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  1. Preparations of the Y/O Haru 2018

    Yes great analysis, Andonishiki. I hadn't realised that this was so rare. However tha potential lack of healthy yokozuna opposition makes Tochinoshin's chances considerably higher. If Hakuho is either going to not be 100%, or, (and more likley) sit out, and with Kakuryu and Kisenosato in the same boat, I fancy he has as much chance to win Haru as either ozeki or anyone else. I am getting well ahead of myself but what would happen in he repeated 14-1 yushos in the next two tournaments? Striclkly speaking he would still not have met the requirement for Ozeki (33 wins scored from sanyaku) and yet it would seem he has earned the right to be Yokozuna - especially given what Andonishiki has told us.
  2. Relapse Prevention Committee-training week

    Forgive my ignorance but what is wrong with him? (Takanoiwa)
  3. 42nd Grand Sumo Tournament

    Thanks very much for posting this. A very impressive result - irrespective of who will say "it doesnt matter". As I've said on other threads, with no supporters, I think this man will be Ozeki this year.
  4. Sansho for 2018 Hatsu

    You're right, Katooshu. Seems to me that he is doing this more but still primarily as a route in to make a belt hold and not "to the finish". His loss against Kakuryu (at 1.44 on this compilation) is a perfect example of this. The Yokozuna brilliantly prevents Tochinoshin's attempt to get his favoured left hand outside grip but Tochinoshin was at least holding his own in the oshi-battle and would have been better, as you suggest, to keep trading shoves. Mentally he is a new fighter now and physically he looks more powerful than ever before. He tendancy to lose (like Kaisei) at the rope I think has been somewhat overcome - there are several examples here, the best perhaps being the victory over Goeido (at 0.54). I'm convinced he is on his way to Ozeki this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU0zBsJUehw
  5. Sansho for 2018 Hatsu

    He is a great entertainer and while I'd like to see him collect recognition of that with a fighting spirit prize sometime, I wish he'd just win quick a bit more. Remember that immortal bout with Hakuho last November when, literally faced with Hakuho's back, he TWICE tried to grab him rather than just throw himself on / at him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-uYMfRwypA
  6. Sumo graphs

    Really nice, Yamasanzan. Just to be clear for everyone else using this tool for the first time, click the "custom graph" option to get an elongated upper Y axis. It will be obvious to most sumo fans but the coloured horizontal lines at the top mark the different levels within the Makuuchi Division. Thanks for youe effort and sharing Yama.
  7. First new Yokozuna during 2018-2019

    Fair points and excellent analysis made by Katooshu re the political and financial aspects of boxing unification. At the back (of my not very deep mind) was the thought that its difficult to hold all 4 belts because once you hold one, you are then dictated to as to whom and when you have to fight and potenitally then have to be fighting when not in optimum condition. One of the strengths of sumo is the simplicity of the tournament schedule - although the pressure and expectation to participate and defend one's rank when injured is a subject that I know has been discussed elsewhere on here. Morty, I share some of your dispondancy re cycling but I am trying to believe that Froome is clean. My example of 3 grand tours is silly - it is SO hard that, as you say, no one tries it, even on drugs. Two is a rare achievement, especially if one is the TDF. Also cycling being a team sport probably doesn't make this the best example. Maorencze, do you actually own boxing gloves?
  8. First new Yokozuna during 2018-2019

    I'm enjoying this discussion. Great points here by Morty but he touches on a reason that these stats may be deceptive: dominance. There will be another 11 tournaments before the end of 2019. Someone has to win them. We may well be past the period of total dominanace by Hakuho that has made Yokozuna promotion near impossible. As with any achievement in world sport, there is never a level playing field. In the others sports quoted in this thread, golf and tennis, there have been times when to win consecutive majors / slams you will have had to beat an all-time great, or two (in mens tennis you could argue 4 in recent times). Other times not. Sumo may be entering one of those "opportune" periods. I think the odds are very much that somebody will step up and win a chunk of the tournaments Hakuho ducks. Therefore I don't agree with the (better informed and well made) case for "Nobody". Tochinoshin and Takayasu are both within tachiai distance of bullying tournaments when existing Yokozuna are not at their best or fittest - which is going to be much of the time. I predict one of them will be Yokozuna before 2020. Hardest thing to achieve in world sport? Win all 3 grand tours in cycling in one year. (never done) Hold all 4 heavyweight boxing titles (never done).
  9. Training pics overview Haru 2018

