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Honda Kei 4-Dan promoted to 5-Dan

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Published at: 2019-12-28 01:30

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2019/12/post_1865.html?utm_source=rss

本田奎五段

Honda Kei 4-Dan, aged 22, has been promoted to 5-Dan by winning the game described below.

Date of promotion:
December 27, 2019
Game:
The second game of the challenger deciding two-game match for the 45th Kio Tournament
(Opponent: 5-Dan Sasaki Daichi)
Promotion criteria met:
Becoming a challenger for a title match
Translated by Ayako Ishimoto

Taniguchi Yuki Ladies 2-Dan promoted to 3-Dan

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Published at: 2019-12-28 01:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2019/12/post_1864.html?utm_source=rss

谷口由紀女流三段

Taniguchi Yuki Ladies 2-Dan, aged 26, has been promoted to Ladies 3-Dan by winning the game described below.

Date of promotion:
December 27, 2019
Game:
The 42nd Kirishima Shuzo Cup Women's Osho Tournament preliminaries (Opponent: Odaka Sakiko Ladies 1-Kyu)
Promotion criteria met:
Winning 90 official games after being promoted to Ladies 2-Dan
Translated by Ayako Ishimoto

Fourth-Dan Honda Challenges Kio, Becoming the Second Fastest to Challenge A Title Since Debut

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Published at: 2019-12-27 10:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2019/12/2_44.html?utm_source=rss

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The second game of the challenger deciding two-game match for the 45th Kio Tournament was held at Shogi Kaikan in Shibuya, Tokyo on December 27, 2019. Fourth-Dan Honda Kei, aged 22, beat 5-Dan Sasaki Daichi and became the challenger.
It took one year and four months for Honda to become a challenger of a title match since his debut. This is the second fastest record following that of 9-Dan Yashiki Nobuyuki, which is one year, two months and 11 days. Honda also set the record of challenging a title match in one's first attempt in the tournament.

Honda will challenge Kio Watanabe Akira in the five-game title match, which will begin on February 1, 2020.

Fastest Records to Challenge A Title Since Debut
1. Yashiki Nobuyuki
屋敷伸之
Date of birth January 18, 1972
Date of debut October 1, 1988
Tournament The 55th Kisei Tournament
Date of challenge December 12, 1989
Years from debut to challenge One year, two months and 11 days
First attempt The 54th Kisei Tournament
2. Honda Kei
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Date of birth July 5, 1997
Date of debut October 1, 2018
Tournament The 45th Kio Tournament
Date of challenge February 1, 2020
Years from debut to challenge One year, four months just
First attempt The 45th Kio Tournament
3. Goda Masataka
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Date of birth March 17, 1971
Date of debut April 1, 1990
Tournament The 60th Kisei Tournament
Date of challenge June 16, 1992
Years from debut to challenge Two years, two months and 15 days
First attempt The 57th Kisei Tournament
4. Nakahara Makoto
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Date of birth September 2, 1947
Date of debut October 1, 1965
Tournament The 11th Kisei Tournament
Date of challenge December 19, 1967
Years from debut to challenge Two years, two months and 18 days
First attempt The 8th Kisei Tournament
5. Miura Hiroyuki
三浦弘行
Date of birth February 13, 1974
Date of debut October 1, 1992
Tournament The 66th Kisei Tournament
Date of challenge June 19, 1995
Years from debut to challenge Two years, eight months and 18 days
First attempt The 62nd Kisei Tournament

*"Date of challenge" refers to the the first day of the first game in the said title match.
*The subjected tournaments in these records are Ryuo, Eio, Oi, Oza, Kio, Osho, Kisei, except for the first year of each tournament.

Translated by Ayako Ishimoto

Hasegawa Yuki Ladies 2-Dan gets married

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Published at: 2019-12-24 06:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2019/12/post_1857.html?utm_source=rss

Hasegawa Yuki Ladies 2-Dan, aged 24, got married to Taniguchi Toru, 4-Dan professional Go player, on December 22. She will continue to use her maiden name Hasegawa.

Profile of Hasegawa's spouse

Name: Taniguchi Toru
Age: 23 years old
Occupation: Professional 4-Dan Go player (Kansai Go Institution)

Message from Hasegawa and Taniguchi

"We're happy to announce that we got married on December 22. We're hoping to raise a warm family as well as to keep striving for excellence as professional Go and Shogi players. We appreciate your continued guidance and support."
Taniguchi Toru and Hasegawa Yuki

Translated by Ayako Ishimoto

The 50th Rookie of the Year Awards Ceremony

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Published at: 2019-12-23 05:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2019/12/50_3.html?utm_source=rss

The 50th Rookie of the Year Awards Ceremony was held in Meiji Kinen Kan located in Minato-ku, Tokyo on 17th December 2019 to celebrate the 50th award winner, Takano Satoshi 5-Dan. Approxmately 120 participants including event officials gathered at this ceremony.

