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2016 Top 10 Game Money Ranking

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Published at: 2017-02-03 00:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2017/02/201610.html

10 top players in the annual game money ranking have been decided as below.

Rank Name Amount
(unit: 10,000yen)
Last year
1 3-Crown Yoshiharu Habu 9,150 1st (11,900)
2 Ryuou Akira Watanabe 7,390 3rd (4,577)
3 Meijin Amahiko Sato 5,722 6th (2,616)
4 8-Dan Tetsuro Itodani 3,543 2nd (5,531)
5 8-Dan Takayuki Yamasaki 3,206 17th (1,346)
6 Oushou Masataka Gouda 3,185 7th (2,467)
7 7-Dan Masayuki Toyoshima 2,492 8th (2,459)
8 9-Dan Tadahisa Maruyama 2,210 23rd (1,106)
9 9-Dan Hiroyuki Miura 1,997 12th (1,989)
10 9-Dan Kouichi Fukaura 1,849 9th (2,373)

【Information】

  • 3-Crown (Oui, Ouza, Kisei) Yoshiharu Habu is ranked 1st for the 22nd time, 3 times in a row.
  • In Ladies Professional, Jo-ou Momoko Kato is ranked 1st for the first time.

Find-the-Next-Move Problems, Highest Dan Level

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Published at: 2017-01-23 07:15

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2017/01/post_1504.html

ネット最高段位へ挑戦認定問題_01 ネット最高段位へ挑戦認定問題_02

ネット最高段位へ挑戦認定問題_03 ネット最高段位へ挑戦認定問題_04

ネット最高段位へ挑戦認定問題_05 ネット最高段位へ挑戦認定問題_06

ネット最高段位へ挑戦認定問題_07 ネット最高段位へ挑戦認定問題_08

ネット最高段位へ挑戦認定問題_09 ネット最高段位へ挑戦認定問題_10

ネット最高段位へ挑戦認定問題_11 ネット最高段位へ挑戦認定問題_12

12 or 11 correct answers: 8-Dan
10 correct answers: 7-Dan

Find-the-Next-Move Problem, Advanced Level

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Published at: 2017-01-23 05:15

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2017/01/post_1503.html

上級ネット認定問題_01 上級ネット認定問題_02

上級ネット認定問題_03 上級ネット認定問題_04

上級ネット認定問題_05 上級ネット認定問題_06

上級ネット認定問題_07 上級ネット認定問題_08

上級ネット認定問題_09 上級ネット認定問題_10

上級ネット認定問題_11 上級ネット認定問題_12

12 or 11 correct answers: 6-Dan
10 or 9 correct answers: 5-Dan
8 or 7 correct answers: 4-Dan

9-Dan Kato Won a Game in the Oldest Age

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Published at: 2017-01-20 10:40

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2017/01/post_1502.html

9-Dan Hifumi Kato won a game against 7-Dan Eiji Iijima in the 88th Kisei Tournament, Second Preliminaries held at Shogi Kaikan in Tokyo on January 20th, establishing a new record of winning a game in the oldest age of 77 years and 0 month, exceeding the former record by 9-Dan Yuzo Maruta of 76 years and 11 months.

7-Dan Hirotaka Nozuki has been Promoted to 8-Dan

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Published at: 2017-01-20 10:05

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2017/01/post_1501.html

野月浩貴八段7-Dan Hirotaka Nozuki (43 years old) has been promoted to 8-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
January 20, 2017
Game
43rd Kiou Championship, Qualify Round
(opponent: 7-Dan Hisashi Ogura)
Ground of promotion
By the number of games won (Winning 190 games after promotion to 7-Dan)



JSA and Third-party Committee Conclude Miura Incident to be False Allegation

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Published at: 2017-01-04 19:00

In the press conferences by the JSA and the third-party committee that took place on December 26 & 27, 2016, the incident has been officially concluded to be a false accusation. JSA acknowledged that 9-Dan Hiroyuki Miura is innocent of any wrongdoing; and apologized, promising to make every effort to ensure that Miura's reputation is fully restored.

81Dojo covers the details of the incident, translating key articles and documents into English.

81Dojo News Release: Third-party Committee Concluded Miura Incident to be False Allegation

5-Dan Kouhei Funae has been Promoted to 6-Dan

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Published at: 2016-12-28 14:10

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/12/post_1493.html

船江恒平六段5-Dan Kouhei Funae (29 years old) has been promoted to 6-Dan.

Date of promotion
December 28th, 2016
Ground of promotion
By the number of winning games (120 wins in official games after the promotion to 5-Dan)






JSA Comment in Response to the Third-party Committee's Investigation Report

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Published at: 2016-12-27 09:55

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/12/post_1492.html

On December 26th, the Japan Shogi Association received the report of the third-party committee's investigation.
In response to this we held a press conference today at the Shogi Kaikan, Tokyo.
Below is a summary of the press conference by Chairman Koji Tanigawa

Summary of Press Conference by Tanigawa

Yesterday morning we received the report from the third-party committee.
We are grateful to the committee for making a thorough investigation, as well as holding a press conference yesterday afternoon.

The report consists of two conclusions: (1) There was no software-assisted cheating by 9-Dan Hiroyuki Miura, (2) Suspension of Miura, decided by the directors, was appropriate.
Even though our decision has been found appropriate, we deeply regret that we made 9-Dan Miura suffer a lot as a result, and there are things that we should have done better.
First of all, we were too slow in establishing rules regarding the use of electronic devises during games. We once had a committee to discuss this a few years ago, but concluded that we would leave it to each player's discretion, due to the opinions saying that having such strict rules itself would be a shame for the organization.
Secondly, this case started from 9-Dan Toshiaki Kubo's remark in July at a conference, and it is our fault that we did not verify whether this was the truth. Not to mention the discrepancy in the time length of 9-Dan Miura's leaving the board, we also learned that the matching percentage of the moves, which we initially believed to be a reliable data source, actually have as much as 20% of tolerance; we should have collected more accurate information.

On the other hand, regarding the actions we took since October 11th, I would like to mention that there was a serious fact that a tabloid journal would most probably cover the story of 9-Dan Miura.
If we had started the 7-game Ryuou title match between Watanabe and Miura, seeing this article one week after the 1st game, it would have caused not only a chaotic situation but also even a cancellation of the title match, which is the worst scenario.
Because we asked 9-Dan Maruyama to be promoted to the challenger, the title match ended uneventfully. We are grateful to 9-Dan Maruyama for accepting to be the challenger in such a short notice.
As mentioned in the report, this decision was inevitable considering the limited time and realistic options we had. But the committee pointed out, we should not have called it a "punitive suspension" but a "suspension measure". We think this is entirely true.

9-Dan Miura will be playing the games starting January. The Japan Shogi Association will make every effort to prepare the environment for Miura to be able to concentrate on his games.
In that sense, we have made a decision. Miura could not play the 5th and the 6th games of A-class Ranking League (Jun-i-sen) due to the suspension. Taking the committee's report into consideration, this time we will handle the A-class specially, making only one player drop down to B1-class, and letting Miura play in A-class in the next term. To be more specific, Miura's results will be 1 win and 3 losses, followed by the non-played games during the last 3 months, and then by the 7th, 8th, and 9th games staring from January which will be also non-played, only his opponents receiving winning points.
The promotion from B1-class will be two players, resulting in 11 players in the A-class for the next term, where Miura will start from the 11th rank in the league.

We have caused serious troubles and inconvenience for our sponsors, particularly Yomiuri Newspaper that sponsors Ryuou Championship. We would also like to address our deep gratitude to Asahi Newspaper and Mainichi Newspaper for allowing us to adopt the special measures in the A-class, despite the fact we caused them trouble by suspending Miura's 5th and 6th games.
In Oui Championship, the non-played games will not be losses-by-default for Miura.
In Asahi Cup, the pairing of the second qualify round was done excluding Miura.
We apologize the sponsors of Oui Championship and Asahi Cup for all these troubles.

I would also like to comment on the suggestion made by the committee.
Regarding electronic devises, we already enforced new regulations on December 14th before this report, prohibiting to bring in electronic devises to the game as well as to go out of the building while playing; but paying respect to the committee's suggestion, we will keep studying further solutions that will let the players concentrate on the board without being distracted by having suspicions.
Regarding leaving the board during game, it is not possible to establish a rule for it. However, in my personal opinion, the players should refrain from leaving the board unnecessarily long, considering the the fact that the level of shogi AIs is already similar to that of the strongest professional players.
9-Dan Miura had reduced the amount of time he leaves the board since August 8th, when the JSA sent him a note asking to refrain from leaving the board for a long time. In contrast, his total time of leaving the board at the game in July against Kubo was long, according to the report.
In any case, a professional shogi game is something that stands up on both players' respect for each other. All players of the JSA will take the committee's suggestion seriously and reconsider how we should face shogi, in order to have shogi fans enjoy our earnest, heated battles on the board.

Lastly I would like to address our sincere apology to the shogi fans, the sponsors, particularly Yomiuri Newspaper sponsoring Ryuou Championship, and more than anybody, to 9-Dan Miura and his family and his related parties for the troubles we caused to them.
From now on we will endeavor to realize fair and wholesome management of the tournaments, avoiding such incidents to happen again.

December 27th, 2016

Koji Tanigawa, Chairman of the Japan Shogi Association

Sad News: 6-Dan Nou Itou

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Published at: 2016-12-27 06:35

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/12/post_1491.html

伊藤能六段6-Dan Nou Itou died on December 25th, 2016, aged 54.
We hereby address our deepest condolences and our gratitude for his kindness in life.








Outcome of the Third-party Committee's Investigation

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Published at: 2016-12-26 09:40

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/12/post_1490.html

Today, Japan Shogi Association received the report of the investigation of 9-Dan Hiroyuki Miura's case, issued by the third-party committee.

【Comment by Chairman Koji Tanigawa
We appreciate the thorough investigation done by the third-party committee. We will hold a director's meeting tomorrow and decide further actions. The decisions will be announced later on this site.

5-Dan Shota Chida has been promoted to 6-Dan

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Published at: 2016-12-19 03:30

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/12/post_1483.html

千田翔太 5-Dan Shota Chida (22 years old) has been promoted to 6-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
December 16, 2016
Game
42th Kiou Tournament, Challenger Deciding Match, Game 1
(opponent: 5-Dan Yuki Sasaki)
Ground of promotion
Becoming the challenger to a title match



Find-the-Next-Move Problems, Intermediate Level

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Published at: 2016-12-07 04:50

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/12/post_1476.html

中級ネット認定問題_01 中級ネット認定問題_02

中級ネット認定問題_03 中級ネット認定問題_04

中級ネット認定問題_05 中級ネット認定問題_06

中級ネット認定問題_07 中級ネット認定問題_08

中級ネット認定問題_09 中級ネット認定問題_10

中級ネット認定問題_11 中級ネット認定問題_12

11 or 12 correct answers: 5-Dan
9 or 10 correct answers: 4-Dan
7 or 8 correct answers: 3-Dan
5 or 6 correct answers: 2-Dan

Absense of Ladies 5-Dan Rieko Yauchi

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Published at: 2016-11-30 08:45

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/11/post_1474.html

Ladies 5-Dan Rieko Yauchi (36 years old) will be absent from tournaments from December 1st 2016 until November 30th 2017 for personal reasons. Listed below are the tournaments she will be absent from.
We appreciate the understanding by the sponsors and related parties of these tournaments held in the above mentioned period.

