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Yoshiharu Habu, a 48-year-old shogi master, on Friday lost his Ryuo title to 31-year-old challenger Akihito Hirose, leaving him without a major shogi title for the first time in 27 years.

In the last game of the best-of-seven competition for the 31st Ryuo title in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Hirose defeated Habu with the 167th move. Habu also lost a chance to notch his 100th tournament victory.

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