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Kimura Kazuki 9-Dan won the title - 60th Oui title match 7th game

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Published at: 2019-09-26 15:00

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7th game of 60th Oui title match was held at Toshi Center Hotel in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo during 25-26th, September, and the challenger Kumura Kazuki 9-Dan won 4 out of 7 games against Toyoshima Masayuki Oui with 110 moves.

Kimura 9-Dan won his first title and became Oui.

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Kimura Kazuki 9-Dan Won His First Title at The Oldest Age

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Published at: 2019-09-26 11:00

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Kimura Kazuki 9-Dan, won his first title to surpass the record of the oldest Shogi player wining a major title for the first time.  At the 7th game of the 60th Ōi tournament held in Toshi Center Hotel in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo on 25th and 26th of September 2019, the challenger Kimura 9-Dan defeated the 59th title holder Toyoshima Masayuki Ōi, with the win‐loss record of 4 - 3.
As the result of this match, Kimura Ōi 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.

Kimura Ōi, Career statistics (as of September 26th, 2019)
Total of 1019 games*, 647 Wins and 371 Losses, 0.636 winning percentage (*Including one impasse at a title tournament match)
Translated by Miki Suemasa

27th Gingasen Tournament: Toyoshima Masayuki Meijin won the final game against Watanabe Akira 3-Crown

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Published at: 2019-09-25 15:00

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27th Gingasen Tournament final game Toyoshima Masayuki Meijin vs Watanabe Akira 3-Crown was broadcasted and Toyosima Meijin won the game and title.

The final game will be broadcasted again on 1st October (Tue) at Igo-Shogi Channel.

◆27th Gingasen Tournament chart

From Gingasen Page

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Orita Shogo's challenge to become pro

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Published at: 2019-09-19 08:00

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On September 17th, Japan Shogi Association accepted application into "Professional Admission Test" from Shogo Orita, an amateur player of shogi. Orita won a match played on August 30th, which makes his score against professional players 10 wins and 2 losses, fulfilling the criteria to take the "Professional Admission Test". According to the provision below, the exam matches will take place once every month from November. The exam date and place of the 3rd match (and if happens those of 4th & 5th) will be determined later by arranging schedules of Orita and the examiners.

【Provisions of Professional Admission Test, set by Japan Shogi Association】

Exam Dates
Starts two months after the application is accepted, one match a month
Exam Site
”Tokyo Shogi Hall” or “Kansai Shogi Hall” in principle
・Amateur player or Ladies pro player wishing to become a pro, who currently has been winning 10 or more
matches in professional official tournaments during his/her best performance span, AND has a winning rate of 0.650 or more
・Player who has a referral from a regular member (shogi professional) with 4-Dan or higher
Exam Details
Series of 5 matches against professional players (Five examiners will be selected from the newest 4-Dan players by player numbers)

  *Thinking time of 3 hours
  *The matches shall be subject to the official match rules of Japan Shogi Association
  *Piece toss to decide the first mover (Sente) for the 1st match, then alternate the player at every match
  *Winning 3 out of 5 earns an eligibility to enroll into the Free Class of Junisen
  *Applicant who passed the trial will be 4-Dan as of April 1st or October 1st, whichever comes earlier

【Profile of Orita Shogo】

・Home Town: Osaka
・Born on October 28th, 1989
・Master: Moriyasu Masayuki 7-Dan
・Enrolled in Shoreikai with 6-Kyu in 2004 (as Moriyasu's pupil), withdrawn as 3-Dan in 2016

【Examiners and Match Dates】

  Examiner Exam Date (starts at 10AM) Exam Site
1 Kuroda Takayuki 4-Dan November 25th (Monday) Kansai Shogi Hall
2 Deguchi Wakamu 4-Dan December 23rd (Monday) Kansai Shogi Hall
3 Yamamoto Hiroshi 4-Dan Undecided
4 Honda Kei 4-Dan Undecided
5 Ikenaga Takashi 4-Dan Undecided
Translated by HGMotoko

Request regarding use of Kifu (Game records)

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Published at: 2019-09-13 07:00

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 Due to the recent increasing inquiries to both Japan Shogi Association (JSA) and each sponsor of Shogi tournaments regarding use of Kifu (game records), JSA and sponsors had discussions and agreed as follows.

"Request Regarding Use of Kifu"
 Any Kifu generated during the tournaments held by JSA and sponsors are assets of these parties. Any unauthorized use of Kifu may compromise such assets. Should you wish to use Kifu (including their position diagrams) for any purposes beyond personal use, such as providing them for commercial purpose, please let us know in advance via the form below.

JSA and each tournament organizer will continuously discuss use of Kifu.

Click here to request use of Kifu inquiry form.

