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Participants Lined Up for the 6th Ricoh-Cup Ladies Ouza Championship, Foreign Players' Online Preliminary - 1st Round starts on February 27th -

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Published at: 2016-02-25 13:50

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/event/2016/02/post_1358.html

The application for the foreign player's online preliminary of the 6th Ricoh-Cup Ladies Ouza Championship has been closed. 20 players from 8 countries (Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Poland, Spain, and Ukraine) have lined up.

The players are divided into two leagues and will play the 1st Round at the online shogi site 81Dojo from February 27th. The final game to decided the foreign guest player will be played by the winner from each league on Saturday, March 26th. All games can be watched on 81Dojo free of charge; please look forward to seeing the games.

The referee of this online preliminary will be Ladies Professional 3-kyu Karolina Styczynska.

<League table>
http://81dojo.com/event/RicohCup2016/womens-ouza-online-preliminary.html

<Schedule>
February 27th ~ March 13th: 1st Round
March 26th: Final game
May 22nd: 1st Qualify of the 6th Ricoh-Cup Ladies Ouza Championship

Contact info for inquiries:
Executive office of the 6th Ricoh-Cup Ladies Ouza Online Preliminary  info@81dojo.com
Translated by Hidetchi

Report: Title Acquisition Ceremony of the 5th Ricoh-Cup Ladies Ouza

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Published at: 2016-02-25 13:40

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/5_22.html

On February 19th, 2016, the title acquisition ceremony of the 5th Ricoh-Cup Ladies Ouza was held at Palace Hotel Tokyo in Chiyoda-ward, Tokyo, celebrating the title acquisition by Ladies Ouza Momoko Katou

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Congratulatory speech by the sponsor (Shirou Kondou, CEO of Ricoh)

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Congratulatory speech by JSA (Chairman Koji Tanigawa)

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Presentation of Ladies Ouza Acquisition Letter

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Presentation of the winner's cup

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Presentation of memorial gift

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Speech of toast: (Katsuyoshi Kondou, Senior Director of Nikkei Newspaper)

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Congratulatory speech (Shigeki Nishihara, Mayor of Makinohara-city)

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Speech of thanks by Ladies Ouza Momoko Katou
The title match turned out to be a 6-game match, while I and the opponent , Ladies Professional 2-Dan Sae Itou, tried our best to play good games. We know each other very well since the time she was in Shourei-kai, so I thought both of us know almost everything about each other's playing style and character, but inf fact maybe I had not known everything about her shogi.
The opponent always had the initiative, and I was put more and more in a pinch as the games went on. I was so tense in the last game, but I was able to hang in there at the last moment and took the last game. This made me have more confidence in playing shogi.
I am a Ladies Professional title holder and at the same time a Shourei-kai member. No matter what standpoint I take, there is no difference in my desire to become stronger. In official games, sometimes I feel I still have weakness. I definitely want to keep improving my shogi skills.

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Presentation of bouquet (by Mr. Watanabe of Ricoh Black Rams rugby team)

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Saki Satomi to become Ladies Professional 3-kyu

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Published at: 2016-02-24 14:00

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/post_1357.html

里見咲紀女流3級 Saki Satomi (19 years old) has submited the application for a certification of Ladies Professional 3-kyu. Based on this, she will become Ladies Professional 3-kyu on February 22nd, 2016.
If she meets the conditions described below for becoming Ladies Professional 2-kyu, she will be officially certified as a Ladies Professional player, becoming the third pair of sister players following the Nakakura family and the Oba family.

Name
Saki Satomi
Date of birth
April 28th, 1996 (19 years old)
Hometown
Izumo-city, Shimane
Currently resides in
Izumo-city, Shimane
School career
Graduated from Tsukuba Kaisei High School
Pupil of
9-Dan Keiji Mori
Enrollment to Kenshu-kai
July 2012 (entering E1 class)
Favorite strategy
Swinging Rook
Former achievements
Represented Shimane Prefecture in the National High School Shogi Ryu-ou Tournament
Hobby
Piano
Background of starting playing shogi
From family (as her elder brother and sister started)
Comment
I will keep working on to become much stronger

Conditions for a Ladies 3-kyu to become 2-kyu

  1. The number of winning games is as many as that of the participated tournaments in 1 year.
  2. The number of winning games is 3/4 time as many as that of the participated tournaments in 2 years.
  3. Conditions for becoming Ladies 1-kyu in "Ladies Professional Promotion Regulations" are met.

If none of the above conditions are met within 2 years, the rank of Ladies 3-kyu becomes invalid, in which case one can move back to C2 class of Kenshu-kai.

Translated by Hidetchi

New Professional 4-Dan Player

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Published at: 2016-02-21 21:30

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/syodan/2016/02/post_1354.html

3-Dan Ryuma Tonari won both the 15th and 16th games in the 58th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League (October 2015 ~ March 2016) Kansai-region meeting, resulting in the game count of 14 wins and 2 losses, and decided his promotion to 4-Dan even before the final game. He will be promoted to 4-Dan on April 1st, 2016.

Ryuma Tonari

都成竜馬新四段

Date of birth
January 17th 1990 (26 years old)
Hometown
Miyazaki-city, Miyazaki
Currently resides in
Fukushima-ward, Osaka
Teacher
9-Dan Koji Tanigawa
Enrollment to Shourei-kai
September 2000
Enrollment to 3-Dan League
October 2007 (since the 42nd Shourei-kai 3-Dan League)
Favorite strategy
Central Rook
Background of starting playing shogi
By seeing his father and elder brother playing
Comment
I just concentrated on each of my own games, so I didn't notice I had decided my promotion. I felt the reality only after I reported it to my teacher (9-Dan Koji Tanigawa). I hope I can show the fans good games played with my own style, particularly at a big match like the final of Rookies Tournament that I played before.
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7-Dan Akira Inaba has been promoted to 8-Dan

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Published at: 2016-02-19 14:05

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/post_1355.html

稲葉 陽八段 7-Dan Akira Inaba (27 years old) has been promoted to 8-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
Thursday, February 18th 2016
Game
74th Ranking League, B1-class (opponent: Mamoru Hatakeyama)
Ground of promotion
Enrollment to Ranking League A-class







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Kenshu-kai Member Saki Satomi has Obtained the Right to be Ladies 3-kyu

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Published at: 2016-02-15 11:05

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/post_1351.html

Saki Satomi, a Kenshu-kai member, has been promoted to C1 class based on the latest results of 9 wins and 3 losses, by winning the 1st game of February's monthly meeting of Kansai Kenshu-kai held at Kansai Shogi-kaikan on February 14th. This gives her the right to become Ladies 3-kyu. If an application is made, she will be a Ladies Professional 3-kyu. Saki Satomi is the younger sister of Ladies Meijin / Oushou / Ou-i / and Kurashiki-Wisteria holder Kana Satomi
If she meets the below described condition for becoming 2-kyu, she will officially become a Ladies Professional player, making them the third pair of sister players following the Nakakura family and Oba family.

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Name
Saki Satomi
Date of birth
April 28th 1996 (19 years old)
Hometown
Izumo-city, Shimane
Currently resides in
Izumo-city, Shimane
School career
Graduated from Tsukuba Kaisei High School
Teacher
9-Dan Keiji Mori
Enrollment to Kenshu-kai
July 2012, in E1 class
Favorite strategy
Swinging Rook
Hobby
Piano
Background of starting playing shogi
From her family (as the elder brother and sister started)

Conditions for a Ladies 3-kyu to become 2-kyu

  1. The number of winning games is as many as that of the participated tournaments in 1 year.
  2. The number of winning games is 3/4 time as many as that of the participated tournaments in 2 years.
  3. Conditions for becoming Ladies 1-kyu in "Ladies Professional Promotion Regulations" are met.

※If none of the above conditions are met within 2 years, the rank of Ladies 3-kyu becomes invalid, in which case one can move back to C2 class of Kenshu-kai.

Translated by Hidetchi

Ladies 3-kyu Aiko Takahama has been promoted to Ladies 2-kyu

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Published at: 2016-02-05 18:15

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/32_9.html

高浜愛子女流2級 Ladies 3-kyu Aiko Takahama (31 years old) has been promoted to Ladies 2-kyu, winning the game described below.
Her Ladies Professional ID will be 54.

Date of promotion
Friday, February 5th 2016
Decided game
43rd Okada Museum Cup, Ladies Meijin Championship, Qualify Round
opponent: Ladies 1-Dan Momoko Nakamura
Ground of promotion
Winning the same number of games as that of the tournaments one participated in last 1 year

※Listed below are the tournaments counted in the above mentioned 1 year.
・23rd Meijin Oyama's Cup, Kurashiki Wisteria
・37th Kirishima Brewing Industry's Cup, Ladies Oushou Championship
・5th Ricoh Cup, Ladies Ouza Championship
・9th Mynavi Ladies Open
・27th Ladies Ou-i Championship
・43rd Okada Museum Cup, Ladies Meijin Championship

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10 Top Players in the Prize and Game Money Ranking 2015

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Published at: 2016-02-05 14:00

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/201510.html

The annually-presented "Prize and Game Money Ranking" of 2015 resulted in the 10 top players listed below

2015 Total Prize and Game Money, 10 Top Players

Rank Name Amount Last year's rank
1 Meijin Yoshiharu Habu 11,900 (11,499) 1
2 8-Dan Tetsurou Itodani 5,531 (1,563) 12
3 Ryu-ou Akira Watanabe 4,577 (6,684) 3
4 9-Dan Toshiyuki Moriuchi 3,450 (8,374) 2
5 8-Dan Hisashi Namekata 2,689 (2,090) 6
6 8-Dan Amahiko Satou 2,616 (966) 21
7 Oushou Masataka Gouda 2,467 (2,340) 4
8 7-Dan Masayuki Toyoshima 2,459 (2,160) 5
9 9-Dan Kouichi Fukaura 2,373 (1,720) 8
10 8-Dan Akihito Hirose 2,042 (1,356) 15

Notes

※ The statistics period is January 1st 2015 ~ December 31st 2015
※ The number between the braces is from 2014. The Unit of the numbers is 10,000 yen. Numbers are only estimation.
※ Habu has been ranked 1st for 2 consecutive years, and 21 times in total.
※ In Ladies Professional, Kana Satomi (Ladies Meijin, Ladies Ou-i, Ladies Oushou, and Kurashiki Wisteria) was ranked 1st for 5 consecutive years.

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"Satoshi-no-Seishun" to be made into a film. Ken-ichi Matsuyama to play the lead.

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Published at: 2016-02-04 10:30

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/02/post_1347.html

聖の青春劇中メインカット

Satoshi Murayama was called a "genius shogi player", and died in the age of 29. The original of the planned film is a novel dealing with Satoshi's sublime life fully dedicated to shogi despite his incurable disease, and it receives 5 stars at Amazon with many comments of praise.
Murayama, called the "big and strong kid" was often compared with Habu with the saying "Habu on the East, Murayama on the West", but died of an intractable kidney nephrosis in the middle of the way towards his dream. He suffered from the incurable disease from his childhood when he was hospitalized many times. One day he happened to start being strongly attracted to shogi, when his father showed it to him in the hospital. Ever since then he kept going for his determined goal of taking the Meijin title.
 The leading actor who plays Satoshi Murayama is the famed actor Ken-ichi Matsuyama. Despite being under the heavy pressure of playing the role of a genius shogi player who dedicated all his life to shogi, Matsuyama repeatedly visited Shogi-kaikan, trying to approach Satoshi Murayama closely both in mental and physical way.

Leading actor
Ken-ichi Matsuyama
Original author
Yoshio Osaki
Director
Yoshitaka Mori
Scenario
Kousuke Mukai
Release
Autumn, 2016
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Report: The 28th Ryu-ou Title Acquisition Ceremony

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Published at: 2016-01-19 16:05

Original site:http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/01/28_11.html

On Monday, January 18th, 28th Ryu-ou Title Acquisition Ceremony for Ryu-ou Akira Watanabe was held at the Imperial Hotel in Chiyoda-ward, Tokyo, attended by 150 guests including shogi fans and related parties. Winners of the Ryu-ou Ranking Tournaments also received medals on the same day.

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Presentation of Ryu-ou Recommendation Letter (On the right is JSA Chairman Koji Tanigawa)

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Presentation of Ryu-ou Cup (On the right is Shouichi Oikawa, Supreme Advisor of Yomiuri Newspaper Group)

Presentation of medals to the winner of each class of Ranking Tournament
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Left: Class-1 winner: Meijin Yoshiharu Habu
Right: Class-2 winner: 7-Dan Akira Inaba
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Left: Class-4 winner 6-Dan Takuya Nagase
Right: Class-5 winner 6-Dan Shintarou Saitou
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Class-6 winner 5-Dan Shouta Chida

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Congratulatory speech by the guest of honor (Katsunori Aoki, Mayor of Katsushika-ward, Tokyo)

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Presentation of bouquet (by students of Children's Shogi School "Kiyu-kan")

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Speech of thanks by Ryu-ou
I always wanted to become the Ryu-ou again, hearing people still calling me "Ryu-ou" even when I had lost it. I didn't think I would get a chance this early. This time I had a special feeling about playing against Ryu-ou Itodani in that I play a title match against a younger opponent than me for the first time. Because of that, I was so tense, thinking that I must not lose this match. The 5th game, which became the deciding game, happened to be a king-entering game by the opponent, and just ended all of a sudden, so I couldn't feel it was real. But now that I've gone through this Acquisition Ceremony, I'm feeling the reality of becoming the Ryu-ou again, and I am very happy. The next year I will be on the side to defend the title. I will try to defend it for as many terms as possible.

Translated by Hidetchi