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 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.

Past winners[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1 1975 Fujisawa Hideyuki 3-1 Ohira Shuso
2 1976 Kobayashi Koichi 3-1 Sugiuchi Masao
3 1977 Shimamura Toshiohiro 3-1 Sonoda Yuichi
4 1978 Kato Masao 3-1 Fujizawa Hideyuki
5 1979 3-0 Kataoka Satoshi
6 1980 3-0 Yamabe Toshiro
7 1981 3-2 Kobayashi Koichi
8 1982 Kataoka Satoshi 3-2 Kato Masao
9 1983 3-1 Awaji Shuzo
10 1984 Ishida Yoshio 3-1 Kataoka Satoshi
11 1985 Kobayashi Koichi 3-0 Ishida Yoshio
12 1986 3-1 Sonoda Yuichi
13 1987 Cho Chikun 3-2 Kobayashi Koichi
14 1988 3-2 Sonoda Yuichi
15 1989 Rin Kaiho 3-2 Cho Chikun
16 1990 3-1 Kobayashi Koichi
17 1991 3-1 Kato Masao
18 1992 3-1 Yamashiro Hiroshi
19 1993 3-1 Kataoka Satoshi
20 1994 Ryu Shikun 3-1 Rin Kaiho
21 1995 3-2 Kobayashi Koichi
22 1996 3-2 Rin Kaiho
23 1997 Kudo Norio 3-1 Ryu Shikun
24 1998 Kobayashi Koichi 3-2 Kudo Norio
25 1999 3-0
26 2000 Ryu Shikun 3-0 Kobayashi Koichi
27 2001 Hane Naoki 3-1 Ryu Shikun
28 2002 3-0 Cho Sonjin
29 2003 3-2 Yamashita Keigo
30 2004 Yamashita Keigo 3-0 Hane Naoki
31 2005 Kono Rin 3-2 Yamashita Keigo
32 2006 3-1
33 2007 3-1
34 2008 Cho U 3-0 Kono Rin
35 2009 Yamashita Keigo 3-2 Cho U
36 2010 Yuki Satoshi 3-0 Yamashita Keigo
37 2011 Iyama Yuta 3-0 Yuki Satoshi
38 2012 3-0 Kono Rin
39 2013 3-0 Akiyama Jiro
40 2014 Takao Shinji 3-2 Iyama Yuta
41 2015 Iyama Yuta 3-0 Takao Shinji
42 2016 3-1 Ichiriki Ryo

Trivia[edit]

  • The first player to win the competition twice was Kato Masao, in the 7th Tengen. However, in 1993, Rin Kaiho reached a record 5 wins.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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