Kisei

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This article is about a title in Go. For a title in shogi, see Kisei (shogi). For the North Korean village in the Demilitarized Zone on the Korean Peninsula, see Kisei (North Korean village).
Kisei
Full name Kisei
Started 1976
Honorary Winners Fujisawa Hideyuki
Kobayashi Koichi
Iyama Yuta
Sponsors Yomiuri Shimbun
Prize money ¥45 million[1]
$557,000
(as of 29 June 2011)
Affiliation Nihon Ki-in

Kisei (棋聖) is an honorary title and go competition. The title, meaning Go Sage in Japanese, was a traditional honorary appellation given to a handful of players down the centuries. The element ki can also apply to shogi, and there were also recognized kisei in the shogi world.

Background[edit]

Kisei is a Go competition organised by the Japanese Nihon Ki-in. The competition began in 1976 by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper and is currently the highest paying competition in Japanese professional Go, paying ¥45,000,000 (approx. $557,000 as of 29 June 2011) to the winner in 2011.[1] The word Kisei is Japanese for "Go Sage", which is why before the Kisei tournament began, the only players who were given the title "Kisei" were Dōsaku and Hon′inbō Shūsaku.[2]

The holder is challenged by whoever wins the round robin league. Players can get into the round robin league by going through many preliminary tournaments. Once there is a challenger to compete against the holder, the winner is decided through a best of seven match. The games are played over two days and each player is given eight hours of thinking time.[2] If a player qualifies for the Kisei league, they are automatically promoted to 7 dan. If that same player wins the league, a promotion to 8 dan is given. If that same player goes on to winning the title, they are promoted to 9 dan, the highest rank.[3]

Past winners[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1977 Fujisawa Hideyuki 4–1 Hashimoto Utaro
1978 4–3 Kato Masao
1979 4–1 Ishida Yoshio
1980 4–1 Rin Kaiho
1981 4–0 Otake Hideo
1982 4–3 Rin Kaiho
1983 Cho Chikun 4–3 Fujisawa Hideyuki
1984 4–2 Rin Kaiho
1985 4–3 Takemiya Masaki
1986 Kobayashi Koichi 4–2 Cho Chikun
1987 4–1 Takemiya Masaki
1988 4–1 Kato Masao
1989 4–1 Takemiya Masaki
1990 4–1 Otake Hideo
1991 4–3 Kato Masao
1992 4–3 Yamashiro Hiroshi
1993 4–3 Kato Masao
1994 Cho Chikun 4–2 Kobayashi Koichi
1995 Satoru Kobayashi 4–2 Cho Chikun
1996 Cho Chikun 4–3 Kobayashi Satoru
1997 4–1
1998 4–2 Yoda Norimoto
1999 4–2 Kobayashi Koichi
2000 O Rissei 4–2 Cho Chikun
2001 4–2 Cho Sonjin
2002 4–2 Ryu Shikun
2003 Yamashita Keigo 4–1 O Rissei
2004 Hane Naoki 4–3 Yamashita Keigo
2005 4–3 Yuki Satoshi
2006 Yamashita Keigo 4–0 Hane Naoki
2007 4–0 Kobayashi Satoru
2008 4–3 Cho Chikun
2009 4–2 Yoda Norimoto
2010 Cho U 4–1 Yamashita Keigo
2011 4–2 Iyama Yuta
2012 4–3 Takao Shinji
2013 Iyama Yuta 4–2 Cho U
2014 4–2 Yamashita Keigo
2015 4–3
2016 4–0
2017 4-2 Kono Rin

Honorary winners[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Title Holders". Nihon Ki-in. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Go Tournament: Kisei". gogameworld.com. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Abolition of the rating tournament". nihonkiin.or.jp/english. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 

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