The Honinbo title is decided in a best of seven match
with 9 hours thinking time per person. The challenger
comes from a league with 8 participants. The players
in the league are ordered according to their results
in the previous year. The winner becomes challenger (a
playoff game decides in case of a tie) and the lowest
four players demote and are replaced by the winners of
the four qualification knockout tournaments. Again, in
case of a tie a playoff game decides who demotes. The
49th edition of the tournament shows all stages, so you
can get an idea. These pages include all title match
games and the league and playoff games when available.
The Japanese Title Overview
page shows what's available.
The Honinbo is the third most prestigeous title with a
first prize of about USD 175,000,=