【Related tournaments】(In chronological order)
・44th Okada Museum Cup, Ladies Meijin Championship
・25th Oyama Meijin's Cup, Kurashiki Touka (Kurashiki Wisteria) Championship
・39th Kirishima Brewer Cup, Ladies Osho Championship
・7th Ricoh Cup, Ladies Ouza Championship
・11th Mynavi Ladies Open
・29th Ladies Oui Championship

Ladies 6-Dan Ichiyo Shimizu has Won 600 Games (Shogi Honor Award)

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Published at: 2016-11-28 12:00

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/11/600_9.html

600勝達成後の清水女流六段Ladies 6-Dan Ichiyo Shimizu (47 years old) won her 600th victory in official Ladies Professional games, when she defeated Ladies 5-Dan Tomomi Kai on Novenber 28th in the 43rd Okada Museum Cup Ladies Meijin Championship at Shogi Kaikan, Tokyo. Shimizu is the second Ladies Professional player to achieve 600 wins, receiving Shogi Honor Award.

Shimizu's game record as of reaching her 600th victory
600 wins and 252 losses
(Total: 852 games, Winning percentage: 70.4%)





English Live Commentary of the 2nd Eiou-sen Finals

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Published at: 2016-11-26 09:00

Game 2 of the 2nd Eiou-sen Final Match between Meijin Amahiko Sato and 5-Dan Shota Chida will be commentated on Nico Live by 7-Dan Koji Horiguchi and Ladies 3-kyu Karolina Styczynska.

Nico Live: Eiou-sen Second Stage Finals

The broadcast starts at JST 13:15 (UTC 4:15) on Sunday, December 11th. A free account registration is required to view live at Nico Live.

There will be a Study Room prepared in 81Dojo at the same time, where the viewers can jointly analyze and discuss the game and the broadcast.

Establishment of a Third-party Investigators Committee

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Published at: 2016-10-27 18:20

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/10/post_1456.html

As announced before, the directors of Japan Shogi Association put 9-Dan Hiroyuki Miura under punitive suspension on October 12th for all games from October 12th 2016 until December 31st 2016.
Japan Shogi Association held a board meeting on October 24th regarding this matter, and decided to establish a committee consisting of third party members to have the case investigated. The head of the committee is Mr. Keiichi Tadaki (lawyer and the former Public Prosecutor General). We asked the committee to evaluate the appropriateness of the punitive suspension, and to investigate 9-Dan Miura's conducts during the alleged games.

8 Professionl Players to Offer Teching Games to the World Shogi League Winners

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Published at: 2016-10-27 09:50

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/event/2016/10/world_shogi_league.html

World Shogi League is being held at 81 Dojo, an online shogi playing site under the patronage of the Japan Shogi Association. 8 professional players (7-Dan Hirotaka Nozuki, 7-Dan Eiji Iijima, 7-Dan Yasuaki Murayama, 7-Dan Makoto Tobe, 6-Dan Akira Nishio, 6-Dan Taichi Nakamura, 5-Dan Shingo Itou, 5-Dan Taichi Takami) will play online teaching games at 81Dojo with 4 winner teams (12 players).

野月浩貴七段
7-Dan Hirotaka Nozuki
飯島栄治七段
7-Dan Eiji Iijima
村山慈明七段
7-Dan Yasuaki Murayama
戸辺 誠七段
7-Dan Makoto Tobe
西尾 明六段
6-Dan Akira Nishio
中村太地六段
6-Dan Taichi Nakamura
伊藤真吾五段
5-Dan Shingo Itou
高見泰地五段
5-Dan Taichi Takami

What is World Shogi League?

World Shogi League is an international team championship started in January 2016, each country form one or more 3-player teams and play in round-robin leagues (4 leagues consisting of A, B, C, and D). 28 countries from 6 continents are currently participating, and each team play one match per month. The organizer is Mr. Peter Heine Nielsen (a chess grand master, and represented Denmark in the International Shogi Forum in Shizuoka).
The teaching games will be played around January and February next year. The games can be watched by any online users at 81Dojo.

羽生名人vsニールセン氏
Mr. Peter Heine Nielsen (Right. December 7, 2014.) player against Meijin Yoshiharu Habu at the International Shogi Forum in Shizuoka.

Replacement of the Challenger to the 29th Ryuou 7-game Title Match

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Published at: 2016-10-12 19:25

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/10/29_13.html

We hereby announce that 9-Dan Hiroyuki Miura will not take part in the 29th Ryuou 7-game Title Match starting at the Tenryu-ji Temple in Kyoto on October 15th & 16th.
According to the regulations, 9-Dan Tadahisa Maruyama, who was Miura's opponent in the challenger deciding match, has been promoted to the challenger, and will play against Ryuou Akira Watanabe.
The Japan Shogi Association decided on October 12th to hold 9-Dan Miura under punitive suspension from all games until December 31st, 2016.
The replacement of the challenger has been also agreed by the sponsoring Yomiuri Newspaper.

【Comment by Chairman Koji Tanigawa
We apologize to the related parties and the shogi fans for causing the troubles and inconveniences. We hope that the title match games will be historically great ones.

【Comment by 9-Dan Tadahisa Maruyama】
Although I do not personally support the decision by the Association, I will do my best when playing this title match of Ryuou Championship, which is the highest ranked tournament in the shogi world.

New 4-Dan Players | Sota Fujii (Youngest 4-Dan Ever) and Takahiro Ohashi

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Published at: 2016-09-03 10:55

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/09/post_1449.html

Shoureikai 3-Dan Sota Fujii and Takahiro Ohashi have obtained the right to become 4-Dan, after playing the 18th and the 19th games of the 59th Shoureikai 3-Dan League (April ~ September 2016) on September 3rd at Shogi Kaikan. The final results are 13 wins and 5 losses for Fujii, and 12 wins and 6 losses for Ohashi. They become 4-Dan on October 1st.
The age of Fujii at the time of promotion to 4-Dan will be 5 months younger than the current record of 14 years and 7 months by 9-Dan Hifumi Kato. Fujii becomes the youngest professional player in the age of 14 years and 2 months, as well as the fifth junior high school student professional player following 9-Dan Hifumi Kato, 9-Dan Koji Tanigawa, 3-Crown (Oui, Ouza, and Kisei) Yoshiharu Habu, and Ryuou Akira Watanabe. He is also the first professional player of the 21st century, who was born in 2002. For more detail, see the records listed below.
The 3rd player in the league was Shoureikai 3-Dan Takayuki Kuroda.

プロ入り昇段を決めた大橋貴洸新四段と藤井聡太新四段



Sota Fujii, Professional Player ID = 307

藤井聡太新四段

Date of birth
July 19th, 2002 (14 years old)
Hometown
Seto city, Aichi
Currently resides in
Same as above
Pupil of
7-Dan Masataka Sugimoto
Enrollment in Shoureikai
September 2012
Enrollment in 3-Dan League
April 2016 (from the 59th league)
Favorite strategy
Bishop Exchange
Background of starting playing shogi
Learned from hes grandmother when he was 5 years old
Educational career
Currently in the 2nd grade in the Junior High School Attached to Nagoya University, Faculty of Education
Achievements
Winner of the Mate Problem Solving Championship two times in a row in 2015 and 2016
Comment
"I wanted to decide my promotion today. I am happy that I could. 3-Dan League looked very different from lower classes. There is no professional player whom I see as a target. I want to become a very strong player, seeing shogi as traditional culture."

Takahiro Ohashi, Professional Player ID = 308

大橋貴洸新四段

Date of birth
September 22nd ,1992 (23 years old)
Hometown
Shingu city, Wakayama
Currently resides in
Osaka city, Osaka
Pupil of
7-Dan Kazuharo Shoshi
Enrollment in Shoureikai
September 2006
Enrollment in 3-Dan League
October 2010 (from the 48th league)
Favorite strategy
Side Pawn Picker
Background of starting playing shogi
Started learning with his father when his was in the 4th grade in elementary school
Achievements
Ranked 2nd in the 46th Rookie Championship in October 2015
Comment
"I could improve my skills pretty much in the 3-Dan League, and had a very good experience. I am happy that I achieved my aim of promoting to 4-Dan. My next aim is winning a title. I hope to play many games that can draw attention from the shogi fans."

Players who passed 3-Dan League in only one term (after 1987)

Term Year Name Age Results Starting position Number of players
1 1987, 1st half Daisuke Nakagawa 18 13 - 3 - 17
1 1987, 1st half Manabu Senzaki 17 12 - 4 - 17
3 1988, 1st half Hisashi Ogura 20 16 - 2 18 21
3 1988, 1st half Nobuyuki Yashiki 16 14 - 4 20 21
12 1992, 2nd half Takeshi Kawakami 20 15 - 3 32 32
24 1998, 2nd half Ayumu Matsuo 19 14 - 4 23 29
53 2013, 1st half Tatsuya Sanmaido 20 14 - 4 31 35
59 2016, 1st half Sota Fujii 14 13 - 5 27 29

Ten Youngest 4-Dan Promotions

  Name Date of birth Date of promotion Age
1 Sota Fujii 2002/7/19 2016/10/1 14 years 2 months
2 Hifumi Kato 1940/1/1 1954/8/1 14 years 7 months
3 Koji Tanigawa 1962/4/6 1976/12/20 14 years 8 months
4 Yoshiharu Habu 1970/9/27 1985/12/18 15 years 2 months
5 Akira Watanabe 1984/4/23 2000/4/1 15 years 11 months
6 Yuki Sasaki 1994/8/5 2010/10/1 16 years 1 month
7 Yasuaki Tsukada 1964/11/16 1981/3/5 16 years 3 months
8 Koru Abe 1994/10/25 2011/4/1 16 years 5 months
9 Toshiyuki Moriuchi 1970/10/10 1987/5/13 16 years 7 months
10 Nobuyuki Yashiki 1972/1/18 1988/10/1 16 years 8 months

5-Dan Ryosuke Nakamura has been Promoted to 6-Dan

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Published at: 2016-09-02 07:15

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/09/post_1447.html

中村亮介六段 5-Dan Ryosuke Nakamura (30 years old) has been promoted to 6-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
September 1st, 2016
Game
The 75the Ranking League, C2-class
(opponent: 6-Dan Takehiro Ohira)
Ground of promotion
By the number of winning games (120 official games after becoming 5-Dan)



Ms. Sakura Ishimoto has been Promoted to Ladies 2-kyu

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Published at: 2016-09-01 08:20

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/09/9_14.html

石本さくら女流2級 Ms. Sakura Ishimoto (17 years old) of Kansai Kenshu-kai, B1-class submitted an application for Ladies Professional.
This makes her become Ladies Professional 2-kyu on September 1st, 2016.
Although new players start from Ladies 3-kyu in principle, Ms. Ishimoto has already entered the main round in the 3rd and the 4th Ricoh Ladies Ouza Championship, and therefore has qualified for Ladies 2-kyu, meeting the third condition described below.

Name
Sakura Ishimoto
Date of birth
January 27th, 1999 (17 years old)
Educational career
Currently in 3rd grade in Osaka Gakugei High School
Currently resides in
Suita city, Osaka
Pupil of
7-Dan Nobuo Mori
Kenshu-kai
B1-class of Kansai Kenshu-kai
Hobbies
Listening to music
Background of starting playing shogi
Started to learn in a shogi class, after seeing her friends playing shogi in the class room when she was 4th grade in elementary school.
Achievements
Winner of the 33rd Junior High School Tournament, Girls Class (2012)

Conditions for a Ladies 3-kyu to become 2-kyu

  1. The number of winning games is as many as that of the participated tournaments in 1 year.
  2. The number of winning games is 3/4 time as many as that of the participated tournaments in 2 years.
  3. Conditions for becoming Ladies 1-kyu in "Ladies Professional Promotion Regulations" are met.

If none of the above conditions are met within 2 years, the rank of Ladies 3-kyu becomes invalid, in which case one can move back to C2 class of Kenshu-kai.

7-Dan Shoshi Participated in Xiangqi International Tournament

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Published at: 2016-08-25 06:30

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/event/2016/08/post_1446.html

7-Dan Kazuharu Shoshi participated in the foreign players class of the international Xiangqi tournament held in Guangdong, China from September 5th to 7th. (Two Japanese players participated.)
He left Japan on September 4th, and returned on the 10th.

Shoshi also participated in the 17th Asian Team Tournament held in 11月28日から12月2日までKuching, Malaysia from November 28th to December 2nd.
He left Japan on November 27th, and returned on December 3rd.

Official website of the Asian Xiangqi Federation
http://www.asianxiangqi.org/main.htm

7-Dan Kenji Kanzaki has been Promoted to 8-Dan

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Published at: 2016-08-15 05:45

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/08/post_1440.html

神崎健二八段 7-Dan Kenji Kanzaki (52 years old) has been promoted to 8-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
August 15th, 2016
Game
The 10th Asahi Cup Shogi Open, 1st Qualify
(opponent: 7-Dan Hiroshi Kobayashi)
Ground of promotion
By the number of winning games (190 games after promotion to 7-Dan)



Ladies 2-kyu Emina Yamaguchi has been Promoted to Ladies 1-kyu

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Published at: 2016-08-15 05:40

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/08/21_22.html

山口絵美菜女流1級

Ladies 2-kyu Emina Yamaguchi (22 years old) has been promoted to Ladies 1-kyu, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
August 13th, 2016
Game
The 10th Mynavi Open, Qualify Round
(opponent: Ladies 1-Dan Saya Nakazawa)
Ground of promotion
Entering the Main Round of Mynavi Open



Ladies 1-Dan Aya Fujita has been Promoted to Ladies 2-Dan

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Published at: 2016-08-15 05:35

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/08/post_1439.html

藤田綾女流二段 Ladies 1-Dan Aya Fujita (29 years old) has been promoted to Ladies 2-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
August 13th, 2016
Game
The 10th Mynavi Open, Qualify Round
(opponent: Ladies 4-Dan Chikako Nagasawa)
Ground of promotion
By the number of winning games (60 games after promotion to Ladies 1-Dan)




Report: the 1st Kyorindo Cup, Japan-China Friendship Junior Shogi Championship

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Published at: 2016-08-10 09:25

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/event/2016/08/1_38.html

The 1st Kyorindo Cup, Japan-China Friendship Junior Shogi Championship, organized by Beijin Shogi Club and jointly sponsored by Kyorindo Pharmacy, was held on August 6th and 7th in Beijin, China.
The championship was held in two classes for elementary school students and the younger (25 participants), and junior high school students and the older (29 participants). Participating players were students of the teachers from various regions in China, who work for shogi promotion. One player participated from Japan as well.
The winner of the younger class receives a special privilege of being invited to the East Division of the 4th Sanaru Cup, Elementary School Meijin Tournament held in March next year.
From Japan, 9-Dan Teruichi Aono, 7-Dan Eiji Iijima, and Mr. Masayuki Atsumi, the chairman of Kyorindo participated. Collaborators from the International Shogi Popularization Society (ISPS) also joined in Beijin, kindly helping with translation and so forth, making the tournament successful.

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Opening Ceremony. On the left is Mr. Li Minsheng, the chairman of Beijin Shogi Club, giving the opening speech. On the stage are, from the left, Mr. Kita and Mr. Kohari from ISPS, Kyorindo Chairman Mr. Atsumi, 9-Dan Aono, 7-Dan Iijima, and Mr. Hakamada from ISPS.

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Younger class tournament

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Teaching games by 9-Dan Aono

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Teaching games by 7-Dan Iijima

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Final game of the elder class tournament. Lin Yanxing (Left, from Beijin region) won the tournament by beating Ao Xuedi (Right, from Beijin region). 7-Dan Iijima performed the game notation.

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Final game of the younger class tournament. Shen Tianyi (Right, from Shanghai region) won the tournament by beating Zheng Yiheng (Left, from Shanghai region). Shen will participate in the East Division of the 42th Sanaru Cup, Elementary School Meijin Tournament next year.

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9-Dan Aono, commentating on the final game of the elder class tournament. On the left is Mr. Hakamada as translator.

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Four top players of the younger class tournament

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Four top players of the elder class tournament

Netherlands to host European Shogi Championship 2016 in August receiving more than 100 Participants

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Published at: 2016-08-04 11:00

From 17th to 21st of August, Nederlandse Shogi Bond (Dutch Shogi Association) will host European Shogi Championship/World Open Shogi Championship 2016. The venue will be the European Go and Cultural Centre in Amstelveen.

There have been already more than 100 registration so far, including the strongest players and champions from European countries.

Professional players and other important guests are also invited.

You can find more information and a registration form on the website of the tournament: www.shogi2016.eu

Report: Title Acquisition Ceremony and Celetration Party of the 9th Mynavi Ladies Open

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Published at: 2016-07-27 07:35

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/07/9_13.html

Jo-ou Title Acquisition Ceremony of Mynavi Ladies Open and its celebration party for Jo-ou Momoko Kato was held on July 26th at the head quarters of Mynavi in Chiyoda-ward, Tokyo, with about 200 participants.

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Presentation of Mynavi Cup

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Nobuyuki Nakagawa, CEO of Mynavi

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JSA chairman Koji Tanigawa

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Mr. Tokuo Aoshima, chairman of Shizuoka JSA branch federation

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Left: Presentation of prize money
Right: Presentation of title acquisition letter

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Speech of toast by JSA senior director Teruichi Aono

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Speech by Naoki Takiguchi, CEO of Mynavi Publication

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Mynavi Cup, a work by Yasokichi Tokuda the 3rd

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Title acquisition letter for Jo-ou

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With Jo-ou Kato

Shogi was Included in the "2016 Junior Summit in Mie"

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Published at: 2016-07-27 06:35

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/event/2016/07/post_1414.html

 On May 26th and 27th, "Ishe-shima Summit" was held in Kashiko-shima Island in Shima City. Prior to that, on April 25th, "2016 Junior Summit in Mie" was held at Nagashima Resort Hotel, where high school students from 7 developed countries discuss about global themes.
 This program included a session for the 28 representatives to experience Japanese traditional culture, and shogi was chosen as one of the items.
 8-Dan Kazuo Azuma and 5-Dan Kazuhiro Nishikawa attended it from JSA, as well as officials from JSA branches in Mie Prefecture, interacting with the representatives.
 The representatives were completely beginners to shogi, but they were very much interested when sitting before the board touching the shogi pieces. The event was very successful.
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From Ise Newspaper, April 27th
(click to see in larger format)

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Left: 8-Dan Azuma, teaching games
Right: 5-Dan Nishikawa, explaining shogi to beginners

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Interaction with the Junior Summit representatives

Report: The 74th Meijin Title Acquisition Ceremony

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Published at: 2016-07-25 08:45

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/07/74_3.html

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On July 22nd, the 74th Meijin Title Acquisition Ceremony was held at Hotel Chinzansou in Bunkyo-ward, Tokyo. About 400 people participated, including shogi fans and related parties.

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Speech by sponsor (Masataka Watanabe, CEO of Asahi Newspaper)

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Speech by sponsor (Yutaka Asahina, CEO of Mainichi Newspaper)

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Speech by organizer (Koji Tanigawa, JSA chairman)

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Presentation of Recommendation Letter

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Presentation of memorial gift (by Shinichi Seto from Daiwa-Shoken Group)

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Speech by guest (Toshio Manabe, Advisor of Kyushu-Tsushin Network)

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Presentation of bouquet (Ladies 3-kyu Rei Takedomi

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Speech of thanks by Meijin Amahiko Sato
"Sometimes I felt the pressure of becoming a Meijin. But I was able to play in a calm state, feeling the joy of being able to play in Meijin Title Match.
I could play with my own style, thanks to the shogi fans who kindly watched how I played. I am happy that I could return something to all of those who supported and cheered for me."

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Speech of toast (7-Dan Isao Nakata, master of Meijin Sato)

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(from the left) 6-Dan Taichi Nakamura, 9-Dan Takeshi Fujii, Meijin Sato, and 8-Dan Kazuki Kimura

Ladies 2-kyu Saki Satomi has been promoted to Ladies 1-kyu

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Published at: 2016-07-04 07:40

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/07/21_21.html

里見咲紀女流3級Ladies 2-kyu Saki Satomi (20 years old) has been promoted to Ladies 1-kyu, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
July 4th 2016
Game
6th Ricoh Cup Women's Ouza, 2nd Qualify Round
(opponent: Shourei-kai 6-kyu Ryuka Mukae)
Ground of promotion
Entering the main round of Women's Ouza



Ladies 1-Dan Tomoko Hisatsu has been promoted to Ladies 2-Dan

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Published at: 2016-06-29 05:00

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/06/post_1419.html

久津知子女流二段 Ladies 1-Dan Tomoko Hisatsu (43 years old) has been promoted to Ladies 2-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
June 29th, 2016
Game
2nd Ladies Shogi YAMADA Challenge Cup
(opponent: Ladies 1-kyu Ayano Nodasawa)
Ground of promotion
Winning 60 games after promotion to Ladies 1-Dan



6-Dan Makoto Tobe has been promoted to 7-Dan

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Published at: 2016-06-02 07:10

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/06/post_1412.html

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6-Dan Makoto Tobe (29 years old) has been promoted to 7-Dan on June 1st 2016, meeting the conditions.












