ShogiHub

Official News Release

Detail mode |  Headline mode

Fujii Sota Becomes Youngest Double Crown and 8-dan in History

Category:News icon jsa

Published at: 2020-08-20 08:45

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/08/post_1941.html?utm_source=rss

fuji-oui20200820.jpg

The fourth game of the 61st Oi Tournament seven-game match, where 18-year-old Fujii Souta is challenging 47-year-old Kimura Kazuki Oi, was held at Ohori Koen Nogakudo in Fukuoka, Fukuoka prefecture on August 19 and 20. Fujii beat Kimura and gained the Oi title. As a result, Fujii met the promotion criteria of “winning a title twice” to become 8-dan. Aged 18 years old and one month, Fujii became the youngest player in shogi history to become 8-dan, breaking the record of Kato Hifumi’s 18 years old and three months for the first time in 62 years. Fujii also became the youngest to become a double crown winner, breaking the record of Habu Yoshiharu’s 21 years old and 11 months for the first time in 28 years.

Youngest records to win a double crown
Ranking Name Date of Birth Date of winning
the second title
Age of winning
the second title
Name of the
second title
Title held
at the time
1 Fujii Sota July 19, 2002 August 20, 2020 18 years old and 1 month The 61st Oi Kisei
2 Habu Yoshiharu September 27, 1970 September 22, 1992 21 years old and 11 months The 40th Ouza Kio
3 Nakahara Makoto
(Retired)
September 2, 1947 January 12, 1971 23 years old and 4 months The 17th Kisei 10-dan
4 Minami Yoshikazu June 8, 1963 March 25, 1988 24 years old and 9 months The 37th Osho Kisei
5 Tanigawa Koji April 6, 1962 April 5, 1988 25 years old and 11 months The 13th Kio Oi

*The records of youngest players to hold two titles at the same time.

Youngest records to become 8-dan
Ranking Name Date of birth Date of becoming 8-dan Age Promotion criteria
1 Fujii Sota July 19, 2002 August 20, 2020 18 years old and 1 month Winning a title twice
2 Kato Hifumi
(Retired)
January 1, 1940 April 1, 1958 18 years old and 3 months Being promoted to A class in the Meijin tournament
3 Tanigawa Koji April 6, 1962 April 1, 1982 19 years old and 11 months Being promoted to A class in the Meijin tournament
4 Watanabe Akira April 23, 1984 November 17, 2005 21 years old and 6 months Winning a Ryuo title
5 Habu Yoshiharu September 27, 1970 April 1, 1993 22 years old and 6 months Being promoted to A class in the Meijin tournament

Reference Record
Name Date of birth Date of becoming 8-dan Age Promotion criteria
Kimura Yoshio February 21, 1905 April 13, 1926 21 years old and 1 month Promotion criteria met

*The record of the 14th lifetime Meijin Kimura Yoshio is shown as a reference record, since it was set in the Taisho era under the different criteria.
**The promotion criteria of “winning two titles” to become 8-dan was set on June 1, 2018.

Congratulatory Comments

Sato Yasumitsu, Chairman of Japan Shogi Association
佐藤康光 I would like to congratulate Fujii’s winning the Oi title. Becoming the youngest double crown winner and 8-dan in shogi history is truly remarkable. I hope he will continue to strive for excellence and aim even higher.
Kato Hifumi, 9-dan
加藤一二三I would like to congratulate Fujii from the bottom of my heart for his great achievement of becoming a double crown winner and 8-dan at the youngest age. No matter how much the AI-based study will flourish, I hope Fujii will pursue excitement on the board and enliven the shogi world with his artistic moves, which can only be discovered by human's pursuit and aspiration. 
Habu Yoshiharu, 9-dan
羽生善治Holding multiple titles in one's teens is surely an unprecedented, incredible record. However, by looking at his great games that he has shown us recently, I also feel there is no wonder for his achievement. I’m looking forward to his future success as a front-runner in the evolution of shogi.

Sugimoto Masataka, 8-dan and Fujii’s master
杉本昌隆I feel so happy about Fujii Kisei’s gaining the Oi title, and also becoming 8-dan at the youngest age. I am astonished every time he goes beyond our expectation and anticipation. Even though he has now become a multiple crown holder, he’s still on his way. I hope he will aim even higher and go as far as he can.
Translated by Ayako Ishimoto

Fujii Kisei Beats Kimura Oi — 61st Oi Tournament 7-game Match, 4th Game

Category:News icon jsa

Published at: 2020-08-20 08:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/08/200819_n_result_01.html?utm_source=rss

The fourth game of the 61st Oi Tournament seven-game match, where Fujii Souta Kisei is challenging Kimura Kazuki Oi, was held at Ohori Koen Nogakudo in Fukuoka, Fukuoka prefecture on August 19 and 20. Fujii beat Kimura with 80 moves to win the match 4-0, and gained the Oi title for the first time.

Fujii will also be promoted to 8-dan, meeting the promotion criteria of “winning a title twice.”

Becoming a double crown and becoming 8-dan at the age of 18 years old and one month are both the youngest records in shogi history.

