Kansai Ki-in

Chinese: 关西棋院
Japanese: 関西棋院
Korean: -

The Kansai Ki-in is one of the professional go bodies in Japan, just like the Nihon Ki-in. Shortly after the Second World War the Nihon Ki-in set up a Western Japan branch. The main driver for this was the increasing difficulty professionals from the Osaka region experienced during the war traveling to Tokyo for their professional activities. When a dispute over the Honinbo title arose between the Tokyo and Osaka branches, the latter declared itself independent in September 1950 and the Kansai Ki-in was born. The founder was Hashimoto Utaro.

2010 marked a milestone for Kansai, as Sakai Hideyuki won the Gosei, and Yuki Satoshi won the Tengen. This was the first time its professionals had simultaneously held two big titles.

Here is the link to [ext] Kansai Kiin's official website; be aware that it is exclusively in Japanese.

Publisher of Igo Shincho(-1979) and Igo Kansai? (1980-2019) magazines, both discontinued.

(The [ext] Kansai is the region of Japan west of the old barrier at [ext] Hakone, as opposed to the [ext] Kanto region including Tokyo.)

Other websites

See also Kansai Ki In First Place Championship, and Professional Go Associations.

Kansai Ki-in last edited by Weiqi1515 on August 27, 2020 - 09:45
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