6-Dan Yoshiyuki Kubota has been promoted to 7-Dan

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Published at: 2016-06-02 07:05

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/06/post_1411.html

窪田義行七段 6-Dan Yoshiyuki Kubota (44 years old) has been promoted to 7-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
June 1st, 2016
Game
75th Ranking League, B2-class (opponent: 8-Dan Takashi Abe)
Ground of promotion
Winning 150 games after promotion to 6-Dan




8-Dan Amahiko Satou has been promoted to 9-Dan

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Published at: 2016-06-01 06:00

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/06/post_1410.html

佐藤天彦名人 8-Dan Amahiko Satou(28 years old)has been promoted to 8-Dan, winning the 5th game of the 74th Meijin Title Match played on May 30th & 31st, becoming the Meijin with the results of 4 wins and 1 loss.

Date of promotion
May 31st, 2016
Game
74th Meijin Title Match, Game 5
(opponent: Meijin Yoshiharu Habu)
Ground og promotion
Obtaining Meijin Title


JSA presented memorial gift to the G7 Ise-Shima Summit representatives

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Published at: 2016-05-27 02:05

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/05/post_1407.html

伊勢志摩サミット記念品

JSA offered a shogi piece accessory and a booklet about shogi in English to be included in the "Summit Bag" given to the representatives at G7 Ise-Shima Summit that took place on May 26th and 27th in Shima-city, Mie Prefecture.
 This was done in order to promote shogi as a Japanese traditional culture, at this opportunity when the leaders of major countries gather. Below is an example of the contents from the booklet.

"Shogi is a traditional Japanese strategic board-game. It is very familiar to the Japanese and is enjoyed by all generations, young and old alike.
Today professional title matches are performed in a Japanese style room. The players wear kimonos, the way they sit and the arrangement of the pieces are stipulated by tradition; the spirit of ancient Japan is omnipresent."

This memorial gift was covered in a TV program "Mezamashi TV" on May 27th morning, in a section dealing with Ise-Shima Summit excusively.

JSA aims to register shogi to Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, in that it is the only board game in the world that allows captured pieces to be reused, and that Japanese traditional manners and craftsmanship are also involved.

Ladies 1-Dan Eriko Yamaguchi has been promoted to Ladies 2-Dan

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Published at: 2016-05-26 07:40

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/05/post_1406.html

山口恵梨子女流二段 Ladies 1-Dan Eriko Yamaguchi(24 years old)has been promoted to Ladies 2-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
May 25th, 2016
Game
43rd Ladies Meijin League
(opponent: Ladies 6-Dan Ichiyo Shimizu
Ground of promotion
Number of games won (60 games after promotion to Ladies 1-Dan)

Ms. Rei Takedomi has been promoted to Ladies 3-kyu

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Published at: 2016-05-25 07:00

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/syodan/2016/05/post_1405.html

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Ms. Rei Takedomi (17 years old) has submitted the application and became Ladies 3-kyu on May 25th. She can become a Ladies Professional player if the below mentioned conditions for promotion to Ladies 2-kyu are met.

Name
Rei Takedomi
Date of birth
May 25th, 1999(17 years old)
Hometown
Saga-city, Saga Prefecture
Currently resides in
Saga-city, Saga Prefecture
Educational career
Currently student at Ryukoku High School
Pupil of
7-Dan Isao Nakata
Enrollment in Kenshu-kai
September 2015 (D1 class)
Favorite strategy
Static Rook
Achievements
28th High School Ryuou National Championship, representing Saga Prefecture
51st National High School Shogi Championship, ranked 3rd in girls' individual tournament
Hobbies
Piano
Background of starting playing shogi
Getting interested in shogi by seeing her father and brother play when she was in kindergarten, then participating in a children's shogi tournament.

Conditions for a Ladies 3-kyu to become 2-kyu

  1. The number of winning games is as many as that of the participated tournaments in 1 year.
  2. The number of winning games is 3/4 time as many as that of the participated tournaments in 2 years.
  3. Conditions for becoming Ladies 1-kyu in "Ladies Professional Promotion Regulations" are met.

If none of the above conditions are met within 2 years, the rank of Ladies 3-kyu becomes invalid, in which case one can move back to C2 class of Kenshu-kai.

Report: The 41st Kiou Title Acquisition Ceremony

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Published at: 2016-05-24 04:50

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/05/41_15.html

On May 19th, the 41st Kiou Title Acquisition Ceremony and a celebration party were held at Daiichi Hotel Tokyo. Around 160 guests from related parties attended.

Speech

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Yujiro Satou, CEO of Kyodo Tsushin

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JSA Chairman Koji Tanigawa

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Hideo Doi, CEO of Ehime Newspaper

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Presentation of title acquisition letter

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Presentation of title cup

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Congratulatory speech by Mr. Masahiro Higashide

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Presentation of bouquet

Speech of thanks by Kiou

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Kiou Akira Watanabe
8-Dan Amahiko Satou and I have been very close friends since more than 10 years, and we aimed that we will play a title match some day. When it became true, I felt not only happy but also I didn't want to lose against him. Maybe I was in a situation where I can play with all my ability, receiving a challenge by a younger player than me. In particular, the 4th game was very special, receiving the Best Game Award.
Next year I will be fighting for 5-year consecutive titles. Kiou title allows us to obtain the permanent title only with 5-year consecutive victories, which is relatively severe condition. I will try my best to improve myself for another year and go for the very difficult "Permanent Kiou" title.

Boardlive of Viktoria Ryasnyanska's First Game in the 6th Ricoh Cup Women's Ouza Championship

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Published at: 2016-05-21 09:15

Viktoria Ryasnyanska from Ukraine won the Foreign Online Preliminary of the Ricoh Cup Women's Ouza Championship at 81Dojo, and is going to play in the 1st Round in Japan on Sunday May 22nd among Ladies Professional players. Her game is going to be covered in the official boardlive.

Ricoh Cup website
http://live.shogi.or.jp/joryu_ouza/
Realtime blog covering the scenes of the tournament
http://kifulog.shogi.or.jp/joryu_ouza/
List of boardlives
http://live.shogi.or.jp/joryu_ouza/archives.html
Viktoria Ryasnyanska's first game against Ladies 1-kyu Ayano Nodasawa
http://live.shogi.or.jp/joryu_ouza/kifu/6/joryu_ouza201605220201.html

Viktoria Ryasnyanska from Ukraine to play in the 1st Round of the 6th Ricoh Cup Women's Ouza Championship

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Published at: 2016-05-19 07:35

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/05/6_17.html

The 1st Round of the 6th Ricoh Cup Women's Ouza Championship will be played on Sunday, May 22nd. It is going to be played by 6 amateur players who won the East Japan Amateur Qualify on April 3rd and the West Japan Amateur Qualify on April 17th, 1 foreign invited player, 1 Shourei-kai member, and 44 unseeded Ladies Professional players.

The foreign invited player this year is Viktoria Ryasnyanska from Ukraine.
Her opponent in the first game is Ladies 1-kyu Ayano Nodasawa.

Comment by Ms. Ryasnyanska
There are many young talented Shogi players in Ukraine. I wish, my participation in Ricoh Cup (and all the spirit around the tournament) will encourage them to make their own way to the top of Shogi game and will give further Shogi boost in Ukraine.
This year online tournament has collected really strong opponents from all over the world. I've played against some of them before, but it's rather different feelings playing games via online vs alive game.
Now I 'll be able to gain invaluable unforgettable experience through the game against Ladies professionals. I hope, I'll manage to handle with excitement and play good games.
Shogi are deep in my heart for long time, and they can't leave me

"Discuss Japan" publishes an English article with the title "Shogi and Artificial Intelligence" supported by 9-Dan Yasumitsu Sato

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Published at: 2016-05-18 09:15

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/05/discuss_japanshogi_and_artificial_intelligence.html

"Discuss Japan", the English journal distributing articles about Japan to the world, Discuss Japan has published an article with the title "Shogi and Artificial Intelligence" with the support by 9-Dan Yasumitsu Satou
The articles on Discuss Japan are decided by an independent editor's committee commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so as to publicize Japanese culture and its attraction.
The article discusses not only the relationship between shogi and AI demonstrated in the Den-ou Tournament, but also the importance of shogi in Japanese society as one of the traditional cultures.

http://www.japanpolicyforum.jp/ (Top page of Discuss Japanhttp://www.japanpolicyforum.jp/archives/culture/pt20160516000523.html (to the article)

4-Dan Reo Kurosawa has been promoted to 5-Dan

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Published at: 2016-05-16 06:45

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/05/post_1401.html

黒沢怜生五段 4-Dan Reo Kurosawa (24 years old) has been promoted to 5-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
May 13th, 2016
Game
29th Ryu-ou Tournament, Class 5 (opponent: 5-Dan Akihiro Murata)
Ground of promotion
2-time consecutive promotion to the higher class in Ryu-ou Tournament






Ladies 3-kyu Saki Satomi has been promoted to Ladies 2-kyu

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Published at: 2016-04-28 05:40

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/32_10.html

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Ladies 3-kyu Saki Satomi (20 years old) has been promoted to Ladies 2-kyu, winning the game described below.
Her Ladies Professional player ID will be 56.
This makes the third pair of sister Ladies Professional players following the Nakakura family and the Oba family.

Date of promotion
April 27th 2016
Game
The 38th Ladies Oushou Tournament, Qualify Round
(opponent: Ladies 3-Dan Sayuri Takebe
Ground of promotion
Enrollment in Ladies Oushou Tournament, Main Round

The 26th World Computer Shogi Championship

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Published at: 2016-04-27 01:10

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/event/2016/04/26_17.html

The 26th World Computer Shogi Championship will be held as described below, where shogi programs will play games to decide best software.

Venue
Kawasaki-city Industry Promotion Center (10-minute walk from Kawasaki station)
Route to the venue (by NAVITIME)
http://www.navitime.co.jp/maps/poi?code=00011-040127688

  • Online board lives will be held on May 3rd ~ 5th.
  • Live stream at "NicoNico Live" will be held on May 4th~5th.
  • Please see Computer Shogi Association's webpage for details.

    Absence of Ladies 2-Dan Akemi Yamada

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    Published at: 2016-04-25 05:55

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/post_1393.html

    Ladies 2-Dan Akemi Yamada will be absent from official tournaments from May 1st 2016 until March 31st 2017 for personal reasons. We appreciate the understanding by the sponsor and related parties of the tournaments held in the above mentioned period.

