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Guess Kiribayama's Aite - January 2023 edition

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Announcing the January 2023 edition of Guess Kisenosato's Aite.... / Guess Hokutofuji's Aite....

Guess Kiribayama's Aite

All you have to do is guess K1E Kiribayama'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:-

Banzuke for January 2023

Sakura (YOE 10-5) Y1 
Reonito (Y1E 8-7) YO Gurowake (YOW 6-9) 
Jakusotsu (S1E 9-6)  S1 Sumo Spiffy (K1W 10-5)
Oshirokita (S1W 7-8) S2  Hakuhonofan (S2W 7-6-2)
Profomisakari (K1E 7-8)  K1 Jejima (M2W 8-6-1)
shimodahito (M1W 5-9-1) M1 WAKATAKE (M1E 2-5-8) 
The Kyokai (M3E 3-12) M2 Seiyashi (M2E 2-13) 
Ryoshishokunin (M3W 0-1-14) M3 

Comments:
It is hoped that Gurowake will perform much better than he did in November, in order to maintain the high standards expected of a Yokozuna.
Jakusotsu will be considered for promotion to Ozeki with a yusho or yusho equivalent performance.
Sumo Spiffy will be considered for promotion to Ozeki with a yusho or yusho equivalent performance.  

The rules are as follows:-
1. Guess K1E Kiribayama'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 Kiribayama goes kyujo during the basho, we switch to K1W Kotonowaka (S2W Shodia, then S2E Takayasu 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. (Highlighted, so that I will remember it, unlike in a previous basho!)
7. 
If the sumo forum goes down for a long period of time, you may still make your picks to Jejima or Jakusotsu at the 'obvious' gmail addresses or by any other method. 

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 ((Order,order!)) are cordially invited to this game!

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yeah...

1. Tamawashi

2. Takayasu

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Trying not to miss the train this time:

1: Tamawashi

2: Takayasu

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1.tamawashi 
2.takayasu
3. TORCHBEARER 2023 window is open to enter.  Note you can only enter once a year!  Thanks to all aite folk who play!  New players welcome to the annual game with a prize.

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Day 1 - Tamawashi
Day 2 - Takayasu

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Posted (edited)

3. Wakamotoharu

Edited by Gurowake

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Everybody gets a piece of cake.

Sakura (Y1e) 2-0
Gurowake (YOw) 2-0
Jakusotsu (S1e) 2-0
Sumo Spiffy (S1w) 2-0
Oshirokita (S2e) 2-0
Hakuhonofan (S2w) 2-0
Profomisakari (K1e) 2-0
Jejima (K1w) 2-0
shimodahito (M1e) 2-0
WAKATAKE (M1w) 2-0
Seiyashi (M2w) 2-0
Ryoshishokunin (M3e) 2-0
The Kyokai (M2e) 0-2
Reonito (YOe) kosho

Kiribayama's aites: 1. Tamawashi, 2. Takayasu

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I investigated why everyone else was making a different guess than me, and somehow on my grid I had the side of the banzuke of the lowest two komusubi wrong.  That's the second time I'll need to redo my pro forma guess for the rest of the tournament, because I already redid it when my guess for how they'd deal with Wakatakakage vs. Wakamotoharu not being allowed would be dealt with.  Of course, in reality, the reason it didn't need to be dealt with unusually was that it wasn't actually in line to be done day 1, and what I thought was a swapped schedule Day 1 for Takakeisho and Wakatakakage was actually the normal schedule... 

3. Meisei

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3.meisei
And still time to join TORCH 2022 (or update your picks).

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