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TORCHBEARER 2021: the picks, torch match notices, results

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For the second time this basho (and this year), we have a player with picks on both sides.  Shitamachi is guaranteed 4 points in the Day 10 TORCH MATCH:

RIKISHI
TSURUGISHO vs TOKUSHORYU

RANK
JURYO 1 EAST vs JURYO 6 WEST

Player(s) up for points:
Shitamachi’s rikishi pick is TSURUGISHO
Shitamachi’s rank pick is JURYO 6 WEST
Chisaiyama’s rank pick is JURYO 6 WEST
Domichi’s rank pick is JURYO 6 WEST
Yubinhaad’s rank pick is JURYO 6 WEST
a loss = 1 point, but a win = 3 points and an opportunity for more points in the next torch match

standings:
20 points – Amamaniac
16 points – Hitotsubushi
16 points – itchyknee
16 points – Shio-kago
5 points – code_number3
5 points – Rocks/Gansekiiwa
5 points – Wamahada
4 points – Gurowake
4 points – Jejima
4 points – Kintamayama
4 points – Pandaazuma
4 points – Shokikogi
4 points – Unkonoyama
4 points – Torideyama/Yoohoo
3 points -- Shitamachi
2 points – Mmikasazuma
2 points – Oshirokita
2 points – Sukubidubidu
2 points – Terarno
1 point – Achiyama
1 point – Andreas21
1 point – Athenayama
1 point – Chankomafuji
1 point – chishafuwaku
1 point – Churaumi
1 point – Daughter of Sukubidubidu
1 point – Fatakiyama
1 point – kuroimori
1 point – McBugger
1 point – rhyen
1 point – Sakura
1 point – Senkoho
1 point – Tailkoubana
1 point – Tsuchinoninjin
1 point – umbriel2



 

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Five fresh players in the Day 11 TORCH MATCH:

RIKISHI
TSURUGISHO vs MIDORIFUJI

RANK
JURYO 1 EAST vs JURYO 8 EAST

Player(s) up for points:
Shitamachi’s rikishi pick is TSURUGISHO
Akōgyokuseki’s rank pick is JURYO 8 EAST
Kitanoedo’s rank pick is JURYO 8 EAST
Naganoyama’s rank pick is JURYO 8 EAST
Tochyatsu’s rank pick is JURYO 8 EAST
Takanorappa’s rank pick is JURYO 8 EAST
a loss = 1 point, but a win = 3 points and an opportunity for more points in the next torch match

standings:
20 points – Amamaniac
16 points – Hitotsubushi
16 points – itchyknee
16 points – Shio-kago
7 points -- Shitamachi
5 points – code_number3
5 points – Rocks/Gansekiiwa
5 points – Wamahada
4 points – Gurowake
4 points – Jejima
4 points – Kintamayama
4 points – Pandaazuma
4 points – Shokikogi
4 points – Unkonoyama
4 points – Torideyama/Yoohoo
2 points – Mmikasazuma
2 points – Oshirokita
2 points – Sukubidubidu
2 points – Terarno
1 point – Achiyama
1 point – Andreas21
1 point – Athenayama
1 point – Chankomafuji
1 point – Chisaiyama
1 point – chishafuwaku
1 point – Churaumi
1 point – Daughter of Sukubidubidu
1 point – Domichi
1 point – Fatakiyama
1 point – kuroimori
1 point – McBugger
1 point – rhyen
1 point – Sakura
1 point – Senkoho
1 point – Tailubana
1 point – Tsuchinoninjin
1 point – umbriel2
1 point – Yubinhaad




 

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With three days left, the chances of someone ending the TORCHBEARER 2021 season with the TORCH is looking very good.  How many players might garnish end-of-year TORCH points?  It’s time to dig out the prize.  Today Takanorappa becomes the third player this basho to be on both sides of the match – four points guaranteed. And were really hit a jackpot with THIRTEEN PLAYERS UP FOR POINTS in the Day 12 TORCH MATCH:

