This basho was an interesting contrast to the usual ongoings. First of
all, no kyujo. This time it was all about knowlegde and (nearly nothing)
depended on a lucky withdraw. It is the first time ever in UDH history
that you could select all rikishi AND they all finished the basho, too.

Second, there was much tension at the top of the leaderboard, probably
more that there was in the last year altogether. On the other hand, the
not-so-lucky ones have been identified pretty easily in this eighth
anniversary run of the UDH (yes, we're that old already!).

Something that can't miss in any UDH run is an average score below
twenty points. It looked like this time might be an exception to this
rule, but our collective efforts have paid out today: Haru Basho 2006
ends with an average score of 19.19 points. Susanoo with 31 points was
the only one who was above thirty.

Despite he wasn't able to write a new record score into the big UDH
book, Doitsuyama takes the yusho with 414 points. Congratulations! Until
today the UDH was one of the few games he hasn't won already, and
refusing against a Doitsuyama-yusho for eight years may be an indicator
for the arduousness of the game :-) The runner-up honors stay in Middle
Europe as well, as Konosato and Asashosakari take the jun-yusho. The
Hira-sho goes to Yanen (14-1 and 4th place), Meikenonami (14-1 and 9th
place) takes the Ryo-sho. Kitano (12-3 and 28th place) is the best
newcomer and gets the Shin-sho. Congratulations!

Promotion Commotion: Some Sekiwake and Ozeki have produced outstanding
results this basho, but nearly all of them lacked either a certain
number of wins over the last three basho or a certain rank in these
tournaments. Only Charliki is promoted to Ozeki after a combined 37-8 in
Kyushu, Hatsu and Haru Basho. Congratulations! One Ozeki fell back to Sz
after two make-koshi in a row, seven Ozeki are kadoban next time.

Our four Yokozuna all finished kachi-koshi. Ekigozan and Igiski added
double-digits to their book (13-2 and 11-4), Flohru had a 9-6 (missing
ten wins by two points) and Rannohana had a Kaio-like very very narrow
8-7 right at the kk/mk-border.

Have a nice off-basho time, and I hope to see you all again in May!
Until then...

Tamanaogijima

Winner's line-up (Doitsuyama, 414 points, 65-130):
6 Hokutoriki 5 Aminishiki Tokitsuumi 4 Kokkai Futeno
3 Jumonji Ushiomaru 2 Roho Ama Otsukasa
1 Iwakiyama Yoshikaze Buyuzan

Best possible line-up (448 points, 54-141):
6 Hokutoriki 5 Tokitsuumi Roho 4 Iwakiyama Jumonji
3 Toyozakura Otsukasa 2 Ushiomaru Tamanoshima Kokkai
1 Kasuganishiki Futeno Dejima [Toyonoshima]

