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Tengen (Go)

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Full name  Tengen
Honorary Winners  Rin Kaiho
Started  1975
Affiliation  Nihon Ki-in
Sponsors  Three Newspaper Companies
Prize money  14 million Yen ($122,000 USD)

Tengen (天元, center or origin of heaven) is a Go competition in Japan.


The name Tengen refers to the center point on a Go board.

The event is held annually, and has run continuously since its inauguration in 1975.

Tengen competition (天元戦)

The Tengen competition is a Go tournament run by the Japanese Nihon-Kiin and Kansai-Kiin. The Tengen is the 5th of the 7 big titles in Japanese Go.

It has the same format as the other tournaments. There is a preliminary tournament, which is single knockout, where the winner faces the holder in a best-of-five match.

Before the 6th Tengen, the format was different. Instead of the title holder waiting for a challenger, it would be the two Go players left from the single knockout tournament who then played a best-of-five match to determine the holder.


  • The first player to win the competition twice was Kato Masao, in the 7th Tengen. However, in 1993, Rin Kaiho reached a record 5 wins.
  • References

    Tengen (Go) Wikipedia

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