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38th Kisei at Madrid

Iyama Yuta won the first match for the Kisei title by only 0.5 point. We will upload photos of the tournament and the wall-list for the side event soon. Thank you all for make this event posible.

Nam-Ban Madrid Go Club is proud to host the first game of the final match for the 38th Japanese Kisei Tournament.

The game will take place in Alcala de Henares (Madrid) on January the 11th-12th 2014.

The current champion Iyama Yuta (9D) will fight for the title against the challenger (winner of the league currently in progress).

The game will last for two days, with a main time of 8 hours for each player.

Nam-Ban Madrid Go Club will organize an Open Side Tournament for amateur Go players parallel to the Kisei title game.

Both the Kisei and the Open Tournament will take place at the luxurious Parador de Alcala de Henares: view map.



Spanish Go Association (AEGO) - http://www.aego.biz

About the Kisei

The Kisei Tournament is the most prestigious professional tournament in Japan with the largest worldwide prize pool of ¥42,000,000.

The Nihon Ki-in and the Kansai Ki-in Associations are the main organizers of this event, sponsored by the Yomiuri Shinbum Newspaper.

Only two players in history, Honinbo Shusaku and Dosaku, were honoured with the Kisei title (which means "Go Saint") before the tournament was officially celebrated for the first time in 1976.

The current champion is Iyama Yuta (9d) who will have to deffend his title.

Iyama Yuta

The challenger will be choosen in a league, currently in progress, but in which there are top proffesional players like Cho U, Yamashita Keigo or Cho Chikun.

September 26th update

Yamashita Keigo Meijin (9p) won the A League and Murakawa Daisuke (7p) won the B league so one of them will be the challenger for the final match. Stay tunned! :)

November 14th update

We have a challenger! Yamashita Keigo (9d), current Meijin and Honinbo title-holder, will play against Iyama Yuta (9d) for the Kisei title.

This game will be a very exciting game between the strongest japanese professional players and you can enjoy it live in Madrid.

Kisei Open Side Tournament

B Class tournament with 4 rounds.

40 minutes main time for each player and 2 period of 20 seconds (30 stones in 5 minutes Canadian byo-yomi).

The Open Tournament schedule will allow the players to follow the comments of professionals for the Kisei game and participate in the side events as well.

Friday, January the 10th, 2014

  • 16:00 - 19:00 h: Inscription
  • 19:30 - 21:30 h: Cocktail

Saturday, January the 11th, 2014

  • 08:00 - 08:30 h: Inscription
  • 09:00 - 11:00 h: 1st game
  • 11:30 - 13:30 h: 2nd game
  • 13:30 - 15:30 h: Lunch break
  • 15:30 - 17:00 h: Comments for day 1
  • 17:00 - 19:00 h: 3rd game
  • 19:00 - 20:00 h: Simultaneous games

Sunday, January the 12th, 2014

  • 09:00 - 11:00 h: 4th game
  • 11:30 - 12:00 h: Prize giving ceremony
  • 12:00 - 13:30 h: Comments for day 2
  • 13:30 - 15:30 h: Lunch break
  • 15:30 - 17:00 h: End-game comments

Scholarships for young players under 20 years old

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are happy to offer more than 30 scholarships for under 20 year old Go players. The scholarship includes:

  • Free registration
  • Lodgement - In a shared room with other young player in Alcala de Henares
  • Transportation between Madrid and Alcala de Henares

Please fill out the following form to apply for the scholarship: FORM

The period for scholarship solicitation is out. You can still normaly inscribe to the tournament


To get the discount please make sure to submit payment before the due date.

Pay in advance discounts
(Until January the 1st, 2014)
On site
(January the 11th, 2014)
Normal fee35€45€
Spanish residentsa25€45€
AEGO Members
Nam-Ban Members
Players below 18k
Players under 20 years of age

Payment can be done through Paypal or bank transfer.

Please do not forget to add "KISEI" and the player full name in the message for the payment.

  • Bank account number: 2100 0600 87 0202142843
    Bank name: La Caixa
    IBAN: ES91 2100 0600 8702 0214 2843
    Bank account holder: "Club de Go Nam-Ban del Círculo Catalán de Madrid".
  • Paypal account:


To pre-registry for the tournament, please fill out this form.

The pre-registration period is over. You can still register on site but we cannot asure that there will be enough room for all not pre-registered players

Please make sure to confirm your participation upon arrival at the tournament. Players failing to do this will NOT be paired into the tournament.

Pre-registered players.