RIKISHI
MIDORIFUJI vs ENHO

RANK
JURYO 8 EAST vs JURYO 11 EAST

Player(s) up for points:
Takanorappa’s rikishi pick is ENHO
kedevash’s rikishi pick is ENHO
Benihana’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
Ganzohnesushi’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
Hakuhonofan’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
Jason’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
kotoshikona’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
Munjeezy’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
orandashoho’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
Akōgyokuseki’s rank pick is JURYO 8 EAST
Kitanoedo’s rank pick is JURYO 8 EAST
Naganoyama’s rank pick is JURYO 8 EAST
Tochyatsu’s rank pick is JURYO 8 EAST
Takanorappa’s rank pick is JURYO 8 EAST
a loss = 1 point, but a win = 3 points and an opportunity for more points in the next torch match

standings:
20 points – Amamaniac
16 points – Hitotsubushi
16 points – itchyknee
16 points – Shio-kago
8 points -- Shitamachi
5 points – code_number3
5 points – Rocks/Gansekiiwa
5 points – Wamahada
4 points – Gurowake
4 points – Jejima
4 points – Kintamayama
4 points – Pandaazuma
4 points – Shokikogi
4 points – Unkonoyama
4 points – Torideyama/Yoohoo
3 points – Akōgyokuseki
3 points – Kitanoedo
3 points – Naganoyama
3 points – Tochyatsu
3 points – Takanorappa
2 points – Mmikasazuma
2 points – Oshirokita
2 points – Sukubidubidu
2 points – Terarno
1 point – Achiyama
1 point – Andreas21
1 point – Athenayama
1 point – Chankomafuji
1 point – Chisaiyama
1 point – chishafuwaku
1 point – Churaumi
1 point – Daughter of Sukubidubidu
1 point – Domichi
1 point – Fatakiyama
1 point – kuroimori
1 point – McBugger
1 point – rhyen
1 point – Sakura
1 point – Senkoho
1 point – Taikoubana
1 point – Tsuchinoninjin
1 point – umbriel2
1 point – Yubinhaad


 

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With two days left, the chances of someone ending the TORCHBEARER 2021 season with the TORCH is still looking very good.  ChickyStarr joins the nine carry overs from yesterday in the Day 13 TORCH MATCH:

RIKISHI
ENHO vs ICHIYAMAMOTO

RANK
JURYO 11 EAST vs JURYO 4 WEST

Player(s) up for points:
Takanorappa’s rikishi pick is ENHO
kedevash’s rikishi pick is ENHO
Benihana’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
Ganzohnesushi’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
Hakuhonofan’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
Jason’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
kotoshikona’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
Munjeezy’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
orandashoho’s rank pick is JURYO 11 EAST
ChickyStarr’s rank pick is JURYO 4 WEST
a loss = 1 point, but a win = 3 points and an opportunity for more points in the next torch match

standings:
20 points – Amamaniac
16 points – Hitotsubushi
16 points – itchyknee
16 points – Shio-kago
8 points -- Shitamachi
7 points – Takanorappa
5 points – code_number3
5 points – Rocks/Gansekiiwa
5 points – Wamahada
4 points – Akōgyokuseki
4 points – Gurowake
4 points – Jejima
4 points – Kintamayama
4 points – Kitanoedo
4 points – Naganoyama
4 points – Pandaazuma
4 points – Shokikogi
4 points – Unkonoyama
4 points – Torideyama/Yoohoo
4 points – Tochyatsu
3 points – Benihana
3 points – Ganzohnesushi
3 points – Hakuhonofan
3 points – Jason
3 points – kedevash
3 points – kotoshikona
3 points – Munjeezy
3 points – orandashoho
2 points – Mmikasazuma
2 points – Oshirokita
2 points – Sukubidubidu
2 points – Terarno
1 point – Achiyama
1 point – Andreas21
1 point – Athenayama
1 point – Chankomafuji
1 point – Chisaiyama
1 point – chishafuwaku
1 point – Churaumi
1 point – Daughter of Sukubidubidu
1 point – Domichi
1 point – Fatakiyama
1 point – kuroimori
1 point – McBugger
1 point – rhyen
1 point – Sakura
1 point – Senkoho
1 point – Taikoubana
1 point – Tsuchinoninjin
1 point – umbriel2
1 point – Yubinhaad