    6-Dan Kenjiro Abe has been promoted to 7-Dan

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    Published at: 2016-04-25 05:45

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/post_1392.html

    阿部健治郎七段 6-Dan Kenjiro Abe (27 years old) has been promoted to 7-Dan, winning the game described below.

    Date of promotion
    April 22nd 2016
    Game
    The 29th Ryu-ou Tournament, Class 2 (opponent: 8-Dan Ayumu Matsuo)
    Ground of promotion
    Promotion to Ryu-ou Tournament, Class 1





    ShogiHub Starts to Distribute English-translated Shogi News

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    Published at: 2016-04-24 12:00

    ShogiHub launches a new section in its website called "Official News", where mostly the English-translated version of JSA's official news release will be distributed. Only the topics that are important or useful for overseas shogi fans are being picked up, while ShogiHub releases its own news there as well if necessary.

  • Link to the page: http://shogihub.com/news
  • The translated JSA news starts back from those of January 2016, while all latest important news from now on will also be covered.

    All new updates will be send out as Atom feed by ShogiHub; it is strongly recommended to register ShogiHub to one's Atom/RSS feed reader, so that one will not miss any important official information about the shogi world.

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  • Game 3 of the 9th Mynavi Ladies Open Title Match to be Live Streamed on "YouTube Space Tokyo" at 03:00 UTC on May 9th

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    Published at: 2016-04-22 08:45

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/935912_youtube_space_tokyo.html

    Japan Shogi Association has decided to live stream the title match of the Mynavi Ladies Open to all countries around the world. Mynavi Ladies Open, sponsored by Mynavi, is the highest title in the ladies shogi world. The streaming channel will be "YouTube Space Tokyo", which YouTube offers to creators as a space to distribute videos. This decision was made based on JSA's strong wish to promote the traditional culture of Japan to the world, while shogi is gaining more attention from inside and outside the country because of the games recently being played between human and AI.
    On the day of the game, traditional tatami will be brought in YouTube Space Tokyo, where two Ladies Professional players in beautiful kimono will be fighting for the title Jo-ou (Queen). Real-time commentary of the game is also planned, so that even beginners of shogi can enjoy watching the live. This is JSA's new challenge to promote shogi, a traditional culture of Japan with 400-year history, to the world.

    Comment by JSA chairman Kouji Tanigawa
    We have decided to live stream the title match of Mynavi Ladies Open to all countries around the world. The title which is the highest in the ladies shogi world will be fought for between the two young players, Jo-ou Momoko Katou (21 years old) and Ladies 2-Dan Yuki Muroya (23 years old). Please enjoy watching the game of shogi, the exciting Japanese board game with 400-year tradition.
    URL
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggO-gSyWuuo

    Ladies 3-kyu Emina Yamaguchi has been Promoted to Ladies 2-kyu

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    Published at: 2016-04-22 04:50

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/post_1389.html

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    Ladies 3-kyu Emina Yamaguchi (21 years old) has been promoted to Ladies 2-kyu, winning the game described below.
    Her Ladies Professional player ID will be 55.

    Date of promotion
    Thursday, April 21st 2016
    Game
    The 38th Ladies Oushou Tournament, Qualify Round
    (opponent: Ladies 1-Dan Aki Wada)
    Ground of promotion
    Entering the Main Round of Ladies Oushou Tournament

    Conditions for a Ladies 3-kyu to become 2-kyu

    1. The number of winning games is as many as that of the participated tournaments in 1 year.
    2. The number of winning games is 3/4 time as many as that of the participated tournaments in 2 years.
    3. Conditions for becoming Ladies 1-kyu in "Ladies Professional Promotion Regulations" are met.

    If none of the above conditions are met within 2 years, the rank of Ladies 3-kyu becomes invalid, in which case one can move back to C2 class of Kenshu-kai.

    Report: Presentation Ceremony of the 43rd Shogi Awards and Promotion Letters

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    Published at: 2016-04-22 02:10

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/post_1388.html

    On Friday, April 15th, the presentation ceremony of the 43rd Shogi Awards and the promotion letters was held at "Japan Hairdressers Federation Building" in Tokyo.

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    Shogi Awards winners

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    Promoted players

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    Opening of ceremony
    Speech
    JSA Chairman Kouji Tanigawa
    Presentation ceremony of the 43rd Shogi Awards
    Report of selection process by Ryou Mochizuki and Shouji Tsue, representing the selection committee of Tokyo Shogi Reporters
    Presentation of awards by JSA chairman Kouji Tanigawa
    Presentation of Tokyo Shogi Reporters' Award by Hiroyuki Fujimoto of Tokyo Shogi Reporters
    Presentation of promotion letters
    Presentation of promotion letters by JSA chairman Kouji Tanigawa
    Speech of thanks representing the award winners and promoted players
    Shogi Award winner and Meijin Yoshiharu Habu
    End of ceremony

    The 43rd Shogi Awards Presentation Ceremony

    第43回将棋大賞表彰式・免状授与式_03 第43回将棋大賞表彰式・免状授与式_04
    Left: Meijin Yoshiharu Habu(Most Excellent Player / Best Game Award, Special Award)
    Right: Ryu-ou Akira Watanabe (Excellent Player / Best Game Award)

    第43回将棋大賞表彰式・免状授与式_05 第43回将棋大賞表彰式・免状授与式_06
    Left: 8-Dan Eisaku Tomioka (Kouzou Masuda Award)
    Right: 8-Dan Amahiko Satou (Best Game Award / Most Games / Most Wins / Most Win-streak / Fighting-spirit Award)

    第43回将棋大賞表彰式・免状授与式_07 第43回将棋大賞表彰式・免状授与式_08
    Left: 6-Dan Kenjirou Abe (Best Game Award, Special Award)
    Right: 6-Dan Shintarou Saitou (Highest Winning Percentage / Best Rookie)

    第43回将棋大賞表彰式・免状授与式_09 第43回将棋大賞表彰式・免状授与式_10
    Left: Ladies 2-Dan Yuki Muroya (Excellent Ladies Player)
    Right: 9-Dan Hitoshige Awaji (Tokyo Shogi Reporters' Award)

    Presentation ceremony of promotion letters

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    Left: Hatasu Itou, promoted to 8-Dan
    Right: Shouichi Anzai. promoted 7-Dan

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    Left: Shinya Satou, promoted to 7-Dan
    Right: Takehiro Ohira, promoted to 6-Dan

    After the end of the ceremony, a celebration party was held with a great success starting with the speech of toast by 9-Dan Hitoshige Awaji.

    Award winners

    Most Excellent Player Meijin (Ou-i, Ouza, Kise) Yoshiharu Habu
    Excellent Player Ryu-ou (Ki-ou) Akira Watanabe
    Kouzou Masuda Award 8-Dan Eisaku Tomioka
    Best Game Award (The 41st Kiou Title Match, Game 4)
    Ki-ou Akira Watanabe
    8-Dan Amahiko Satou
    Best Game Award, Special Award (The 41st Ki-ou Challenger-deciding Tournament)
    Meijin Yoshiharu Habu
    6-Dan Kenjirou Abe
    Highest Winning Percentage 6-Dan Shintarou Saitou
    Most Games 8-Dan Amahiko Satou
    Most Wins 8-Dan Amahiko Satou
    Most Win-streak 8-Dan Amahiko Satou
    Fighting-spirit Award 8-Dan Amahiko Satou
    Best Rookie 6-Dan Shintarou Saitou
    Most Excellent Ladies Player Ladies Meijin, Ladies Ou-i, Ladies Oushou, Kurashiki-Wisteria Kana Satomi
    Excellent Ladies Player Ladies 2-Dan Yuki Muroya
    Ladies Most Games Ladies 2-Dan Yuki Muroya
    Tokyo Shogi Reporters' Award 9-Dan Hitoshige Awaji

    Promoted players

    <Professional player>
    8-Dan Hatasu Itou (April 1st 2016)
    7-Dan Shouichi Anzai (April 1st 2016)
    7-Dan Youichi Kushida (April 1st 2016)
    7-Dan Shouhei Takada (April 1st 2016)
    7-Dan Shinnya Satou (December 27th 2015)
    6-Dan Kenjirou Abe (November 5th 2015)
    6-Dan Kouru Abe (November 5th 2015)
    6-Dan Takehiro Ohira (January 8th 2016)
    6-Dan Kouta Kanai (March 9th 2016)
    5-Dan Mirai Oshima (March 3rd 2016)
    4-Dan Junpei Ide (April 1st 2016)
    4-Dan Daichi Sasaki (April 1st 2016)
    <Ladies Professional players>
    Ladies 3-Dan Shinobu Iwane (February 22nd 2016)
    Ladies 1-Dan Beni Takemata (April 1st 2016)
    <Coaching Professionals>
    Coaching Professional 5-Dan Satoshi Kawai (April 1st 2016)
    Coaching Professional 2-Dan Shinji Yamada (April 1st 2016)

    Defaulted Game in Ginga Tournament

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    Published at: 2016-04-06 11:50

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/post_1386.html

    9-Dan Inoue wins the 7th Round of Ginga Tournament, Block G by default due to the contracting of influenza by the opponent 8-Dan Izumi.

    Withdrawal from Shourei-kai 3-Dan League

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    Published at: 2016-04-06 11:50

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/post_1381.html

    3-Dan Taizou Ishikawa has withdrawn from Shourei-kai for personal reasons.
    Defaulted official games due to this withdrawal are the following.

    ・The 47th Rookie Tournament (opponent: 4-Dan Kenji Imaizumi)
    ・The 29th Ryu-ou Tournament, Class 5 (opponent: 4-Dan Yugo Takeuchi)

    The 43rd Shogi Awards Winners

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    Published at: 2016-04-01 17:40

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/43_4.html

    The winners of the 43rd Shogi Awards have been decided as the following, at the selection committee held on April 1st 2016 at "Sendagaya Social Education Center" in Shibuya-ward, Tokyo.

