About Honinbo

The Honinbo tournament is the oldest and the most prestigious in Japan. It is sponsored by the Mainichi Newspaper, the champion prize is 32 million Japanese Yen (about US$ 303 thousands).

After a complex preliminary, eight players enter into league and they play each other once and the winner becomes the challenger. Time limits are 5 hours each except in the final, where each players has 8 hours.

Honinbo tournament is a place for creating records of consecutive titles, in its sixty years’ history, total four players won Honorary Honinbo.

Takagawa Shukaku

achieved 9 consecutive titles,

Sakata Eio

achieved 7 consecutive titles,

Ishida Yoshio

achieved 5 consecutive titles, and

Cho Chikun

9p owned the record of 10 consecutive titles and he won Honinbo titles for a total of 12 times.

All editions of Honinbo

Type Edition Year Country First Place Second Place Details
title 57th 2002 Japan Kato Masao O Meien Games
title 56th 2001 Japan O Meien Cho U Games
title 55th 2000 Japan O Meien Cho Sonjin Games
title 54th 1999 Japan Cho Sonjin Cho Chikun Games
title 53rd 1998 Japan Cho Chikun O Rissei Games
title 52nd 1997 Japan Cho Chikun Kato Masao Games
title 51st 1996 Japan Cho Chikun Ryu Shikun Games
title 50th 1995 Japan Cho Chikun Kato Masao Games
title 49th 1994 Japan Cho Chikun Kataoka Satoshi Games
title 48th 1993 Japan Cho Chikun Yamashiro Hiroshi Games
title 47th 1992 Japan Cho Chikun Kobayashi Koichi Games
title 46th 1991 Japan Cho Chikun Kobayashi Koichi Games
title 45th 1990 Japan Cho Chikun Kobayashi Koichi Games
title 44th 1989 Japan Cho Chikun Takemiya Masaki Games
title 43rd 1988 Japan Takemiya Masaki Otake Hideo Games
title 42nd 1987 Japan Takemiya Masaki Yamashiro Hiroshi Games
title 41st 1986 Japan Takemiya Masaki Yamashiro Hiroshi Games
title 40th 1985 Japan Takemiya Masaki Rin Kaiho Games
title 39th 1984 Japan Rin Kaiho Awaji Shuzo Games
title 38th 1983 Japan Rin Kaiho Cho Chikun Games
title 37th 1982 Japan Cho Chikun Kobayashi Koichi Games
title 36th 1981 Japan Cho Chikun Takemiya Masaki Games
title 35th 1980 Japan Takemiya Masaki Kato Masao Games
title 34th 1979 Japan Kato Masao Rin Kaiho Games
title 33th 1978 Japan Kato Masao Ishida Yoshio Games
title 32th 1977 Japan Kato Masao Takemiya Masaki Games
title 31th 1976 Japan Takemiya Masaki Ishida Yoshio Games
title 30th 1975 Japan Ishida Yoshio Sakata Eio Games
title 29th 1974 Japan Ishida Yoshio Takemiya Masaki Games
title 28th 1973 Japan Ishida Yoshio Rin Kaiho Games
title 27th 1972 Japan Ishida Yoshio Rin Kaiho Games
title 26th 1971 Japan Ishida Yoshio Rin Kaiho Games
title 25th 1970 Japan Rin Kaiho Sakata Eio Games
title 24th 1969 Japan Rin Kaiho Kato Masao Games
title 23th 1968 Japan Rin Kaiho Sakata Eio Games
title 22th 1967 Japan Sakata Eio Rin Kaiho Games
title 21th 1966 Japan Sakata Eio Fujisawa Hideyuki Games
title 20th 1965 Japan Sakata Eio Yamabe Toshiro Games
title 19th 1964 Japan Sakata Eio Takagawa Shukaku Games
title 18th 1963 Japan Sakata Eio Takagawa Shukaku Games
title 17th 1962 Japan Sakata Eio Handa Dogen Games
title 16th 1961 Japan Sakata Eio Takagawa Shukaku Games
title 15th 1960 Japan Takagawa Shukaku Fujisawa Hideyuki Games
title 14th 1959 Japan Takagawa Shukaku Kitani Minoru Games
title 13th 1958 Japan Takagawa Shukaku Sugiuchi Masao Games
title 12th 1957 Japan Takagawa Shukaku Fujisawa Hosai Games
title 11th 1956 Japan Takagawa Shukaku Shimamura Toshihiro Games
title 10th 1955 Japan Takagawa Shukaku Shimamura Toshihiro Games
title 9th 1954 Japan Takagawa Shukaku Sugiuchi Masao Games
title 8th 1953 Japan Takagawa Shukaku Kitani Minoru Games
title 7th 1952 Japan Takagawa Shukaku Hashimoto Utaro Games
title 6th 1951 Japan Hashimoto Utaro Sakata Eio Games
title 5th 1950 Japan Hashimoto Utaro Iwamoto Kaoru Games
title 4th 1947 Japan Iwamoto Kaoru Kitani Minoru Games
title 3rd 1945 Japan Iwamoto Kaoru Hashimoto Utaro Games
title 2nd 1943 Japan Hashimoto Utaro Sekiyama Riichi Games
title 1st 1941 Japan Sekiyama Riichi Kato Shin Games
title 58th 2003 Japan Cho U Kato Masao Games
title 59th 2004 Japan Cho U Yoda Norimoto Games
title 60th 2005 Japan Takao Shinji Cho U Games
title 61st 2006 Japan Takao Shinji Yamada Kimio Games
title 62nd 2007 Japan Takao Shinji Yoda Norimoto Games
title 63rd 2008 Japan Hane Naoki Takao Shinji Games
title 64th 2009 Japan Hane Naoki Takao Shinji Games
title 65th 2010 Japan Yamashita Keigo Hane Naoki Games
title 66th 2011 Japan Yamashita Keigo Hane Naoki Games
title 68 2013 Japan Games