 

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On day six, Juryo 13 East Asanowaka was in the TORCH MATCH and lost.  He returns, giving four players a second chance in the Day 14 TORCH MATCH.  We are guaranteed to have a player in the final TORCH MATCH of the year.  If your rank or rikishi pick has not faced J4W Ichiyamamoto or J13E Asanowaka this basho, you might find yourself in the final day too!   Day 14:


RIKISHI
ICHIYAMAMOTO vs ASANOWAKA

RANK
JURYO 4 WEST vs JURYO 13 EAST

Player(s) up for points:
Sakura’s rikishi pick is ASANOWAKA
Achiyama’s rank pick is JURYO 13 EAST
Andreas21’s rank pick is JURYO 13 EAST
chishafuwaku’s rank pick is JURYO 13 EAST
ChickyStarr’s rank pick is JURYO 4 WEST
a loss = 1 point, but a win = 3 points and an opportunity for more points in the next torch match

standings:
20 points – Amamaniac
16 points – Hitotsubushi
16 points – itchyknee
16 points – Shio-kago
8 points – Shitamachi
8 points – Takanorappa
5 points – code_number3
5 points – Rocks/Gansekiiwa
5 points – Wamahada
4 points – Akōgyokuseki
4 points – Benihana
4 points – Ganzohnesushi
4 points – Gurowake
4 points – Hakuhonofan
4 points – Jason
4 points – Jejima
4 points – kedevash
4 points – Kintamayama
4 points – Kitanoedo
4 points – kotoshikona
4 points – Munjeezy
4 points – Naganoyama
4 points – orandashoho
4 points – Pandaazuma
4 points – Shokikogi
4 points – Unkonoyama
4 points – Torideyama/Yoohoo
4 points – Tochyatsu
3 points – ChickyStarr
2 points – Mmikasazuma
2 points – Oshirokita
2 points – Sukubidubidu
2 points – Terarno
1 point – Achiyama
1 point – Andreas21
1 point – Athenayama
1 point – Chankomafuji
1 point – Chisaiyama
1 point – chishafuwaku
1 point – Churaumi
1 point – Daughter of Sukubidubidu
1 point – Domichi
1 point – Fatakiyama
1 point – kuroimori
1 point – McBugger
1 point – rhyen
1 point – Sakura
1 point – Senkoho
1 point – Taikoubana
1 point – Tsuchinoninjin
1 point – umbriel2
1 point – Yubinhaad


 

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Good day all,
  There's no chance the TORCH will end up in a Juryo playoff match, so the final TORCH MATCH points will be distributed today.  Afterwards I'll have to tally the end-of-year TORCH points for those who finished closest to the final TORCH positions.

  It was a busy basho, so here's the rundown of Kyushu to see if there are any blatant errors.

