Shōgi Star Fujii Defeated After 29 Straight Wins (News)


Tokyo, July 2 (Jiji Press)—Japanese teenage shōgi sensation Fujii Sōta suffered the first loss in his professional career on Sunday, ending his record-breaking unbeaten streak at 29 games.

Fujii—the nation's youngest professional shōgi player at age 14, who holds the rank of fourth dan—was defeated by fifth-dan Sasaki Yūki, 22, in the second round of the Ryūō tournament.

"I can't complain about the loss, because any winning streak ends sooner or later. But it's regrettable that I was unable to make anything happen in this match," Fujii said afterward.

The match "left me keenly aware that I have no deep insight. I'll try hard to overcome this shortcoming," he said.

Fujii, a ninth-grader, made his professional debut in the nation's traditional board game in December 2016.

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