Tengen

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Tengen
Title
天元
Established
1975
Title Matches Played
October through December
Sponsor
Three Newspaper Companies Alliance
Affiliation
Nihon Ki-in
Kansai Ki-in
Purse
¥14,000,000
Best of
5
Time Allotted (Title)
3 hours
Byouyomi (Title)
5 minutes
Time Allotted (League)
3 hours
Byouyomi (League)
5 minutes


Tournament

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

C through 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 30 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 12 players qualify for the A preliminary.

A Preliminary

The 30 qualifying players from the Tokyo main branch of the Nihon Ki-in's B preliminary compete in a single-knockout preliminary. The top 15 players advance to the main tournament.

The 12 qualifying players from the Kansai Ki-in and the Chuubu and Osaka branches of the Nihon Ki-in's A preliminary compete in a separate single-knockout preliminary. The top 6 players advance to the main tournament.

Main Tournament

The main tournament is a single-knockout tournament comprised of 34 players:

  • The 15 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 and Osaka branches
  • The 4 players who reached the semi-finals of last year's main tournament

The winner advances to the title challenge.

Title Challenge

The winner of the main tournament challenges the Tengen for his title in a best-of-5 series. The winner of the series gains (or retains) the title of Tengen, and will await next year's challenger.

Title

"Tengen" 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 23 months to progress from Preliminary C to the final title match.

  • Preliminary C
    • February through March (first year)
  • Preliminary B
    • April through July (first year)
  • Preliminary A
    • August through November (first year)
  • Main Tournament
    • December (first year) through September (second year)
  • Title Matches
    • November through December (second year)

Schedule

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

Titleholders

Title Challengers

References