About Meijin Title
The Meijin tournament is now sponsored by the newspaper Asahi Shinbun. It was previously sponsored by the Yomiuri Shinbun, but after a dispute with the Nihon Ki-in over funding, the Yomiuri switched to the
The title holder is challenged each Autumn by a challenger who is the winner of a nine-man all-play-all league. The bottom three in the league are demoted. Entry to the league is via preliminary tournaments held in three stages. The Third Preliminary comprises three separate knockouts, and the winners of each take one of the vacant league places.
In the final (best-of-seven) each player has 8 hours thinking time over two days. Each game of the final is played in a different city. In all other games thinking time is 5 hours each. Komi is 5.5 points.
won the title by defeating
and became the youngest Meijin. The eldest Meijin is
, he won 7th
all won Meijin eight times, but
achieved seven consecutive titles, he and Cho Chikun are the only two players who got Honorary Meijin. In 1999, Cho Chikun won his ninth Meijin, breaking
Top prize is 37 million Japanese Yen (about US$ 350 thousands).