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4-Dan Fujii Souta Achieves 50 Wins at the Youngest Age

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Published at: 2017-11-22 02:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2017/11/50_57.html?utm_source=rss

4-Dan Fujii Souta won against 7-Dan Hirafuji Shingo in the 1st Qualify Round of the 66th Oza Tournament held on November 21 in Kansai Shogi Kaikan, achieving 50 total wins in official games at the youngest age (15 years and 4 months) in history.

Fastest records of junior high school student shogi pro's achieving 50 wins

as of November 21, 2017
No. Player Date of promotion to 4-Dan Date of achieving 50 wins Game count Months spent since 4-Dan promotion to 50 wins Date of birth Age at 4-Dan promotion Age at 50 wins
1 Fujii Souta Oct. 1 ,2016 Nov. 21, 2017 50-6 1 year 1 month Jul. 19, 2002 14 years 2 months 15 years 4 months
2 Habu Yoshiharu Dec. 18, 1985 Apr. 9, 1987 50-16 1 year 3 months Sep. 27, 1970 15 years 2 months 16 years 6 months
3 Watanabe Akira Apr. 1, 2000 Apr. 19, 2002 50-30 2 years 0 month Apr. 23, 1984 15 years 11 months 17 years 11 months
4 Kato Hifumi Oct. 1, 1954 Sep. 14, 1956 50-17 2 years 1 month Jan. 1, 1940 14 years 7 months 16 years 8 months
5 Tanigawa Koji Dec. 20, 1976 Mar. 23, 1979 50-26 2 years 3 months Apr. 6, 1962 14 years 8 months 16 years 11 months

※(1) Five players listed above became professional player at the age of junior high school student.
 Watanabe decided his promotion on March 9, 2000 (3rd grade of junior high), but his promotion date was April 1, 2000 (after graduating junior high).
 (2) Win-loss count of games in TV broadcast tournament that are yet to be broadcast are removed from Fujii's results.
 (3) 9-Dan Kato's result is from over 60 years ago. It should be taken only as reference, because the number of players and tournaments were much fewer than now.

Translated by Hidetchi