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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

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Congratulatory speech by the sponsor (Shirou Kondou, CEO of Ricoh)

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Congratulatory speech by JSA (Chairman Koji Tanigawa)

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Presentation of Ladies Ouza Acquisition Letter

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Presentation of the winner's cup

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Presentation of memorial gift

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Speech of toast: (Katsuyoshi Kondou, Senior Director of Nikkei Newspaper)

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Congratulatory speech (Shigeki Nishihara, Mayor of Makinohara-city)

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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.

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Presentation of bouquet (by Mr. Watanabe of Ricoh Black Rams rugby team)

Translated by Hidetchi