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  1. Jejima

    Bench Sumo news

    Dear all, I have been rather busy of late, but the following message was delivered to me a few days ago by the venerable Marushiki, chair of the Bench Sumo Yokozuna Deliberation Council. **************** Venerable Richijo Firstly, the YDC sadly accept the intai of Randomituski from Yokozuna ranking. It was a short rein but memorable, we wish him well in future endeavours. One of the YDC members suggested instating "ichidai haridashi yokozuna" status. It is hoped that Randomitsuki will keep playing as Randomitsuki II in future Basho, his presence will be missed should he completely leave. In regard to Kitakachiyama, We are all very impressed with his performance over the last year. It is with honour that we offer Kitakachiyama the promotions to Yokozuna. The acceptance of this promotion is entirely up to his. Given the experiences of previous Yokozuna, and knowing the challenges faced in the BS game, (Not to mention the possible Wakanohana II curse) . Should he choose to decline promotion we fully understand. Marushiki (Chair YDC) **************** Of course Kitakachiyama will accept the promotion! (and will be ranked at Yokozuna on the next banzuke.) Omedetou! Back-to-back yushos is impressive! We look forward to reading Kitakachiyama's yusho acceptance speech, and his Yokozuna acceptance speech. It is a new era of Bench Sumo - the Kitakachiyama era! Jejima (BS rijicho)
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    Invitation to play Bench Sumo

    Bumping this thread again, to attract new players! Please read the first post in this thread to see how to join Bench Sumo.
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    Invitation to play Bench Sumo

    Hi everyone! It is very nearly the 20th anniversary of Bench Sumo! If you would like to play, you need to do the following.... 1. Register a shikona here < > 2. Inform Jakusotsu by replying to this thread that you would like to play, and have done #1 already. 3. Sign up for one of the Bench Sumo Mailing Lists, by sending anm email to either <> or go to <> 4. Read the rules at <>
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    Bench Sumo news

