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英語:“Shogi pro Toyoshima wins first major title, denies Habu 100th tournament victory”

Shogi competitor Masayuki Toyoshima claimed his first major title on July 17 by overpowering star opponent Yoshiharu Habu in the 89th Kisei tournament in Tokyo, denying Habu an unprecedented 100th title.

Toyoshima, 28, defeated the 47-year-old Habu in 108 moves to win his third game in the best-of-five tournament on July 17 and claim the Kisei title. Habu dropped back down to holding just one current title (Ryuo) for the first time in seven months. He will have another shot at reaching the 100-title mark during the next Ryuo tournament in October.

With Toyoshima’s win, eight different players now each hold one of the eight major titles in shogi, or Japanese chess. They are Amahiko Sato, 30 (Meijin); Toshiaki Kubo, 42 (Osho); Habu (Ryuo); Taichi Takami, 25 (Eio); Tatsuya Sugai, 26, (Oi); Taichi Nakamura, 30 (Oza); Akira Watanabe, 34, (Kio); and Toyoshima (Kisei).

The last time for all the major titles to be split between different players was in 1987. (There were seven major titles at the time).

On July 17, Habu went first in the game against Toyoshima, and after a bishop exchange repeatedly played ambitious moves, but Toyoshima withstood the onslaught with accurate play and eventually managed to overpower his formidable opponent.

The Kisei title was the first for Toyoshima, who hails from the Aichi Prefecture city of Ichinomiya. It is the first time in 50 years for someone from one of the three Tokai region prefectures of Aichi, Gifu and Mie to claim the Kisei title since the late player Michiyoshi Yamada from Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture lost it in July 1968.

Toyoshima, who has an eighth-dan rank, first took an interest in shogi at the age of 4, when he saw television coverage of players from Habu’s generation. “I can remember games coming down to one-minute shogi and the seconds counting down. The pressure was amazing,” he recalled. He started playing at Kansai Shogi Hall in Osaka at the age of 5 after moving to the Osaka Prefecture city of Toyonaka, and achieved an amateur sixth-dan rank in his third year of elementary school before turning pro in his second year of high school.

Toyoshima was previously defeated by Habu when challenging him for the Oza title in 2014 and the Kisei title the following year. He reflected that too much study had left him deflated. He said it felt surreal to beat Habu this time.

“The fact that I was able to claim the title from Habu-sensei, whom I had watched play from a young age, seems unreal,” Toyoshima said.

Habu said he wanted to aim to win the one more title he needs for this 100th tournament victory as soon as possible.

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日本語:“棋聖戦五番勝負 豊島、初タイトル 羽生、通算100期ならず”

 将棋の第89期棋聖戦五番勝負(産経新聞社主催)第5局は17日、東京都千代田区で行われ、挑戦者の豊島将之八段(28)が羽生善治棋聖(47)に108手で勝ち、3勝2敗で初タイトルとなる棋聖を獲得した。羽生は約7カ月ぶりに1冠(竜王)に後退。前人未到のタイトル獲得通算100期まであと1期に迫っていたがかなわず、10月開幕の竜王戦に持ち越された。

 これにより、将棋界8タイトルの保持者は、佐藤天彦名人(30)▽久保利明王将(42)▽羽生竜王▽高見泰地叡王(25)▽菅井竜也王位(26)▽中村太地王座(30)▽渡辺明棋王(34)▽豊島棋聖--となり、8人が1冠ずつ保持することになった。全タイトルを1人1冠ずつ分け合うのは、7タイトル時代の1987年以来31年ぶり。

 この日の対局は羽生が先手番。角換わり戦から羽生が意欲的な新手を繰り出したが、豊島は的確に対応して反撃に回り、そのまま攻めきって圧倒した。

 豊島は5回目のタイトル挑戦にして初タイトル獲得。愛知県一宮市出身。東海3県(愛知、岐阜、三重)出身者のタイトル獲得は、1968年7月に棋聖を失冠した故・山田道美九段(名古屋市出身)以来50年ぶり。

 豊島は「小さい頃から活躍を見てきた羽生先生からタイトルを取れたのは、現実ではないような気持ち」と喜び、羽生は「(タイトル獲得100期は)また、次の舞台の時に目指してやっていきたい」と淡々と語った。

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