The Nikoli Derby - 4th world championship

Entry to The Nikoli Derby was closed

We will announce the ranking of all participants on Tue. May 27th.

The Nikoli Derby was developed by nikoli as a party game. It has very simple rules that make it exciting and easy for all, from kids to much older players. The number of players can be from 10 to 5,000,000,000 so The Nikoli Derby is enjoyable at any party. nikoli holds this derby with readers and customers at any chance we get.

For this World Championship we accept Japanese horses from the Japanese pages. In the derby fewer than 100 entered the last three times, but in this 4th championship we estimate there will be more than 500 horses starting. Please study which gates became winners in the last three derby races from the "Winner's gates of the past Nikoli Derby" page and think hard about how you can win.

Please register from the entry form at the bottom of this page.

What you need to do

You are the owner of a racehorse, and there are two things you need to do to take part in the derby.

  1. Enter the name of your horse.

    Please think of a good name for your horse, between 2 and 24 letters.

  2. Choose a starting gate number.

    Pick your favorite number, from 1 to 300, as your starting gate.

That's all. But note: you can only enter one horse! Please read the "Note" below.

How the winners are ranked

The gate number is the key to winning the Nikoli Derby. The smallest gate number chosen by only one person is the winner. If two or more persons choose the same gate number they will lose the race. This means that you have to choose the smallest number that nobody else has chosen to win the race. What is the smallest number from 1 to 300?

Right, of course gate number 1 has the greatest advantage, but other horse owners know that too. If say, two or more horses are entered for each of gates 1 to 50, then the horse starting from gate 51 will win. Now, you have to guess the "smaller number" of those where you will be the only starting horse. The final ranking is ordered from smaller to larger numbers.

Entry deadline

Tue. May 20, 15:00(UTC)

Result announcement

Tue. May 27,

We will announce the ranking of all participants, by horse name and owner name. We will also announce the countries where the prizewinners come from and some of the comments we receive.


Duplicated entries from the same email or IP address are invalid. Only the last entry from one address will be considered the valid entry for that person.


Champion original T-shirt

2nd to 3rd place

Nikoli cap

4th to 6th place

Wooden puzzle: Tetra

7th to 10th place

Nikoli Tenugui - Japanese towel

Booby prize

Nikoli Cushion

The horse that starts in the gate with the next to the highest number, alone. original T-shirtNikoli CapWooden puzzle - TetraNikoli Tenugui - Japanese TowelNikoli Cushion