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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

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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.

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5-Dan Murata Akihiro has been Promoted to 6-Dan

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Published at: 2017-11-09 04:55

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5-Dan Murata Akihiro (31 years old) has been promoted to 6-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
November 7, 2017
89th Kisei Tournament, 1st Qualify Round
(opponent: 4-Dan Imaizumi Kenji)
Promotion criteria met
Number of games won (120 wins in official games after becoming 5-Dan)
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9-Dan Fukaura Koichi Achieved 800 Wins (Shogi Honor Fighting-spirit Award)

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Published at: 2017-11-07 00:30

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深浦康市九段9-Dan Fukaura Koichi (45 years old) won a game against 7-Dan Saito Shintaro in the challenger deciding league of the 67th Osho Tournament held on November 3rd in "Kansai Shogi Kaikan" in Osaka, becoming the 19th player to achieve 800 total wins in official games (shogi-eiyo-kanto-sho, or Shogi Honor Fighting-spirit Award).

9-Dan Fukaura Koichi's career results (as of November 3, 2017)
1257 games, 800 wins 457 losses, winning rate 0.636
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6-Dan Oishi Tadashi has been Promoted to 7-Dan

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Published at: 2017-11-02 08:00

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6-Dan Oishi Tadashi (28 years old) has been promoted to 7-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
November 1, 2017
30th Ryuou Tournament, Class 3, Upgrade deciding match
(opponent: 8-Dan Kitahama Kensuke)
Promotion criteria met
2-time consecutive upgrade in Ryuou Tournament class
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9-Dan Moriuchi Toshiyuki to Receive the Medal with Purple Ribbon

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Published at: 2017-11-01 20:00

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In the 2017 Autumn's Conferment of Medals of Honor, 9-Dan Moriuchi Toshiyuki (Managing Director of the Japan Shogi Association, 47 years old) receives the Medal with Purple Ribbon.
The Medal of Purple Ribbon is given to those who have been making significant achievements for many years in invention, improvement, or creation in the fields of science and art. Moriuchi is the fourteenth recipient from the shogi world to win the Medal of Honor.

9-Dan Moriuchi's comment
"Since former recipients of the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the shogi world are all distinguished senior players, I was surprised when I heard about my receiving the prize, but I feel very honored. I have a feeling of strong relation ship with Chairman Sato Yasumitsu, because we have been improving ourselves through rivalry on the shogi board since junior high, making many kinds of memories of winning and losing. I am very happy to receive the Medal with Purple Ribbon in the same year as Chairman Sato, and I also think it is an honorable thing in the shogi world.
Before becoming managing director, I was thinking mostly about my games. After becoming managing director, however, I have been thinking about how to develop the shogi world. In future I want to make the shogi world an encouraging and attractive world for younger generations. I strongly recognize that the shogi world is supported by many fans and partners even now, but I would like to further develop this world by communicating the attractiveness of shogi to more people."

List of JSA recipients of Medal of Honor

chronological order of receiving / ranks are at the time of receiving
Name (at the time) Date of birth Age at the time Received date and kind of honor  
14th Lifetime Meijin Kimura Yoshio Feb. 21, 1905 55 Nov. 3, 1960 Medal with Purple Ribbon *First in shogi world
9-Da Masuda Kozo Mar. 21, 1918 55 Nov. 3, 1973 Medal with Purple Ribbon  
9-Dan Tsukada Masao Aug. 2, 1914 61 Nov. 3, 1975 Medal with Purple Ribbon  
15th Lifetime Meijin Oyama Yasuharu Mar. 13th, 1923 56 Apr. 29, 1979 Medal with Purple Ribbon  
9-Dan Maruta Yuzo Mar. 30, 1919 62 Nov. 3, 1981 Medal with Blue Ribbon  
8-Dan Harada Yasuo Mar. 1, 1923 59 Nov. 3, 1982 Medal with Blue Ribbon  
9-Dan Hirotsu Hisao Feb. 26, 1923 63 Apr. 29, 1986 Medal with Blue Ribbon  
9-Dan Futakami Tatsuya Jan. 2, 1932 60 Apr. 29, 1992 Medal with Purple Ribbon  
9-Dan Kato Hifumi Jan. 1, 1940 60 Apr. 29, 2000 Medal with Purple Ribbon  
Lifetime Kisei Yonenaga Kunio Jun. 10, 1943 60 Nov. 3, 2003 Medal with Purple Ribbon  
Lifetime 10-Dan Nakahara Makoto Sep. 2, 1947 60 Apr. 29, 2008 Medal with Purple Ribbon  
9-Dan Tanigawa Koji Apr. 6, 1962 52 Nov. 3, 2014 Medal with Purple Ribbon  
9-Dan Sato Yasumitsu Oct. 1, 1969 47 Apr. 29, 2017 Medal with Purple Ribbon  
9-Dan Moriuchi Toshiyuki Oct. 10, 1970 47 Nov. 3, 2017 Medal with Purple Ribbon  
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4-Dan Ishii Kentaro has been Promoted to 5-Dan

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Published at: 2017-10-31 06:00

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4-Dan Ishii Kentaro (25 years old) has been promoted to 5-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
October 30, 2017
59th Oui Tournament, Qualify Round
(opponent: 6-Dan Yokoyama Hiroaki)
Promotion criteria met
Number of games won (100 wins in official games after becoming 4-Dan)
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Representatives for 7th International Shogi Tournament have been Decided

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Published at: 2017-10-25 02:00

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On October 28th and 29th, the 7th International Shogi Tournament will be played as the main program of the 7th International Shogi Forum in Kita-kyushu held in Kita-kyushu International Convention Center. The representative players have been decided as follows. 48 players from record-breaking 42 countries and regions will participate this year.

