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5th game of 5th Eio Tournament 7 game Match

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Published at: 2020-07-23 12:00

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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

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Published at: 2020-07-22 08:15

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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.


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
Translated by Miki Suemasa

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

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Published at: 2020-07-20 04:45

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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!

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Published at: 2020-07-16 10:30

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 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
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

Abe Takashi 8-dan promoted to 9-dan

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Published at: 2020-07-16 08:00

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 Abe Takashi 8-dan, aged 52,has been promoted to 9-dan by winning the following game.

Date of promotion:
July 15th 2020(Wed)
The promotion game in 5th group for the 33rd Ryuo Tournament
(Opponent: Fujikura Yuki 5-Dan)
Promotion criteria met:
250 wins in the official games after 8-dan promotion
Translated by Miki Suemasa

Hulic Cup Seirei : Satomi Kana Seirei is a win away from defending

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Published at: 2020-07-10 08:00

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The 2nd of 5 games at the 2nd Hulic Cup Seiryu Tournament was held on Friday, July 10 at Shogi Kaikan in Tokyo, Satomi Kana Seirei defeated Ueda Hatsumi women's 4-dan with 110 moves and recorded 2 consecutive wins and 0 loss out of 5 games.

The 3rd game will be held on Friday, July 31 at the Shogi Kaikan in Tokyo.

For more information, please visitthe website of Seirei Tournament live broadcast or the mobile app of Japan Shogi Association live broadcast.

Translated by Miki Suemasa

Award ceremony held for 69th Osaka Ōshō Cup

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Published at: 2020-07-08 01:00

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 The 69th Osaka Ōshō Cup Ceremony was held in Tokyo Dome Hotel on July 7th to celebrate the 69th title winner, Watanabe Akira .
The scene was reported in the Mainichi Shimbun and Sports Nippon published on July 8th.
In addition, the video is now on available to watch on YouTube from 3 pm on July 8th.

The URL of YouTube video is here;

Translated by Miki Suemasa

9-Dan Habu Yoshiharu to Appear in 81Dojo!

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Published at: 2020-04-08 08:50

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At 81Dojo, the free online playing site under the patronage of JSA, a teaching game event for the winners of the World Shogi League will be held for the third time. JSA invites you to come and watch the games.

9-Dan Habu Yoshiharu  7-Dan Nakamura Taichi  6-Dan Ohira Takehiro

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6-Dan Toyama Yusuke  5-Dan Aoshima Mirai  Ladies 2-Dan Kitao Madoka  Ladies 1-kyu Styczynska Karolina

Start time Pro Amateur(81Nickname) Handicap
Japan UTC Hungary
4/12(日)18:00 April 12th Sun.9:00 April 12th Sun.11:00 Yoshiharu Habu 9dan Alexander Miszko
4/12(日)19:00 April 12th Sun.10:00 April 12th Sun.12:00 Taichi Nakamura 7dan Peter Puha
4/12(日)20:00 April 12th Sun.11:00 April 12th Sun.13:00 Yusuke Toyama 6dan Laszlo Abuczki

Start time Pro Amateur(81Nickname) Handicap
Japan UTC Ukraine
4/19(日)18:00 April 19th Sun.9:00 April 19th Sun.12:00 Takehiro Ohira 6dan Sergiy Krivosheya
4/19(日)19:00 April 19th Sun.10:00 April 19th Sun.13:00 Takehiro Ohira 6dan Sergiy Trokhymyshyn
4/19(日)20:00 April 19th Sun.11:00 April 19th Sun.14:00 Karolina STYCZYNSKA Ladies 1kyu Yashchur  Mykola

Start time Pro Amateur(81Nickname) Handicap
Japan UTC Malaysia
5/2(土)18:00 May 2nd Sat.9:00 May 2nd Sat.17:00 Mirai Aoshima 5dan Ng Teck Sen
5/2(土)19:00 May 2nd Sat.10:00 May 2nd Sat.18:00 Mirai Aoshima 5dan Tan Wei Hong
5/2(土)20:00 May 2nd Sat.11:00 May 2nd Sat.19:00 Madoka Kitao Ladies 2dan Tan Tzi Yang

Start time Pro Amateur(81Nickname) Handicap
Japan UTC France
5/10(日)18:00 May 10th Sun.9:00 May 10th Sun.11:00 Madoka Kitao Ladies 2dan Sebastien de GROOT
2 piece
5/10(日)19:00 May 10th Sun.10:00 May 10th Sun.12:00 Madoka Kitao Ladies 2dan Guillaume Tatti
2 piece
5/10(日)20:00 May 10th Sun.11:00 May 10th Sun.13:00 Karolina STYCZYNSKA Ladies 1kyu Tristan  Trannin

World Shogi League is a tournament between countries played by 3-player teams that are divided into four leagues: A, B, C, and D. It is organized by Thomas Pfaffel from Austria, who was aso the invited player of the 29th Amateur Ryuo Tournament. (Seee also: Anyone can watch the teaching games at 81Dojo.

On April 12th, there is also an English live broadcast by Ladies 1-kyu Karolina Styczynska:

※81Dojo's server has a certain capacity limit for number of online users. For details, please contact

Translated by Hidetchi

Postpone notice due to Covid-19 pandemic

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Published at: 2020-04-07 04:00

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In light of Covid-19 pandemic Shogi Renmei postpones the following events.

78th Meijinsen 7-match
1st to 3rd games
Shoreikai 3 Dan League & Regular games of 2 Dan and below both at East and West branch.
3 Dan League opening and Regular games during April 7th to May 6th.

 Very much appreciated your cooperation and understanding.

Translated by Hattorium130

Postponement of Meijin Title Match

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Published at: 2020-04-07 01:15

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 Due to the wide spreading Covid-19 infection, the committee decided to postpone the opening game of Meijinsen 7-match scheduled during April 8th to 9th in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. This is to carry out 2-day long game without any troubles.
 The committee is considering to shift the 4th game scheduled during May 19th to 20th in Takayama, Nagano to the opening game. The committee will announce the later schedule and locations of the games as soon as decided.

Translated by Hattorium130