Tengen (Go)

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Tengen (Go)
Full name Tengen
Started 1975
Honorary Winners Rin Kaiho
Sponsors Three Newspaper Companies
Prize money 14 million Yen ($122,000 USD)
Affiliation Nihon Ki-in

Tengen (天元, center or origin of heaven) is the name of a Go competition in Japan.[1]

The name Tengen refers to the center point on a Go board.

The event is held annually, and has run continuously since its inauguration in 1975.

Tengen competition (天元戦)[edit]

The Tengen competition is a Go tournament run by the Japanese Nihon-Kiin and Kansai-Kiin. The Tengen is the 5th of the 7 big titles in Japanese Go.

It has the same format as the other tournaments. There is a preliminary tournament, which is single knockout, where the winner faces the holder in a best-of-five match.

Before the 6th Tengen, the format was different. Instead of the title holder waiting for a challenger, it would be the two Go players left from the single knockout tournament who then played a best-of-five match to determine the holder.

Winners[edit]

Term Year Player
1 1975 Fujisawa Hideyuki
2 1976 Kobayashi Koichi
3 1977 Shimamura Toshiohiro
4 1978 Kato Masao
5 1979 Kato Masao
6 1980 Kato Masao
7 1981 Kato Masao
8 1982 Kataoka Satoshi
9 1983 Kataoka Satoshi
10 1984 Ishida Yoshio
11 1985 Kobayashi Koichi
12 1986 Kobayashi Koichi
13 1987 Cho Chikun
14 1988 Cho Chikun
15 1989 Rin Kaiho
16 1990 Rin Kaiho
17 1991 Rin Kaiho
18 1992 Rin Kaiho
19 1993 Rin Kaiho
20 1994 Ryu Shikun
21 1995 Ryu Shikun
22 1996 Ryu Shikun
23 1997 Kudo Norio
24 1998 Kobayashi Koichi
25 1999 Kobayashi Koichi
26 2000 Ryu Shikun
27 2001 Hane Naoki
28 2002 Hane Naoki
29 2003 Hane Naoki
30 2004 Yamashita Keigo
31 2005 Kono Rin
32 2006 Kono Rin
33 2007 Kono Rin
34 2008 Cho U
35 2009 Yamashita Keigo
36 2010 Yuki Satoshi
37 2011 Iyama Yuta
38 2012 Iyama Yuta
39 2013 Iyama Yuta

Trivia[edit]

  • The first player to win the competition twice was Kato Masao, in the 7th Tengen. However, in 1999, Kobayashi Koichi reached a record 5 wins.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tengen tournament". GoBase. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 

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