Meijin

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Meijin
Title
名人
Established
1976
Title Matches Played
September through November
Sponsor
Asahi Shinbun
Affiliation
Nihon Ki-in
Kansai Ki-in
Purse
¥37,000,000
Best of
7
Time Allotted (Title)
8 hours
Byouyomi (Title)
10 minutes
Time Allotted (League)
5 hours
Byouyomi (League)
5 minutes


Tournament

The Meijin tournament is a Japanese professional go competition featuring a challenge against the Meijin for his title.

C and B Preliminaries

Players from the Tokyo main branch of the Nihon Ki-in compete in a set of single-knockout preliminaries, advancing from C to B. The top 26 players qualify for the A preliminary.

Players from the Kansai Ki-in and the Chuubu branch of the Nihon Ki-in compete in a separate set of single-knockout preliminaries, advancing from C to B. The top 10 players qualify for the A preliminary.

A Preliminary

53 players from the Tokyo main branch of the Nihon Ki-in's B preliminary compete in a single-knockout preliminary. The top 13 players advance to the last preliminary.

17 players from the Kansai Ki-in and the Chuubu branch of the Nihon Ki-in's A preliminary compete in a separate single-knockout preliminary. The top 5 players advance to the last preliminary.

Last Preliminary

The last preliminary is a single-knockout tournament comprised of 30 players, including:

  • The 13 players who qualified in the A preliminary held by the Nihon Ki-in for players of its Tokyo main branch.
  • The 5 players who qualified in the A preliminary held jointly by the Kansai Ki-in for its players and the Nihon Ki-in for the players of its Chuubu branch.
  • The 3 players who were bottom-most ranked in last year's league and lost their places in the league.

The 3 qualifying players progress to the league.

League

The league is comprised of 9 players:

  • The top 6 players from last year's league
  • The 3 qualifying players from the last preliminary

The league plays a round-robin tournament, and players are ranked based on performance.

  • The bottom 3 players lose their positions in the league and are returned to the last preliminary
  • The top player progresses to the title challenge

In the event that two players tie for top performance in the league, the two tied players advance to a playoff.

Playoff

In the event that players are tied for the top position in the league, the tied players will advance to a playoff to determine who earns the right to challenge the Meijin. The winner advances to the title challenge.

Title Challenge

The winner of the league (or playoff, if necessary) challenges the Meijin for his title in a best-of-7 series. The winner of the series gains (or retains) the title of Meijin, and will await next year's challenger.

Title

"Meijin" may be assumed as an honourary title by players who have won the title 10 times in a row, or at the age of 60 or at retirement by players who have mounted 5 successful sequential defences of the title.

Progression

It takes 27 months to progress from Preliminary C to the final title match.

  • Preliminary C
    • September through December (first year)
  • Preliminary B
    • January through April (second year)
  • Preliminary A
    • May through July (second year)
  • Last Preliminary
    • August through November (second year)
  • League Tournament
    • December (second year) through August (third year)
  • Title Matches
    • September through November (third year)

Schedule

January B Preliminary League Tournament
February B Preliminary League Tournament
March B Preliminary League Tournament
April B Preliminary League Tournament
May A Preliminary League Tournament
June A Preliminary League Tournament
July A Preliminary League Tournament
August Last Preliminary League Tournament
September C Preliminary Last Preliminary Title Matches
October C Preliminary Last Preliminary Title Matches
November C Preliminary Last Preliminary Title Matches
December C Preliminary League Tournament

Titleholders

Year Titleholder
1991 Nogi
1992 Nogi
1993 Nogi
1994 Touya Kouyou
1995 Touya Kouyou
1996 Touya Kouyou
1997 Touya Kouyou
1998 Touya Kouyou
1999 Touya Kouyou
2000 Touya Kouyou
2001 Hatanaka

Title Challengers

League Participants

References