- 偉業（後出 claim は達成する）
- Oi ... playoffs
- 王位戦リーグ白組プレーオフ（王位戦挑戦者を決める紅・白組各リーグ (Oi tournament league match) で４勝１敗で並んだ者同士による勝者決定戦）のこと
- emerge victorious
- 勝利を収める（後出 victory は勝利、emergence は台頭）
- defeat ～
- （ここでは）対局（後出 match ～は～と並ぶ、opponent はここでは対局相手）
- late ～
- advantage ... forth
- NHK ... Tournament
- 獲得する（後出 secure も同意）
- lag behind
- qualify as ... titles
- People's Honor Award
- 【写真説明】reflect on ～
After a tough battle in the Oi tournament playoffs on June 4, professional shogi player Habu Yoshiharu emerged victorious to claim his 1,434th win, setting a record for the most career victories.
Habu, 48, defeated Nagase Takuya, 26, the holder of the Eio title, in 133 moves in their match at Shogi Hall in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward. In doing so, he broke the record for the most career wins set by the late Oyama Yasuharu in 1992. "This was a major goal for me this year," Habu said after setting the record. "I'm extremely happy to win today," he added.
Habu, who holds a ninth-dan ranking, matched Oyama's 27-year-old record on May 23 when he defeated Tanigawa Koji, 57, who also has a ninth-dan rank, during their Oi tournament league match.
On June 4, Habu fought a challenging match against Nagase that saw the advantage swing back and forth between the two players at a dizzying pace. Habu, however, managed to defend his king and escape the onslaught.
Habu had long held at least one shogi tournament title, but in December last year he lost the Ryuo crown, leaving him without any titles for the first time in about 27 years. Nevertheless, he won the NHK Cup TV Shogi Tournament this year and still appears to be a formidable opponent. Noting the recent emergence of 16-year-old prodigy Fujii Sota and other young players, Habu commented, "There are lots of young, strong shogi players, and I'd like to find encouragement in that."
Regarding his next goals of earning 1,500 career victories and securing his 100th tournament title, Habu said, "Tactics change year by year, and I'd like to adopt them in my own way so that I don't lag behind."
In 1985 Habu became the third player to make his professional debut as a junior high school student. He became the first person to hold all seven of shogi's major titles at the same time in 1996. Habu is currently the leader in the number of tournament titles, at 99. In 2017, he became the first player to qualify as a lifetime holder of all seven titles, and in 2018 he was awarded the People's Honor Award.
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