DAY 1: Juryo 12 West Hokuseiho (0-0) passes the TORCH to Juryo 12 East Tohakuryu (0-0) [4 points Rocks; 3 points code_number3 & Jejima & Shokikogi; 1 point Amamaniac & Churaumi & Daughter of Sukubidubidu & Kintamayama & McBugger & Mmikasazuma & Tsuchinoninjin]
DAY 2: Juryo 12 East Tohakuryu (1-0) passes the TORCH to Juryo 11 West Hakuyozan (1-0) [3 points Pandaazuma & Unkonoyama & Yoohoo; 1 point code_number3 & Jejima & Rocks & Shokikogi]
DAY 3: Juryo 11 West Hakuyozan (2-0) passes the TORCH to Juryo 10 West Azumaryu (1-1) [3 points Amamaniac & Hitotsubushi & itchyknee & Shio-kago; 1 point Pandaazuma & Unkonoyama & Yoohoo]
DAY 4: Juryo 10 West Azumaryu (2-1) defeats Juryo 9 West Kyokutaisei (1-2) [3 points Amamaniac & Hitotsubushi & itchyknee & Shio-kago; 1 point rhyen & Senkoho & Taikoubana]
DAY 5: Juryo 10 West Azumaryu (3-1) defeats Juryo 9 East Mitoryu (2-2) [3 points Amamaniac & Hitotsubushi & itchyknee & Shio-kago; 2 points Sukubidubidu; 1 point Fatakiyama]
DAY 6: Juryo 10 West Azumaryu (4-1) defeats Juryo 13 East Asanowaka (3-2) [3 points Amamaniac & Hitotsubushi & itchyknee & Shio-kago; 1 point Achiyama & Andreas21 & chishafuwaku & Sakura]
DAY 7: Juryo 10 West Azumaryu (5-1) defeats Juryo 13 West Hiradoumi (2-4) [3 points Amamaniac & Hitotsubushi & itchyknee & Shio-kago; 1 point kuroimori & umbriel2]
DAY 8: Juryo 10 West Azumaryu (6-1) passes the TORCH to Juryo 6 East Kotoshoho (6-1) [3 points Gurowake; 1 point Amamaniac & Hitotsubushi & itchyknee & Shio-kago]
DAY 9: Juryo 6 East Kotoshoho (7-1) passes the TORCH to Juryo 1 East Tsurugisho (3-5) [3 points Shitamachi; 1 point Gurawake]
DAY 10: Juryo 1 East Tsurugisho (4-5) defeats Juryo 6 West Tokushoryu (4-5) [4 points Shitamachi; 1 point Chisaiyama & Domichi & Yubinhaad]
DAY 11: Juryo 1 East Tsurugisho (5-5) passes the TORCH to Juryo 8 East Midorifuji (5-5) [3 points Akōgyokuseki & Kitanoedo & Naganoyama & Tochyatsu & Takanorappa; 1 point Shitamachi]
DAY 12: Juryo 8 East Midorifuji (6-5) passes the TORCH to Juryo 11 East Enho (7-4) [4 points Takanorappa; 3 points Benihana & Ganzohnesushi & Hakuhonofan & Jason & kedevash & kotoshikona & Munjeezy & orandashoho ; 1 point Akōgyokuseki & Kitanoedo & Naganoyama & Tochyatsu ]
DAY 13: Juryo 11 East Enho (8-4) passes the TORCH to Juryo 4 West Ichiyamamoto (10-2) [ 3 points ChickyStarr ; 1 point Benihana & Ganzohnesushi & Hakuhonofan & Jason & kedevash & kotoshikona & Munjeezy & orandashoho & Takanorappa]
DAY 14: Juryo 4 West Ichiyamamoto (11-2) defeats Juryo 13 East Asanowaka (9-4) [3 points ChickyStarr; 1 point Achiyama & Andreas21 & chishafuwaku & Sakura ]
 

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Either ChickyStarr or today’s four new challengers are going to get the win and 25 bullseye TORCH points when we add the end-of-year TORCH POINTS:  Senshuraku:

RIKISHI
ICHIYAMAMOTO vs DAISHOHO

RANK
JURYO 4 WEST vs JURYO 7 WEST

Player(s) up for points:
Wakatake’s rikishi pick is DAISHOHO
Cydrome’s rank pick is JURYO 7 WEST
Joaoiyama’s rank pick is JURYO 7 WEST
Kintamayama’s rank pick is JURYO 7 WEST
ChickyStarr’s rank pick is JURYO 4 WEST
a loss = 1 point, but a win = 3 points and an opportunity for more points in the next torch match

