Yoshiharu Habu, a 48-year-old shogi master, on Thursday tied the record for number of victories in official professional games.
The ninth-dan player marked his 1,433rd victory by defeating ninth-dan Koji Tanigawa, 57, in a league match to choose the challenger for the Oi title. Habu has now reached the all-time high reached by late 15th meijin (master) Yasuharu Oyama.
Habu’s next official match is set for May 30.
After debuting as a professional in 1985 as a junior high school student — the third player to make their professional debut before entering high school — Habu became the first player to win all seven major titles in 1996 and qualified for the eisei (lifetime) holder of the seven titles in 2017.
He has won a record 99 tournament titles.