Japan's youngest professional shogi player, 14-year-old Sota Fujii, set the all-time record for consecutive victories Monday, continuing a winning streak that has reignited public interest in the traditional board game.
“I cannot believe (this accomplishment) myself. I was very lucky,” said Fujii, a junior high school student, said after defeating fellow fourth-dan (rank) player Yasuhiro Masuda, 19, in the prestigious Ryuo Championship finals at Shogi Kaikan hall in Tokyo.
Monday’s historic game lasted over 11 hours while shogi fans and others followed every move online, on TV and elsewhere. “I somehow held out,” said Fujii.