    Great pics, thanks. Some serious strapping on that right knee.
  10. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    He will be Sekiwake as Munjeezy says. What is still to be determined is how many wins he can carry forward from this basho to contribute to his certain bid to become Ozeki after the March and May tournaments. 14 wins here and it is a real possibility on anything close to this form. Or do his wins have to all come from a sanyaku rank - in which case 14 wins makes no odds here?
  11. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I agree Thundersnow. When you are up against an unbeaten Yokozuna on Day 11 you probably need to adapt your tactics - something very few of Kakuryu's opponents have done up to now. The Mongolian Sekiwaki might yet make his Kachi Koshi - unthinkable this morning.
  12. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Such a shame that these bad calls are taking attention away from the awesome displays this basho by Tochinoshin and Ichinojo. They both look so good it doeant seem like it will be a "flash in the pan" if they can avoid injury. How far can they go this year?
  13. Thanks for taking the trouble to post Gurowake, amd I appreciate your advice. Virtual Sumo will run outside of honbasho, indeed I hope that is one of the positives a strategy game can offer during the 6 week wait between Grand Tournaments. Of course I agree that a game like Virtual Sumo, which is pretty complex, isn't A) going to be to everyone's taste or B) going to find many new players during honbasho, when not many have got spare sumo time on top of their prediction committments. Thats fine. I'm just a guy with a bit of spare time who loves sumo and wondering about and playing with the tactics in this great sport. I'd love for more people to play my game but I accept it will happen slowly. Also the game is totally new and I'm learning as I do it. As for the title of the thread, I think you are right again. I didnt spend any time thinking about it. I've no training in marketing! I vaguely remember thinking it might provoke someone into pointing to another sumo strategy game that I havent been able to find - but reading it again it does sound like an arrogant "click bait" claim and I wont continue with this thread other than to reply to any further posts. Ill try and think of something else as a thread title that still sets Virtual Sumo apart from all the prediction based games since I do think there will be many who share my interest in tactics and attempts to answer "what if..." Enjoy the rest of the basho!
  14. Well what a honbasho so far! I'm loving it! I'm really drawn to the tactics - which is what inspired the Virtual Sumo game. Could you instruct Ichinojo to a Gold Star win!? He deserved that. He was close against Hakuho and before that faced (a super impressive) Goeido, who is pretty much unbeatable in a first week. Tomorrow he is paired with Kakuryu! Thats the 4 highest ranking rikishi in the first 4 days. If he comes out 2-2 it would be an incredible performance from a young lad of just 24 and he would have to be taken as a very serious contender given that the next 11 days are going to seem A LOT easier. Seems to me he has really thought through his tactics. He can come over as a bit half hearted but the truth is that once you start moving 215kg in a hurry, its hard to change plan. He's holding his position rather than going all out for an intense attack and playing to his unmovable size. I thought it may be laziness or a mistake when I saw he run his weight UP since November but I was wrong, its looking the right thing to have done. Virtual Sumo hands over these sort of decisions to you as the Stable Master. If you were managing Ichinojo would you have the cool to push his weight up and instruct him to hold back on the tachiai? If you think you can make these sort of calls, give Virtual Sumo a try: https://virtualsumo4.wixsite.com/game
  15. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Ichinojo deserved that. He was close against Hakuho and before that faced (a super impressive) Goeido, who is pretty much unbeatable in a first week. Tomorrow he is paired with Kakuryu! Thats the 4 highest ranking rikishi in the first 4 days. If he comes out 2-2 it would be an incredible performance from a young lad of just 24 and he would have to be taken as a very serious contender given that the next 11 days are going to seem A LOT easier. Seems to me he has really thought through his tactics. He can come over as a bit half hearted but the truth is that once you start moving 215kg in a hurry, its hard to change plan. He's holding his position rather than going all out for an intense attack and playing to his unmovable size. I thought it may be laziness or a mistake when I saw he run his weight UP since November but I was wrong, its looking the right thing to have done.