---------------------------------------------+-------------+-------------
Final Standings          UDH Haru Basho 2006 |    TOTAL    |    TODAY
-------------------------------------+-------+-------------+-------------
POS +/-  SHIKONA         RANK > NEW  |  W-L  | PTS WON LOS | PTS WON LOS
-------------------------------------+-------+-------------+-------------
  1   0  Doitsuyama      Ok   > Ow   | 15-0  | 414  65 130 |  17   6   7
  2  +3  Konosato        Sh   > Se   | 14-1  | 410  72 123 |  22   7   6
  3  -1  Asashosakari    Sw   > Se   | 14-1  | 407  64 131 |  14   8   5
-------------------------------------+-------+-------------+-------------
  4  +2  Yanen           M11  > Ke   | 14-1  | 406  73 122 |  20   7   6
  5  -2  Kurisu          Sh   > Se   | 14-1  | 405  68 127 |  15   7   6
  6  +3  Tosahayate      Kw   > Se   | 14-1  | 405  70 125 |  21   5   8
  7  -3  Taka            Sw   > Se   | 14-1  | 403  72 123 |  14   8   5
  8   0  Kotononami      Kw   > Se   | 14-1  | 402  69 126 |  18   7   6
  9  +2  Meikenonami     J7   > M2   | 14-1  | 401  66 129 |  20   7   6
 10  +2  Hinerikeri      M3   > Sw   | 14-1  | 401  68 127 |  20   7   6
 11 +13  Mariotoki       J2   > M3   | 13-2  | 401  70 125 |  25   4   9
 12  -2  Gaijingai       M4   > Sh   | 13-2  | 399  68 127 |  16   7   6
 13  +3  Ekigozan        Y    > Y    | 13-2  | 398  65 130 |  19   7   6
 14  -7  Gochisozan      Oe   > Oe   | 13-2  | 398  68 127 |  14   9   4
 15  -1  Charliki        Se   > Oh   | 13-2  | 397  69 126 |  17   7   6
 16 +14  Feginowaka      Oe   > Oe   | 13-2  | 396  68 127 |  23   6   7
 17   0  Kitakachiyama   M4   > Sh   | 13-2  | 396  70 125 |  17   8   5
 18  +2  Misisko         Sh   > Se   | 13-2  | 395  66 129 |  18   7   6
 19  +8  Itachiyama      Se   > Se   | 13-2  | 395  74 121 |  20   6   7
 20 +12  Maguroyama      Ok   > Ow   | 13-2  | 394  69 126 |  22   6   7
 21   0  Frinkanohana    M9   > Kw   | 12-3  | 394  72 123 |  17   7   6
 22  -7  Gorgoro         J5   > M4   | 12-3  | 394  73 122 |  14   9   4
 23  -5  Bengoshi        J3   > M4   | 12-3  | 394  74 121 |  16   9   4
 24 -11  Sukubidubidu    M6   > Ke   | 12-3  | 393  66 129 |  13   8   5
 25  +8  Chiyozakura     Ow   > Oe   | 12-3  | 393  70 125 |  21   5   8
 26   0  Tenkuukaikatsu  Sh   > Sw   | 12-3  | 392  66 129 |  17   6   7
 27  +8  Metzinowaka     M9   > Kw   | 12-3  | 392  70 125 |  21   7   6
 28 +16  Kitano          M16  > M3   | 12-3  | 392  73 122 |  25   6   7
 29 -10  Akenofuji       M4   > Ke   | 12-3  | 392  75 120 |  14   8   5
 30  -5  Shiyonofuji     Sw   > Se   | 11-4  | 392  76 119 |  16   9   4
 31  +5  Dimitri         Se   > Se   | 11-4  | 391  70 125 |  20   6   7
 32  +6  Bafa            J2   > M5   | 11-4  | 391  74 121 |  21   7   6
 33 -11  Godaikonoryu    M13  > M3   | 11-4  | 391  75 120 |  14   7   6
 33  +1  Benten          M13  > M3   | 11-4  | 391  75 120 |  19   7   6
 35  +2  Tamanaogijima   Oh   > Ow   | 11-4  | 390  67 128 |  20   5   8
 36  -8  Mariohana       Ok   > Ow   | 11-4  | 390  70 125 |  16   8   5
 37 -14  Pastanoyama     M5   > Kw   | 11-4  | 390  71 124 |  14   8   5
 38  -7  Igiski          Y    > Y    | 11-4  | 389  69 126 |  16   6   7
 39  +4  Fujisan         M7   > Kw   | 11-4  | 389  71 124 |  22   5   8
 40  +4  Sashimaru       Se   > Se   | 10-5  | 389  72 123 |  22   5   8
 41  +9  Araiwa          Oe   > Oe   | 10-5  | 388  68 127 |  23   5   8
 42 -14  Golynohana      M5   > Kw   | 10-5  | 388  70 125 |  14   8   5
 43 +20  Gonzaburow      M13  > M4   | 10-5  | 388  74 121 |  28   5   8
 44  +5  Zenjimoto       Oe   > Oe   | 10-5  | 388  79 116 |  22   6   7
 45  +7  Marionoumi      Ke   > Sw   | 10-5  | 387  71 124 |  23   6   7
