13 - Year - Old Becomes Youngest To Secure Third - Dan Shogi Rank

13-year-old becomes youngest to secure third-dan shogi rankA 13-year-old junior high school student has become the youngest shogi player in Japan to secure a third-dan rank in the game.
Sota Fujii, a member of Shoreikai, an organization under the Japan Shogi Association that trains professional shogi players, received the organization's decision to give him a third-dan ranking at a meet in Osaka's Fukushima Ward on Oct. 18, where his victory lifted his recent record to 14 wins and five losses. At 13 years and two months, he is the youngest to secure the rank.

Before Fujii, the youngest to achieve the rank was Yuki Sasaki, who did so in 2008 at the age of 13 years and eight months. Sasaki currently holds a fifth-dan ranking.

Fujii, who is in his first year of junior high school, hails from the Aichi Prefecture city of Seto. He joined Shoreikai in September 2012.

"I want to do my best to quickly rise to the fourth-dan rank," Fujii said.