2 playing seed 31, etc., with standard format of higher seeds gaining advantage throughout the tree.

All head-to-head matches will proceed as follows: Each match is first to win two games. The higher seed chooses a starting level from 9-18 for game 1. The lower seed chooses a level from 9-18 for game 2. If needed higher seed chooses level for game 3. (level 13 is lowest allowed for Top 8). The players, competing side-by-side, will begin on the agreed level and push start simultaneously at the prompt of an announcer. The player with the highest score for that game wins. If one player tops-out and the other player already has a higher score, the game is finished. If one player tops-out and the other player has a lower score, that player will continue until they either top-out (having lost) or exceed the other player’s score, winning the game. The match will continue until one player has won two games (best 2 out of 3). That player will proceed to the next round.

The tournament will consist of five rounds in the free play area. The final round (round 5) will be first to win 3 games (best 3 out of 5). Cash and other prizes TBA!


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Check out the stream of the final round of the 2013 tourney:


Here's a great interview with Tournament Organizer Vince Clemente:


 A recap of the 2011 Classic Tetris Final presented by Girl Gamer.

dsdfghsdfhdsdfgPromo Video for the 2012 Tourney.  



Last year's final results. Rankings were determined by, in order of importance,

1) round advanced to, 2) games won in losing match 3) combined score in losing match: