Fujii becomes youngest shogi player to reach highest 9th "dan" rank

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Teenage shogi sensation Sota Fujii ascended to the highest rank of ninth "dan" on Saturday, becoming the youngest professional player of the traditional Japanese board game to achieve the feat. He reached the milestone at 18 years and 11 months after defending one of the two major titles he had held in a straight 3-0 victory over Akira Watanabe, 37, in a best-of-five series. "I feel honored," Fujii said. Fujii had clinched the Kisei title last July when he beat defender Watanabe, who happened to be the previous record holder as the youngest player to reach the ninth dan at 21 years and 7 month...

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