Kisei

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Chinese: 棋圣 (qi2 sheng4)
Japanese: 棋聖 (kisei)
Korean: -

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Go Saint

Kisei is Japanese for Go Sage (or Go Saint). Prior to the 1976 establishment of the Kisei Go Tournament, the term Kisei was conferred in Japan on only three players: Honinbo Dosaku, Honinbo Jowa and Honinbo Shusaku. Following the publication of Zain Danso Jowa was informally stripped of the title and it was subsequently bestowed upon Shusaku[1]. In China, the term Go Sage (Qisheng) was also applied to several ancient players.


Japanese Tournament

The [ext] Kisei Go Tournament, established in 1976, is the most prestigious big title of the Japanese professional Go scene. It has been sponsored since its inception by the Yomiuri Shinbun. The winner's prize is ¥42,000,000 currently, making it the richest Go tournament in the world.

Due to the importance of the Kisei as one of the "big three" titles in Japan (along with the Honinbo and Meijin), there are several paths of automatic rank advancement through it in the Nihon Ki-in new promotion system. Qualifying for the Kisei league warrants a promotion to 7-dan, winning the league to challenge for the title promotes to 8-dan, and finally winning the title itself gives an immediate 9-dan promotion.

As with each of the three Japanese big titles, the previous year's title holder is challenged by the winner of a league. Entry to the league is gained through a series of preliminary tournaments. The title is decided in a best of seven match, where each player is given eight hours of thinking time over a two day period.

The title Honorary Kisei is given to those players who have previously won the Kisei title five years in a row. Currently, this includes Fujisawa Hideyuki and Kobayashi Koichi.


Tournament Winners

Winners and defeated finalists
Ed. Year Winner Runner-up Result
1st 1977 Fujisawa Hideyuki Hashimoto Utaro 4-1
2nd 1978 Fujisawa Hideyuki Kato Masao 4-3
3rd 1979 Fujisawa Hideyuki Ishida Yoshio 4-1
4th 1980 Fujisawa Hideyuki Rin Kaiho 4-1
5th 1981 Fujisawa Hideyuki Otake Hideo 4-0
6th 1982 Fujisawa Hideyuki Rin Kaiho 4-3
7th 1983 Cho Chikun Fujisawa Hideyuki 4-3
8th 1984 Cho Chikun Rin Kaiho 4-2
9th 1985 Cho Chikun Takemiya Masaki 4-3
10th 1986 Kobayashi Koichi Cho Chikun 4-2
11th 1987 Kobayashi Koichi Takemiya Masaki 4-1
12th 1988 Kobayashi Koichi Kato Masao 4-1
13th 1989 Kobayashi Koichi Takemiya Masaki 4-1
14th 1990 Kobayashi Koichi Otake Hideo 4-1
15th 1991 Kobayashi Koichi Kato Masao 4-3
16th 1992 Kobayashi Koichi Yamashiro Hiroshi 4-3
17th 1993 Kobayashi Koichi Kato Masao 4-3
18th 1994 Cho Chikun Kobayashi Koichi 4-2
19th 1995 Kobayashi Satoru Cho Chikun 4-2
20th 1996 Cho Chikun Kobayashi Satoru 4-3
21st 1997 Cho Chikun Kobayashi Satoru 4-1
22nd 1998 Cho Chikun Yoda Norimoto 4-2
23rd 1999 Cho Chikun Kobayashi Koichi 4-2
24th 2000 O Rissei Cho Chikun 4-2
25th 2001 O Rissei Cho Sonjin 4-2
26th 2002 O Rissei Ryu Shikun 4-2
27th 2003 Yamashita Keigo O Rissei 4-1
28th 2004 Hane Naoki Yamashita Keigo 4-3
29th 2005 Hane Naoki Yuki Satoshi 4-3
30th 2006 Yamashita Keigo Hane Naoki 4-0
31st 2007 Yamashita Keigo Kobayashi Satoru 4-0
32nd 2008 Yamashita Keigo Cho Chikun 4-3
33rd 2009 Yamashita Keigo Yoda Norimoto 4-2
34th 2010 Cho U Yamashita Keigo 4-1
35th 2011 Cho U Iyama Yuta 4-2
36th 2012 Cho U Takao Shinji 4-3
37th 2013 Iyama Yuta Cho U 4-2
38th 2014 Iyama Yuta Yamashita Keigo 4-2

Title Match First Game Location

The first game of the title match is often held in a major Western city as a way of promoting Go worldwide.

 9th  1985 Seoul, South Korea              Lotte Hotel
 10th 1986 Takaoka City, Japan             Amehare Heights
 11th 1987 Los Angeles, California, USA    New Otani Hotel
 12th 1988 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA           Kaimana Beach Hotel
 13th 1989 New York, New York, USA         Hotel Kitano
 14th 1990 Duesseldorf, Germany            Hotel Nikko Duesseldorf
 15th 1991 Sao Paulo, Brazil               Caesar Park Hotel
 16th 1992 Sydney, Australia               Hotel Nikko Darling Harbour
 17th 1993 Hong Kong                       Hotel Nikko Hong Kong
 18th 1994 Shanghai, China                 Garden Hotel
 19th 1995 Atlanta, Georgia, USA           Hotel Nikko Atlanta
 20th 1996 Amsterdam, Netherlands          Hotel Okura Amsterdam
 21st 1997 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA           Ihilani Resort & Spa
 22nd 1998 Hong Kong                       Grand Hyatt Hotel
 23rd 1999 Paris, France                   Japanese Culture Centre
 24th 2000 Nago City, Okinawa              Busena Terrace Beach Resort
 25th 2001 Taipei, Taiwan                  Hotel Royal Taipei
 26th 2002 London, England, UK             Montcalm Hotel Nikko
 27th 2003 Tokyo, Japan                    Palace Hotel
 28th 2004 Seattle, Washington, USA        Fairmont Olympic Hotel
 29th 2005 Niigata City, Japan             Hotel Okura Niigata
 30th 2006 Berlin, Germany                 Intercontinental Hotel
 31st 2007 Asahikawa City, Japan           Asahikawa Palace Hotel
 32nd 2008 Sao Paolo, Brazil               ???
 33rd 2009 Sapporo, Japan                  ???
 34th 2010 Taipei, Taiwan                  ???
 35th 2011 Aizuwakamatsu, Japan            Konjakutei Ryokan
 36th 2012 Kurashiki, Japan                ???
 37th 2013 Naha, Okinawa                   ???
 38th 2014 Alcala de Henares, Espana       ???

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Kisei last edited by 68.99.65.50 on June 7, 2014 - 01:39
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