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New 4-Dan Professionals

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Published at: 2020-09-26 10:35

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/09/post_1949.html?utm_source=rss

On Saturday, September 26th, in the 19th round of the 67th Incentive Association 3-dan league tournament (June 2020 to September 2020) held at Shogi Kaikan in Tokyo, Tomita Seiya 3-Dan was promoted to 4-dan, following Ito Takumi 3-Dan who had already been promoted to 4-Dan. The final result was 15 wins and 3 losses for Ito 3-dan and 14 wins and 4 losses for Tomita 3-dan. The final results were 15 wins and 3 losses for Ito 3-Dan and 14 wins and 4 losses for Tomita 3-Dan.
The runner-up is Koga Yusei 3-Dan with 13 wins and 5 losses. This is the second time for Koga 3-Dan to win the runner-up spot, following the 65th Shoreikai 3-Dan League Tournament (April 2019 to September 2019), and he was qualified to enter the free class according to the regulations and exercised it.
As a result, Ito Takumi, Tomita Seiya, and Koga Yusei will be promoted to 4-Dan from the 3-Dan league. The date of promotion to 4-dan will be October 1, 2020.

Click here for the table of the 67th Shoreikai 3-Dan League Tournament

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Ito Takumi - Badge Number 324

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Birth date
October 10th 2002 (17years old)
Hometown
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Master
Miyata Toshio 8-Dan
Month/Year admitted to enter Shoreikai
September 2013
Month/Year admitted to enter Shoreikai 3-Dan League
April 2018(from the 63th Shoreikai 3-Dan League)
Signature tactics
Double Wing Attack
Hobby
Watching baseball games
Reason he started playing shogi
I learned it from my father when I was five years old.
Comment from Ito Takumi
It is a pity that I lost one match, but I am relieved to have been promoted.

Tomita Seiya - Badge Number 325

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Birth date
February 13th 1996(24 years old)
Hometown
Mita-shi, Hyogo prefecture
Master
Kobayashi Kenji 9-Dan
Month/Year admitted to enter Shoreikai
2007年9月
Month/Year admitted to enter Shoreikai 3-Dan League
April 2013(from the 53th Shoreikai 3-Dan League)
Signature tactics
4th-file Rook
Hobby
Jogging, Talking with people
Reason he started playing shogi
I learned it from my father when I was five years old.
Comment from Seiya Tomita
In today's first game, I made a mistake in the opening and it was a very difficult game. I was about to give up, but I am glad that I was able to turn the game around in the end. I am happy that I managed to get promoted.

Koga Yusei - Badge Number 326

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Birth date
2001年1月1日生まれ(19歳)
Hometown
Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka prefecture
Master
Nakata Isao 8-Dan
Month/Year admitted to enter Shoreikai
September 2011
Month/Year admitted to enter Shoreikai 3-Dan League
October 2017(from the 62th Shoreikai 3-Dan League)
Signature tactics
Static Rook
Hobby
Watching movies
Reason he started playing shogi
I learned it from my grandfather when I was three, four years old.
Comment from Yusei Koga
I thought it would be tough this time since I suffered consecutive defeats in the previous league tournament, but I am glad to have won a lot.
Translated by Miki Suemasa

Suzuki Kanna promoted to Women's 3-Dan

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Published at: 2020-09-23 05:15

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/09/post_1947.html?utm_source=rss

鈴木環那

 Suzuki Kanna, Women's 2-Dan, aged 32, has been promoted to Women's 3-Dan by winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
September 22, 2020 (Tue, a national holiday)
Game
The 47th Okada Museum of Art Women's Meijin Tournament Women's Meijin League
(Opponent: Yamane Kotomi, Women's 2-Dan)
Promotion criteria met:
90 wins after Women's 2-Dan promotion
Translated by Miki Suemasa

Takazaki Issei 6-Dan promoted to 7-Dan

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Published at: 2020-09-23 05:15

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/09/post_1946.html?utm_source=rss

高崎一生

 Takasaki Issei, 6-Dan, aged 33,has been promoted to 8-Dan by winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
September 18, 2020 (Fri)
Game
The 62nd Ōi Tournament Preliminary
(Opponent: Ito Shingo,5-Dan)
Promotion criteria met:
150 wins in the official tournaments after 6-Dan promotion
Translated by Miki Suemasa

Naganuma Hiroshi 7-Dan promoted to 8-Dan

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Published at: 2020-09-01 07:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2020/09/post_1942.html?utm_source=rss

長沼洋

 Naganuma Hiroshi, 7-Dan, aged 55, has been promoted to 8-Dan by winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
August 31, 2020 (Mon)
Game
The 62nd Ōi Tournament Preliminary
(Opponent: Ina Yusuke,7-Dan)
Promotion criteria met:
190 wins in the official tournaments after 7-Dan promotion
Translated by Miki Suemasa

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

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Published at: 2020-08-20 08:45

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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