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Gosei - competition

Gosei (competition)
Full name Gosei
Started 1976
Honorary Winners Ōtake Hideo
Kobayashi Kōichi
Sponsors Regional Newspaper League
Prize money 7.7 million Yen ($67,000 USD)
Affiliation Nihon Ki-in

The Gosei (碁聖 literally Go sage) is a Go competition in Japan or a title of the competition's winner.


Gosei is a Go competition used by the Japanese Nihon Ki-in and Kansai Ki-in. It is one of the seven big titles in Japan, although it pays much less than the top three. The payout is only 7,700,000 Yen ($67,000) compared to the Kisei's payout, which is a large 42,000,000 Yen ($386,000). Gosei uses the same format as the other big seven. The winner of the knockout tournament faces the title holder in a best of five match. There is one restriction that the other titles don't have, and that is to be able to enter the Gosei tournament, you must be at least 5 dan.

The promotion rules are just like the Judan's. If the player gets to challenge the title holder, they are promoted to 7 dan. If that player wins the title match, they are promoted to 8 dan. If they defend the title for another year, they are promoted to 9 dan.

Past winners

Player Years Held
Katō Masao 1976, 1977, 1987
Ōtake Hideo 1978, 1980 - 1985
Cho Chikun 1979, 1986
Kobayashi Kōichi 1988 - 1993, 1999, 2001, 2002
Rin Kaiho 1994
Kobayashi Satoru 1995
Yoda Norimoto 1996 - 1998, 2003 - 2005
Yamashita Keigo 2000
Cho U 2006 - 2009
Sakai Hideyuki 2010
Hane Naoki 2011
Iyama Yuta 2012 - 2015

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