    Winners of the 43rd Shogi Awards

    Most Excellent Player
    Meijin (Ou-i, Ouza, Kisei) Yoshiharu Habu (2 consecutive years, 21 times in total)
    Excellent Player
    Ryuou (Ki-ou) Akira Watanabe (first time in 4 years, 5 times in total)
    Fighting-spirit Award
    8-Dan Amahiko Satou (first time)
    Best Rookie
    6-Dan Shintarou Saitou (first time)
    Most Games
    8-Dan Amahiko Satou 59 games (first time)
    Most Wins
    8-Dan Amahiko Satou 41 wins (first time)
    Highest Winning Percentage
    6-Dan Shintarou Saitou 40 wins 12losses 76.9% (first time)
    Most Win-streak
    8-Dan Amahiko Satou 15 win-streak (first time in 5 years, 2 times in total)
    Most Excellent Ladies Player
    Ladies Meijin, Ladies Ou-i, Ladies Oushou, Kurashiki-Wisteria Kana Satomi (first time in 2 years, 6 times in total)
    Excellent Ladies Player
    Ladies 2-Dan Yuki Muroya (first time)
    Ladies Most Games
    Ladies 2-Dan Yuki Muroya 33 games
    Tokyo Shogi Reporters' Award
    9-Dan Hitoshige Awaji
    The 22nd Kouzou Masuda Award
    8-Dan Eisaku Tomioka (for Bishop-exchanged Reclining Silver, Tomioka Style)
    The 10th Best Game Award
    The 41st Kiou Title Match, Game 4 Ryu-ou Akira Watanabe vs 8-Dan Amahiko Satou
    Best Game Award, Special Award
    The 41st Kiou Challenger-deciding Tournament Meijin Yoshiharu Haub vs 6-Dan Kenjirou Abe

    Promoted Players and Retired Players

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    Published at: 2016-03-31 15:50

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/post_1379.html

    Promoted players and retired players on April 1st 2016 are the following.

    Promotion
    Ryuma Tonari  to 4-Dan (by the 58th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League)
    Junpei Ide  to 4-Dan (by the 58th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League)
    Daichi Sasaki  to 4-Dan (by the 58th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League)

    Shouhei Takada  to 7-Dan (by the regulation of Free Class)
    Shinya Yamamoto  to 6-Dan (by the regulation of Free Class)

    Hatasu Itou   to 8-Dan (by the regulation for retired players)
    Kouichi Kodama  to 8-Dan (by the regulation for retired players)
    Shouichi Anzai  to 7-Dan (by the regulation for retired players)
    Youichi Kushida  to 7-Dan (by the regulation for retired players)

    Beni Takemata  to Ladies 1-Dan (by winning more than 50% and 7 games)
    Saya Nakazawa to Ladies 1-Dan (by winning more than 50% and 7 games)

    Yoshiaki Kaneko to Coaching Professional 7-Dan (by the regulation of Coaching Professionals)
    Yukimichi Tanaka to Coaching Professional 5-Dan (by the regulation of Coaching Professionals)
    Satoshi Kawai to Coaching Professional 5-Dan (by the regulation of Coaching Professionals)
    Yousuke Okamoto to Coaching Professional 4-Dan (by the regulation of Coaching Professionals)
    Shinji Yamada to Coaching Professional 2-Dan (by the regulation of Coaching Professionals)
    Retirement
    9-Dan Noboru Tamura (by the regulation of Free Class)

    Ladies 3-kyu Karolina Styczynska to be "Ambassador of Kofu-city"

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    Published at: 2016-03-29 09:55

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/3_34.html

    Ladies 3-kyu Karolina Styczynska will be "Ambassador of Kofu-city" at the request of Kofu-city.
    Presentation ceremony of the commission letter will be held on Wednesday, March 30th at Kofu City Hall.

    甲府大使となったカロリーナ女流3級
    Commemorative photo with Mr. Yuichi Higuchi, mayor of Kofu-city

    English Version of Shogi Wars is Now Available

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    Published at: 2016-03-25 18:00

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/post_1374.html

    Tokyo (HEROZ, inc.) - HEROZ, inc. ("HEROZ") providing mobile applications with Artificial Intelligence (AI), is proud to announce that the English version of "Shogi Wars", an application officially approved by Japan Shogi Association, has been released.

    将棋ウォーズ英語版

    From today's updated version, players can switch language from Japanese to English at the bottom right of the main page. A part of the sounds and graphics in the application remain Japanese, however, the English version allows everyone to enjoy Shogi, indicating buttons, tutorials, and Shogi pieces in English. Players can also apply and receive certification of diploma with no circumstance.

    Shogi Wars will continue to strive for making contributions to the popularization of Shogi around the world.

    "We have finally been able to release the English version, receiving much demand from users and people involved in Shogi. We strongly hope that this application will contribute to increase Shogi fans, enjoying playing against users from all around the world" comments Takahiro Hayashi, CEO of HEROZ.

    "Japan Shogi Association has been putting effort into spreading Shogi worldwide for over 30 years; however, there has not been a perfect environment for foreign players to lightly enjoy the game. But now this English version of Shogi Wars will become a gathering spot for anyone to enjoy Shogi regardless of race. I can't be any happier if all fans and players in the world will find the excitement of playing Shogi through this application" says Teruichi Aono Kudan, the executive director of Japan Shogi Association and a professional Shogi player in Japan.

    【About HEROZ, inc】
    HEROZ is a company providing mobile apps using Artificial Intelligence (AI), which aims at offering services in the world with the concept "Surprising in mind". It is one of the biggest service providers in Japan today, and will keep on offering services and collaboration activities actively to create a paradigm shift with the key word, AI x mobile.

    【Contact Information】
    HEROZ, inc. public relations
    Web: http://heroz.co.jp/
    Email: press@heroz.co.jp
    Please contact us to the above, if you have any inquiries about this release.

    5-Dan Kouta Kanai has been promoted to 6-Dan

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    Published at: 2016-03-10 14:10

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/post_1369.html

    金井恒太六段 5-Dan Kouta Kanai (29 years old) has been promoted to 6-Dan, winning the game described below.

    Date of promotion
    March 9th 2016
    Game
    The 66th Oushou Tournament, 1st Qualify(opponent: 7-Dan Hiroshi Kobabyashi)
    Ground of promotion
    Winning 120 official games since the promotion to 5-Dan





    9-Dan Hifumi Katou to Receive "Kama-city Citizens Special Commendation"

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    Published at: 2016-03-08 15:25

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/post_1368.html

    9-Dan Hifumi Katou (76 years old) will receive a citizens special commendation from his hometown Kama-city, Fukuoka.
    The commendation ceremony will be included in the Kama-city Combined Memorial Ceremonies held on Sunday, March 27th at Yamada Salvia Park.

    Absence of Ladies Professional Players

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    Published at: 2016-03-07 14:35

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/post_1364.html

    Notification of absence has been submitted by the following Ladies Professional players. We appreciat the understanding of the sponsors and related parties of the tournaments held in their absence period.

    ・Ladies 3-Dan Chisa Hayamizu (33 years old): for personal reasons
    Period of absence: April 1st 2016 ~ March 31st 2017 (continued from the previous)

    ・Ladies 1-Dan Manaka Inagawa (24 years old): for personal reasons
    Period of absence: April 1st 2016 ~ March 31st 2018

    ・Ladies 1-kyu Beni Takemata (17 years old): for personal reasons
    Period of absence: April 1st 2016 ~ March 31st 2017

    New Professional 4-Dan Player

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    Published at: 2016-03-07 11:30

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/post_1363.html

    On Saturday, March 5th, 3-Dan Daichi Sasaki has been ranked 3rd place in the 58th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League (October 2015 ~ March 2016) with the game count of 12 wins and 6 losses. This is the second time he was ranked 3rd following the 55th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League (April 2014 ~ September 2014), which gives him the right to enter Free Class. 3-Dan Sasaki has exercised this right and will become Professional 4-Dan on April 1st 2016, as the third new professional player together with Ryuma Tonari, Junpei Ide.

    Daichi Sasaki, professional player ID = 306

    佐々木大地四段

    Date of birth
    May 30th, 1995 (20 years old)
    Hometown
    Tsushima-city, Nagasaki
    Currently resides in
    Yokohama, Kanagawa
    Pupil of
    9-Dan Kouichi Fukaura
    Enrollment in Shourei-kai
    September 2008
    Enrollment in 3-Dan League
    October 2013 (since the 54th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League)
    Favorite strategy
    Side Pawn Picker
    Background of starting playing shogi
    Being taught by his father at the age of three
    Comment
    When I lost the first game on the final day, I thought I had lost all chances of promotion. It was unexpected for me that I could obtain the right to Free Class. I am going to do my best in every single game so that I will be able to enter Ranking League.

    4-Dan Mirai Aoshima has been promoted to 5-Dan

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    Published at: 2016-03-06 14:35

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/post_1361.html

    青嶋未来五段 4-Dan Mirai Aoshima (21 years old) has been promoted to 5-Dan, winning the game described below.

    Date of promotion
    March 3rd 2016
    Game
    74th Ranking League C2-class (opponent: 6-Dan Akira Nishio)
    Ground of promotion
    Promotion to Ranking League C1-class





    New Professional 4-Dan Player

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    Published at: 2016-03-05 19:55

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/post_1362.html

    Round 17 and 18 of the 58th Shouri-kai 3-Dan League (October 2015 ~ March 2016) was played today, and 3-Dan Junpei Ide decided his promotion to 4-Dan with the game count of 12 wins and 6 losses.
    3-Dan Ide will be promoted to 4-Dan on April 1st 2016, together with 3-Dan Ryuma Tonari who decided his promotion on February 21st (final game count: 14 wins 4 losses).
    The 3rd place was taken by 3-Dan Daichi Sasaki with 12 wins 6 losses. 3-Dan Sasaki has finished 3rd for the second time following the 55th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League (April 2014 ~ September 2014), obtaining the right to enter Free Class based on the regulation.

    Ryuma Tonari, professional player ID = 304

    都成竜馬新四段

    Date of birth
    January 17th 1990 (26 years old)
    Hometown
    Miyazaki-city, Miyazaki
    Currently resides in
    Fukushima-ward, Osaka
    Pupil of
    9-Dan Koji Tanigawa
    Enrollment to Shourei-kai
    September 2000
    Enrollment to 3-Dan League
    October 2007 (since the 42nd Shourei-kai 3-Dan League)
    Favorite strategy
    Central Rook
    Background of starting playing shogi
    By seeing his father and elder brother playing
    Comment
    I just concentrated on each of my own games, so I didn't notice I had decided my promotion. I felt the reality only after I reported it to my teacher (9-Dan Koji Tanigawa). I hope I can show the fans good games played with my own style, particularly at a big match like the final of Rookies Tournament that I played before.

    Junpei Ide, professional player ID = 305

    井出隼平四段

    Date of birth
    May 3rd, 1991 (24 years old)
    Home town
    Yokohama, Kanagawa
    Currently resides in
    Suginami-ward, Tokyo
    Pupil of
    9-Dan Noboru Tamura
    Enrollment to Shourei-kai
    September 2003
    Enrollment to 3-Dan League
    October 2009 (since the 46th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League)
    Favorite strategy
    4th-file Rook
    Background of starting playing shogi
    Being taught by his father
    Comment
    I came up to 3-Dan relatively quickly, but I had to play in 3-Dan League for such long time that I cannot tell how long it was. I just feel surprised myself at the promotion to 4-Dan. I will keep trying hard so I can appear in a title match.

