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    Ladies and gentleplayers, the Natsu 2018 SB Masters Series results are online. The Natsu 2018 Masters Series ended with the fourth career Green Mawashi of ScreechingOwl. The gaming gentleman won the yusho in Ozumo Bingo, got the sole jun-yusho in RotoSumo, as well as shared jun-yusho in Fantasy Sumo, Bench Sumo, and Sumo Game for a strong 59.43 points finish.Pandaazuma got the shukun-sho for yushoing in Juryo Game and Sekitori Oracle. It's his seventh Outstanding Performance prize already, setting a new record number.Gaming veteran Gaijingai gets his first career gino-sho for exhibiting prowess in daily games (double digits in ISP, shared jun-yusho in Bench Sumo) as well as in pre-basho games (RotoSumo yusho plus 5 points in Juryo Game).The kanto-sho goes to Ganzohnesushi (his third Fighting Spirit Prize). He managed (mostly low) scores in no less than eight different games. That's even more than ScreechingOwl had!Congratulations to all the winners! Also updated were the standings of the Sumo Gaming World Championship 2018. To the surprise of no one, Pandaazuma further extended his incredible leading margin over the mere mortals behind him. At half-time for the year, Susanoo already has a magnificent triple-digit score, but he already trails the Panda by a solid Green Mawashi score distance. All bow to His Pandness whose sumo-related prowess makes Hakuho look like a choirboy.
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    Only a short information: The Maegashira game this basho took place. I had no time for it, went kosho and did long time not look at the game site. Here at first only the name of the winner: J a k u s o t s u Congratulation, Klaus! Not correct as ever is the banzuke. The correct banzuke and some more I will poste next week. Profomisakari
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    The Sandanme Game will run again for Natsu 2018. I have been very close to giving this game a kyujo for a few basho now but since some of you continue to take the time to send me entries, I feel compelled to keep it going. There may be a delay in getting the results to you but I will set up the game, record your entries, and compile and present the results. Hopefully, I can catch up on the banzuke making as well. Thanks for your patience and continuing interest in the game!Here is the usual invitation:For the Sandanme Game, please send me your list of 15 rikishi from the usual segments of the banzuke.Sd 1-5/6-10/11-15/16-20/21-25/26-30/31-35/36-40/41-45/46-5051-60/61-70/71-80/81-90 and 91-100+ (91-100 including tsukedashi if any)Your rikishi earn points for each win, for a kachikoshi record, for leading their group, and a bonus for the best scoring rikishi on each team based on how close they were to the yusho winning record. The result is adjusted so that the best possible score gets a 15-0 result.The drone Mirai knows the future and always selects the best rikishi in each group. This shows us what the best possible score would be at each stage of the game.The drone Genzai picks the most popular rikishi from each group. This drone has tended to score well.The drone Mukashi picks the rikishi in each group who had the best record last basho. This drone isn't expected to score well but sometimes surprises us.Send your entries to me at nmatsuo@shaw.ca before any of your selections enter the dohyo for their match (and preferably a few hours before that).
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    Maybe not all of us have seen the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, but certainly all of us heard about a controversial episode between Sergio Ramos, the captain of Real Madrid, and Mo Salah of Liverpool. This is the episode. Let's look at this controversy from the sumo perspective. Imagine that you are the shinpan, and this is what happened on the dohyo. What would be your decision on this bout? What kimarite would you call? And who actually won the bout?
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    It looks to me that Ramos's right hand touched down first. Therefore, I would have declared a sashi-chigae. Salah wins by okuritaoshi.
