Banzuke Sunday!

The threat of COVID-19 looms over the world of sumo, but at least one thing is certain—today is Banzuke day! That’s Sunday in the US, and early Monday for much the the rest of the world. In spite of the doubts about when the next basho will start, join Team Tachiai as we celebrate the Natsu ranking sheet!

Tachiai will bring you the details as soon as the banzuke hits the NSK web site, or you can join us in manically clicking refresh on this page: Grand Sumo Tournament Banzuke

Of course our master prognosticator, lksumo, published his predictions some time ago; you can find them here:

Nagoya Banzuke Posted!


The banzuke for the July tournament is live on the Sumo Kyokai web site. Some notable results:

  • Mitakeumi back in Sekiwake. He let Tochinoshin rush past him and pick up Ozeki. Time to gamberize, king tadpole!
  • Tamawashi back in San’yaku at Komusubi East. I bet it’s time for celebratory cookies Kataonami heya.
  • Shodai at the front of the meat grinder at Maegashira 1 East.
  • Abi and Takakeisho ready to slug it out in the joi at Maegashira 3.
  • Kagayaki is at Maegashira 4, a new career high and his first time in the joi. Time to see if Mr Fundamentals can dance with the big men.
  • Endo’s incredible banzuke luck, only busted down to Maegashira 6 after a meager 3 wins at Komusubi in May.
  • Onosho returns to Makuuchi at Maegashira 11. I predict this young man is going to tear the lower end of the banzuke a new one this basho.
  • Kotoeko lands solidly in the top division at Maegashira 14 East. I am really (once again) liking the look of the level of competition at the bottom of the banzuke.
  • Ishiura holds on to the top division at Maegashira 15 East.
  • Ryuden sinks like a stone to Maegashira 15 West after 3-12 in May from M7 E.
  • Hokutofuji is clinging to the tiniest scrap at the corner of the banzuke at Maegashira 16 East.

Of course I would be remiss if I did not also mention that Wakaichiro is back in Sandanme at SD 94 West. Given his steady improvement, I predict he will fare better this time.

I am sure our resident prognosticator (lksumo) will review his own performance shortly, but in the mean time, head over the the NSK web site and enjoy.  Tachiai’s coverage of the Nagoya tournament starts now!

Banzuke Weekend!

Shokkiri 2
Aminishiki vs. Yoshikaze. Or not.

Between the Olympics black-out and the natural gap between Hatsu and Haru, sumo fans are seriously starving for information! Have no fear, the Haru bazuke is published in about 24 hours from RIGHT NOW.

Of course, Tachiai will bring you analysis and details in the two-week run-up to Osaka’s yearly sumo tournament. We expect there to be a flurry of news and action prior to March 11th’s opening day.