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Tanigawa Koji 9-Dan ranked 3rd place with his 1325th win

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Published at: 2019-09-13 02:20

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Tanigawa Koji 9-Dan (57 years old) notched his 1325th career win at 78th Meijin B1-Class match (Junisen) played on September 12th, winning over Matsuo Ayumu 8-Dan. He surpassed the record of Kato Hifumi 9-Dan (1324 wins, retired), and solely claimed the third place of All-time career wins ranking.

Tanigawa Koji 9-Dan Career statistics (as of Sep. 12th, 2019)
2181 matches, 1325 wins - 853 losses - 3 draws (impasse) (0.608 winning rate)
Career Wins Best 10 (as of Sep. 12th, 2019)
RankPlayer NameNo. of MatchesWin-LossWinning rateDraw
1 Habu Yoshiharu 9-Dan 2041 1443 - 596 0.708 2
2 Oyama Yasuharu 15th Meijin 2216 1433 - 781 0.647 2
3 Tanigawa Koji 9-Dan 2181 1325 -853 0.608 3
4 Kato Hifumi 9-Dan 2505 1324 - 1180 0.529 1
5 Nakahara Makoto 16th Meijin 2093 1308 - 782 0.626 3
6 Naito Kunio 9-Dan 2132 1132 - 1000 0.531 0
7 Yonenaga Kunio Kisei-Eternal 1904 1103 - 800 0.580 1
8 Ariyoshi Michio 9-Dan 2090 1088 - 1002 0.521 0
9 Sato Yasumitsu 9-Dan 1667 1036 - 631 0.621 0
10 Kiriyama Kiyosumi 9-Dan 1934 993 - 941 0.513 0

After the match, Tanigawa 9-Dan said, “I feel a profound sense of achievement to have tied and surpassed Mr. Kato’s record.” He also added, “Instead of looking at my next milestone, I’d rather seek the truth of shogi and enjoy going through the tough games against younger players.”

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Hatakeyama Mamoru 7-Dan has been promoted to 8-Dan

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Published at: 2019-09-13 01:20

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Hatakeyama Mamoru 7-Dan (50 years old) has been promoted to 8-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
September 12th, 2019
78th Meijin Tournament, Junisen B1 class
(opponent: Saito Shintaro Oza)
Ground of promotion
190 wins in official tournaments since becoming 7-Dan
Translated by oneye

Yokoyama Hiroaki 6-Dan has been promoted to 7-Dan

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Published at: 2019-09-12 02:45

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

Date of promotion
September 11th, 2019
78th Meijin Tournament, Junisen B2 class
(opponent: Kubota Yoshiyuki 7-Dan)
Ground of promotion
150 wins in official tournaments since becoming 6-Dan
Translated by oneye

New Professional 4-Dan Players

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Published at: 2019-09-07 10:00

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Following Watanabe Kazushi, whose promotion to 4-Dan has been decided before, Ishikawa Yuta 3-Dan's promotion has also been decided on Saturday, September 7th, after playing the 19th game of the 65th Shoureikai 3-Dan League (April 2019 to September 2019). The final results were 16 wins 2 losses for Watanabe 3-Dan, 13 wins 5 loses for Ishikawa 3-Dan. They will become 4-Dan on October 1st, 2019. The 3rd player in the league was Koga Yusei 3-Dan, 13 wins 5 loses.


Watanabe Kazushi  Professional Player ID 319


Date of birth
October 6th, 1994 (24 years old)
Shinjuku, Tokyo
Pupil of
7-Dan Toyokawa Takahiro
Enrollment in Shoureikai
February 2008
Enrollment in 3-Dan League
October 2013 (from the 54th league)
Favorite strategy
Bishop Exchange
Playing Basketball
Background of starting playing shogi
Learned from his father when he was 5 years old.
I am glad to finish the league with a victory. I will do my best.

Ishikawa Yuta  Professional Player ID 320


Date of birth
November 11th, 1994 (24 years old)
Kawagoe-cho Mie-gun, Mie
Pupil of
7-Dan Mori Nobuo
Enrollment in Shoureikai
September 2006
Enrollment in 3-Dan League
April 2013 (from the 53th league)
Favorite strategy
3rd-file rook
Watching Japanese anime
Background of starting playing shogi
Watched his father and grandfather playing shogi when he was 6 years old.
I thought I missed my chance again when I lost the first game. I feel very lucky for my promotion.
Translated by Kaoruko Sasaki

Sanmaido Tatsuya 6-Dan has been promoted to 7-dan

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Published at: 2019-09-05 06:00

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Sanmaido Tatsuya 6-Dan (26 years old) has been promoted to 7-Dan, winning the game described below.

Date of promotion
September 4th, 2019
32th Ryuou Ranking Tournament, 3rd Group, Advancing Player Deciding Match
(opponent: Namekata Hisashi 8-Dan)
Ground of promotion
Ryuou Ranking Tournament Consecutive Advancement
Translated by oneye