The Fantasy Sumo Banzuke

Introduction provides a banzuke to rank all active Fantasy Sumo participants. Having employed a four-column format (East-West-South-North) in the past, this banzuke currently follows the real-life model by using the standard East-West format. It has also adopted most other major aspects, such as having "titled" ranks (yokozuna, ozeki, sekiwake, komusubi), 42 positions in the makuuchi division and 28 positions in the juryo division.

Calculating the Records

In order to rank participants on the banzuke they are assigned a 15-"bout" win-loss record after each tournament. This record broadly - but not exactly - reflects their relative performance in the main Fantasy Sumo competition, by emphasizing the selection of an overall quality stable of rikishi, and somewhat de-emphasizing the effects of making particularly lucky selections (such as a rikishi scoring a kinboshi) or particularly unlucky ones (such as a rikishi getting injured early in the tournament).

The win-loss records are calculated as follows: There is no fixed best-possible win-loss record as the number of kinboshi, prizes and possible kachikoshi varies from one tournament to the next, but it will generally be at least 12-3.

As a reward for winning the main Fantasy Sumo competition, the winner will be credited with an extra two wins for his win-loss record, while all participants tied for second place will receive one win extra. Exceptions will be made if the bonus wins would take a participant to more than 15 wins, or if the overall winner would be left with fewer wins than another participant.

Making the Banzuke

Just like the best-possible performance may vary between tournaments in Fantasy Sumo, so does the average performance of all participants in a tournament, as it depends on how popular the best rikishi choices were. As a result of that, the win-loss records calculated through the above formula may have to be further adjusted to allow the banzuke to operate. These adjustments will be done on a per-division basis (e.g. all juryo-ranked participants will see their records changed by the same number of wins), with the adjustment value being at the discretion of the banzuke maker, but generally chosen so that the numbers of kachikoshi records (8 or more wins) and makekoshi records (7 or fewer wins) are as equal as possible in order to enable realistic up and down movements.

Exception: The win-loss records for participants ranked as yokozuna or ozeki are strictly based on the average number of wins in the makuuchi division, with adjustments made only if this average differs from 7.5 by at least a full win. (In other words, an ozeki going 10-5 in an 8.6-win environment will see his record adjusted down to 9-6, while a 10-5 record in an 8.4-win environment will remain as is, even if participants ranked lower than ozeki must be adjusted.) This is due to the fact that the demotion rules for yokozuna and ozeki are fixed (see below) and it would be unfair to introduce discretion into the assignment of their win-loss records.

Special Promotions and Demotions

As in real sumo, changes of banzuke position up to the sekiwake rank is based entirely on the performance in the most recent basho, while the highest ranks of ozeki and yokozuna are covered by special guidelines, and are additionally up to the discretion of the banzuke maker where appropriate:

Missing a Tournament

Fantasy Sumo is just a game, and as such it's recognized that real-life issues may occasionally prevent a participant from playing. Due to that, kosho (absence without ranking penalty) is available automatically for one-time absences and does not need to be requested. A second (and any further) consecutive absence will be scored as a 0-0-15 record, however, and result in a large demotion, typically at least 12 ranks from a makuuchi position, at least 15 ranks from a juryo position, and even greater within the makushita division. Absent participants are removed from the banzuke once they have dropped low enough that no further "full" demotion is possible, provided that they have had at least two 0-0-15 records.


Comments and inquiries specifically pertaining to the Fantasy Sumo banzuke (including the win-loss records, but not the points-based main results) can be sent to Asashosakari (at) gmx (dot) net.

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