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.

Fujii Sōta (right) becomes the center of media attention after his record-equaling victory over Sawada Shingo (left) in Osaka on June 21, 2017. (© Jiji)

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