Translated by Ayako Ishimoto

Watanabe Akira Wins Meijin Title 6th Game of 78th Meijin Championship 7-game Match

Category:News icon jsa

Published at: 2020-08-15 08:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/08/200814_n_result_01.html?utm_source=rss

Watanabe Akira the double crown defeated Toyoshima Masayuki Meijin with 4th wins and won Meijin title by winning at 6th Game of 78th Meijin Championship 7-game held at Kansai Shogi Kikan in Osaka-shi, Osaka prefecture on August 14th and 15th (Fri, Sat). Watanabe achieved Meijin title for the first time ever in his career.

Translated by Miki Suemasa

Hoshino Yoshitaka 4-Dan promoted to 5-Dan

Category:News icon jsa

Published at: 2020-08-14 07:55

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/08/post_1937.html?utm_source=rss

星野良生

 Hoshino Yoshitaka4-Dan, aged 32, has been promoted to 5-Dan by winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
August 13, 2020 (Thu)
Game
The 79rd Junisen C-2 class
(Oppnent:Kondo Masakazu6-Dan)
Promotion criteria met:
Winning 100 official games
Translated by Kaoruko Sasaki

Wada Hana becomes female professional 2-kyū from Sep 2020

Category:News icon jsa

Published at: 2020-08-07 05:05

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/08/92.html?utm_source=rss

Wada Hana, a member of B2 class at Kanto Kenshū Kai, aged 18, submitted the application for a certificate of female professional eligibility. She will become a female professional 2-kyū at Tokyo headquarters from Sep 1st 2020. The badge number assigned will be 69. As she is a younger sister of Wada Aki , a female professional 1-dan, Wada sisters will be the 4th female professional sisters followed by Nakakura sisters, Ōba sisters and Satomi sisters.

Name
Wada Hana
Birthdate
January 14th 2002(18 years old)
Birthplace
Wako-shi, Saitama prefecture
Educational Background
Currently attending Waseda University
Master
Fujikura Yuki 5-dan
Admission to Kenshū Kai
October 2011
Tactical Approach
Central Rook (中飛車 Nakabisha)
Achievement
Winner of the 46th Women's Amateur Meijin Tournament
Hobby
Watching baseball
Trigger of playing shogi
She learned how to play shogi by watching her family's games.
Translated by Miki Suemasa

Satoh Shuji 7-dan promoted to 8-dan

Category:News icon jsa

Published at: 2020-08-03 05:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/08/post_1933.html?utm_source=rss

佐藤秀司

 Sato Shuji 7-dan, aged 53, has been promoted to 8-dan by winning the following game.

Date of promotion:
July 31st 2020(Fri)
Game:
The 1st elimination round of the 14th Asahi Cup Open
(Opponent: Hiura Ichiro 8-dan)
Promotion criteria met:
190 wins in the official games after 7-dan promotion
Translated by Miki Suemasa

5th game of 5th Eio Tournament 7 game Match

Category:News icon jsa

Published at: 2020-07-23 12:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/07/200723_n_result_01.html?utm_source=rss

The 5th game of the 5th Eiō Tournament 7 game match, where Toyoshima Masayuki Ryuo Meijin is challenging Nagase Takuya Eiō , was held at Shogi Kaikan in Tokyo, on July 23(Thu). Nagase Takuya Eiō won this game with 113 moves and his performance is currently 2 wins 1 lose 2 impasses of 7 game match.

The 6th game will take place at Kansai Shoi Kaikan, Osaka prefecture on August 1 (Sat).

Translated by Miki Suemasa

New Release : Dan Diploma with additional signature of youngest title holder Fujii Kisei

Category:News icon jsa

Published at: 2020-07-22 08:15

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/07/post_1931.html?utm_source=rss

The record for the youngest to win a major title has been broken for the first time in 30 years! A signature of Fujii Souta can be added to Dan Diploma according to your preferences.

fujisota-menjo.jpg

Fujii Souta 7-dan (17 years old) defeated Watanabe Akira Kisei in the 4th game of The 91st Hulic Cup on July 16th 2020, and won the Kisei title with 3 wins and 1 loss. He became the youngest professional Shogi player to win a title at age 17 years and 11 months, a record for the first time in 30 years. In commemoration of this achievement, Dan Diploma with additional signature of Fujii Souta new Kisei will be released. Please take this opportunity to apply for the certification as a proof of your efforts.
For those who will apply, a printed miniature paperboard of Fujii Souta Kisei as a present.

Application Period
From 1st August 2020 to 31st October 2020  
Dan Applicable
From 1-dan to 6-dan
(A prior inquiry is required when you apply from 7-dan or more. The Board of Directors will review your application and contact you.)
Number of Dan Diploma released
600 pieces(The number of pieces released in each dan is limited.)
Application Requirements
・Nomination of professionals, branch heads, instructors and federation dojos
・Those who have a Shogi World Diploma or a recommendation letter of diploma for various certifications.
・Those who have an official diploma and a 1-kyu certification or higher(You may apply for the next higher dan)
Application fee (incl. tax)
1-dan44,000 yen
2-dan55,000 yen
3-dan66,000 yen
4-dan88,000 yen
5-dan121,000 yen
6-dan286,000 yen
※11,000 yen (incl. tax) will be added to the normal fee.

