Official News Release

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.

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