standings:
20 points – Amamaniac
16 points – Hitotsubushi
16 points – itchyknee
16 points – Shio-kago
8 points – Shitamachi
8 points – Takanorappa
6 points – ChickyStarr
5 points – code_number3
5 points – Rocks/Gansekiiwa
5 points – Wamahada
4 points – Akōgyokuseki
4 points – Benihana
4 points – Ganzohnesushi
4 points – Gurowake
4 points – Hakuhonofan
4 points – Jason
4 points – Jejima
4 points – kedevash
4 points – Kintamayama
4 points – Kitanoedo
4 points – kotoshikona
4 points – Munjeezy
4 points – Naganoyama
4 points – orandashoho
4 points – Pandaazuma
4 points – Shokikogi
4 points – Unkonoyama
4 points – Torideyama/Yoohoo
4 points – Tochyatsu
2 points – Andreas21
2 points – Athenayama
2 points – Chisaiyama
2 points – Mmikasazuma
2 points – Oshirokita
2 points – Sakura
2 points – Sukubidubidu
2 points – Terarno
1 point – Achiyama
1 point – Chankomafuji
1 point – chishafuwaku
1 point – Churaumi
1 point – Daughter of Sukubidubidu
1 point – Domichi
1 point – Fatakiyama
1 point – kuroimori
1 point – McBugger
1 point – rhyen
1 point – Senkoho
1 point – Taikoubana
1 point – Tsuchinoninjin
1 point – umbriel2
1 point – Yubinhaad


 

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Before we get to the TORCH POINT distribution, here is the Kyushu TORCH MATCH summary:

start-of-Kyushu rikishi: HOKUSEIHO
start-of-Kyushu rank: JURYO 12 WEST

end-of-Kyushu rikishi: ICHIYAMAMOTO
end-of-Kyushu rank: JURYO 4 WEST

Here are the standings of all the TORCH MATCH points.

standings:
20 points – Amamaniac
16 points – Hitotsubushi
16 points – itchyknee
16 points – Shio-kago
9 points – ChickyStarr
8 points – Shitamachi
8 points – Takanorappa
5 points – code_number3
5 points – Kintamayama
5 points – Rocks/Gansekiiwa
5 points – Wamahada
4 points – Akōgyokuseki
4 points – Benihana
4 points – Ganzohnesushi
4 points – Gurowake
4 points – Hakuhonofan
4 points – Jason
4 points – Jejima
4 points – kedevash
4 points – Kitanoedo
4 points – kotoshikona
4 points – Munjeezy
4 points – Naganoyama
4 points – orandashoho
4 points – Pandaazuma
4 points – Shokikogi
4 points – Unkonoyama
4 points – Torideyama/Yoohoo
4 points – Tochyatsu
2 points – Andreas21
2 points – Athenayama
2 points – Chisaiyama
2 points – Mmikasazuma
2 points – Oshirokita
2 points – Sakura
2 points – Sukubidubidu
2 points – Terarno
1 point – Achiyama
1 point – Chankomafuji
1 point – chishafuwaku
1 point – Churaumi
1 point – Cydrome
1 point – Daughter of Sukubidubidu
1 point – Domichi
1 point – Fatakiyama
1 point – Joaoiyama
1 point – kuroimori
1 point – McBugger
1 point – rhyen
1 point – Senkoho
1 point – Taikoubana
1 point – Tsuchinoninjin
1 point – umbriel2
1 point – Wakatake
1 point – Yubinhaad
 

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I know shimodahito keeps the records, but this would seem to me to be the most people to score points in this game year since we started.  Great job everyone.

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good day all,
    Absolutely this could be a record bonanza of pickers with MATCH POINTS -- and the list will grow when the FINAL TORCH POINTS get distributed.
   
The 2021 TORCH prize is ready for the winner.   The TORCH MATCH point leader is Amamaniac with 20 points.  It’s now time to award the end-of-year FINAL TORCH POINTS.  To recap the rules for end-of-year TORCH POINTS, 25 points are awarded if you picked the FINAL TORCH position.  Additional points are awarded to the next 10 closest picks.  (10 points to the closest pick, down to 1 point for the 10th closest pick).
  
We’ll start with the END-OF-YEAR TORCH POINTS for RANK.  ChickyStarr hits the 25-point bullseye and was the only one with the JURYO 4 WEST picker.  Umigame, Chankomafuji, and Jesinofuji missed it by one position.  In all, 31 players earned FINAL TORCH RANK points!.



MAEGASHIRA 15 WEST...
MAEGASHIRA 16 EAST...
MAEGASHIRA 16 WEST...
MAEGASHIRA 17 EAST...
MAEGASHIRA 17 WEST...
JURYO 1 WEST.........
JURYO 2 EAST.........
JURYO 2 WEST.........(8 points: Aled ap Tomos & Nekonishiki)
JURYO 3 EAST.........(9 points: Fujisan & Suwihuto)
JURYO 3 WEST.........
JURYO 4 EAST.........(10 points: Umigame)
FINAL TORCH RANK: JURYO 4 WEST...(25 points: ChickyStarr)
JURYO 5 EAST.........(10 points: Chankomafuji & Jesinofuji)
JURYO 5 WEST.........
JURYO 6 EAST.........(9 points: Gurowake)
JURYO 6 WEST.........(8 points: Chisaiyama & Domichi & Shitamachi & Yubinhaad)
JURYO 7 EAST.........(7 points: Haidouzo & Kaito)
JURYO 7 WEST.........(6 points: Cydrome & Joaoiyama & Kintamayama)
JURYO 8 EAST.........(5 points: Akōgyokuseki & Kitanoedo & Naganoyama & Tochyatsu & Takanorappa)
JURYO 8 WEST.........(4 points: itchyknee)
JURYO 9 EAST.........(3 points: Fatakiyama & Sukubidubidu)
JURYO 9 WEST.........(2 points: rhyen & Senkoho & Taikoubana)
JURYO 10 EAST........(1 points: dingo & Furanohana)


So at the end of the final RANK point distribution we have three players – Hitotsubushi, Shio-kago, Shitamachi – with 16 points in third place.   In second place, itchyknee joins Amamaniac’s 20 points.  And ChickyStarr takes the lead with 34 points, far enough in front of anyone to surpass. 

p.s. trying to figure out how to change font in this message without inserting.  Hope you can see the  chart in COURIER FONT.



 

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Next, the END-OF-YEAR TORCH POINTS for RIKISHI.  There was no 25-point awardee as no one picked the correct final TORCH RIKISHI, ICHIYAMAMOTO.  But credit goes to all players earning points as the tougher skill of this game is picking a rikishi.  In all, 18 players earned FINAL TORCH RIKISHI points with Cydrome just one-off from the bullseye.  Kudos to the full bucket of players, Aled ap Tomos & Cydrome & Gurowake & itchyknee & Jesinofuji & Kitanoedo & rhyen & Shitamachi & Sukubidubidu & Suwihuto who had ended with rank AND rikishi points, showcasing the skill in this game.  Last year, only one player did so.

CHIYONOKUNI......
CHIYOMARU........
ABI.............(2 points: Ayagawa & rhyen)
AKUA............(3 points: Munjeezy)
SADANOUMI........
KAISEI...........
SHOHOZAN.........
TSURUGISHO......(5 points: Shitamachi)
WAKAMOTOHARU.....
DAIAMAMI........(7 points: Aled-ap-Tomos & Ganzohnesushi & Jesinofuji)
KAISHO..........(8 points: Kitanoedo & Shatsume)
DAISHOMARU......(9 points: Gurowake)
BUSHOZAN.........
NISHIKIFUJI......

