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Haru Basho 2018:
March 11-25, 2018

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Haru Basho 2018 - Day 6
The leader boards are taking shape nicely as day six goes into the books. Former Sekiwake Flohru is the only remaining unbeaten Makuuchi player. Yokozuna Pandaazuma and Takanosushi, who scored a fantastic 10 today, trail with 5-1 records.
Juryo is led by two perfect records from Tragikomy and Kamakiriyama. And it is the same in Makushita as Hesokso and Raiden blaze the trail.
Ozeki promotion update: Sekiwake Chankoyama is struggling with a 2-4 record. She now needs to win seven out of the final nine bouts. Sekiwake Metzinowaka has come back to a 4-2 record, but he also needs seven.
by Pandaazuma, 2018/3/16

Haru Basho 2018 - Day 3
Sekiwake Yassier and Komusubi Susanoo stayed perfect along with four Maegashira players today. Juryo's perfectionists have been whittled down to a group of four, Makushita's eight.
In ozeki promotion news Sekiwake Chankoyama picked up another win to go 2-1. She now needs seven wins out of 12. Sekiwake Metzinowaka started the long trek to 11, getting his first win today. And shin Ozeki Yamashiro can breathe a sigh of relief, scoring his first win as an ozeki.
by Pandaazuma, 2018/3/13

Haru Basho 2018 - Day 2
Welcome to the Osaka spring tournament. Without some of the usual star names, this is already shaping up to be very unpredictable.
On the virtual sumo of this game, we welcome the 4th Yokozuna Pandaazuma. It is the first time we have had a yokozuna since Doitsuyama's last tournament at the rank in September 2009...eight and a half years ago. We also welcome new Ozeki Yamashiro, who has been deservedly promoted after showing very strong sumo in recent tournaments.
Regarding possible promotions, Sekiwake Chankoyama needs just nine wins to get the nod (she is currently 1-1) and Sekiwake Metzinowaka needs eleven (sadly he is off to the worst possible start).
Sekiwake Yassier (who could also be promoted with 13 or 14 wins and a yusho) and Komusubi Susanoo are off to perfect starts in Makuuchi. Juryo is led by a group of seven. Makushita is yet to form its leaderboard, but newcomer Raiden is living up to the famous name so far.
Good luck to all the promotees and players.
by Pandaazuma, 2018/3/12

Hatsu Basho 2018 - Winners
Makuuchi Yusho:M17 Andonishiki (12-3; 94 points)
Juryo Yusho:J5 Oshirokita (12-3; 96 points)
Makushita Yusho:m33 Takashidodo (13-2; 95 points)
Gino-sho:M7 Kaiomitsuki (11-4; 97 points)
Kanto-sho:M17 Andonishiki (12-3; 94 points)
Shukun-sho:not rewarded
by Takanotaki, 2018/1/30

Hatsu Basho 2018 - Day 15
Andonishiki ended his fine basho with a loss but he won't mind that at all with the big prize already wrapped up.
Juryo came down to a tie-break but Oshirokita prevailed with a superior score. That's his first Juryo yusho since 2005.
In Makushita long-time leader Takashidodo lost but the same fate befell his rivals and so he takes his first ever yusho.
And it's congratulations to Sekiwake Yamashiro, who reached the 31 wins in three tournaments necessary for ozeki promotion. He really deserves the jump as he has been a very strong and consistent player for a while now.
Oddly enough, there is an outside chance that he will be the only ozeki in March, as Pandaazuma has scored 22 wins in two basho (the promotion requirement for yokozuna). Sumo Game's first Yokozuna Kirinoumi was actually promoted with the same score after just one tournament at the ozeki rank, so there is a precedent, and the Panda's top-place finish in the Makuuchi scoring this tournament as well as a run of 21 wins in 23 consecutive bouts over the last two tournaments may also be factors.
Congratulations to all the winners, and see you again in March for the spring Osaka tournament.
by Pandaazuma, 2018/1/28

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