Youngest Pro Shōgi Player Wins 23rd Straight Game since Debut (News)


Osaka, June 7 (Jiji Press)—Fujii Sōta, the youngest professional shōgi player, on Wednesday extended his winning streak since his debut to a 23rd official game.

Fourth-dan Fujii, a 14-year-old junior high school third-grader, beat fifth-dan Miyamoto Hiroshi, 31, in 141 moves, in the third round of the second Jōshū Yamada Challenge Cup in the western Japan city of Osaka.

With the win, Fujii became the sole holder of the third-longest winning streak in professional shōgi, moving beyond 22 straight wins recorded by some players including ninth-dan star Yoshiharu Habu, 46.

"I'm surprised to have come this far, but of course I'm happy about it," Fujii said.

He needs to win the game against Kajiura Hirotaka, a 21-year-old fourth-dan player, on Saturday to match the second-longest streak of 24 games, set by ninth-dan Maruyama Tadahisa, 46.

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