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Long Kachikoshi Streaks - Kyushu 2023

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(You know the drill, I'm afraid - Aki results coming soon.)

If the DB isn't lying to me, this is the first time since Haru 2017 that three rikishi have concurrent active KK streaks of 10 or more tournaments. Close call a little under three years ago, however - both Hatsu and Haru 2021 had two and they were different pairs, first Kotoshoho / Terunofuji and then Terunofuji / Yoshii, so that one just lacked a Kotoshoho KK to make it three as well. (Then again, his result was a 2-13...)

Anyway, here's the lineup for Kyushu 2023: 

 1. Hoshoryu       11  [score?]
 2. Kotonowaka     10  [score?]
 3. Roga           10
 4. Takahashi       8*
 5. Oshoumi         8
 6. Wakamotoharu    7  [score?]
 7. Gonoyama        6
 8. Tomokaze        6
 9. Tenshoho        6
10. Takerufuji      6*
11. Kyokutaisei     6
12. Daieisho        5  [score?]
13. Shishi          5
14. Daiseizan       5
15. Kotosato        5*
16. Atamifuji       4
17. Kitanowaka      4

TB: [pick?]

(* marks rikishi with no makekoshi since debut)

The scoring and thus your game assignment:

  • For sanyaku: Please predict an exact record for each rikishi. The target record will be calculated after the deadline and will be chosen so that it bisects the predictions as evenly as possible. The predictions will then be converted into + and - votes as usual; one point for each correct prediction.
  • For lower-ranked rikishi: Please predict for each rikishi if he will finish KK or MK; one point for each correct prediction.

(For clarification: If you're expecting an outright makekoshi for one of the sanyaku high-rankers, just predict MK, exact records are only needed on the kachikoshi side of things.)

First tie-breaker: From among those 17 guys up there and the further 10 rikishi who are currently just shy of a 5-KK streak (5 'veterans' + 5 newcomers), please guess how many KK you expect in total. Your tie-breaker guess may be anything from 0 to 27. Only exactly correct guesses qualify at this tie-breaker stage. Note: Sanyaku count as correct for the tie-breaker if they achieve KK, they do not need to meet their target records.

Next 16 tie-breakers if needed: Correctly predicted rikishi, one-by-one in ballot order, i.e. starting at Hoshoryu.

Extra tie-breakers, should two or more players have entered identical ballots: Proximity of their tie-breaker guesses to the correct number, followed by proximity of their sanyaku rikishi guesses to the correct records (one-by-one in ballot order).

Final tie-breaker: earliest entry.

Note: Rikishi who show up on the before-shonichi kyujo list will be excluded from scoring (even if they end up joining the basho later), so it is not necessary to re-submit your entry if you picked such a rikishi as a KK; he will not count for points anyhow. You may, however, notify me if you'd like to reduce your tie-breaker guess by one point to compensate for the "missing" rikishi. Your position on the entry list (for final tie-breaker purposes) will be deemed unchanged in this special situation. Any other changes to a ballot will be considered a new entry, with correspondingly lower priority for the final tie-breaker.

Deadline: Shonichi 2pm JST.

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Simplified entry template:

 1. Hoshoryu W-L
 2. Kotonowaka W-L
 3. Roga KKMK
 4. Takahashi KKMK
 5. Oshoumi KKMK
 6. Wakamotoharu W-L
 7. Gonoyama KKMK
 8. Tomokaze KKMK
 9. Tenshoho KKMK
10. Takerufuji KKMK
11. Kyokutaisei KKMK
12. Daieisho W-L
13. Shishi KKMK
14. Daiseizan KKMK
15. Kotosato KKMK
16. Atamifuji KKMK
17. Kitanowaka KKMK

TB xx

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Good luck!

Edited by Asashosakari

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For the third basho in a row we have an otherwise LKS-eligible sekitori who is ruled out of the game via his Day 1 kyujo - after Kirishima in July and Hakuoho in September it's Asanoyama's turn on the sidelines this time. The lineup posted above has already been adjusted for that; he would have slotted in between Roga and Takahashi. As always, should Asanoyama be joining the basho later (as has been mooted) and achieve kachikoshi after all, he will be re-inserted into the lineup for Hatsu, otherwise he'll just drop off like any regular makekoshi.

