Andreas21

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  1. Andreas21

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Similarly to last basho, I'd like to criticize the Torikumi makers. It is a major blunder to omit the matches of the East Ozeki and the West Ozeki, as well as omitting East Sekiwake against West Sekiwake. These are crucial matches, omitting them defies the original idea of a ranking tournament. If the basho were held only for a single day, for a single bout for each Riskishi (and once upon a time, it was!) then those were to be chosen - the match between the East and West side of the same rank. What are the priorities of the Torikumi makers? (By the way, also M4e vs. M4w are omitted) I can well understand the matches Takakeishi-Tokushoryu and also Asanayoma-Ryuden on the last day, for given the preference of a similar score. The mistakes had been made earlier, for instance in days 11 and 12, when Takakeisho was matched to Takarafuji and Tochinoshin. At that point Shodai and Tokushoyu were in the lead, and it was obvious that Goeido would not be in the Yusho race, so they could have easily did the Ozeki matchup then, leaving space for a possibly necessary Hiramaku matchup. To me it seems, they fail to foresee the situation, and then run into unsolvable Torikumi situations which force them to make choices which hurt the actual objectives. I know, Kyujo, same stable Rikishi, brothers, Hiramaku forerunners can sometimes complicate the situation a lot, but I would state they could often make a better job. Here's what I think the objectives of the Torikumi are Pair Rikishi of a similar Banzuke position to substantiate an appropriate next Banzuke - the closer the positions, the more relevant Postpone the matches beetween the top ranks down to Sekiwake to the final days for greater thrill at the final days As the Basho develops, prefer matches between Rikishi with a similar score even at considerable rank differences with special emphasis to the Yusho race Understandably, these objectives are sometimes contradictory - the last one interferes with the first two. Here, some creativity and logical thinking is necessary. Also, the consideration of scenarios is helpful. Is it still so that some Oyataka convene as the Torikumi committee, and determine the pairings of the following day just with the help of a Banzuke board and some stones to mark the Rikishi? Anyway, they should 1. Invite a mathematician to the committee for the logical thinking - the oyataka could then concentrate to tell what they want to achieve, and the mathematician could then tell them if that is possible and which Torikumi problem this would create on a later day. 2. Make the Torikumi after the results of the matches of the day, in particular in the second week. This would cut the possible scenarios greatly and simplify the complexity of the task.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2020

    With Goeido intai, (at least) two Juryo will go up. In addition to Nishigiki there is J2e 8-7 Kotonowaka J6e 11-4 Daiamami J13w 13-2Y Terunofuji By the numbers, I tend to give preference to Daiamami as he had about the same strength of opposition as Kotonowaka. I'd be happy for Kotonowaka for a lucky promotion as the Makuuchi debut would be a great reward for his consistent results, he's on a Kachikochi streak of 7. He would be the youngest Rikishi in the Top division then! J13 is too low for a promotion with only 13 wins. I doubt that Yusho makes really a difference here. I'd really like to see Terunofuji in Makuuchi again but the finish was sooo underwhelming. He might get as well get in shape with another Juryo Yusho before he can hold up to the top division. My prediction is he will struggle in mid Meagashira.
  3. Andreas21

    Guess Hokutofuji's Aite January 2020

    My result makes it clear, I'm totally clueless what the Torikumi makers do and what they are trying to accomplish! I've recently seen a Sumo documentary which included a scene of the Torukumi meeting in the 90s, which was sort of a revelation. Apparently, the only tool used was a Banzuke board with stones which marked the Rikishi already paired. All is work of the mind and possibly gut feeling involved. I'm thrilled, but to me it seems hopeless to predict.
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    Guess Hokutofuji's Aite January 2020

    Day 15 Tokushoryu
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    We're heading into a Shodai-Tokushoryu showdown at Senshuraku, and poor Takakeisho can crush Goeido and Asanoyama and still has no say in it. Assuming, the leading duo can win their bouts which is quite possible at the moment, and the committee sticks to the usual Ozeki schedule, and Goeido does not kyujo. (a handful of "if"s!)
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    Guess Hokutofuji's Aite January 2020

    Day 14 - Tokushoryu
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    Guess Hokutofuji's Aite January 2020

    Day 13 - Takarafuji Guess they save Mitakeumi for Senshuraku - but what do I know!
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    Guess Hokutofuji's Aite January 2020

    Day 12 Endo
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    Guess Hokutofuji's Aite January 2020

    Day 11 - Enho
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    Guess Hokutofuji's Aite January 2020

    Day 10 Daieisho
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    Guess Hokutofuji's Aite January 2020

    Day 9 Daieisho
  12. Andreas21

    Guess Hokutofuji's Aite January 2020

    Day 8 - Takayasu
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    Guess Hokutofuji's Aite January 2020

    Day 7 : Asanoyama
  14. Andreas21

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    To the contrary, I see Asanoyama as a great defender. However, he often relies on that too much for my taste. Only if he learns to get the initiative more often, he will be ready for Ozekihood. And for Abi, you're so right! You simply can not have him make his own game - he will be unstoppable. It's the same with Kotoshogiko, once he has his preferred position, you cannot defend it - Kisenosato, also with a rather passive, reactive style, had so much trouble with him. After the Yokozunae have gone Kyujo, Takakeisho is the highest ranked remaining Rikishi, and in my opinion the top candidate for the Yusho right now. However, the competition is so close, anybody out of possibly 10 rikishi could make it - what an excitement!
  15. Andreas21

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I have to say that I thoroughly enjoy the basho. There are so many spirited bouts, and rikishi at the top of their game. In my opinion, we're seeing the best ever Shodai, Kagayaki, Terutsuyoshi, Endo, Hokutofuji, Yutakayama, Asanoyama, Enho, Daieisho, Takanosho, Kiribayama and the best Terunofuji, Kotoshogiko, Takakeisho in a long time. I don't really think that the struggling Hakuho, Kakuryo, Goeido, Takayasu are so weak - it's just that they can't snatch the victories in the jo-i as easily as they used to because they have fierce opposition where 90% is simply not enough. I can clearly remember the escalator Rikishi who moved from mid-meagashira to up to Sekiwake and back - and the Yokozunae would have basically just to turn up to get the win.