shinjinou-1.jpgOn the left: Makoto Son, the 50th Rookie of the Year (Go) / On the right: Satoshi Takano, the 50th Rookie of the Year (Shogi)

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The congratulatory message from a sponsor: Yoji Kogiso, the editor in chief of JCP newspaper 'Shimbun Akahata'

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The congratulatory message from a sponsor: Satoru Kobayashi, the president of The Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association)

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The congratulatory message from a sponsor: Masaki Takiguchi, the evecutive director of general affairs, The Kansai Ki-in (Kansai Go Association)

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The congratulatory message from Yasumitsu Sato,the president of the Japan Shogi Association

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The complimentary address from Mutsumi Hagiwara 7-Dan

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The complimentary address from Kazuki Kimura, the 60th Ōi title holder

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The address of thanks from Satoshi Takano, the 50th Rookie of the Year (Shogi)
"The Rookie of the Year tournament was my great motivation to become a professional shogi player as this is one of the tournaments that members of Shoreikai can participate in. I took delight in playing shogi at this official tournament while being in the 3-Dan league. I was a second year junior high school student when I became a pupil of my master (Kimura Kazuki). Given the promotion quite smoothly for a while, I have been reluctant to become a professional shogi player by any means necessary. Of course, I know that my master was deeply in earnest, even more passionate in bringing me up to be a pro, however I couldn't have shaped my course in life for a very long time and experienced a very painful emotion when I was taught from him. It was not until I became a first year university student that I've finally decided to become a pro. The one thing that I regret is I've kept my emotional change as a secret from him. My master is so considerate. I think he already realized at that time that I was worried about something or holding something back from him. Nevertheless, he didn't ask me anything and coached me very nicely. I felt his goodness of heart and had great reverence for him. My master won the Ōi title, and I left one good result in return. Now is the time I would like to have a better relationship where we are honest with each other. My master, thank you very much for raising me to this day. I will apply myself diligently and continue to be successful like many of past Rookie of the Year did."

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With Kimura Kazuki, the 60th Ōi title holder and the master of Satoshi Takano

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Translated by Miki Suemasa

6-Dan Murata Tomohiro promoted to 7-Dan

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Published at: 2019-12-19 09:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2019/12/post_1856.html?utm_source=rss

村田智弘七段

6-Dan Murata Tomohiro (38 years old) has been promoted to 7-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
December 18, 2019
Game
33rd Ryuo Tournament, Ranking Group 5
(opponent: 8-Dan Tomioka Eisaku)
Reason of promotion
Winning 150 official games after becoming 6-Dan
Translated by Hidetchi

First Hulic Cup Seirei Award Ceremony

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Published at: 2019-12-12 08:30

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2019/12/post_1855.html?utm_source=rss

The award ceremony for the first Hulic Cup Seirei Tournament was held at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba in Tokyo on November 12, 2019.
Hulic Cup Seirei Tournament was named by Shimizu Ichiyo, Executive Director of the Japan Shogi Association (JSA), and 62 Ladies professional players competed in the first year. Kai Tomomi Ladies 5-Dan challenged Satomi Kana Ladies 5-crown winner in the five-game final match, and Satomi won three games straight to become the first-time ever 6-crown winner in the Ladies shogi history.
The ceremony had a cheerful atmosphere with many shogi pros, Ladies shogi pros and the fans, who gathered to celebrate the first Seirei Satomi.

Congratulatory speeches by Hulic’s Chairman Saburo Nishiura and JSA’s Chairman Yasumitsu Sato

Hulic’s Chairman Saburo Nishiura highly praised the strength of Satomi, who won the Seirei title by winning three games straight. He also mentioned that her success is even beyond the tournament, for Satomi became the first-time ever 6-crown winner and shined a spotlight on the Ladies shogi world.
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Saburo Nishiura, Hulic’s Chairman

JSA’s Chairman Sato Yasumitsu first showed his gratitude for the title’s sponsor Hulic, as well as to the guests at the ceremony. He then talked about how he was impressed by Satomi’s sharp ending moves and her patience when she was behind, sometimes referring to his own episodes from the past, and praised her strength.
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Yasumitsu Sato, JSA’s Chairman

Presentation of certificate, trophy and prize money
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Satomi Seirei with JSA’s Chairman Sato

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Satomi Seirei with Hulic’s Chairman Nishiura

Presentation of supplementary prizes
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Congratulatory speeches
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Santo Akiko, Chairman of the Shogi Cultural Promotion Diet Members’ Association and President of the House of Councilors

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Takenori Kitajima, Chairman of Satomi Kana Supporter’s Association and the 80th Kokuso of the Kitajima Kokuso family of Izumo Grand Shrine

Presentation of special prizes

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To celebrate Satomi for becoming the first-time ever Ladies’ 6-crown winner, an additional prize money of 660,000 yen and 66 packs of curry, made by the Gate Hotel Tokyo, were given.