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 1. Hoshoryu 12 - 3
 2. Kotonowaka 9-6
 3. Roga MK
 4. Takahashi KK
 5. Oshoumi MK
 6. Wakamotoharu 9 - 6
 7. Gonoyama KK
 8. Tomokaze KK
 9. Tenshoho KK
10. Takerufuji KK
11. Kyokutaisei KK
12. Daieisho 10 - 5
13. Shishi KK
14. Daiseizan MK
15. Kotosato KK
16. Atamifuji KK
17. Kitanowaka KK

TB 19

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1. Hoshoryu 11-4
 2. Kotonowaka 10-5
 3. Roga KK
 4. Takahashi MK
 5. Oshoumi KK
 6. Wakamotoharu 8-7
 7. Gonoyama KK
 8. Tomokaze KK
 9. Tenshoho MK
10. Takerufuji KK
11. Kyokutaisei MK
12. Daieisho 13-2
13. Shishi KK
14. Daiseizan KK
15. Kotosato KK
16. Atamifuji MK
17. Kitanowaka MK

 TB: 16

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1. Hoshoryu 9-6
 2. Kotonowaka 10-5
 3. Roga KK
 4. Takahashi KK
 5. Oshoumi KK
 6. Wakamotoharu 9-6
 7. Gonoyama KK
 8. Tomokaze KK
 9. Tenshoho KK
10. Takerufuji KK
11. Kyokutaisei KK
12. Daieisho 11-4
13. Shishi KK
14. Daiseizan KK
15. Kotosato KK
16. Atamifuji KK
17. Kitanowaka KK

TB 19

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1. Hoshoryu 11-4
 2. Kotonowaka 7-8
 3. Roga KK
 4. Takahashi KK
 5. Oshoumi MK
 6. Wakamotoharu 9-6
 7. Gonoyama KK
 8. Tomokaze MK
 9. Tenshoho KK
10. Takerufuji KK
11. Kyokutaisei KK
12. Daieisho 8-7
13. Shishi MK
14. Daiseizan KK
15. Kotosato MK
16. Atamifuji KK
17. Kitanowaka KK

TB 18

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1. Hoshoryu 10-5
 2. Kotonowaka 9-6
 3. Roga KK
 4. Takahashi KK
 5. Oshoumi KK
 6. Wakamotoharu 9-6
 7. Gonoyama KK
 8. Tomokaze KK
 9. Tenshoho KK
10. Takerufuji KK
11. Kyokutaisei MK
12. Daieisho 10-5
13. Shishi KK
14. Daiseizan KK
15. Kotosato KK
16. Atamifuji KK
17. Kitanowaka KK

TB 23

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 1. Hoshoryu                    9-6
 2. Kotonowaka               9-6
 3. Roga                                   MK
 4. Takahashi                                  KK
 5. Oshoumi                                    KK
 6. Wakamotoharu          9-6
 7. Gonoyama                                 KK
 8. Tomokaze                                  KK
 9. Tenshoho                                   KK
10. Takerufuji                                  KK
11. Kyokutaisei                       MK
12. Daieisho                     9-6
13. Shishi                                         KK
14. Daiseizan                                  KK
15. Kotosato                                   KK
16. Atamifuji                                   KK
17. Kitanowaka                       MK

TB 16

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1. Hoshoryu 10-5
 2. Kotonowaka 8-7
 3. Roga KK
 4. Takahashi KK
 5. Oshoumi KK
 6. Wakamotoharu 9-6
 7. Gonoyama KK
 8. Tomokaze KK
 9. Tenshoho KK
10. Takerufuji KK
11. Kyokutaisei KK
12. Daieisho 10-5
13. Shishi MK
14. Daiseizan KK
15. Kotosato KK
16. Atamifuji KK
17. Kitanowaka MK

TB 20

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Simplified entry template:

 1. Hoshoryu 9-6
 2. Kotonowaka 10-5
 3. Roga KK
 4. Takahashi KK
 5. Oshoumi MK
 6. Wakamotoharu 7-8
 7. Gonoyama MK
 8. Tomokaze KK
 9. Tenshoho KK
10. Takerufuji MK
11. Kyokutaisei MK
12. Daieisho 10-5
13. Shishi KK
14. Daiseizan KK
15. Kotosato MK
16. Atamifuji MK
17. Kitanowaka KK

TB 18

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On 10/11/2023 at 10:25, Asashosakari said:

 1. Hoshoryu 10-5
 2. Kotonowaka 8-7
 3. Roga KK
 4. Takahashi MK
 5. Oshoumi KK
 6. Wakamotoharu 8-7
 7. Gonoyama KK
 8. Tomokaze KK
 9. Tenshoho KK
10. Takerufuji KK
11. Kyokutaisei KK
12. Daieisho 9-6
13. Shishi MK
14. Daiseizan MK
15. Kotosato KK
16. Atamifuji KK
17. Kitanowaka KK