    Here are the possible 'milestones' for Bench Sumo players for the Haru (March) basho 2020. A big shout-out to Takanorappa and his Bench Sumo stat page that made this email possible - and for posting a milestones email last basho, when I was very busy. All the good stuff can be found here --> <> There are five parts.... 1. The players at a new career high rank. 2. The number of active bashos (multiples of 10) - *if* the player turns up in March. 3. Players who have a chance (even if very remote) of going to a new 'multiple of 100' career wins in March. 4. The current #20 leaderboard for the *all-time* total number of wins. 5. The current #20 leaderboard for the highest win percentage for *active* players. Enjoy! Jejima (BS rijicho) At a career high rank ms15E Kuramarujo (44 active bashos! - But most of them were in the past) ms14E Chelseayama (2nd time-in-a-row) ms13E Kaito ms11E Kishikaisei ms10E Athenayama (2nd time) ms6E Atenzan (2nd time - but he has been ranked higher under a previous shikona) ms5E Joaoiyama ms2E Kofujinokami (2nd time for the drone, on the brink of becoming a 'paid' player?) J11W Oortael (3rd time) M15W Unkonoyama (2nd time) M8E Tameiki (2nd time) M3W Sakura (5th time) S1E Terarno (shin-Sekiwake, Jakusotsu will be proud of his ?former? tsukebito!) O1E Taka Y1E Flohru (5th time) Number of active bashos (If they are active in November 2019.) J13E Nantonoyama - 10 .........20 .........30 J12E Golynohana - 40 J8E chishafuwaku - 40 .........50 J3E Saruyama - 60 J1W Hana-ichi - 60 M14W andonishiki - 60 .........70 M8W Boltbutthamma - 80 ms9W Kasamatsuri - 90 M17E Heiyu - 100 M12W Fujisan - 100 .........110 M15E Oshirokita - 120 M9W Chijanofuji - 120 Possible career win milestones this basho: (Current career wins in brackets) 100 wins ms20E Hibarifuji (94) - 2nd time on the watch list ms18W Domichi (97) 200 wins M15W Unkonoyama (194) - 2nd time 300 wins ms2W Kyodaitimu (288) M5W Ihopeso (288) ms19W Basoyama (290) - 2nd time J8E chishafuwaku (296) - 2nd time J1E Yamashade (298) - 3rd time ms12E Aminoumi (298) - 2nd time 400 wins Nobody here 500 wins ms8W Sebunshu (486) M2E fujiyama (495) - 2nd time 600 wins M7E mischashimaru (599) - 2nd time 700 wins Nobody here 800 wins Nobody here 900 wins Nobody here Top 20 winning players of all-time 1. M3E Jejima - 912 2. M9W Chijanofuji - 911 3. M9E Kintamayama - 902 4. M15E Oshirokita - 901 5. M6W Gaijiingai - 875 6. ms11W Takanorappa - 843 7. Y1E Flohru - 810 8. BG Doitsuyama* - 805 9. J9W Sherlockiama - 802 10. J3W Jakusotsu - 774 11. O1W Norizo - 758 12. J2E Kitakachiyama - 751 13. M17W Pitinosato - 742 14. M12W Fujisan - 740 15. BG Leonishiki* - 739 =16. M4W Metzinowaka - 729 =16. ms18E Marushiki - 729 18. M1W Rubensan - 714 19. M2W Susanoo - 713 20. J7E Frinkanohana - 712 *not currently active Top 20 active players with the highest winning percentage 1. J11W Oortael (0.644) 2. ms10E Athenayama (0.600) 3. J6W Gansekiiwa (0.578) 4. ms14E Chelseayama (0.567) 5. M3W Sakura (0.558) 6. M13E Gurowake (0.544) 7. K1W pandaazuma (0.540) 8. J12E Golynohana (0.538) 9. M6E ScreechingOwl (0.537) 10. Y1E Flohru (0.5347) 11. S1W Yassier (0.5345) =12. M14E Itachiyama (0.53333333333) =12. M4E Andoreasu (0.53333333333) 14. J4E Tenshinhan (0.5304) 15. J3E Saruyama (0.5299) 16. M10E Hokuyutaka (0.529) 17. K1E Gawasukotto (0.527) =18. M2E fujiyama (0.52380952381) =18. M8E Tameiki (0.52380952381) 20. M13W Achiyama (0.5232) Get those milestones! Jejima (BS rijicho)
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    Kiribayama - New Kid on The Block