 46  -2  Gunterao        M6   > M1   | 10-5  | 387  73 122 |  20   6   7
 47  -8  Onigashima      Kw   > Sh   | 10-5  | 387  79 116 |  18   8   5
 48  -8  Azumaryu        Oh   > Ow   | 10-5  | 386  64 131 |  18   6   7
 49  -2  Takamueda       M9   > M2   | 10-5  | 386  71 124 |  20   5   8
 50  +4  Tainosen        J3   > M7   |  9-6  | 385  74 121 |  23   6   7
 51  +5  Flohru          Y    > Y    |  9-6  | 384  71 124 |  23   5   8
 52 -10  Packamawashi    Se   > Sw   |  9-6  | 384  72 123 |  17   7   6
 53  -2  Hironoumi       M2   > Kw   |  9-6  | 383  73 122 |  18   7   6
 54 -13  Torideyama      M11  > M4   |  9-6  | 382  69 126 |  15   7   6
 55  -2  Ulsimitsuki     Se   > Sw   |  9-6  | 382  80 115 |  19   5   8
 56 +15  Norizo          Ow   > Oh   |  9-6  | 382  81 114 |  25   5   8
 57  +9  Gusoyama        J1   > M7   |  9-6  | 381  76 119 |  22   6   7
 57 +10  Fukurou         Kw   > Sh   |  9-6  | 381  76 119 |  23   5   8
 59  -1  Mishu           M5   > M2   |  8-7  | 381  79 116 |  20   7   6
 60  -3  Bill            Sw   > Sh   |  8-7  | 380  77 118 |  19   6   7
 61  +3  Meyeryu         M8   > M4   |  8-7  | 379  74 121 |  20   6   7
 61  +9  Mushi           Kw   > Ke   |  8-7  | 379  74 121 |  22   6   7
 63 +20  Obana           Ke   > Sh   |  8-7  | 378  72 123 |  27   5   8
 64  +1  Manekineko      M15  > M7   |  8-7  | 378  74 121 |  19   5   8
 65 +10  Nikioshu        Sw   > Sh   |  8-7  | 378  77 118 |  23   7   6
 66 +12  Sunibono        M9   > M4   |  8-7  | 377  72 123 |  24   6   7
 67  -7  Yubiquitoyama   Ow   > Oh   |  8-7  | 377  73 122 |  17   6   7
 68 -20  Rannohana       Y    > Y    |  8-7  | 377  76 119 |  11   9   4
-------------------------------------+-------+-------------+-------------
 69  -1  Andoreasu       Oe   > Ok   |  7-8  | 377  78 117 |  19   6   7
 70 -11  Tomitsuki       Sw   > Kw   |  7-8  | 377  82 113 |  16   8   5
 71  +2  Ruziklao        M1   > M2   |  7-8  | 376  70 125 |  21   6   7
 72 +12  Choshu-Yuki     Oe   > Ok   |  7-8  | 376  72 123 |  25   4   9
 73  +7  Esuteryu        M7   > M8   |  7-8  | 376  79 116 |  23   6   7
 73 +18  Kintaro         Oh   > Ok   |  7-8  | 376  79 116 |  28   4   9
 75  +2  Takatamale      Ke   > M1   |  7-8  | 375  77 118 |  21   5   8
 76  +9  Takanorappa     M12  > M13  |  7-8  | 375  79 116 |  24   6   7
 77  -3  Furanohana      Kw*  > M1   |  7-8  | 374  72 123 |  19   6   7
 78 +10  Kofuji          M15  > J1   |  6-9  | 374  73 122 |  26   6   7
 79 -19  Harlegawa       J1   > J2   |  6-9  | 374  76 119 |  14   9   4
 80  -1  Hokanobenzo     M6   > M8   |  6-9  | 374  77 118 |  21   6   7
 81 -19  Akibono         Oe   > Ok   |  6-9  | 373  75 120 |  13   7   6
 81 -12  Hakajusakari    Ke   > M1   |  6-9  | 373  75 120 |  16   9   4
 83  +6  Shayoto         Sh   > M1   |  6-9  | 373  76 119 |  25   6   7
 84 -30  Areyama         M1   > M3   |  6-9  | 373  77 118 |  11   9   4
 85  -4  Toljokinodo     M8   > M10  |  6-9  | 373  81 114 |  21   8   5
 86 -11  Jesinofuji      M2   > M4   |  6-9  | 371  78 117 |  16   8   5
 87  -5  Kaihayaiha      M6   > M8   |  6-9  | 371  82 113 |  19   7   6
 88  -3  Seki Haruaki    M1   > M4   |  5-10 | 369  80 115 |  18   7   6
 89 +10  Asahi           J4   > J5   |  5-10 | 368  74 121 |  29   5   8
 90  -3  Yokotanoharry   Sw   > M1   |  5-10 | 368  77 118 |  19   7   6
 91 +11  Fotoryo         Oe   > Ok   |  5-10 | 365  74 121 |  28   6   7
 92  +1  Pitinosato      M2   > M5   |  5-10 | 365  79 116 |  20   6   7
 93  +7  Gernobono       M12  > M15  |  5-10 | 365  80 115 |  27   4   9
 94 -22  Gibmaatsuki     Ow   > Ok   |  5-10 | 364  73 122 |   8   8   5
 95  -3  Kitanoyama      J2   > J3   |  5-10 | 362  74 121 |  16   7   6
