Asahi Top Position

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Asahi Top Position
Full name Asahi Top Position
Started 1955
Defunct 1961
Honorary Winners none
Sponsors Asahi shimbun
Prize money unknown
Affiliation Japan Nihon Ki-in

The Asahi Top Position was a Go competition.


The final of the Top Position tournament would be a best of five with 10 hours of thinking time. There was no komi, unless the match had to be played out all 5 games, which then would be played with a 4.5 komi. The preliminaries also had no komi. This tournament ran from 1955 to 1961 and was subsequently replaced by the Meijin and Judan titles. The sponsor was Asahi shimbun.

Past Winners & Runner Up's[edit]

Player Years Held
Sakata Eio 1955, 1959, 1961
Kitani Minoru 1957, 1958
Fujisawa Hideyuki 1960
Player Years Lost
Sakata Eio 1957, 1960
Shimamura Toshihiro 1958
Kitani Minoru 1959
Fujisawa Hideyuki 1961