TB 18

 

 

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11 Hoshoryu
8 Kotonowaka
- Roga
+ Takahashi
- Oshoumi
9 Wakamotoharu
+ Gonoyama
- Tomokaze
+ Tenshoho
+ Takerufuji
+ Kyokutaisei
11 Daieisho
- Shishi
+ Daiseizan
+ Kotosato
+ Atamifuji
- Kitanowaka

TB 16
 

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Getting this underway in almost timely fashion! Here are the selection stats for the Kyushu LKS:

Player Hosho K'waka Roga Taka Osho W'haru Gono Tomo Tens Take Kyok Daiei Shis Dais Koto Atam Kita   TB   Cons
Athenayama + 12-3 + 9-6 - + - + 9-6 + + + + + - 10-5 + - + + + 19 1.72
ryafuji + 11-4 + 10-5 + - + - 8-7 + + - + - + 13-2 + + + - - 16 2.18
Hakuryuho - 9-6 + 10-5 + + + + 9-6 + + + + + + 11-4 + + + + + 19 1.33
Profomisakari - 10-5 - 8-7 - + + + 9-6 + + - + + + 12-3 + + + + - 17 1.69
Yarimotsu + 11-4 - MK + + - + 9-6 + - + + + - 8-7 - + - + + 18 1.92
Bunbukuchagama - 10-5 + 9-6 + + + + 9-6 + + + + - - 10-5 + + + + + 23 1.33
chishafuwaku - 9-6 + 9-6 - + + + 9-6 + + + + - - 9-6 + + + + - 16 1.46
Tetsuba - 10-5 - 8-7 + + + + 9-6 + + + + + - 10-5 - + + + - 20 1.40
WAKATAKE - 9-6 + 10-5 + + - - MK - + + - - - 10-5 + + - - + 18 2.32
Sakura - 10-5 - 8-7 + - + - 8-7 + + + + + - 9-6 - - + + + 18 1.89
Asashosakari + 11-4 - 8-7 - + - + 9-6 + - + + + + 11-4 - + + + - 16 1.92
  4:7 6:5 7:4 9:2 7:4 8:3 10:1 9:2 9:2 10:1 7:4 4:7 7:4 9:2 9:2 9:2 6:5    
Results - (KK) + - + + - (MK) + - - + - - (KK) - + - + -    


No unanimous selections, though quite a few slots were picked quite lopsidedly, and what's more: All non-sanyaku rikishi received majority KK votes. I don't think that has ever happened before, certainly not with a ballot of this length.

Ozeki Hoshoryu and sekiwake Daieisho are expected to be the top performers among the sanyaku members, both narrowly clocking in with 11-4 target records. Kotonowaka and Wakamotoharu turned in 9-6 median predictions, with the latter a bit more favoured. (But Kotonowaka actually received picks of 10-5, while nobody dared go that high on WMH.)

With so many + votes on the tally it was comparatively easy to not stand out from the field, and two players did exactly that: Both Hakuryuho and Bunbukuchagama submitted lineups that disagree with the majority in only one pick, Daieisho and Kyokutaisei respectively. Tetsuba and chishafuwaku follow with three disagreements apiece, all on very contested slots (7:4 or 6:5).

Everybody else included at least one big gamble on their slates, where they're the only one or one of just two players to go with a particular choice. As usual, the altogether most unusual picks were posted by WAKATAKE (he's responsible for the sole thumbs-down votes on both Gonoyama and Takerufuji), but ryafuji is not far behind and actually has more individual slots that swung in the minority direction (8, to WAKATAKE's 7). Asashosakari also managed to submit a ballot with 8 picks against the majority opinion, though mostly on contested slots so the consensus score didn't go as high there.

Bunbukuchagama figures into the closest individual matches with other players as well, sharing 15 slots with the entries of both chishafuwaku and Hakuryuho. The most disagreement exists between Asashosakari and WAKATAKE who have only 4 slots in common, while similarly low congruence was produced by the pairs of Profomisakari-WAKATAKE and ryafuji-Yarimotsu with 5 picks each. All other pairs are quite a bit closer than these five outliers and ended up with 7 to 13 shared selections.

The tie-breaker choices showed the usual disagreement, with every number from 16 to 20 getting selected plus a more speculative 23 TB vote.