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    Well, if it's the agency I'm thinking of (www.buysumotickets.com), I actually looked into them further today and they buy them the same day as general sale is released to the masses. You 'pre-order' with them and they will purchase a ticket on your behalf, but it's possible you may well score a better seat yourself on one of the websites. Apparently they have a good rate of success, but the category of ticket is not guaranteed, nor is a particular seat. I guess being there is better than not being there. Last May I was able to get tickets straight off the official site for the opening day of Natsu long after they went on general release. But it's wild now - literally all gone within 4 minutes. Yes, that is the agency. The thing is, you have to let them know what you want (first choice, second choice) and commit yourself the instant the sale opens, to have a chance. Paying by bank is way too slow because your order is only counted from the moment payment has been received and everything was sold out in fifteen minutes. You sort of had to keep your finger on the "Buy" button ready for the moment the sale begins. Then it takes another month and a half before you know what seats you got. (Then I got them in the mail and had a nightmare in which I was on the plane to Japan and had forgotten to pack the tickets.) I got the 'A' sets I ordered, except on three days when they were 'B' seats -- which weren't bad at all because these were in the row behind the walkway and therefore had a lot of legroom. And of course I spent the morning in my favourite box downstairs. It all worked out very well so I'm not planning to do things differently next time.
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    Very happy for Kakuryu to get his first back to back yusho. I've heard a few say he was an undeserving Yokozuna since following sumo, but this should hopefully put that to rest forever. 5 yusho, including back to back in the Hakuho era. His additional 6 jun-yusho were all runner up to Hakuho, including two playoff losses. His resume is formidable with this latest career resurgence, and I hope he continues to compete for as long as he can.
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    It would be great if they both went to the same side, bumped into each other, and fell down.
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    Day 15 (results, text-only results): 14-1 Kakuryu Y1 Hakuho 11-4 kyujo Kisenosato Y2 kyujo Takayasu O Goeido 3-6-6 Tochinoshin defeated Ikioi and thus did what he had to do to extend the yusho suspense to the musubi no ichiban match, but yokozuna Kakuryu capped off his stellar tournament with another strong victory over Hakuho to clinch his 5th makuuchi championship, winning them consecutively for the first time. Tochinoshin likely wasn't too heartbroken considering his upcoming promotion to ozeki, sweetened with two sansho - gino-sho and kanto-sho - being awarded to him for his 13-2 record and role in the yusho race. It's likely going to be another roller-coaster of media appearances for him between now and the July tournament, with the advantage that he may be a bit used to it by now. It remains to be seen how he will do in Nagoya; I doubt anyone would begrudge him too much if he just goes for a simple KK to ease into his new responsibilities. In any case, he'll be the only ozeki not kadoban, so Goeido and Takayasu will certainly have their own share of pressure to deal with. The next two sekiwake Ichinojo and Mitakeumi met on senshuraku as part of the top 3 matches, but it turned into somewhat of an anticlimax as Ichinojo immediately got moved back and out by a Mitakeumi who could barely walk straight. I suspect they're both happy that the basho is over. Mitakeumi finishes with the better record, but Ichinojo will almost certainly still take the more prestigious East position on the new banzuke. I'm always happy when somebody who suffered egregiously bad banzuke luck captures the promotion in his next go, and Tamawashi has done just that by securing his last-day kachikoshi at Shodai's expense, so he will now be returning to sanyaku after all. Shodai would have had a chance to grab the other komusubi slot even with a loss, if not for Shohozan also going 8-7 against Takarafuji a couple of bouts earlier. So, barring some major departure from the usual ways, our two komusubi for July should be Tamawashi and Shohozan. Shohozan