Players of the 7th International Shogi Forum in Kita-Kyushu

  Region Country(Japanese) Country Player
1 Europe ノルウェー Norway Richart Bjerke
2 スウェーデン Sweden Christer Hartman
3 フィンランド Finland Mikko Tornqvist
4 イギリス United Kingdom Steven Cain
5 ポルトガル Portugal Fernando Batista
6 スペイン Spain Jordi Fluvia
7 フランス France Jean Fortin
8 オランダ Netherlands Wouter de Haas
9 ベルギー Belgium Jean-François Hastir
10 デンマーク Denmark Peter Heine Nielsen
11 ドイツ Germany Thomas Leiter
12 イタリア Italy Michele Riondino
13 チェコ Czech  Long Do
14 オーストリア Austria Thomas Pfaffel
15 ポーランド Poland Kamil Michaluk 
16 スロバキア Slovakia Michal Moravcik
17 ハンガリー Hungary Adrián Potari
18 ギリシャ Greece Stefanos Mandalas
19 ロシア Russia Mikhail Ivanov 
20 ベラルーシ Belarus Petr Shcheslenak
21 ウクライナ Ukraine Borys Baidenko
22 Invited ヨーロッパ選手権優勝 Europe Vinsent Tanian
23 ヨーロッパ選手権準優勝 Europe Sergej Korchitskij
24 Asia モンゴル Mongolia Erdenebaatar Genden
25 中国(北京) China 李 鹏宇 Li Pengyu
26 中国(上海) China 顧 冠鳴 Gu Guanming
27 タイ Thailand Veerayut Sreshthasit
28 ベトナム Vietnam Nguyen Quang Huy
29 シンガポール Singapore Zhuo Loon Lim
30 インドネシア Indonesia Muhammad Satria
31 香港 Hong Kong 梁 啓雲 Kai Wan Leung
32 台湾 Taiwan 劉 又寧 Yu-ning Liu 
33 韓国 South Korea 尹 仁燮 Inseop Youn 
34 日本 Japan 田代 悠貴
35 日本 Japan 波戸 康広
36 Africa チュニジア Tunisia Fakhri Hamila 
37 エジプト Egypt Hassan Moustafa Elzeiny
38 コートジボワール Côte d'Ivoire Duhamel Bah 
39 Oceania ニュージーランド New Zealand Michael Mackinven
40 North America アメリカ United States 富田 桂次
41 アメリカ United States 鈴木 由久
42 Latin America メキシコ Mexico Marco Antonio Camacho 
43 グアテマラ Guatemala Alejandro Reina Ramirez
44 コロンビア Colombia Hans Bayer
45 ペルー Peru Dante Acuna
46 チリ Chile Robinson Arce 
47 ブラジル Brazil 吉田 国夫
48 ブラジル Brazil 増子 利栄
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6-Dan Kawakami Takeshi has been Promoted to 7-Dan

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Published at: 2017-10-20 05:00

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川上猛七段6-Dan Kawakami Takeshi (45 years old) has been promoted to 7-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
October 17, 2017
66th Ouza Tournament, 1st Qualify Round
(opponent: 7-Dan Chuza Makoto)
Promotion criteria met
Number of games won (150 wins in official games after becoming 6-Dan)
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6-Dan Nakamura Taichi has been Promoted to 7-Dan

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Published at: 2017-10-12 05:00

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中村太地王座6-Dan Nakamura Taichi (29 years old) has been promoted to 7-Dan by winning a title on October 11th, after winning Game 4 of the 65th Ouza 5-game Title Match, with the winning count of 3 to 1.

Date of promotion
October 11, 2017
65th Ouza 5-game Title Match, Game 4
(opponent: Ouza Habu Yoshiharu)
Promotion criteria met
Holding a title for one term
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New Kyu Certificate

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Published at: 2017-10-11 04:40

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新設・級位認定状サンプル The Japan Shogi Association has decided to issue certificates for 15-kyu to 11-kyu, aiming that new shogi fans and beginners can officially state their skill levels.
We established these new certificates hoping that it will encourage people to improve their skills, and that those who got interested in shogi will enjoy playing for long time.
The price is also set very reasonably. We look forward to your application.

Starting Date of the Issuing
October 1, 2017
1,080 JPY (tax included)
A4 certificate format
JSA Diploma/Certificate Office
Phone(Japanese):03-3408-6168 |
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