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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

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