Can your Go rankings (OTB) go down?

Question: above.
Range: Every Go players.

Yes. (Honorific ranks put aside of course)

Pro ranks don’t go down, even if you get weaker.

I believe pro ranks are not a measure of strength, but of achievement. You get to a higher rank by winning tournaments or just winning games in general. Some older players are 9p simply because they’ve played a lot, while some new pros are 2p despite being incredibly strong, because they never won a major tournament and haven’t played enough games yet.

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I thought pro ranks in Japan are given by participation in the Otai, a ranking tournament?

The Oteai was abolished 20 years ago.


Ouch :pensive: