- Kisei title
- 棋聖（８大タイトル (eight major titles) の一つ。他は竜王、名人、叡王(えいおう)、王位、王座、棋王、王将）
- defeat ～
- ～を降す（後出 beat ～も同意）
- （ここでは）対局（後出 best-of-five match はここでは五番勝負〈match はここでは対局〉）
- Shogi Hall
- (be) set to ～
- hail from ～
- 取得する（後出と claim は獲得する）
- Asahi Cup shogi open
- yet to ～
Teen shogi sensation Fujii Sota on June 4 qualified to become the youngest challenger for the 91st Kisei title, one of the Japanese board game's eight major titles.
Fujii, who holds a seventh-dan rank in shogi, became the challenger for the title after defeating Nagase Takuya, 27, holder of the Eio and Oza titles, in 100 moves in their game at Shogi Hall in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.
On June 8, Fujii beat 36-year-old Watanabe Akira in 157 moves in the first game of their best-of-five Kisei title match. That day, he was aged 17 years, 10 months and 20 days, making him the youngest ever challenger for the title. The previous record holder was ninth-dan player Yashiki Nobuyuki, now 48. In 1989 Yashiki became the challenger aged 17 years, 10 months and 24 days.
After his win on June 8, Fujii said, "I feel happy to have won the first game. I was able to concentrate on the board in a wonderful place." In title games, many shogi players wear Japanese-style clothes, but Fujii wore a suit. "I was given Japanese clothes by my master, but there wasn't much time before the first game, and I wasn't familiar with wearing them," he explained.
The next game is set to take place on June 28 at the same hall.
In October 2016 Fujii, who hails from Aichi Prefecture, became the youngest player in Japan to turn pro, aged 14 years and 2 months. He then set a record by winning 29 games consecutively from his debut. He is the youngest player to attain the rank of seventh-dan, at the age of 15 years and 9 months, and became the youngest to win the Asahi Cup shogi open in February 2018. Altogether, he has won three shogi tournaments, although he is yet to attain one of the eight major titles.
The current youngest winner of a major title is Yashiki, who claimed the 56th Kisei title aged 18 years and 6 months. Fujii's latest success has raised hopes he could break this record.
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