Shogi prodigy sets record
Japanese teenage prodigy Souta Fujii has achieved the longest-ever winning streak* in the traditional board game of shogi*. The 14-year-old Fujii battled Yasuhiro Masuda on Monday in a tournament to decide the challenger for the prestigious Ryuo Championship. The 19-year-old Masuda turned pro three years ago, and is the only teenager besides Fujii in the professional ranks.
*A streak of good luck=幸運続きだ
*Shogi is a traditional board game similar to chess.
*Shogi is the only chess-type game where you can use the pieces of your opponent.
They are both low-ranking players of the complex game of strategy. With his latest victory, Fujii has won 29 official matches in a row since his professional debut. He has notched a new record before even finishing junior high school.
-I’m very happy and surprised that I’ve won 29 straight times. I know my winning streak will end sometime. I’ll try not to think about the record, so I can do my best in each match.
-It is said that Souta Fujii is getting stronger and stronger because he is training with the shogi software. Do you agree?
-this combination of being good at certain traditional aspect of shogi, combined with the training AI makes him a very special player. What shogi AI has done is play surprising moves that professionals couldn’t understand or play themselves. So if you have someone like Fujii, who has incorporated the surprising moves into his own playing style … it’s possible for him to show the way, together with the AI, the uncharted territories of shogi.
-How do you explain shogi to the people who don’t know about it?
-Shogi is the only chess-type game where you can use the pieces of your opponent. Because of the dynamic of getting the pieces that your opponent gives you, it’s interesting until the very end … so there’s always a chance that you might get back into the games, I found that very, very interesting.
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