Promotion rule

Promotion system of professional Go players adopts system following than April, 2003.

Target Pro Tournaments as of July 1, 2015

1.Promotion by title acquisition

We make promotion by title acquisition of the country, International Pro Tournaments and title challenge, entering league.

9dan promotion Kisei Title, Meijin Title, Honinbo Title For each one quarter
International Pro Tournaments championship (note 1) Once
Oza Title, Tengen Title, Gosei Title, Judan Title For each two quarters
8dan promotion Oza Title, Tengen Title, Gosei Title, Judan Title For each one quarter
Kisei Title, Meijin Title, Honinbo Title Challenger
International Pro Tournaments runner up (note 1) Once
7dan promotion Oza Title, Tengen Title, Gosei Title, Judan Title Challenger
Kiriyama cup, Ryusei Tournament Championship
Kisei Title, Meijin Title, Honinbo Title Entering league (as for the Kisei Title only in S league)

(note 1) Pro Tournaments Samsung fire cup targeted for "International Pro Tournaments", LG cup, cymbidium cup, o*kihai, 100 soul cups, dream lily cup, new depths cup

2.Promotion by shosuu

We make promotion by putting up constant shosuu from the existing grade.

8dan → 9dan 200 wins
7dan → 8dan 150 wins
6dan → 7dan 120 wins
5dan → 6dan 90 wins
4dan → 5dan 70 wins
3dan → 4dan 50 wins
2dan → 3dan 40 wins
1dan → 2dan 30 wins

Pro Tournaments which is targeted for win

  • Kisei Title (including anti-amateur)
  • Meijin Title
  • Honinbo Title
  • Oza Title
  • Tengen Title
  • Gosei Title
  • Judan Title
  • Shinjin-O Title(King of The New Stars)
  • Ryusei Tournament (including anti-amateur)
  • Kiriyama cup (including anti-amateur)
  • Hiroshima aluminum cup Wakagoi Tournament
  • Masters cup
  • Samsung fire cup (only as for the main match)
  • LG cup (only as for the main match)
  • Agriculture feeling cup
  • Cymbidium cup
  • 100 soul cups (only as for the main match)
  • Dream lily cup (only as for the main match)
  • Glow screw cup
  • New depths cup (only as for the main match)

3.Promotion by prize money ranking

Person from prize money ranking (7 biggest Pro Tournaments) high rank of one year (from January to December) makes promotion.

6dan → 7dan One promotion
5dan → 6dan Two promotion
4dan → 5dan Two promotion
3dan → 4dan Two promotion
2dan → 3dan Two promotion
1dan → 2dan Two promotion
  • 6dan applies from 1dan

  • 2.When make de promotion; 3. It is excluded from object of person from prize money ranking high rank