How do you classify a rikishi as "out of the yusho race"? in Honbasho Talk Posted November 7, 2015 I don't think there's a catch-all rule really. In most cases its relatively obvious (unless, like Gurowake mentioned, stuff happens, and it suddenly stops being obvious), but the gist of it is usually relatively simple. In my book, anyone is in the yusho race as long as: 1) He can win the yusho by winning all of his bouts or 2) He can win the yusho if there's a reasonable combination of loses to those with more wins that'll give him a chance if he wins all his bouts AND he can reasonably win all (or enough of) his bouts. For example, having a maegashira 12 tied for the lead, gives him the right to be a "yusho candidate" under case (a) above, even if everyone knows that when he gets fed to the lions he'll probably get swallowed whole. But for case (b), there's a huge difference between being a maegashira at 8-1 with two or three Yokozuna / Ozeki undefeated (there's no way they are all losing a bout AND you winning everything, that's too much to ask) and between being a Sekiwake at 8-1 with two Yokozuna / Ozeki undefeated and you having an entirely sanyaku-free schedule for the rest of the basho. In the second case you are not a favorite for the Yusho race, but you can't be discounted either... What I am trying to say is that miracles do happen, but they happen rarely enough that they cannot be predicted and don't change the general trend. Having said that, for me there's a degree of subjectiveness on judging who is still in it and who isn't. After all, anyone care to discount Hakuho as a Yusho candidate if he falls two wins behind?