Youngest Pro Shōgi Player Fujii Sets Record Streak at 29 Wins


Tokyo, June 26 (Jiji Press)—Fujii Sōta, the youngest professional shōgi player, set an unprecedented record on Monday, marking the 29th official straight win since his debut in December last year.

Fujii, the 14-year-old shōgi sensation holding the rank of fourth dan, rewrote a record-winning streak for the first time in 30 years by defeating fourth-dan Masuda Yasuhiro, 19, the only other teenage pro player, in the first round of the Ryūō tournament.

The match started at a Shōgi center in Shibuya, Tokyo, at 10 a.m. (one a.m. GMT), swamped with media reporters hoping to witness the historic moment.

Fujii survived the seesaw game with Masuda, the 2016 rookie champion, which lasted more than 10 hours including a lunch break.

“It’s a special pleasure for me to become the sole record holder,” Fujii told a press conference. “I was very surprised, too,” he said, adding he wants to be a player who can vie for championships.

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