** You must play all the rounds to receive a prize. Prices are not cumulative, you can only receive one prize. **

Best classified in the tournament

  • Tournament champion: 1200€
  • 2nd place: 800€
  • 3rd place: 500€
  • 4th place: 300€
  • 5th place: 200€

Best Spanish Player classified

  • 1st place: 500€
  • 2nd place: 300€
  • 3rd place: 200€

Best classified woman

  • 1st place: 800€
  • 2nd place: 500€
  • 3rd place: 350€
  • 4th place: 200€
  • 5th place: 100€

Other prizes

Additionally, Go books and small gifts will be given to the best classified players of each rank category

Opening Cocktail ceremony

On friday January the 10th a luxury coktail will take place at the "Residencia San Ildefonso" in Alcala de Henares.

You can inscribe and get all the information HERE



Find below a selection hotels and apartments located in the city center near the playing site. Please do mention that you will be attending the "KISEI" when booking your room.

You will obtain a discount over the price on the internet.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you need help or further information at info@clubgomadrid.org

Hostal Don Juan I

Hostal Don Juan I offers different types of lodgment, the hostel + small apartment and studios. In the city center. Distance to the playing site/venue: 900 meters (= 11 minutes walking)



Single Room: 35 € (VAT and breakfast included)
Double Room: 40 € (VAT and breakfast included)
Single room with shared bathroom: 24,90 € (VAT included)


Room for 1 o 2 people 50 € (VAT and breakfast included /only queen size bed available)
Studio for 1 o 2 people 55 € (VAT and breakfast included)
Studio 3 people 60 € (VAT included)
Small apartment 4 people 72 € (VAT included)

Breakfast Price is 2,25€ per person/per day
Parking available 4,50€ per day.

Check it out on TRIPADVISOR

Parador de Alcalá de Henares

Venue and Playing site for both the Kisei and the Open tournament.


Luxury hotel “Parador de Alcalá de Henares” is housed in a magnificent seventeenth-century building, the former Santo Tomás Dominican Convent and School. This building was completely reformed and the architect obtained several awards for the project.

The inside is completely new and modern while keeping the original walls of the building which is UNESCO’s

World Heritage site

Prices for the double room would be 150-200€ approximately. Please contact us directly in case you need a reservation in Parador.

Check it out on TRIPADVISOR

Evenia Alcalá Boutique Hotel

Distance to the playing site/venue: 800 meters (= 9 minutes walking)


Check it out on TRIPADVISOR

How to travel there

You can find additional info in the official tourism page of Alcala de Henares http://www.turismoalcala.es/en/guia-practica/c%C3%B3mo-llegar.html

From Madrid to Alcalá de Henares


The best alternative for price and speed is to take the "Cercanias Renfe" train line from Atocha or Chamartin. Both C-2 and C7 lines go to Alcala de Henares from there

Check the map in this url

The fare is around 1,80€ or 2,55€ depending on the starting point


Regular buses travel from Avenida de America (on Line 7 of Madrid subway) to Alcala de Henares

You can pick up either:

  • 229 Madrid (Av. America) - Alcalá de Henares (Virgen del Val)
  • 223 Madrid (Avenida de América) - Alcalá de Henares (C/ Brihuega)


The best route by car is this (from Madrid city center):

  • Take the highway A-2 toward Zaragoza/Barcelona
  • Take the exit 23 toward Alcalá de Henares
Check it directly on Google Maps

If you have a GPS you can enter the GPS coordinates: 40.481769,-3.361849 (Parador de Alcala de Henares)


The taxi fare it's aproximately 45€ from Madrid city center to the Parador

From Barajas Airport to Alcalá de Henares


There is an regular bus line between Alcala de Henares from/to the airport

The bus line 824 - Madrid (Aeropuerto) - Alcala de Henares

Oficial info

Other transport

Unfortunately there is no other direct connection between Alcala de Henares and the Airport. If you want to go there in public transport you will have to do the following:

  • Take the Metro line 8 (pink) from the Airport to Nuevos Ministerios (around 3€)
  • On Nuevos Ministerios take the Cercanias Renfe line C-7 or C-2 (they go both in the same direction) to Alcala de Henares (around 2,55€)
  • Walk a sort distance from the Cercanias station to the Parador

Here are the directions as indicated in Google Maps


The taxi fare it's aproximately 30€ - 40€ from the Airport to the Parador de Alcala de Henares

From Barajas Airport to Madrid


You can take the line 8 (pink) from the Airport to Nuevos Ministerios

Check the Metro map here


Please do not hesitate to contact us at: