- Dec 22, 2013good day all,

Here's my once-a-year invite to my Bench Sumo friends to sign up for TORCHBEARER.

The 2013 prize is delivered.

This is the easiest picking game of them all because your picks last a whole year!

Here's how it works.

The torch starts with the last rikishi and last rank on the 2014 HATSU BANZUKE (rikishi/rank at the bottom of jonokuchi). If the rikishi wins his bout (called a TORCH MATCH), he keeps the torch. If he loses, the torch is passed to the winner. Points are awarded to every rikishi and rank involved in a TORCH MATCH. Through the year, the torch will eventually make way up the banzuke. The object of the game is to pick one rank and one rikishi you think will end up with the most points throughout the year's six bashos.

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:

3 points for every torch match your chosen rikishi wins.

3 points for every torch match your chosen rank wins.

1 point for every torch match your chosen rikishi loses.

1 point for every torch match your chosen rank loses.

THEN AT THE END OF THE 2014 KYUSHU BASHO:

25 points if you get the final torch holding rikishi.

25 points if you get the final torch holding rank.

OR (if the exact rank and/or rikishi is not chosen by a participant)...

10 points if you are closest to the final torch holding rikishi.

10 points if you are closest to the final torch holding rank.

PLUS SOME BONUS POINTS FOR THOSE WHO GET CLOSE TO THE FINAL TORCH POSITION:

10 points if your chosen rikishi is one position from the final torchholder, 9 points if two positions, 8 if three positions... and so on down to 1 point.

10 points if your chosen rank is one position from the final torchholder, 9 points if two positions, 8 if three positions... and so on down to 1 point.

The player with the most points at the end of the year will get a prize.

For historical reference, here's where the torch ended up in previous years:

2006, J2w

2007, Ms33w (highest position J7w)

2008, J7e (highest position J6w)

2009, J5e (highest position J3e)

2010, Ms58e (highest position J3e)

2011, J6e (highest position J4w)

2012, J2e (highest position J1e)

2013, Ms48e (highest position Ms4e)

Average points per participant: 6.13

Highest number of points: 54 by Profomisakari in 2009

To play, please submit:

1) the name of the rikishi you think will get the most points between now and the end of the 2014 KYUSHU BASHO.

and

2) the rank of the rikishi you think will get the most points between now and the end of the 2014 KYUSHU BASHO.

The deadline for entries is before the first TORCH MATCH starts... JST. Send entries to shimodahito(at)yahoo.com or post on the sumoforum, tipspiel, or sumotalk threads.

The "wildcard" pick, by default will be the lowest rikishi and rank on the HATSU BANZUKE-

I've already received some entrees. Thanks.

Good luck! The game is so easy...one rank pick, one rikishi pick... no daily picks neededâ€¦. And a prize.

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