picked up a shukun-sho as well, in recognition of his kinboshi over yusho winner Kakuryu. Abi wasn't able to cap off his very strong joi-jin debut and fell to makekoshi on the final day against veteran Yoshikaze. Kotoshogiku lost in surprisingly quick fashion against bottom-ranked Myogiryu, but can still celebrate his continued presence in the top ranks. Chiyonokuni stormed to his 12th win against Kagayaki and was rewarded with a kanto-sho for his career-best tournament performance. And last not least a third kanto-sho was also promised top division debutant Kyokutaisei who successfully claimed it with his 10th win of the basho, this one against Chiyomaru, his highest-ranked opponent of these 15 days. (o) 13-2 Tochinoshin S Ichinojo 8-7 9-6 Mitakeumi K Endo 3-10-2 (x) (o) 8-7 Tamawashi M1 (o) 8-7 Shohozan M2 Abi 7-8 (x) M3 M4 Shodai 9-6 8-7 Kotoshogiku M5 Ikioi 8-7 ... M11 Chiyonokuni 12-3 The Day 15 schedule had served to open up the third "needed" promotion slot before anyone stepped up on the dohyo, and the ensuing demotion playoff was won by Ryuden who should have managed to save himself here, while defeated aite Daiamami will be headed back to juryo, ending his run of four tournaments in the top division. Takekaze did all he could to enable some banzuke luck for himself by beating Okinoumi (six straight losses from 5-4...), but it wasn't to be as Ishiura was victorious for the fourth time in as many days to stay ahead in the final results. Daiamami, Takekaze and Aminishiki should be competing in juryo in Nagoya, making room in the maegashira ranks for Onosho, Kotoeko and Meisei. Akiseyama picked up consecutive win #5 and is notionally promotable with 10 wins at J5, but it was probably a little too late after his mediocre 5-5 start to the basho. There's nobody in line for demotion to create space for his promotion, and an over-demotion - with injury-absent Hokutofuji the prime candidate - would be very unusual in this situation, considering Akiseyama's rank/record combo is quite borderline itself. The juryo yusho race came down to the most straight-forward scenario, a direct clash to decide the championship. Co-leader Kotoeko was defeated by Yago and wasn't able to go to 12-3 after all, which left Onosho and Tsurugisho to contest the yusho in head-to-head fashion. The lower-ranker didn't stand any chance and was slapped down unceremoniously, allowing former komusubi Onosho to secure the first divisional championship of his career. (o) 3-12 Ryuden M7 M8 M9 Hokutofuji 4-7-4 (??) ... (x) 4-11 Daiamami M11 M12 (o) 6-9 Ishiura M13 M14 Takekaze 6-9 (x) M15 M16 Aminishiki 4-10 (x) M17 --- J1 Onosho 12-3 (o) (o) 11-4 Kotoeko J2 J3 (o) 10-5 Meisei J4 J5 Akiseyama 10-5 (??) Juryo rookie Wakatakakage has to be considered another of this basho's big winners after he escaped from demotion purgatory at the last minute. That may have been bad news for losing opponent Kizaki who ends the tournament with a relatively mediocre 4-3 at Ms4e which has put his promotion hopes into doubt. The other remaining makushita decision of Day 15 saw Ichiyamamoto prevail over former juryo regular Kitaharima. Over on the juryo side it was quite possibly former ozeki Terunofuji's final bout as a sekitori if not in his career, and somewhat unfathomably even dishevelled makushita visitor Amakaze proved too much for him, so it's an 0-9-6 record in the end (and the rare 2-6 for Amakaze). #3 in line for possible demotion after Terunofuji and Asabenkei is Hakuyozan after all, who lost to KK-seeking Seiro on senshuraku to end the second week with 6 losses in 7 days. Homarefuji, however, just might have saved himself when all was said and done - he did the opposite of Hakuyozan and sent Azumaryu to a hard-luck makekoshi. (x) 0-9-6 Terunofuji J8 J9 J10 Homarefuji 5-10 (??) (?) 5-10 Hakuyozan J11 J12 Asabenkei 3-11-1 (x) J13 J14 Wakatakakage 8-7 (o) Ms1 Chiyonoumi 4-3 (o) Ms2 (o) 4-3 Kizenryu Ms3 (?) 4-3 Kizaki Ms4 Kitaharima 3-4 (x) (??) 4-3 Ichiyamamoto Ms5 (??) 5-2 Enho Ms6 (??) 