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Published at: 2019-12-12 08:30
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.
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.
Yasumitsu Sato, JSA’s Chairman
Presentation of certificate, trophy and prize money
Satomi Seirei with JSA’s Chairman Sato
Satomi Seirei with Hulic’s Chairman Nishiura
Presentation of supplementary prizes
Santo Akiko, Chairman of the Shogi Cultural Promotion Diet Members’ Association and President of the House of Councilors
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
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
Shimizu Ichiyo, JSA’s executive director
Words of appreciation by Satomi Seirei
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.
Published at: 2019-12-09 05:00
Original site: https://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2019/12/60.html?utm_source=rss
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.
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)
The certificate-giving ceremony
The trophy-giving ceremony
The prize-giving ceremony
The complimentary address from Fujita Shozo
Toast from Fujita Shozo
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.
With Takano Satoshi, 5-Dan, one of pupils of Kimura Kazuki
Published at: 2019-12-07 11:10
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.
Published at: 2019-12-03 02:30
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
- 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
Published at: 2019-11-25 05:25
Iino Ai Ladies 1-Dan (33 years old) got married on November 22th, 2019. Her spouse is a non-public figure, we will withhold an announcement for names.
In the future, Iino will continue to work with her surname. Thank you.
Published at: 2019-11-22 10:00
The 4th game of Ryuosen 7 matches, where Toyoshima Masayuki Meijin is challenging Hirose Akihito Ryuo, was held at Tokiwa Hotel in Kofu, Yamanashi during November 21st-22nd. Hirose Ryuo won the game with 135 moves against Toyoshima Meijin. The 7 matches continues with 1-3 win-loss record to Hirose Ryuo.
The 5th game will be held at Hanko Yorokan in Kanoashi-gun, Shimane during 6-7th Dec.
Hirose Ryuo has been participating in the tournament since 19th Ryuosen, with 50-27 (0.649) win-loss records.
Ryuosen 7 matches are broadcasted live on Niconico Video Live, AbemaTV, Ryuosen Live Broadcast and JSA Live Broadcast.
Also you can watch the game live broadcast on Shogi Premium (fee-charging content).
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Published at: 2019-11-15 02:00
8-Dan Namekata Hisashi (45 years old) has been promoted to 9-Dan on November 14, 2019, meeting the criteria in his game results.
Published at: 2019-11-14 07:50
5-Dan Tonari Ryuuma (29 years old) has been promoted to 6-Dan, winning the game described below.
- Date of promotion
- November 13th, 2019
- 32nd Ryuo Tournament, Ranking Tournament Class 5, upgrade deciding match
(opponent: 6-Dan Kanai Kota)
- Reason of promotion
- Consecutive class upgrading in the Ryuo Ranking Tournament after becoming 5-Dan
Toyoshima Masayuki Meijin won the third game against Hirose Akihito Ryuou - 32nd Ryuousen the 3rd game of 7 matches
Published at: 2019-11-10 13:15
The 3rd game of Ryuousen 7 matches, where Toyoshima Masayuki Meijin is challenging Hirose Akihito Ryuou, was held at Kobe Portpia Hotel in Kobe, Hyogo during November 9-10th. Toyoshima Meijin won the 3rd games in a row with 157 moves against Hirose Ryuou.
If Toyoshima Meijin wins one more game, it will be his first time to win Ryuou Title.
The fourth game will be held at Tokiwa Hotel in Kofu, Yamanashi during November 21st-22nd.
Toyoshima Meijin has been participating in the tournament since 21st Ryuousen, with result of 54 wins and 20 losses (0.730).
Published at: 2019-10-31 06:10
Sato Kazutoshi (41 years old) 6-Dan won the game below and promoted to 7-Dan.
- Date of Promotion
- October 30th, 2019
- 32nd Ryuo Ranking Class 2 Final match
(vs Moriuchi Toshiyuki 9-Dan)
- Reason of Promotion
- Promoted to Ryuo-sen Class 1