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Teenage shogi sensation Sota Fujii ascended to the highest rank of ninth dan on Saturday, becoming the youngest professional player of the traditional board game to achieve the feat.

He reached the milestone at the age of 18 years and 11 months after defending one of the two major titles he had held with a clean 3-0 victory over Akira Watanabe, 37, in a best-of-five series.

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