Youngest Pro "Shōgi" Player Matches Record Winning Run (News)
Osaka, June 21 (Jiji Press)—Fujii Sōta, the youngest professional shōgi player, on Wednesday recorded his twenty-eighth straight win since his debut, matching the longest official unbeaten streak in the history of the traditional Japanese board game.
The 14-year-old shōgi sensation, who holds the rank of fourth dan, beat sixth-dan Sawada Shingo, 25, in 99 moves, in the first qualifying round for the sixty-seventy Ōshō title in the city of Osaka.
The record undefeated streak was set in 1987 by Kamiya Hiroshi, now a 56-year-old eighth-dan player.
"I was very lucky" to achieve the twenty-eighth win, Fujii, a ninth-grader, said after the match. "I really never dreamed about this."
Fujii's next official match is slated for Monday, against fourth-dan Masuda Yasuhiro, 19, in the final round of the thirtieth Ryūō title. Fujii previously defeated Masuda in an unofficial match.