(早碁名人戦) Japanese title 1956-1961 with intermediate time limits (4 or 5 hours), run in separate sections in West and East Japan - with the winners playing off by wire. Predecessor of the Judan tournament.
|1st||1956||Sakata Eio (E)||Kubouchi Shuchi|
|2nd||1957||Miyashita Shuyo (E)||Handa Dogen|
|3rd||1958||Miyashita Shuyo (E)||Tainaka Shin|
|4th||1959||Sugiuchi Masao (E)||Tainaka Shin|
|5th||1960||Hashimoto Utaro (W)||Fujisawa Hosai|
|6th||1961||Fujisawa Hosai (E)||Miyamoto Naoki|