    Kiribayama at the age of 23, is one of the youngest rikishi in Makunouchi (Takakeisho and Onosho are a few months younger), and had a great debut basho in Makunouchi, racking up an 11-4 record from the rank of M17E. The highest ranked player that he has defeated thus far was M8E Aoiyama. How will the rest of 2020 pan out for him? Please expand on your vote by making a comment below.
  6. Kotoshogiku (30th Jan) and Shohozan (9th Feb) have both recently turned 36. They are the oldest rikishi currently ranked in Makunouchi. In memory of the 'Kaio' and then 'Aminishiki' polls of before, what is in store in 2020 for these two old-timers? Please expand on your votes via the comments below. Which of the two will do better in 2020? How are you thinking that the combined numer of KKs will be split? (E.g. 3 KKs for Kotoshogiku, 4 KKs for Shohozan.) They both ended up with MKs in January 2020. Kotoshogiku - M13E (7-8) Shohozan - M7E (7-8)
  7. In 2018, Ryuden and Abi both had 45 wins out of a possible 90. In 2019, Ryuden had 43 wins and Abi had 54. How will they do compared to each other in 2020? In the first basho of 2020, Ryuden was M8W and had a good 10-5 record. Abi was ranked at K1E, and had a mediocre record of 5-10. They did not face each other. They will probably be ranked close to each other on the March banzuke. Previous poll..... 2019
  8. Announcing the March 2020 edition of Guess Kisenosato's Aite.... Guess Hokutofuji's Aite All you have to do is guess K1E Hokutofuji's opponent each day, before the torikumi comes out. If you guess correctly, you get a shiroboshi. This is surprisingly more fun (or frustrating) and challenging than it should be. It also gets you to think a bit more about the 'inner-workings' of sumo. Here is the current banzuke:- New Banzuke for March 2020 Sakura (YO 12-3) Y1 Gurowake (Y1W 9-5-1) Kuroimori (Y2E 9-5-1) Y2 YO Jakusotsu (Y1E 8-7) chishafuwaku (O1E 9-6) O1Ryoshishokunin (S1W 11-3-1) S1 Tenshinhan (S2W 10-5) Hakuhonofan (M2W 9-5-1) K1 WAKATAKE (S1E 7-2-6) shimodahito (K1W 8-7) M1 Andonishiki (M1E Kosho)Jejima (M1E 8-7) M2 orandashoho (K1E 6-7-2)Profomisakari (M2E 7-8) M3 Houmanumi (M3W 6-7-2) The Kyokai (M3E 2-13) M4 Oshirokita (mz 11-4) Joaoiyama (mz 10-5) M5 Andreas21 (mz 7-8) DrunkCat (mz 0-1-14) M6 Comments Yokozuna Jakusotsu has been set the challenge to show why he is worthy of the Yokozuna rank by displaying Ozeki Quality in either (preferably both) this March or the May basho. Sekiwake Ryoshishokunin will be considered for promotion to Ozeki with a KK in March. The rules are as follows:-1. Guess K1E Hokutofuji's opponents on each day of the basho.2. Entries need to be in before 11:30 am Japan time on the previous day, except for the days 1 and 2 entries which need to be in before 11:30 am Japan time on the Friday prior to the start of the basho. If it turns out that the daily toriukumi is printed before these times, then any entry proved to have come afterwards is not allowed for that day (so enter early to be safe).3. Tie-breakers to decide the Yusho.... We look at the result of the day 15 prediction, then day 14, and so on back to day 1. If still a tie, then the highest ranked on the banzuke can claim the Yusho.4. If K1E Hokutofuji goes kyujo during the basho, we switch to K1W Endo (S1W Shodai, then S1E Asanoyama kept further in reserve, if needed due to a mass spate of kyujos) for the days after his fusensho loss (I.e. we can still guess who gets the freebie). For the immediate day afterwards, (unless it is known very soon after the event), everyone will get a 'kyujo'.5. Players that are leading the Yusho race (especially in the final few days of the basho), are requested / expected to get their picks in very early (before all the other players, if possible) - in order to avoid suspicions of 'tactical picking'.6. If the kyokai changes the originally posted torikumi for any day (such as for a late kyujo), the first version released will be used for the purpose of this game. Special prizes (many thanks to Yaochoyama): 1. Outstanding performance (shukun-sho) - the one who correctly picks the aite the most consecutive days. You have to have a minimum of three to win this prize. 2. Fighting spirit (kanto-sho) - the one who limits their incorrect aite picks to the shortest number of consecutive days (literally the one whose longest losing streak is the shortest). Any losing streak of 5 or more days would disqualify you from this prize. 3. Technique (gino-sho) - the one who is best at making correct picks when no one, or hardly anyone else does. A point system is used as follows and you need at least 3 points to claim this prize: 3 points if you're the only win to make the correct pick 2 points if you're one of two to make the correct pick 1 point if you're one of three to make the correct pick New players () are cordially invited to this game - it is an official second league © game!
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    Hatsu 2020 Superbanzuke Masters

    It has been quite blustery of late....
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    Hatsu 2020 Superbanzuke Masters

    *former capital
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    Mitakeumi in 2020

    Mitakeumi started Ozumo in March 2015. He has already won two Makunouchi yushos (and a Juryo Yusho)! Will 2020 be the year that he pushes onto Ozeki - or more? So far (January 2020), he has been ranked at M2W, when he got a 7-8 losing record. The lowest rikishi that he has lost to so far this year was M8W Ryuden. So those are the base lines for the questions. Previous polls: 2019 2018 2017 2016
  12. In Nov/Dec 2014, two-thirds of the people doing this poll thought that Ichinojo would be an Ozeki by January 2016.... Now he is in Juryo... His first basho of the year was disappointing.... January 2020 - J7E (6-9) Please include your predictions in the comments below, and state what you think the actual rank of Ichinojo will be on the January 2021 banzuke. Previous polls.... 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
  13. So, how will the top of the banzuke look in a little over a year from now? (This is a difficult question, I think!) Please leave your actual prediction for the top two ranks for the January 2021 banzuke in the comments below like this... Elsa Y1 Anna Sven Y2 Marshmallow O1 Kristoff Olaf O2 Oaken etc - then we can see who is closest at the end of the year, to award a yusho for this poll. Previous polls: 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 - not polled 2011 2010 2009 2008
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    Makunouchi yushos in 2020

