Played across two blocks of eight days: September 13-20 and September 28–October 5. This stage features 32 groups of four players, with two tables per day hosting one group each. The player who tops each group will progress to Stage Two.
Following the unprecedented success of this summer’s Championship League, the event has been expanded to a full WST ranking event feature 128 players over 21 days, split into three weeks across September and October.
Players will be awarded three points for a win and one point for a drawn match. The Group Table standings will be determined by the following criteria, in this order: