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Number of professional Go players Japan 2020, by rank

As of September 2020, three male players were sharing among themselves the eight most prestigious titles of the Japanese Go world. Go is a simple but highly complex turn-based strategical board game where players compete for territory on a Go board. Go is relatively unknown in Europe and the Americas but enjoys popularity in Asian countries such as China, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Go in Japan has a professional association (Nihon Ki-in), official professional leagues and titles, which, combined with international tournaments and matches, are the battleground for professional players. The rank promotion system partially operates under the principles of seniority with long-time players tendentially possessing higher ranks. Once a rank is gained, it can not be lost. This and other factors contribute to the accumulation of the number of players at the higher end of the dan grading system in Japanese professional Go.

Number of professional Go players in Japan as of September 2020, by rank

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

as of September 2020

Supplementary notes

Date of release equals the date of access.

Includes both male and female players. Female title holders were not counted to the title holders category in this statistic.

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