|The professional Go world
· There are many professional Go tournaments in Japan in which the players vie for titles. The big three titles are the Kisei (Go Saint), Meijin (Master), and Honinbo (formerly the name of a school of Go players). The name of the title is attached to the winner's name, for example, --- Kisei or --- Meijin.
· When you win a title, you defend it the following year. The challenger has to win his or her way through a series of preliminary rounds, which take about two years to complete. Games in the big-three title matches are played over two days, and the matches are best-of-sevens, which means they are decided when one player scores four wins. Since there is a break of a week or two weeks between games, it can take up to two month to complete a series.