Keywords: Go term

Chinese: 院生 (yunshēng)
Japanese: 院生 (insei)
Korean: 연구생 (RR?: yeongusaeng, M-R: yŏnkusaeng)

An insei, a Japanese go term, is a student studying at either the Nihon Ki-in or the Kansai Ki-in to become a professional player.

The Korean equivalent is called Yeonguseng (研究生), the Chinese student is called a Yuansheng (院生 yunshēng or yuan4 sheng1)

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Nihon Ki-in Professional Examination

For the qualification process, see Nihon Ki-in Professional Examination.

Results available at [ext] (Japanese).

Benefits for Insei

All insei have to pay every month for their training. In exchange of their payments, there are various benefits for them.

  • Discounts at directly operated book stores.
  • Invitation to professional youth tournaments (for top-graded insei)
  • Special treatment at player recruitment
    • Kansai Ki-in usually limits their recruitment to insei
    • At Nihon Ki-in examinations, insei can skip preliminaries for external participants. In 2019, Nihon Ki-in activated a recommendation system for female insei. Tsuji Hana and others are the first example to obtain their professional status by this way.

On the other hand, inseis are prohibited from participating in amateur tournaments.

Well-Known ex-Insei Players and Instructors

Ex-Insei players in amateur tournaments

In Japan, some amateur tournaments exclude ex-Insei players, but collegiate tournaments such as the Female Student Honinbo, All Japan Students Go Oza Championship and the World Students Go Oza Championship (operated by the All Japan Student Go Federation) often admit them.

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Insei last edited by hnishy on November 13, 2022 - 05:02
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