Gosei Tournament (sample page) Japan

The Gosei is the successor to, in turn, the Nihon Ki-in Highest Dans Tournament, the Nihon Ki-in First Place Tournament and the All-Japan First Place Tournament. The change to the Gosei was made in 1975 to keep pace with the creation of the new Tengen and Kisei titles. It counts as a major - one of the top seven title - but only in seventh place. Apart from lower fees, it also had the shortest time limits of the open tournaments.

In Term 1 Otake was counted as the holder, being holder of the All-Japan First Place title.

Term Year Winner Score Runner-up
11976Kato Masao 3-2Otake Hideo Otake counted as title holder
21977Kato Masao 3-0Takemiya Masaki
31978Otake Hideo 3-1Kato Masao This link works
41979Cho Chikun 3-0Otake Hideo
51980Otake Hideo 3-1Cho Chikun Switch from league to KO
61981Otake Hideo 3-1Kato Masao
71982Otake Hideo 3-2Cho Chikun
81983Otake Hideo 3-2Awaji Shuzo
91984Otake Hideo 3-1Kato Masao Otake >> Hon. Gosei
101985Otake Hideo 3-1Kudo Norio Expanded KO
111986Cho Chikun 3-0Otake Hideo
121987Kato Masao 3-1Cho Chikun
131988Kobayashi Koichi 3-0Kato Masao
141989Kobayashi Koichi 3-1Imamura Toshiya
151990Kobayashi Koichi 3-0Kobayashi Satoru
161991Kobayashi Koichi 3-2Kobayashi Satoru
171992Kobayashi Koichi 3-1Kobayashi Satoru
181993Kobayashi Koichi 3-0Rin Kaiho
191994Rin Kaiho 3-1Kobayashi Koichi
201995Kobayashi Satoru 3-2Rin Kaiho
211996Yoda Norimoto 3-0Kobayashi Satoru
221997Yoda Norimoto 3-1Yuki Satoshi
231998Yoda Norimoto 3-0Sonoda Yuichi
241999Kobayashi Koichi 3-2Yoda Norimoto
252000Yamashita Keigo 3-2Kobayashi Koichi
262001Kobayashi Koichi 3-2Yamashita Keigo
272002Kobayashi Koichi 3-1Yuki Satoshi
282003Yoda Norimoto 3-2Kobayashi Koichi Report to come

All the title games are in the GoGoD database.

Although it is still classed as a major, it has slipped badly behind other tournaments as regards prize money. Top prize (as of 2001) is ¥7.77 million, including game fees. The runner-up gets ¥2.19 million. As a benchmark, in 1983 first prize was ¥3.6 million, and second prize ¥720,000. In addition the titleholder had a match fee of ¥1.2 million and the challenger's was ¥0.8 million.

The title holder is challenged by a challenger who is the winner of a year-long qualification system. Although this has changed, it has always reflected the fact that the precursor tournaments were intended for high-dan players, and so entry is limited to players of 5-dan and above, from either the Nihon Ki-in or the Kansai Ki-in.

Originally there was a 5-man league, the places of which were filled by the winners of five parallel knockouts (involving 20 odd players in total), which in turn followed a preliminary. Nowadays (as of 2001) the final stage is a knockout of around 32 players. Seeds in either Round 1 or Round 2 are typically the loser of the title match and the loser of the previous year's challengers' final, the players in third and fourth place in the previous challengers' section, plus two players invited by the sponsors. All other places are filled by those successful in the preliminaries.

Currently 4 hours each (with a one-hour lunch break). It was originally 5 hours (Terms 1-16), and at the time this was the shortest time limit of the open tournaments.

Originally 5.5 points; from Term 29 (2003) 6.5 points.

The Gosei tournament is sponsored by the Newspaper Go Consortium (Shinbun Igo Renmei), membership of which has varied over the years. The current (2002) members are the 12 newspapers Kahoku Shinpo (Sendai), Niigata Nippo (Niigata), Shinano Mainichi Shinbun (Nagano), Shizuoka Shinbun (Shizuoka), Hokkoku Shinbun (Kanazawa), Kyoto Shinbun (Kyoto), Chugoku Shinbun (Hiroshima), Shikoku Shinbun (Takamatsu), Kochi Shinbun (Kochi), Kumamoto Nichinichi Shinbun (Kumamoto), Minami-Nippon Shinbun (Kagoshima), Okinawa Times (Naha).

The original consortium was: Hokkai Times (Sapporo), Kahoku Shinpo (Sendai), Hokkoku Shinbun (Kanazawa), Niigata Nippo (Niigata), Tokyo Times (Tokyo), Kyoto Shinbun (Kyoto), Chugoku Shinbun (Hiroshima), Kochi Shinbun (Kochi), Ehime Shinbun (Ehime), Kumamoto Nichinichi Shinbun (Kumamoto), Minami-Nippon Shinbun (Kagoshima).

The event has also been supported latterly by IBM Japan.


The word Gosei means Go Sage, the same as Kisei, but is a Japanese term. The character here for go is not normally used in China, and so the term is sometimes used there.