Edited by Asashosakari
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Day 7

Two off-ballot ozumo rookies were fast off the blocks but went in opposite directions: While Satorufuji's 4-0 in his makushita debut manifested his 5th straight KK, meaning he will start off 2024 as a new LKS rikishi, Gonoumi's own arrival to the third division went completely haywire at 0-4.


Day 8

Nothing to report!


Day 9

The first bit of proper LKS action for Kyushu saw Ms1w-ranked collegiate prospect Takerufuji secure not only his 7th consecutive kachikoshi but also a likely debut in the paid ranks for Hatsu.

I'll skip the standings table here - if your name isn't WAKATAKE, you have one point now.


Day 10

The closing day of the middle third of the basho finally brought in quite a few more results. Two 8-2 kachikoshi were secured in the top division by sekiwake Kotonowaka (needs one more win for his 9-6 target) and stormin' newcomer Atamifuji, while makekoshi records appeared on the hoshitori for Ukrainian Shishi in juryo and former maegashira Kyokutaisei in makushita. As mentioned in the selection stats post all MK results are minority expectations in this tournament, and thus these scores produced relatively few points for us. In fact, while four entrants each expected the Shishi and Kyokutaisei MKs, these were two completely different quartets of players, so nobody managed to pick up all three points here.

Two outcomes were also secured away from the ballot: Wakaikari is another 2023 newcomer who now has 5 straight kachikoshi since he turned pro, but eight-year veteran Asashinjo followed up on his surprise 6-1 from Aki (-> makushita debut at age 25!) with a makekoshi to end his KK streak at four.

The first full-fledged standings:

Day 10:
4/17 Decisions, TB 5-23
Pos Player Pts TB
1 Asashosakari 3 16
1 chishafuwaku 3 16
3 Sakura 3 18
3 Yarimotsu 3 18
5 Tetsuba 3 20
6 Bunbukuchagama 3 23
7 ryafuji 2 16
8 Profomisakari 2 17
9 Athenayama 2 19
9 Hakuryuho 2 19
11 WAKATAKE 1 18

 

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Day 11

Another busy day for LKS with no less than four new scores: Kotonowaka quickly tacked on another win to assure himself of at least a 9-6, while fellow sekiwake Wakamotoharu dropped to 4-7 and can no longer reach that same target record. Makuuchi rookie Roga and juryo sophomore Tenshoho are even just 3-8 so their respective KK streaks have come to an end. It won't come as a surprise that again nobody managed a perfect score (especially because only two entrants expected Tenshoho to falter), and even near-perfection was hard to find: ryafuji left the day with the only three-point tally.

In other news: Ozeki Hoshoryu is newly KK, but still has a way to go for his 11-4 target, and the off-ballot group lost three candidates in one go; Fukai, Kairyu and Kobayashi all won't be appearing in the January LKS after they dropped to 2-4 today.

The updated standings:

Day 11:
8/17 Decisions, TB 6-18
Pos Player Pts TB
1 chishafuwaku 5 16
1 ryafuji 5 16
3 Asashosakari 4 16
4 Profomisakari 4 17
5 Sakura 4 18
6 Athenayama 4 19
6 Bunbukuchagama 4 23
8 WAKATAKE 3 18
8 Yarimotsu 3 18
10 Hakuryuho 3 19
10 Tetsuba 3 20

I'm getting the vague feeling that our TB choices were probably a tiny little bit too high...

Edited by Asashosakari

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Day 12

The non-sekitori participating in LKS this basho are done early: Sadogatake rookie Kotosato's KK streaking ended in the sixth match of his sixth tournament, while Arashio-beya's new Mongolian Daiseizan successfully extended his run of positive records. And lastly, an early 7th bout was scheduled for Naruto's Oshoumi up in juryo, in which he secured his 9th straight KK and quite possibly also a first appearance as sekitori in January.

One sekitori also got into the day's scoring action, but unfortunately with a makekoshi: Kitanowaka's top division debut will very likely end with a trip back to juryo. Sekiwake Wakamotoharu also dropped to 4-8, so after he already missed his target score yesterday he's now going to be out of LKS altogether. Conversely, Daieisho clinched kachikoshi today but is still three wins (or one loss) away from scoring on his 11-4 target.

And finally, we lost another contender for future ballot inclusion as often-injured Asashiyu dropped to makekoshi in his return to the makushita-joi after nearly two years.

