Shōgi Master Habu Wins Seventh "Eisei" Lifetime Title (News)
Ibusuki, Kagoshima Pref., Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)—Habu Yoshiharu, 47, became the first-ever professional shōgi player to win seven eisei lifetime titles on Tuesday.
In the fifth qualifying round for the 30th Ryūō title held in Ibusuki in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, Habu beat title holder Watanabe Akira in a total of 87 moves, taking the prestigious title for the first time in 15 years.
Habu has won the Ryūō title seven times in total, gaining the eisei Ryūō honor.
He now holds eisei honors for all seven major shōgi titles, excluding the Eiō title newly created this year.
"Seeing this series of matches as a rare opportunity, I dared to take the risk to mount a challenge" for the seventh eisei title," Habu said after the day's round.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]