Youngest Pro Shōgi Player Fujii to Advance to High School (News)


Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)—Fujii Sōta, the youngest professional shōgi player, who grabbed the spotlight by setting an unprecedented winning streak earlier this year, has decided to move on to high school.

Fujii, 15, plans to study at Nagoya University Affiliated Upper Secondary School in the city of Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, from April 2018 after graduating from the lower secondary school of the university, located at the same site, in March, the Japan Shōgi Association said Wednesday.

He had been wondering whether he should focus on his professional shōgi career after the graduation from the junior high school or advance to high school while concurrently playing shōgi, as many shōgi matches are held in Tokyo or Osaka, western Japan. He lives in the city of Seto, Aichi, which is distant from both Tokyo and Osaka.

Satō Yasumitsu, head of the association, said that he thought about his future and made a decision, adding that this is a precious experience for him. "We hope that Fujii will move forward with great confidence day after day," Satō added.

In October 2016, Fujii became the youngest to turn professional in the world of the traditional Japanese board game at the age of 14 years and two months. The shogi sensation, who holds the rank of fourth dan, set a record winning streak of 29 official matches in June this year.

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