OSAKA -- Teen shogi sensation Sota Fujii added three more victories in a single day to his winning streak here, extending his total to 23 consecutive triumphs since he went professional in October 2016, putting him in third place for most consecutive wins ever.
The 14-year-old fourth-dan player participated in the Japan Shogi Association's Joshu Yamada Challenge Cup held at the Kansai Shogi Hall in Osaka's Fukushima Ward, and won all three of his matches on June 7. Fujii surpassed the 22-win streak shared by several players including 46-year-old ninth-dan Yoshiharu Habu, who currently holds three of shogi's main titles. Fujii now lies five victories away from longest winning streak holder, 56-year-old eighth-dan Hiroshi Kamiya, at 28 consecutive wins. Fujii's next match is set for June 10 in Tokyo against 21-year-old fellow fourth-dan Hirotaka Kajiura. Expectations are growing for the junior high school shogi player with seemingly endless potential to shatter existing records.