FINAL TORCH RIKSHI: ICHIYAMAMOTO
CHIYONOO........(10 points: Cydrome)
NISHIKIGI........
KOTOSHOHO........
TOKUSHORYU......(8 points: Shio-kago)
OHO.............(7 points: Suwihuto)
DAISHOHO........(6 points: Wakatake)
MIDORIFUJI.......
CHURANOUMI.......
MITORYU.........(4 points: Sukubidubidu)
KYOKUTAISEI......
YAGO............(3 points: Daughter of Sukubidubidu)
AZUMARYU........(2 points: itchyknee)
ENHO.............
HAKUYOZAN.......(1 point: Pandaazuma)



With all the points added, our final standings:

standings: 
34 points - ChickyStarr
24 points - Shio-kago
22 points - Gurowake
22 points - itchyknee
21 points - Shitamachi 
20 points - Amamaniac
17 points - Cydrome
17 points - Jesinofuji
17 points - Kitanoedo
16 points - Hitotsubushi
16 points - Suwihuto
15 points - Aled ap Tomos
13 points - Takanorappa
11 points - Chankomafuji
11 points - Ganzohnesushi
11 points - Kintamayama
10 points - Chisaiyama
10 points - Umigame
9 points - Akōgyokuseki
9 points - Domichi
9 points - Fujisan
9 points - Naganoyama
9 points - Sukubidubidu
9 points - Tochyatsu
9 points - Yubinhaad
8 points - Nekonishiki
8 points - Shatsume
7 points - Haidouzo
7 points - Joaoiyama
7 points - Kaito
7 points - Munjeezy
7 points - Wakatake
5 points - code_number3
5 points - Pandaazuma
5 points - rhyen
5 points - Rocks/Gansekiiwa
5 points - Wamahada
4 points - Benihana
4 points - Daughter of Sukubidubidu
4 points - Fatakiyama
4 points - Hakuhonofan
4 points - Jason
4 points - Jejima
4 points - kedevash
4 points - kotoshikona
4 points - orandashoho
4 points - Shokikogi
4 points - Unkonoyama
4 points - Torideyama/Yoohoo
3 points - Senkoho
3 points - Taikoubana
2 points - Andreas21
2 points - Athenayama
2 points - Ayagawa
2 points - Mmikasazuma
2 points - Oshirokita
2 points - Sakura
2 points - Terarno
1 point - Achiyama
1 point - chishafuwaku
1 point - Churaumi
1 point - dingo
1 point - Furanohana
1 point - kuroimori
1 point - McBugger
1 point - Tsuchinoninjin
1 point - umbriel2

   Congratulations to ChickyStarr, the TORCHBEARER 2021 winner.  I’ll be corresponding to send the prize.  A very impressive TORCH 2021 with 67 players in the points.
   For those keeping tabs on how often the 25-point TORCH bullseye is achieved:
         2011 – 3
         2012 – 1
         2015 – 3
         2016 – 3
         2017 – 2
         2018 – 2
         2019 – 1
         2021 – 1
   Thanks for participating and I hope you all can update your pick or, if a new player, submit a pick for next year. You can send your TORCHBEARER 2022 picks to me now, or wait until the Hatsu banzuke is released.  An invite (with rules for new players) will be out soon.  Pick one rank and one rikishi where you think the TORCH will be at the end of the year.  This sumo game has a prize.  New players are always welcome.

Again, thanks.
-shimodahito


 

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Congratulations to ChickyStarr.  As another champion who was in the right spot at the right time (bullseye on the last day), I know how it feels.  Enjoy the prize.  And on to 2022.

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20 hours ago, itchyknee said:

I basically forgot about this for two years and end up tied in third place. :D

Yes, there were a lot of "carry-over" picks last year during the 5-basho, COVID-distracted season.  Carry-overs are automatic as long as your rikishi pick didn't go intai.
You bring up a wonderful reason everyone could play... it's the game that involves very little time -- your pick is documented, and continues to give you a chance to win one of the few sumo games with a prize.  Spread the word.  The TORCHBEARER 2022 invite will be out next month.

Background: I do the prize because in the early years of Bench Sumo, there were prizes (I think it was Kanto-sho, Gino-sho, Shukun-sho) that got passed from winner to winner each year.  It was a great tradition, easier to sustain when there were fewer players.  On tipspiel, I think capture-the-sagari still has a prize.  
 

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