 96  -6  Ganzohnesushi   J1   > J2   |  5-10 | 362  81 114 |  14   7   6
 97  +1  Oshirokita      M4   > M7   |  5-10 | 361  77 118 |  21   5   8
 98  -4  Heikotoriki     Oe   > Ok   |  4-11 | 359  80 115 |  15   7   6
 99  +7  Senpai          M11  > M15  |  4-11 | 359  84 111 |  24   5   8
100  -4  Randomitsuki    M10  > M14  |  4-11 | 357  74 121 |  17   8   5
101  -4  Chabonowaka     M7   > M11  |  4-11 | 357  76 119 |  17   8   5
101  +4  Boltono         Kw   > M4   |  4-11 | 357  76 119 |  21   7   6
103  -8  Yumezukuri      M1   > M5   |  4-11 | 356  77 118 |  14   8   5
103  +5  Jakusotsu       J7   > J8   |  4-11 | 356  77 118 |  23   7   6
105  -1  Kachitakai      M9   > M13  |  4-11 | 356  81 114 |  19   6   7
106  +4  Mmikasazuma     M5   > M9   |  4-11 | 354  79 116 |  25   6   7
107  +5  Tagada          M11  > J1   |  3-12 | 354  80 115 |  26   6   7
108  +6  Tameiki         M5   > M10  |  3-12 | 352  80 115 |  25   5   8
109  -6  Big-Jordan      Se   > M2   |  3-12 | 352  82 113 |  15   8   5
110  -9  Heruwejima      Sh   > M4   |  3-12 | 351  73 122 |  14   7   6
111  -4  Kitahayate      Sw   > M3   |  3-12 | 350  91 104 |  16   8   5
112  +8  Annai           J5   > J6   |  3-12 | 349  75 120 |  29   4   9
113  -4  Jejima          M12  > J1   |  3-12 | 349  80 115 |  16   7   6
114  +8  Susanoo         Se   > M2   |  3-12 | 349  84 111 |  31   5   8
115  -4  Tamajari        Ok   > Sz   |  3-12 | 349  87 108 |  20   7   6
116  -3  Yosouou         M13  > J1   |  3-12 | 347  82 113 |  19   6   7
117  -2  Mattjila        M6   > M12  |  2-13 | 346  88 107 |  19   7   6
118  +2  Kashunowaka     M6   > M12  |  2-13 | 342  76 119 |  22   5   8
119  -3  Hijiiyama       J1   > J2   |  2-13 | 340  82 113 |  15   6   7
120  -2  Hayabusa        J1   > J2   |  2-13 | 338  86 109 |  14   7   6
121  +4  Basashihime     M11  > J1   |  2-13 | 337  88 107 |  22   8   5
122  -3  Son Ja          J7   > J8   |  2-13 | 335  85 110 |  13   8   5
123  +3  Yoshisan        J2   > J3   |  2-13 | 335  93 102 |  20   7   6
124  -1  Marimo          M16  > J1   |  2-13 | 334  86 109 |  17   8   5
125  -1  Toschima        J1   > J2   |  2-13 | 334  88 107 |  18   7   6
126  +8  Konizan         M2   > M9   |  1-14 | 334  95 100 |  29   5   8
127 -10  Ketsukai        M1   > M8   |  1-14 | 331  89 106 |   7  11   2
128   0  Saruwatari      M16  > J1   |  1-14 | 330  85 110 |  19   8   5
129  +4  Kotochanta      M7   > M14  |  1-14 | 329  80 115 |  24   6   7
130  -3  Kazetoshi       M4   > M11  |  1-14 | 329  84 111 |  15   7   6
131  -2  Getayukata      Se   > M4   |  1-14 | 325  85 110 |  14   7   6
132   0  Wolfgangho      J2   > J3   |  1-14 | 323  90 105 |  17   7   6
133  -2  Unagiyutaka     J1   > J2   |  1-14 | 323  91 104 |  16   7   6
134  +3  Zoukiyama       M15  > J1   |  1-14 | 322  85 110 |  21   7   6
135  -5  Wenkoyama       M4   > M11  |  1-14 | 322  91 104 |  15   8   5
136   0  Sanyiazuma      J3   > J4   |  0-15 | 319  91 104 |  17   8   5
137  +1  Daninowaka      M1   > M9   |  0-15 | 317  88 107 |  18   6   7
138  +2  Hakaso          J4   > J5   |  0-15 | 317  89 106 |  26   3  10
139  +2  Tomoe           J1   > J2   |  0-15 | 314  84 111 |  25   4   9
140  -5  Rowitoro        J2   > J3   |  0-15 | 311  87 108 |   7   9   4
141  -2  Arubaitoyama    J1   > J2   |  0-15 | 303  90 105 |   5  11   2
142   0  Amenokojima     J8   > J9   |  0-15 | 302  96  99 |  27   4   9
143   0  Kaenkamiko      J4   > J5   |  0-15 | 285  92 103 |  17   6   7
144   0  Chiyosifuji     J2*  > J3   |  0-15 | 283  99  96 |  21   6   7
145  -1  Turonaka        M15  > J1   |  0-15 | 278 101  94 |  16   8   5
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