The least expected result of the day was Kotosato's MK, correctly anticipated by only two players. That would ordinarily have set them up for a strong day, but both of them ended up with only the Daiseizan point (which almost everyone collected) as a second score. Quite a few others got that one and both Kitanowaka and Oshoumi to mark the day's high score of three points. On the other end of the spectrum, one unfortunate entrant is leaving Day 12 completely empty-handed.

Both co-leaders were among the day's top scorers, so their position remained secure. The pursuers weren't so lucky and just one of them has managed to stay in touch.

Day 12:
12/17 Decisions, TB 9-14
Pos Player Pts TB
1 chishafuwaku 8 16
1 ryafuji 8 16
3 Profomisakari 7 17
4 Asashosakari 6 16
4 Bunbukuchagama 6 23
4 Tetsuba 6 20
7 Hakuryuho 5 19
7 Sakura 5 18
7 WAKATAKE 5 18
7 Yarimotsu 5 18
11 Athenayama 4 19


The five rikishi who remain in play are Hoshoryu (8-4, needs 11-4), Daieisho (8-4, needs 11-4), Gonoyama (6-6), Tomokaze (6-6), and Takahashi (7-5). Off-ballot we have Asahakuryu and Amakaze, both 3-3.

The two leaders definitely won't both be finishing the basho atop the standings, as their lineups differ in three places and so they can't score the same number of points from here. Nevertheless, they're in fact the only two players who can win the yusho. Profomisakari (possible tie with chishafuwaku) and Asashosakari (possible tie with ryafuji) can still get into yusho-doten positions, but both would lose the tie-breaker on slot #2, Kotonowaka. All other entrants share too many picks with the leaders to close the gap.

As the leaders have made identical selections for Gonoyama and Tomokaze, we're down to three relevant slots. Whoever comes out in front of this best-of-three will win the yusho:

  • Hoshoryu: ryafuji needs 11-4, chishafuwaku needs less than 11-4
  • Daieisho: ryafuji needs 11-4, chishafuwaku needs less than 11-4
  • Takahashi: ryafuji needs MK, chishafuwaku needs KK

I'd be lying if I said that the present situation doesn't significantly favour one of them... Barring late schedule adjustments due to complications in the real world yusho race, Hoshoryu and Daieisho should still be fighting, so 11-4 for both of them will normally be impossible. But who knows.

Besides the aforementioned two other players who can still finish yusho-doten, another four participants also have a possibility to end up in regular jun-yusho positions if one of the two leaders is winning outright, those being Bunbukuchagama, Tetsuba, WAKATAKE and Yarimotsu.

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Day 13

This report is a day late, but the yusho race was concluded quickly and decisively! For one of the two contenders, everything that could go right did go right, so: Congratulations chishafuwaku! It's the LKS yokozuna's 6th overall yusho, and second in 2023 following his victory in Haru basho.

In any case, this is what happened on Day 13:

Down in makushita, off-ballot former maegashira Amakaze was unable to come through for his kachikoshi, ending his streak at 4 and thus unable to join LKS for the fourth time. (He was previously on the ballot for one basho each in March 2013 and May 2015, plus a longer stint in 2020 during a 9-KK streak coming back from injury.)

The scoring of points then started in juryo where Takahashi achieved a successful second appearance in the paid ranks, running his string of KKs to 9. That was immediate bad news for yusho co-contender ryafuji as one of just two entrants who predicted a makekoshi for him. And it was all over when sekiwake Daieisho failed to come through against yusho-seeking ozeki Kirishima, picking up his 5th loss of the tournament. Hoshoryu proceeded to drop to 8-5 in the next bout as well, so he too missed out on the 11-4 target. (This served to eliminate ryafuji even from jun-yusho consideration, along with Asashosakari and Yarimotsu.)

The standings:

Day 13:
15/17 Decisions, TB 10-13
Pos Player Pts TB
1 chishafuwaku 11 16
2 Bunbukuchagama 9 23
2 Profomisakari 9 17
2 Tetsuba 9 20
5 ryafuji 8 16
5 WAKATAKE 8 18
7 Asashosakari 7 16
7 Hakuryuho 7 19
7 Sakura 7 18
7 Yarimotsu 7 18
11 Athenayama 6 19

A two-point margin of victory was assured for chishafuwaku by the day's results.

Gonoyama and Tomokaze, now the last LKS ballot rikishi still in action, both moved up to 7-6 records.

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Day 14

Gonoyama and Tomokaze moved in tandem again, but this time in the other direction, and both will enter senshuraku at 7-7.

Off-ballot, the last rikishi contending for his 5th KK was also in action: Collegiate Mongolian Asahakuryu, previously largely unchallenged in four tournaments that totalled 26 wins and only 2 losses, hit the wall in high makushita and finds himself makekoshi for the first time. This concludes a rough tournament for the lower-division rikishi who went for KK #5 - only two out of 10 have made it into the next LKS.

No change in the standings except for the TB range shortening to 10-12.


Only three players did not pick KKs for both Gonoyama and Tomokaze, so tomorrow's final decisions will not affect most of us. The top 4 players listed in the Day 13 standings are sure to finish KK, the bottom 5 will be MK. As for the duo in the middle: ryafuji needs Tomokaze to be KK, and WAKATAKE needs Gonoyama to be MK (this would even mean jun-yusho for him). If neither gets what he requires, we'll have only 4 KK players.

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Day 15

With the yusho decided, the finishing touches were put on the Kyushu LKS by the two remaining KK/MK decisions: Gonoyama secured a last-minute KK in his maegashira-joi debut, while Tomokaze's four-years-in-the-making top division return unfortunately ended in makekoshi. That did not look likely when he was 5-2 entering the middle Sunday...

In the end, three players finished the basho in jun-yusho position.

The final standings:

Day 15:
17/17 Decisions, TB 11
Pos Player Pts TB
1 chishafuwaku 12 16
2 Bunbukuchagama 10 23
2 Profomisakari 10 17
2 Tetsuba 10 20
5 Asashosakari 9 16
5 ryafuji 9 16
5 Yarimotsu 9 18
8 Hakuryuho 8 19
8 Sakura 8 18
8 WAKATAKE 8 18
11 Athenayama 7 19

Those last two results were not what the two players in the middle of the Day 14 standings had ordered. Makekoshi it is.

The less said about the tie-breaker, the better.


The new ballot for Hatsu 2024:

 1. Hoshoryu       12
 2. Kotonowaka     11
    Roga           10
    Asanoyama       8
 3. Takahashi       9*
 4. Oshoumi         9
    Wakamotoharu    7
 5. Gonoyama        7
    Tomokaze        6
    Tenshoho        6
 6. Takerufuji      7*
    Kyokutaisei     6
 7. Daieisho        6
    Shishi          5
 8. Daiseizan       6
    Kotosato        5*
 9. Atamifuji       5
    Kitanowaka      4
10. Satorufuji      5*
11. Wakaikari       5*
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12. Onosato         4*

Not many newcomers, but the three we're getting are all very interesting. Wakamotoharu exits, leaving us with three sanyaku-ranked rikishi for the game. Maybe Gonoyama or Atamifuji will bolster the ranks for March?

The 12-name ballot is the shortest we'll have played since Kyushu 2019 which had only 9. (There have been several with 13 since then, though, so the upcoming one isn't as much of an outlier as that one was.)

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Scores for banzuke purposes:

chishafuwaku 13 (12+Top)
Bunbukuchagama 10
Profomisakari 10
Tetsuba 10
Asashosakari 9
ryafuji 9
Yarimotsu 9
Hakuryuho 8
Sakura 8
WAKATAKE 8
Athenayama 7

Total: 101 / 11 = 9.18 ---> -2 wins

The 9+ average decided things in favour of the 4 KK / 7 MK split instead of the other way around.


The banzuke for Hatsu 2024:

chishafuwaku (Ye 11-4 Y)   Y   Asashosakari (Yw 7-8)
Profomisakari (O1e 8-7 J)  O   Tetsuba (O2e 8-7 J)
Bunbukuchagama (Kw 8-7 J)  S   ryafuji (O1w 7-8)
Holleshoryu (Ke kosho)     K   Sakura (Sw 6-9)
Athenayama (Se 5-10)       M1  Yarimotsu (M3e 7-8)
Hakuryuho (M1w 6-9)        M2  Fashiritētā (M2w kosho)
WAKATAKE (M2e 6-9)         M3  ---

A successful debut at ozeki for Tetsuba, while ryafuji has suffered consecutive 7-8's and is vacating the second-highest rank for now. Profomisakari has scored back-to-back jun-yusho and his Hatsu basho performance will be observed closely.

The two yokozuna have ended their 2023 campaigns in rather different fashion; chishafuwaku's first full calendar year at the rank - his promotion was for Nagoya 2022 - saw him win two titles, while Asashosakari (promoted for Hatsu 2020) leaves his fourth yokozuna year with makekoshi. It was the only MK in 2023, but none of the five KK results even amounted to jun-yusho, so this was a less than satisfactory season.

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