    Hi everyone - one yusho later than normal (but that is taken into account in the poll) - as the first yusho of the year has already been won by M17W Tokushoryu. I have changed this year's questions a little, due to the sparcity on top of the banzuke.... Which ranks do you think will win the Makunouchi yushos in 2019? Please write your predictions in the comments below. Please also mention which rikishi (give names!) you think will actually win the yushos (and how many). Similar polls can be found for previous years below. 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
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    Hakuho - 16th time of asking

    16 years I have been setting a poll about Hakuho! Will this one be the last one? Please add a comment with your prediction below - and also say how many zensho yushos you think he'll win in 2020, for the fourth question to this poll. Hakuho's first basho of 2020 did not go well.... He was ranked at Y1E and went 1-3-11. Previous polls:- 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
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    GTB Haru 2020- 118 entries- and Results!!

    Am I the only one who slipped Tokoshoryu in at K2W? My thinking is that the sanyaku is looking a little empty, so an extra komusubi would help, and I distinctly remember this banzuke....
  17. Takakeisho began his Makunouchi career in January 2017. He began his sanyaku career in January 2018. He won his first ever yusho in November 2018. He became an Ozeki (twice!) in 2019. He is currently the youngest rikishi currently in Makunouchi - although Takagenji took the record from him for a while in 2019, and there are four rikishi in total in Juryo that are younger than the Ozeki. How will this young man (aged 23) do in 2020? Please expand on your votes in the comments below. Previous Takakeisho polls: 2019 2018 2017
  18. In 2018, Ryuden and Abi both had 45 wins out of a possible 90. How will they do compared to each other in 2019? This is a new poll.
  19. Previous Aminishiki polls: 2018 2017 2016 Aminishiki has been the oldest Sekitori (a rikishi ranked in either Makunouchi or Juryo) for the past three years. He turned 40 years old in October 2018. 40 is very old for an active sekitori! Is it a record? Certainly top 5, methinks. (Anyone who can work the Sumo database better than me, please check to see the ages of the oldest active sekitori!) But what will 2019 bring for Aminishiki? Please include your predictions (be as precise as you can!) in the comments below. Please also include in your comment your guess for either a) Aminishiki's rank on the January 2020 banzuke or b) Aminishiki's final banzuke rank before he goes intai in 2019
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    Hakuho in 2019 - Hak Attack Part 15

    Hakuho's record for 2019 was as follows... Jan - Y1W (10-4-1) Mar - Y1E (15-0 zensho yusho) May - Y1E (0-0-15) Jul - Y1W (12-3 jun-yusho) Sep - Y1W (0-2-13) Nov - Y1W (14-1 yusho) Hakuho won two yushos in 2019 - as predicted by WAKATAKE, Terao, Benihana, MumboJumbo, chishafuwaku, just_some_guy, Tenshinhan, Shatsume, Hakuhonofan, RPedro44, Oshirokita, James Jett, Getayukata, Pitinosato and Sherlockiama. He won one zensho yusho (15-0), as predicted by Benihana, MumboJumbo, Rocks, Churaumi, just_some_guy, Hakuhonofan, Oortael and ScreechingOwl. Hakuho ended up with a total of 51 wins. I am the Yokozuna got this spot on! Kyokufuji came close with 52 wins. Hakuho's longest winning streak (continuing on from 2018) for 2019 was 25 wins. This was correctly predicted by Benihana, chishafuwaku, Kyokufuji and Getayukata. Shatsume, Pitinosato, WAKATAKE, Terao and RPedro44 were all one off. @Benihana wins the yusho @chishafuwaku can have the jun-yusho
  21. This is now the 15th edition of the Hakuho annual poll! That is a lot. Will there be a 16th edition for 2020? Please add a comment with your prediction below - and also say how many zensho yushos you think he'll win in 2019, for the fourth question to this poll. 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
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    Ryuden vs Abi in 2019.... In the balance.

    Here are the records for the two rikishi in 2019... Basho Ryuden Abi Head-to-head? Jan M7E (6-9) M10W (10-5) No Mar M11E (10-5) M6W (8-7) No May M5W (10-5) M4W (10-5) Ryuden won Jul K1W (4-11) K1E (8-7) Abi won Sep M5W (7-8) K1E (9-6) No Nov M5W (6-9) K1E (9-6) Abi won Total: (43-47) (54-36) (R1-A2) Abi won 11 more bouts than Ryuden in 2019. I am the Yokozuna came closest with +10 to Abi. Abi winning one more in the head-to-heads, as predicted by WAKATAKE and Churaumi. In January 2020, Abi was ranked at K1E, and Ryuden was ranked at M8W - a difference of 8 ranks. The closest guesses were from Churaumi and I am the Yokozuna. @Churaumi wins the Yusho @I am the Yokozuna wins the Jun-Yusho
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    Ichinojo 2019 - will this be his year?

    Ichinojo's 2019 went like this... Jan - M1W (6-9) Mar - M4W (14-1 - Jun-yusho) May - S1E (5-7-3) Jul - M4W (9-6) Sep - M2E (1-4-10) Nov - M12E (0-0-15) His rank on the January 2020 banzuke was J7E - which counts as Upper Juryo. Nobody guessed this. Closest was Sue and Aled ap Tomos with mid-Makunouchi - but that is a whole division away! Ichinojo had two kachi-koshis, as predicted by... nobody. Sue, Shinrei, Churaumi, Aled ap Tomos, RabidJohn, Tenshinhan, Shatsume and James Jett came closest with three KKs. His best record was 14-1 - again nobody predicted this (so a complete washout!). Closest was RPedro44 with 15 and Rocks, Oshirokita and Pitinosato with 13. Okay, for being closest for two of the questions, the yusho play-off is between Sue and Aled ap Tomos. Whichever of these two cam closest with the guess for Ichinojo's best record will win.... Oh. They both went for 10-5. So still tied. Let's check the comments.... Neither commented. Well, they can't be split - but to be honest, I don't think either really deserves the yusho, as they didn't really get close with any of the questions. Insteas @Sue and @Aled ap Tomos can share the Jun-Yusho
  24. In Nov/Dec 2014, two-thirds of the people doing this poll thought that Ichinojo would be an Ozeki by January 2016.... Will he do it in 2019? Please include your predictions in the comments below, and state what you think the actual rank of Ichinojo will be on the January 2020 banzuke. Previous polls.... 2018 2017 2016 2015
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    Aminishiki in 2019 - the veteran question

    Aminishiki's 2019 went like this... Jan - J3E (3-12) Mar - J11W (8-7) May - J10W (7-8) Jul - J11W (0-3-8 - intai) Umizoi, Shinrei, Rocks, Morty, just_some_guy and Oortael all got the time of the intai correct. WAKATAKE, chishafuwaku, Morty, Jejima, Oshirokita and Pitinosato all guessed the best record (8-7) correctly. Aminishiki's worst record based on how the question was written, was (0-3-8), so zero wins. I guess if I write a similar question to this again, I will add something extra, such as 'must have appeared on the dohyo at least ten times in any one basho' to count. Anyway, WAKATAKE, Morty and Andonishiki were closest with two wins - but special mention also goes to orandashoho, Hakuhonofan, James Jett and Pitinosato, who all guessed 3 wins - which would have been the correct answer if the question had been written slightly different. The yusho goes to @Morty The jun-yusho goes to @WAKATAKE So, after four years, the annual Aminishiki poll is no more.