Presentation of flowers
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Toast
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Shimizu Ichiyo, JSA’s executive director

Words of appreciation by Satomi Seirei
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The launch of a new title match, Hulic Cup Seirei Tournament, has been a big encouragement for me. When the tournament began, I was highly motivated and was hoping to enjoy playing each game. I was honored to proceed to the final match, and every time I played the game, I could feel everyone’s support even more strongly. Although I could win the first Seirei title by winning three games straight, I felt that there were weaknesses in my shogi. It has been a very encouraging year for the Ladies’ shogi world to see the new title match launched. I will continue striving to improve my skills, even though it might be step by step.

Translated by Ayako Ishimoto

Award ceremony held for the 60th Ōi title match

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Published at: 2019-12-09 05:00

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2019/12/60.html?utm_source=rss

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 The award ceremony for the 60th Ōi title match was held at Matsumotoro, in Hibiya, Tokyo on 6th December 2019 to celebrate Kimura Kazuki for his winning. The ceremony drew a full capacity with approximately 240 participants concerned in the Ōi title to see Kimura Kazuki, the 60th Ōi title holder, who won his first title at the age of 46 and 3 months, and broke the record of the oldest shogi player winning the first major title.
After the ceremony opened with congratulatory messages from Suganuma Kengo(President, Tokyo branch office of Chunichi Shimbun Co., Ltd) on behalf of the newspaper companies sponsoring the 60th Ōi title and Sato Yasumitsu(the president of the Japan Shogi Association), Kimura Ōi was presented the certificate, the trophy from Sato Yasumitsu, and the logbook and the special gift ("Nakano Geppaku Jikanna Mon Tsubo", the pottery of Fukushima Zenzo, the ceramic artist known as a "Living National Treasure" in Toho-mura, Fukuoka Prefecture) from Suganuma Kengo. At last, Fujita Shozo( a lawyer, the former Superintendent Public Prosecutor at the Nagoya High Public Prosecutor's Office) offered his congratulations on Kimura's victory this time. Following the ceremony, Chimoto Hideyo(the chairman of Kimura's supporters' group) gave the opening address of the celebration party and proposed a toast.

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The photo on the left : The congratulatory message on behalf of sponsors from Suganuma Kengo(President, Tokyo branch office of Chunichi Shimbun Co., Ltd)
The photo on the right : The congratulatory message from Sato Yasumitsu(the president of the Japan Shogi Association)

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The certificate-giving ceremony

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The trophy-giving ceremony

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The prize-giving ceremony

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The complimentary address from Fujita Shozo

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Toast from Fujita Shozo

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The address of thanks from Kimura Kazuki, the 60th Ōi title holder
 It was unexpected good fortune for me to gain the right to challenge the finals. However Toyoshima ex-title holder was in perfect condition, my major objectives of this title match was not to set an unwanted record of a 4-game losing streak and end this title match without holding a game commentary event. I was so relieved when I won the 3rd game. After that, I was too intent on the games and had no time to think of anything else. As a result, I came to my senses and noticed the fact that the 7th game was coming.
Having felt that it is quite difficult to maintain my current performance for several years, so I started utilizing AI to study. This new study method and great roars of cheers from Social Media might have led and secured the title. I am in the age which seems to be displaced in time, AI and Social Media gave me a supportive push on the back. During 7 months until the next series start, I think that all I have to think about is devoting myself to my studies without being excessively boastful.

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With Takano Satoshi, 5-Dan, one of pupils of Kimura Kazuki

Translated by Miki Suemasa

Meijin Toyoshima Masayuki Becomes Ryuo -- 5th Game of 32nd Ryuo Best-of-Seven Series

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Published at: 2019-12-07 11:10

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2019/12/19120607_n_result_01.html?utm_source=rss

The fifth game of the 32nd Ryuo best-of-seven series was held at Hanko Yorokan in Tsuwano town, Shimane on December 6th and 7th. Meijin Toyoshima Masayuki beat the defending Ryuo Hirose Akihito with 143 moves.

As a result of this game, Toyoshima won the series 4-1 and became Ryuo for the first time.

Translated by Ayako Ishimoto

4-Dan Takano Satoshi Promoted to 5-Dan

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Published at: 2019-12-03 02:30

Original site:https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2019/12/post_1851.html?utm_source=rss

高野智史五段

4-Dan Takano Satoshi, aged 26, was promoted to 5-Dan on December 2, 2019, by winning the game described below.

Date of promotion:
December 2, 2019
Game:
The 68th Oza Tournament, the first preliminaries
(Opponent: 7-Dan Ogura Hisashi)
Promotion criteria met:
Winning 100 official games after being promoted to 4-Dan
Translated by Ayako Ishimoto