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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,=

 Mainichi Shimbun 
 4b5c  3078  4b37 
Edition Final Details
65th 2010 Yamashita Keigo Hane Naoki 4-1
64th 2009 Hane Naoki Takao Shinji 4-2
63rd 2008 Hane Naoki Takao Shinji 4-3
62nd 2007 Takao Shinji Yoda Norimoto 4-1
61st 2006 Takao Shinji Yamada Kimio 4-2
60th 2005 Takao Shinji Cho U 4-1
59th 2004 Cho U Yoda Norimoto 4-2
58th 2003 Cho U Kato Masao 4-2
57th 2002 Kato Masao O Meien 4-2
56th 2001 O Meien Cho U 4-3
55th 2000 O Meien Cho Sonjin 4-2
54th 1999 Cho Sonjin Cho Chikun 4-2
53rd 1998 Cho Chikun O Rissei 4-2
52nd 1997 Cho Chikun Kato Masao 4-0
51st 1996 Cho Chikun Ryu Shikun 4-2
50th 1995 Cho Chikun Kato Masao 4-1
49th 1994 Cho Chikun Kataoka Satoshi 4-3
48th 1993 Cho Chikun Yamashiro Hiroshi 4-1
47th 1992 Cho Chikun Kobayashi Koichi 4-3
46th 1991 Cho Chikun Kobayashi Koichi 4-2
45th 1990 Cho Chikun Kobayashi Koichi 4-3
44th 1989 Cho Chikun Takemiya Masaki 4-0
43rd 1988 Takemiya Masaki Otake Hideo 4-3
42nd 1987 Takemiya Masaki Yamashiro Hiroshi 4-0
41st 1986 Takemiya Masaki Yamashiro Hiroshi 4-1
40th 1985 Takemiya Masaki Rin Kaiho 4-1
39th 1984 Rin Kaiho Awaji Shuzo 4-1
38th 1983 Rin Kaiho Cho Chikun 4-3
37th 1982 Cho Chikun Kobayashi Koichi 4-2
36th 1981 Cho Chikun Takemiya Masaki 4-2
35th 1980 Takemiya Masaki Kato Masao 4-1
34th 1979 Kato Masao Rin Kaiho 4-1
33rd 1978 Kato Masao Ishida Yoshio 4-3
32nd 1977 Kato Masao Takemiya Masaki 4-1
31st 1976 Takemiya Masaki Ishida Yoshio 4-1
30th 1975 Ishida Yoshio Sakata Eio 4-3
29th 1974 Ishida Yoshio Takemiya Masaki 4-3
28th 1973 Ishida Yoshio Rin Kaiho 4-0
27th 1972 Ishida Yoshio Rin Kaiho 4-3
26th 1971 Ishida Yoshio Rin Kaiho 4-2
25th 1970 Rin Kaiho Sakata Eio 4-0
24th 1969 Rin Kaiho Kato Masao 4-2
23rd 1968 Rin Kaiho Sakata Eio 4-3
22nd 1967 Sakata Eio Rin Kaiho 4-1
21st 1966 Sakata Eio Fujisawa Shuko 4-0
20th 1965 Sakata Eio Yamabe Toshiro 4-0
19th 1964 Sakata Eio Takagawa Shukaku 4-0
18th 1963 Sakata Eio Takagawa Shukaku 4-2
17th 1962 Sakata Eio Handa Dogen 4-1
16th 1961 Sakata Eio Takagawa Shukaku 4-1
15th 1960 Takagawa Shukaku Fujisawa Shuko 4-2
14th 1959 Takagawa Shukaku Kitani Minoru 4-2
13th 1958 Takagawa Shukaku Sugiuchi Masao 4-2
12th 1957 Takagawa Shukaku Fujisawa Hosai 4-2
11th 1956 Takagawa Shukaku Shimamura Toshihiro 4-2
10th 1955 Takagawa Shukaku Shimamura Toshihiro 4-0
9th 1954 Takagawa Shukaku Sugiuchi Masao 4-2
8th 1953 Takagawa Shukaku Kitani Minoru 4-2
7th 1952 Takagawa Shukaku Hashimoto Utaro 4-1
6th 1951 Hashimoto Utaro Sakata Eio 4-3
5th 1950 Hashimoto Utaro Iwamoto Kaoru 4-0
4th 1947 Iwamoto Kaoru Kitani Minoru 3-2
3rd 1945 Iwamoto Kaoru Hashimoto Utaro 3-3 (2-0)
2nd 1943 Hashimoto Utaro Sekiyama Riichi 2-0
1st 1941 Sekiyama Riichi Kato Shin 3-3


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In the overview players link to their biographies while results link to a detailed description of the edition.

+ Mainichi Shimbun Go page external link
+ Mainichi Shimbun Honinbo Coverage external link

To find the name of a player in other languages such as Chinese or Korean please refer either to the dictionary pages, Internet Go Dictionary or their biography pages.


If you have additional information to the supplied info or if you can supply us with the results of other tournaments please send an E-mail about it and it will be included on these pages.

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