    4-Dan Hiroshi Miyamoto has been promoted to 5-Dan

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    Published at: 2016-03-04 14:30

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/post_1360.html

    宮本広志五段 4-Dan Hiroshi Miyamoto (30 years old) has been promoted to 5-Dan, winning the game described below.

    Date of promotion
    Thursday, March 3rd 2016
    Game
    74th Ranking League C2-class (opponent: 8-Dan Tosa)
    Ground of promotion
    Promotion to Ranking League C1-class





    Absence of Ladies 3-Dan Sayuri Honda

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    Published at: 2016-02-29 14:35

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/post_1359.html

    Ladies 3-Dan Sayuri Honda will be absent from the tournaments from March 1st 2016 until August 31st 2016 due to maternity. The tournaments she will be absent from are list below.
    We would appreciate the understanding of the sponsors and related parties.

    ・27th Ladies Ou-i, challenger deciding league (opponent: Ladies 6-Dan Ichiyo Shimizu): Loss-by-default
    ・24th Kurashiki-Wisteria: Absence
    ・38th Ladies Oushou: Absence
    ・6th Ladies Ouza Absence
    ・10th Mynavi Open Absence

    Participants Lined Up for the 6th Ricoh-Cup Ladies Ouza Championship, Foreign Players' Online Preliminary - 1st Round starts on February 27th -

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    Published at: 2016-02-25 13:50

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/event/2016/02/post_1358.html

    The application for the foreign player's online preliminary of the 6th Ricoh-Cup Ladies Ouza Championship has been closed. 20 players from 8 countries (Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Poland, Spain, and Ukraine) have lined up.

    The players are divided into two leagues and will play the 1st Round at the online shogi site 81Dojo from February 27th. The final game to decided the foreign guest player will be played by the winner from each league on Saturday, March 26th. All games can be watched on 81Dojo free of charge; please look forward to seeing the games.

    The referee of this online preliminary will be Ladies Professional 3-kyu Karolina Styczynska.

    <League table>
    http://81dojo.com/event/RicohCup2016/womens-ouza-online-preliminary.html

    <Schedule>
    February 27th ~ March 13th: 1st Round
    March 26th: Final game
    May 22nd: 1st Qualify of the 6th Ricoh-Cup Ladies Ouza Championship

    Contact info for inquiries:
    Executive office of the 6th Ricoh-Cup Ladies Ouza Online Preliminary  info@81dojo.com

    Report: Title Acquisition Ceremony of the 5th Ricoh-Cup Ladies Ouza

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    Published at: 2016-02-25 13:40

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/5_22.html

    On February 19th, 2016, the title acquisition ceremony of the 5th Ricoh-Cup Ladies Ouza was held at Palace Hotel Tokyo in Chiyoda-ward, Tokyo, celebrating the title acquisition by Ladies Ouza Momoko Katou

    第5期リコー杯女流王座就位式_01
    Congratulatory speech by the sponsor (Shirou Kondou, CEO of Ricoh)

    第5期リコー杯女流王座就位式_02
    Congratulatory speech by JSA (Chairman Koji Tanigawa)

    第5期リコー杯女流王座就位式_03
    Presentation of Ladies Ouza Acquisition Letter

    第5期リコー杯女流王座就位式_04
    Presentation of the winner's cup

    第5期リコー杯女流王座就位式_05
    Presentation of memorial gift

    第5期リコー杯女流王座就位式_06
    Speech of toast: (Katsuyoshi Kondou, Senior Director of Nikkei Newspaper)

    第5期リコー杯女流王座就位式_07
    Congratulatory speech (Shigeki Nishihara, Mayor of Makinohara-city)

    第5期リコー杯女流王座就位式_08
    Speech of thanks by Ladies Ouza Momoko Katou
    The title match turned out to be a 6-game match, while I and the opponent , Ladies Professional 2-Dan Sae Itou, tried our best to play good games. We know each other very well since the time she was in Shourei-kai, so I thought both of us know almost everything about each other's playing style and character, but inf fact maybe I had not known everything about her shogi.
    The opponent always had the initiative, and I was put more and more in a pinch as the games went on. I was so tense in the last game, but I was able to hang in there at the last moment and took the last game. This made me have more confidence in playing shogi.
    I am a Ladies Professional title holder and at the same time a Shourei-kai member. No matter what standpoint I take, there is no difference in my desire to become stronger. In official games, sometimes I feel I still have weakness. I definitely want to keep improving my shogi skills.

    第5期リコー杯女流王座就位式_09
    Presentation of bouquet (by Mr. Watanabe of Ricoh Black Rams rugby team)

    Saki Satomi to become Ladies Professional 3-kyu

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    Published at: 2016-02-24 14:00

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/post_1357.html

    里見咲紀女流3級 Saki Satomi (19 years old) has submited the application for a certification of Ladies Professional 3-kyu. Based on this, she will become Ladies Professional 3-kyu on February 22nd, 2016.
    If she meets the conditions described below for becoming Ladies Professional 2-kyu, she will be officially certified as a Ladies Professional player, becoming the third pair of sister players following the Nakakura family and the Oba family.

    Name
    Saki Satomi
    Date of birth
    April 28th, 1996 (19 years old)
    Hometown
    Izumo-city, Shimane
    Currently resides in
    Izumo-city, Shimane
    School career
    Graduated from Tsukuba Kaisei High School
    Pupil of
    9-Dan Keiji Mori
    Enrollment to Kenshu-kai
    July 2012 (entering E1 class)
    Favorite strategy
    Swinging Rook
    Former achievements
    Represented Shimane Prefecture in the National High School Shogi Ryu-ou Tournament
    Hobby
    Piano
    Background of starting playing shogi
    From family (as her elder brother and sister started)
    Comment
    I will keep working on to become much stronger

    Conditions for a Ladies 3-kyu to become 2-kyu

    1. The number of winning games is as many as that of the participated tournaments in 1 year.
    2. The number of winning games is 3/4 time as many as that of the participated tournaments in 2 years.
    3. Conditions for becoming Ladies 1-kyu in "Ladies Professional Promotion Regulations" are met.

    If none of the above conditions are met within 2 years, the rank of Ladies 3-kyu becomes invalid, in which case one can move back to C2 class of Kenshu-kai.

    New Professional 4-Dan Player

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    Published at: 2016-02-21 21:30

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/syodan/2016/02/post_1354.html

    3-Dan Ryuma Tonari won both the 15th and 16th games in the 58th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League (October 2015 ~ March 2016) Kansai-region meeting, resulting in the game count of 14 wins and 2 losses, and decided his promotion to 4-Dan even before the final game. He will be promoted to 4-Dan on April 1st, 2016.

    Ryuma Tonari

    都成竜馬新四段

    Date of birth
    January 17th 1990 (26 years old)
    Hometown
    Miyazaki-city, Miyazaki
    Currently resides in
    Fukushima-ward, Osaka
    Teacher
    9-Dan Koji Tanigawa
    Enrollment to Shourei-kai
    September 2000
    Enrollment to 3-Dan League
    October 2007 (since the 42nd Shourei-kai 3-Dan League)
    Favorite strategy
    Central Rook
    Background of starting playing shogi
    By seeing his father and elder brother playing
    Comment
    I just concentrated on each of my own games, so I didn't notice I had decided my promotion. I felt the reality only after I reported it to my teacher (9-Dan Koji Tanigawa). I hope I can show the fans good games played with my own style, particularly at a big match like the final of Rookies Tournament that I played before.

    7-Dan Akira Inaba has been promoted to 8-Dan

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    Published at: 2016-02-19 14:05

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/post_1355.html

    稲葉 陽八段 7-Dan Akira Inaba (27 years old) has been promoted to 8-Dan, winning the game described below.

    Date of promotion
    Thursday, February 18th 2016
    Game
    74th Ranking League, B1-class (opponent: Mamoru Hatakeyama)
    Ground of promotion
    Enrollment to Ranking League A-class







    Kenshu-kai Member Saki Satomi has Obtained the Right to be Ladies 3-kyu

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    Published at: 2016-02-15 11:05

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/post_1351.html

    Saki Satomi, a Kenshu-kai member, has been promoted to C1 class based on the latest results of 9 wins and 3 losses, by winning the 1st game of February's monthly meeting of Kansai Kenshu-kai held at Kansai Shogi-kaikan on February 14th. This gives her the right to become Ladies 3-kyu. If an application is made, she will be a Ladies Professional 3-kyu. Saki Satomi is the younger sister of Ladies Meijin / Oushou / Ou-i / and Kurashiki-Wisteria holder Kana Satomi
    If she meets the below described condition for becoming 2-kyu, she will officially become a Ladies Professional player, making them the third pair of sister players following the Nakakura family and Oba family.

    里見咲紀研修会員
    Name
    Saki Satomi
    Date of birth
    April 28th 1996 (19 years old)
    Hometown
    Izumo-city, Shimane
    Currently resides in
    Izumo-city, Shimane
    School career
    Graduated from Tsukuba Kaisei High School
    Teacher
    9-Dan Keiji Mori
    Enrollment to Kenshu-kai
    July 2012, in E1 class
    Favorite strategy
    Swinging Rook
    Hobby
    Piano
    Background of starting playing shogi
    From her family (as the elder brother and sister started)

    Conditions for a Ladies 3-kyu to become 2-kyu

    1. The number of winning games is as many as that of the participated tournaments in 1 year.
    2. The number of winning games is 3/4 time as many as that of the participated tournaments in 2 years.
    3. Conditions for becoming Ladies 1-kyu in "Ladies Professional Promotion Regulations" are met.

    ※If none of the above conditions are met within 2 years, the rank of Ladies 3-kyu becomes invalid, in which case one can move back to C2 class of Kenshu-kai.

    Ladies 3-kyu Aiko Takahama has been promoted to Ladies 2-kyu

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    Published at: 2016-02-05 18:15

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/32_9.html

    高浜愛子女流2級 Ladies 3-kyu Aiko Takahama (31 years old) has been promoted to Ladies 2-kyu, winning the game described below.
    Her Ladies Professional ID will be 54.