6-1 Murata Ms7 Gokushindo 6-1 (??) As the many question marks indicate, that's all quite the mess here now. Chiyonoumi and Kizenryu going up to replace Terunofuji and Asabenkei is a no-brainer, but everything else may be going a number of different ways. Going be the mass of precedent cases available it should be Kizaki who's third in line, courtesy of being ranked in the top 5 which Enho and Murata aren't. However, as already noted before it's somewhat questionable if they will consider his result promotion-worthy enough for a juryo debut. Even worse though, it's not clear at all who would go up as #4 to potentially replace Homarefuji. Murata should be the one, but... Anyway, a historical pattern in situations like these is that they tend to use the easy way out - if the decision is hard to make in one division and easy in the other, the rikishi at the center of the easy choice is often the one to be targetted (to his benefit or his detriment, depending on the circumstances). Consequently, I suspect that Homarefuji will get to stay, allowing them to not have to decide between Ichiyamamoto, Enho and Murata. Kizaki versus Hakuyozan is just a straight-up call, on the other hand, so that type of shimpan "logic" won't lead anywhere here. It's a decision that could genuinely go either way. However, I would tend to think that Hakuyozan as a fresh juryo debutant hasn't built up enough goodwill to get much of a benefit of the doubt here (in difference especially to Homarefuji). Kizaki has been a steady presence at the top of makushita for the last year and they might well decide that he has earned a sink-or-swim opportunity, and give him the promotion. So, I'm going to expect three promotions for the moment: Chiyonoumi, Kizenryu and Kizaki. It's all just speculation until Wednesday, of course. (If this was 30 years ago, I think the answer would be easy: Homarefuji and Hakuyozan down, Murata and Gokushindo up. They're much more focused on promoting "from the top" nowadays, rather than picking guys with superior records even if they're ranked a little bit further down. I'd love to be surprised by their decision, but I'm not expecting anything like that.) That's for all that, so my last order of business is to mention the sandanme playoff that took place between veteran Karatsuumi and youngster Satoyama (12 years of age difference), and which was as good as one could have hoped for such a match at that level. Recommended viewing if you haven't already. Karatsuumi secured the win in the end, earning his second sandanme yusho following one he won outright back in Aki 2011. (He also lost a playoff for one in Haru 2016, so he's now joint all-time leader for 7-0 records in sandanme.) As always, many thanks for your attention and interest!
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    Kizenryu probably has the % uwatenage record. It's generally hovering around 50% - slightly lower right now, but not by much. http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi_kim.aspx?r=9077
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    Thank you, Achiyama for the great game! It was a big pleasure to me.
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    Easy answer: Yusho as it would have autamatically meant Ozeki promotion :)
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    Hakuhou is already on his way to Mongolia. "The fact that I didn't get a serious injury this basho will be a springboard for next basho," he said. Not a serious injury, but he injured his left knee during the basho. "I'm a bit tired. I'm going to take it easy physically and mentally," he added. He intends to visit his deceased father's home town and reflect, and will return to Japan on June 2nd.
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    Work in progress! I have recorded your entries and done some updates but I have a little more work to do before I can publish the results. I hope to find time to finish that before next weekend. If not, I will complete it next weekend for sure! Thank you for playing and thanks for your patience.
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    olé olé, SECHZIG MÜNCHEN olé !! i‘m in the last train, which left Munich 19:19 and is supposed to reach my swiss village in the mountains at 23:44... after 3x changing trains. I am VERY drunk, so the chances to miss a train are sky-high... but whatever !! we are promoted, play one league higher next year and such rare days MUST be celebrated in style. AUS VOLLER KEHLE, MIT LEIB UND SEELE in den FARBEN WEISS UND BLAU ja das ist MÜNCHENS GROSSE LIEBE, STOLZ VON GIASING T S V
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    No, it's not a bad thing at all. But those that are sport-patriots will disappear when their compatriot will retire. How many Estonian sumo fans do we have at present? Probably three. I'd like people to join for the love of sumo, not for the love of flag, but that's me and quite naive..
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    Final Results It's time to annouce the final results of the Natsu 2018 edition of Sekitori Heya Game! Not surprisingly, the yusho goes to andonishiki! Congratulations!!! andonishiki managed to hold onto all of his 4 BE's despite all the dangers listed in my previous post. He even managed to add one more point to his score, bringing it up to 64. His result includes 52 base points and 12 bonus points for Kasugano, Oguruma, Takadagawa and Takanohana BE's. He also scored 17 for the huge Team Oitekaze, which was the best result among all the players (the second best result being 14). Holleshoryu stayed on the podium as well. He was the only player to get both Bonus Questions correct, which brought him 8 points! His Kasugano BE added 3 more bonus points to his result. Good news for Pandaazuma! He finished the basho with 11 wins, which means he'll be back at the rank of Ozeki for Nagoya 2018. Good job, Panda-zeki! He had more base points than Holleshoryu (43 vs. 41) but only 7 bonus points made him finish third. Pandaazuma scored 4 bonus points for BQ#1 and 3 points for a Sadogatake BE. BQ#1: Takanohana - 10,33 wins/sekitori (Kasugano got beaten by Takanohana on senshuraku, which cost nine players 4 bonus points) BQ#2: Isegahama - 4,8 wins/sekitori 1 andonishiki 64 15-0 2 Holleshoryu 52 11-4 3 Pandaazuma 50 11-4 4 Atenzan 47 10-5 5 WAKATAKE 47 10-5 6 Gansekiiwa 45 9'-6 7 Achiyama 45 8-7 8 Tenshinhan 42 8-7 9 Taikoubana 42 8-7 10 Senkoho 41 8-7 11 Suwihuto 40 7-8 12 Ryoshishokunin 39 7-8 13 Shokikogi 38 6-9 14 kuroimori 36 6-9 15 chishafuwaku 34 5-10 16 Gurowake 30 4-11 17 Sakura 29 3-12
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    Tochinoshin is Georgian. It’s a good idea not to get those two mixed up!
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    As the Top 3 Gamers are not involved in Tibreaking, here are the Official Winners of TUG for Natsu 2018: After 2 (two) Jun-Yusho (in 2017 Natsu, and last 2018 Haru) Katunazuma managed to win her 1st Yusho (1st) with 209 points. Congratulations! Suwihuto is the Jun-Yusho Winner (1st) with 205 points. Congratulations! Gansekiiwa makes the podium at 3rd place with 188 points. Congratulations! I would like to give an Honorary Mention to Fujisan, who is a long time supporter of TUG, for his perseverance and belief that he can do better, and getting to the 4th place after a rough start. Congratulations! The Sansho will be announced later next week. Many thanks to all TUG supporters and participants during 2018 Natsu Basho. Hope to see you all in July during 2018 Nagoya Basho. Best Regards, Achiyama, TUG Rijicho
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    Great basho! Tochi did it! We will have 3 ozeki. Congrats. And the "weak" yokozuna now have 5y...Not so bad, hum? Nagoya will be awesome with 3 ozeki and 3 zunas. 2 kadoban and Kise totaly against the wall. Cant wait. Kakuryu banzaaaai!
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    I hope that you can excuse my tardiness on delivering the ICF results, once you see the updates to my Bench Stats page. Visit takanorappa.com/ichimons.htm , then click on Misc. Bench Stats to enjoy the numbers. I’ve overhauled the site to bring a more intuitive menu for stats groupings (hoping the stats will be easier to find). Oh, and everything is updated with the Haru results. I’ve also discovered the joys of CSS’s nth-child, so have updated the looks of the tables with shadings and column delimiters (still trying to crack the fixed header nut, though, for all the tables. Lastly, I’ve added a few new stats. Fantastic & Devastating finishes chronicle how many times you either gotten to 7 wins, then blew it, or if you got to 7 losses, then pulled out a KK. GBL stats - after pulling in thousands of BS results, I can now give you stats on GBLs! There are two. BSer GBL Stats show how often you GBL, and how many of what type (i.e., 10-winner, 9-winner, etc) of GBLs you have earned. GBLs per basho shows how many (&wgat type) were earned each basho. Pick Stats - show how many times you have had all winners, no winners, an empty/full bench, or even if you have left winners on the bench (plus more). Win/Loss/Active - has gotten an overhaul, and is now sortable. BSer Rank Stats - has , also, gotten overhauled with a new look, is sortable, and adds start/high/low rank Enjoy!