※It will take more than two months to issue a diploma. We kindly ask for your understanding.
※Notes for Application : If you have an application form, please fill out the form and submit it. For those who don't have an application form, please contact us by email or fax to the following address.

Application Method
Applications will be accepted at Rakuten and Yahoo! Shopping from 1st August 2020.
Contact Information (e.g. for inquiry)
〒151-8516 The Japan Shogi Association, Public Interest Incorporated Association, Diploma department
TEL:03-3408-6168 FAX:03-3404-7301
E-mail:nintei@shogi.or.jp
Translated by Miki Suemasa

Notice : Changes in demotion criteria of C-class 2nd group

Category:News icon jsa

Published at: 2020-07-20 04:45

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/07/c_1.html?utm_source=rss

At the 71st Regular General Meeting, the new demotion criteria of C-class 2nd group has been approved as follows.

Changes in demotion criteria of C-class 2nd group
Current : 1 per 5 people
From the 80th promotion games : 1 per 4.5 people

※The demotion criteria is subject to change if necessary, depending on future circumstances of demotions to Free Class and moving-outs.

Translated by Miki Suemasa

Fujii Sota 7-dan becomes youngest to win major title!

Category:News icon jsa

Published at: 2020-07-16 10:30

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/07/200716_n_fujiisota_record.html?utm_source=rss

fuji-kisei20200716.jpg

 The 4th game of 91st Hulic Cup Kisei Championship 5-Games Title Match was held today, Thursday, July 16, at the Kansai Shogi Kaikan in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. Fujii Souta 7-dan (17 years old) defeated Watanabe Akira Kisei and won the Kisei title with 3 wins and 1 loss. He became the youngest professional shogi player to win a title at age 17 years and 11 months, a record for the first time in 30 years.

Top 10 youngest title winners
No. Name Birthdate Date of winning Age at winning Name of a title
1 Fujii Souta 19 Jul 2002 16 Jul 2020 17 years 11 months The 91st
Hulic's Cup
Kisei Championship
2 Yashiki Nobuyuki 18 Jan 1972 1 Aug 1990 18 years 6 months The 56th Kisei Championship
3 Habu Yoshiharu 27 Sep 1970 27 Dec 1989 19 years 3 months The 2nd Ryuo Tournament
4 Watanabe Akira 23 Apr 1984 28 Dec 2004 20 years 8 months The 17th Ryuo Tournament
5 Nakahara Makoto
(Retired)
2 Sep 1947 19 Jul 1968 20 years 10 months The 12th Kisei Championship
6 Tanigawa Koji 6 Apr 1962 15 Jun 1983 21 years 2 months The 41st  Meijin-sen Tournament
7 Goda Masataka 17 Mar 1971 9 Sep 1992 21 years 5 months The 33rd Ōi Tournament
8 Miura Hiroyuki 13 Feb 1974 30 Jul 1996 22 years 5 months The 67h Kisei Championship
9 Tsukada Yasuaki 16 Nov 1964 21 Oct 1987 22 years 11 months The 35th Ōza Tournament
10 Nakamura Osamu 7 Nov 1962 14 March 1986 23 years 4 months The 35th Ōsho Tournament

※The Kisei Championships are held twice a year until the 65th games.

《Reference》Oldest first title winner
Name Bithdate Date of winning Age at winning Name of a title
Kimura Kazuki 23 Jun 1973 26 Sep 2019 46 years 3 months The 60th Ōi Tournament

Comments from officials

【Comment from Sato Yasumitsu(the president of the Japan Shogi Association)】
佐藤康光 Congratulations on your first winning of a major title. It was a brilliant victory. As the new Kisei title holder, Fujii Sota, has already completed a lot of great achievements, so that I think this marvelous record will not be easily broken. We wish your continued success.
【Comment from Habu Yoshiharu 9-dan】  
羽生善治 Having been very impressed with his recent successes, I thought that it was just a matter of time for him to win a major title. The performance in the game was brilliant and led people to remember even for the years to come. I hope that he will continue to play an active role as one of pioneers who opens up a new path for the shogi world in the future.
【Comment from Yashiki Nobuyuki 9-dan】
屋敷伸之 Congratulations to Fujii Sota, the new Kisei title holder, on winning a major title.
Although everyone, especially shogi fans throughout Japan, held their breath to see who would win, it was great to see you competed with aplomb and got a great result. The other title tournaments to participate in will be scheduled in succession, so I expect you to create a great shogi games culture and history.

【Comment from Sugimoto Masataka 8-dan】 
杉本昌隆I am glad your winning of the Kisei and becoming its title holder.
I was sure that this day would come when I first met you as a boy in elementary school 10 years ago.
With your title winning, one of my goal and the dream of my master, Itaya Susumu 9-dan, has been fulfilled.
Please cherish the title you brought back to Tokai region and try to keep it forever.
Hoping that you will never forget the happiness of being able to play shogi as one of professional players and your feeling of gratitude towards people having supported you. I hope I will grow up to be a great player. Let me express our hope for your growth with great achievements in your future.
Translated by Miki Suemasa