    Date of promotion
    Friday, February 5th 2016
    Decided game
    43rd Okada Museum Cup, Ladies Meijin Championship, Qualify Round
    opponent: Ladies 1-Dan Momoko Nakamura
    Ground of promotion
    Winning the same number of games as that of the tournaments one participated in last 1 year

    ※Listed below are the tournaments counted in the above mentioned 1 year.
    ・23rd Meijin Oyama's Cup, Kurashiki Wisteria
    ・37th Kirishima Brewing Industry's Cup, Ladies Oushou Championship
    ・5th Ricoh Cup, Ladies Ouza Championship
    ・9th Mynavi Ladies Open
    ・27th Ladies Ou-i Championship
    ・43rd Okada Museum Cup, Ladies Meijin Championship

    10 Top Players in the Prize and Game Money Ranking 2015

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    Published at: 2016-02-05 14:00

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/201510.html

    The annually-presented "Prize and Game Money Ranking" of 2015 resulted in the 10 top players listed below

    2015 Total Prize and Game Money, 10 Top Players

    Rank Name Amount Last year's rank
    1 Meijin Yoshiharu Habu 11,900 (11,499) 1
    2 8-Dan Tetsurou Itodani 5,531 (1,563) 12
    3 Ryu-ou Akira Watanabe 4,577 (6,684) 3
    4 9-Dan Toshiyuki Moriuchi 3,450 (8,374) 2
    5 8-Dan Hisashi Namekata 2,689 (2,090) 6
    6 8-Dan Amahiko Satou 2,616 (966) 21
    7 Oushou Masataka Gouda 2,467 (2,340) 4
    8 7-Dan Masayuki Toyoshima 2,459 (2,160) 5
    9 9-Dan Kouichi Fukaura 2,373 (1,720) 8
    10 8-Dan Akihito Hirose 2,042 (1,356) 15

    Notes

    ※ The statistics period is January 1st 2015 ~ December 31st 2015
    ※ The number between the braces is from 2014. The Unit of the numbers is 10,000 yen. Numbers are only estimation.
    ※ Habu has been ranked 1st for 2 consecutive years, and 21 times in total.
    ※ In Ladies Professional, Kana Satomi (Ladies Meijin, Ladies Ou-i, Ladies Oushou, and Kurashiki Wisteria) was ranked 1st for 5 consecutive years.

    "Satoshi-no-Seishun" to be made into a film. Ken-ichi Matsuyama to play the lead.

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    Published at: 2016-02-04 10:30

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/post_1347.html

    聖の青春劇中メインカット

    Satoshi Murayama was called a "genius shogi player", and died in the age of 29. The original of the planned film is a novel dealing with Satoshi's sublime life fully dedicated to shogi despite his incurable disease, and it receives 5 stars at Amazon with many comments of praise.
    Murayama, called the "big and strong kid" was often compared with Habu with the saying "Habu on the East, Murayama on the West", but died of an intractable kidney nephrosis in the middle of the way towards his dream. He suffered from the incurable disease from his childhood when he was hospitalized many times. One day he happened to start being strongly attracted to shogi, when his father showed it to him in the hospital. Ever since then he kept going for his determined goal of taking the Meijin title.
     The leading actor who plays Satoshi Murayama is the famed actor Ken-ichi Matsuyama. Despite being under the heavy pressure of playing the role of a genius shogi player who dedicated all his life to shogi, Matsuyama repeatedly visited Shogi-kaikan, trying to approach Satoshi Murayama closely both in mental and physical way.

    Leading actor
    Ken-ichi Matsuyama
    Original author
    Yoshio Osaki
    Director
    Yoshitaka Mori
    Scenario
    Kousuke Mukai
    Release
    Autumn, 2016

    Report: The 28th Ryu-ou Title Acquisition Ceremony

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    Published at: 2016-01-19 16:05

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/01/28_11.html

    On Monday, January 18th, 28th Ryu-ou Title Acquisition Ceremony for Ryu-ou Akira Watanabe was held at the Imperial Hotel in Chiyoda-ward, Tokyo, attended by 150 guests including shogi fans and related parties. Winners of the Ryu-ou Ranking Tournaments also received medals on the same day.

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    Presentation of Ryu-ou Recommendation Letter (On the right is JSA Chairman Koji Tanigawa)

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    Presentation of Ryu-ou Cup (On the right is Shouichi Oikawa, Supreme Advisor of Yomiuri Newspaper Group)

    Presentation of medals to the winner of each class of Ranking Tournament
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    Left: Class-1 winner: Meijin Yoshiharu Habu
    Right: Class-2 winner: 7-Dan Akira Inaba
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    Left: Class-4 winner 6-Dan Takuya Nagase
    Right: Class-5 winner 6-Dan Shintarou Saitou
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    Class-6 winner 5-Dan Shouta Chida

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    Congratulatory speech by the guest of honor (Katsunori Aoki, Mayor of Katsushika-ward, Tokyo)

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    Presentation of bouquet (by students of Children's Shogi School "Kiyu-kan")

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    Speech of thanks by Ryu-ou
    I always wanted to become the Ryu-ou again, hearing people still calling me "Ryu-ou" even when I had lost it. I didn't think I would get a chance this early. This time I had a special feeling about playing against Ryu-ou Itodani in that I play a title match against a younger opponent than me for the first time. Because of that, I was so tense, thinking that I must not lose this match. The 5th game, which became the deciding game, happened to be a king-entering game by the opponent, and just ended all of a sudden, so I couldn't feel it was real. But now that I've gone through this Acquisition Ceremony, I'm feeling the reality of becoming the Ryu-ou again, and I am very happy. The next year I will be on the side to defend the title. I will try to defend it for as many terms as possible.

    JSA approves the mobile app of 81Dojo

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    Published at: 2016-01-18 15:15

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/01/81dojo_3.html

    On January 18th, the Japan Shogi Association approved the mobile app of 81Dojo, owned by Tomohide Kawasaki and known for its contribution to international shogi promotion, following the approval of its desktop gaming site.

    81Dojo is an international online shogi playing site having a multilingual system, and was first approved by the JSA on December 12th 2013.
    This time the mobile apps for iOS and Android released in Autumn 2015 have been additionally approved.
    The first non-Japanese Ladies Professional 3-kyu Karolina Styczynska improved her skill on this site before.
    The JSA will keep to support the site and mobile apps of 81Dojo.

    News rlease of the first approval of 81Dojo on December 12th 2013
    JSA grants patronage to the international online shogi site "81Dojo"

    81dojo_2.jpg

    URL: http://81dojo.com/
    iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/id1030985569
    Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.air.A81DojoMobile

    A non-profit site allowing completely free-of-charge use
    (Note) To play rated games on the mobile app, a user registration on the desktop website followed by 5 rated games on the desktop app is required.

    Comment by 81Dojo owner Tomohide Kawasaki:
    We are happy to announce the release of our new mobile apps, responding to the requests by the desktop site users. We would like to thank JSA for granting us the approval following the desktop app version. We hope the 81Dojo users will experience the fun and joy of teaching and learning shogi together with many shogi fans around the world.

    Sad News: 9-Dan Shouji Kenmochi

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    Published at: 2016-01-08 15:45

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/01/post_1340.html

    9-Dan Shouji Kenmochi (81 years old) died of heart failure on Thursday, January 7th 2016 in a hospital in Nishi-Tokyo city, Tokyo.
    We hereby address our deepest condolences.

    剱持松二九段

    Online preliminary tournament to decide the foreign guest player to the 6th Ricoh Cup Women's "Ouza" Shogi Championship Tournament

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    Published at: 2016-01-08 10:30

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/event/2016/01/6_14.html

    The foreign guest player to the 6th Ricoh Cup Women's "Ouza" Shogi Championship Tournament will be decided with an online preliminary tournament as described below. The winner will be invited to Japan to participate in the 1st Qualify Round of the 6th Ricoh Cup Women's "Ouza" Shogi Championship Tournament held on May 22nd. The travel and hotel expenses of the guest player will be borne by the organizer.

    Selection method
    One guest player will be selected in an online tournament held on "81Dojo", the international online shogi site popular with foreign players. For the details of the rules and regulations, please refer to the separate document.
    Requirements for participation
    A female player, who:
    (1) has a non-Japanese nationality
    (2) resides outside Japan (Residents of Japan are requested to apply for the Amateur Preliminary.)
    (3) can, as the winner, travel to Japan to participate in the 1st Qualify Round of the Women's "Ouza" Championship (If the winner is younger than 18, one guardian may accompany her. The organizer will bear the travel and hotel expenses of the guardian as well.)
    (4) can play online at 81Dojo
    How to register
    For the registration, a recommendation by a shogi association/federation is required. Please fill out the application form and send it to a foreign branch of the Japan Shogi Association or a major shogi organization of the country. Up to 3 players can participate from a country. For more details, please refer to the separate document.
    Deadline for registration
    February 13th
    Schedule
    February 27th ~ March 13th Online Preliminary, 1st Round
    March 26th ~ March 27th Online Preliminary, Finals
    May 22nd The 6th Ricoh Cup Women's "Ouza" Championship, 1st Qualify
    Contact
    info@81dojo.com (Executive office of the Online Preliminary, the 6th Ricoh Cup Women's "Ouza" Shogi Championship Tournament.)
    URL
    「Points of Entry」
    http://81dojo.com/event/RicohCup2016/Points_of_Registration_en.pdf
    「Application Form」
    http://81dojo.com/event/RicohCup2016/Application_Form_en.doc
    「Tournament Regulations」
    http://81dojo.com/event/RicohCup2016/Regulations_en.pdf

    Report: 2016 Shogi-do Prayer Ceremony and New Year's First Game Ceremony

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    Published at: 2016-01-07 14:30

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/event/2016/01/2016_1.html

    On January 5th, 2016, the regular new year's event "Shogi-do Prayer Ceremony" was held at Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine in Sendagaya, Tokyo.

    "New Year's First Game Ceremony" was also held at Shogi-Kaikan in Tokyo and Osaka, where many professional players and related parties attended.

    2016 Shogi-do Prayer Ceremony

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    2016 New Year's First Game Ceremony

    Shogi-kaikan, Tokyo
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    A student from the Shogi-kaikan Children's Class

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    Ryu-ou Akira Watanabe and Ou-shou Masataka Gouda attended as well

    Shogi-kaikan, Osaka
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    New Year's First Game was played also in Kansai Shogi-kaikan (Osaka)

    New Year's Greeting

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    Published at: 2016-01-05 09:45

    Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/01/post_1337.html

    Happy New Year.
    First I would like to express my wish that 2016 will be a wonderful year for all shogi fans.

    Ei-ou Tournament, newly started last year, was won by 8-Dan Takayuki Yamasaki. You could expect exciting games in the Den-nou 2-game Match in spring.
    Japan Series Children's Shogi Tournament gathered more than 10,000 participants for the first time as a sum of 11 locations. This is entirely thanks to the continued efforts by the shogi fans, members of JSA branches, and official trainers. I would like to express my gratitude once again to all of you.

    Last year we saw a trend that more and more people are starting to be familiarized with shogi, seeing Ms. Karin Itou of Nogizaka 46 being the presenter of Shogi Focus on NHK, as well as figure skater Mr. Yuzuru Hanyu talking about shogi in his interview.
    And this year, "March comes in like a lion" and "Satoshi-no-seishun" (Satoshi's Youth) are going to be made into films. We hope to be able to provide many new pleasant topics for the shogi fans.
    We would like to thank you in advance for your continued support.

    January 2016
    Chairman Koji Tanigawa