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    I think this qualifies. Particularly awkward since both tried to go to the same side:
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    Does anyone remember the last time we had a jikan-mae bout in Makuuchi? I have only been able to watch sumo intermittently after leaving Japan three years ago, but it seems like there hasn't been one for five years at least. Why is that? Are any of the following true? 1) The Sumo Kyokai has made a conscious effort to get rid of it. 2) Rikishi are just not as in sync with each other as they used to be. (Have matta increased as well?) 3) Japanese society is changing, and they are losing that famous ability to communicate without speaking. 4) The increase in the number of foreign rikishi is causing a loss of empathy. 5) Rikishi are not as intense as they used to be, so they take longer to psych themselves up. 6) Some sort of commercial or business interest makes it necessary to stick to the schedule. 7) Jikan-mae only became common in the 90s, and we have just gone back to the normal state of not having them. Whatever the reason, I miss them. It seems like we have fewer good niramiai (stare downs), too before bouts, too. I always used to look forward to Akebono versus Takatoriki just for the pre-bout glaring. What does everyone think?
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    I don't think anyone knows the reason, but I miss them too. OTOH, Kitazakura in Juryo seems to make a point of doing at least one jikan-mae per basho. And yes, I miss those too.. * I even saw one live at KKan back in 1998 involving Takatouriki and someone I can't remember.
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    Final Standings Natsu Basho and Rank Estimates for Nagoya: Jejima probably regrets wasting a joker pick. Rank Shikona Surfs Position Standing Rank Estimate 1. chishafuwaku** Sazanami/Sadanohana Sd43w/Sd44e 4-3/5-2 Sd19 2. Wamahada* Sadanohana/Kototebakari Sd44e/Sd77w 5-2/5-2 Sd19 3. charliki** Tamakongo/Kototebakari Sd43e/Sd77w 4-3/5-2 Sd28 4. Ganzohnesushi** Nakanishi/Hoshoryu Jd41e/Jd42w 6-1/7-0 Sd42 5. Atenzan** Nakanishi/Hoshoryu Jd41e/Jd42w 6-1/7-0 Sd42 6. kuroimori** Hoshoryu Jd42w 7-0 Sd42 7. Ryoshishokunin*** Hoshoryu Jd42w 7-0 Sd42 8. Tenshinhan*** Hoshoryu Jd42w 7-0 Sd42 9. Ayagawa*** Hoshoryu Jd42w 7-0 Sd42 10. Jejima* Toryu/Akashiryu Sd48w/Sd63e 3-4/3-4 Sd63 11. Holleshoryu** Mori/Nakanishi Jd11w/Jd41e 3-4/6-1 Sd76 12. Terarno* Hokutoiwami/Nakanishi Jd37e/Jd41e 5-2/6-1 Sd76 13. Sakura*** Nakanishi Jd41e 6-1 Sd76 14. Jakusotsu*** Nakanishi Jd41e 6-1 Sd76 15. Hironoumi*** Nakanishi Jd41e 6-1 Sd76 16. Achiyama*** Nakanishi Jd41e 6-1 Sd76 17. Fukurou*** Nakanishi Jd41e 6-1 Sd76 18. Andoreasu*** Nakanishi Jd41e 6-1 Sd76 19. WAKATAKE*** Wakaichiro Jd14e 4-3 Sd94 20. Mmikasazuma*** DNP(1st) Jd11e N/A Jd11e 21. Gurowake*** Sakabayashi Jd80w 5-2 Jd35 22. Senkoho*** DNP(2nd) Jd78e N/A Jd78e 23. Unkonoyama*** Asahio Jd67w 3-4 Jd87