Players using the white pieces -- which go
second -- won more often than those using the black during the 2008
shogi season, the first time since stats were first kept by the Japan
Shogi Association in fiscal 1967.
Of the 2,323 public matches in fiscal 2008, white players won 1,167
and lost 1,156, a win rate of 50.2 percent, it was discovered on
Tuesday. The previous highest win rate was 49.5 percent in fiscal 1968,
and the lowest 46.4 percent in fiscal 2004.
"With the Gokigen-Nakabisha, which doesn't impede the movement of
the bishop, and other ploys, the breadth of strategies for white
players has increased in recent years," said Meijin Yoshiharu Habu. "I
believe the repeated use of these stratagems as openings has led to the
increase in the win rate."
Today is the day for the 4th game of 34th Kio-sen between Kio Sato Yasumitsu and Kubo Toshiaki(8 dan) at Tokyo Shogi Kaikan in Sendagaya, Tokyo. Sato is Sente player as a result of Furigoma(5 pawn toss) and the opening strategy is Kubo's Gokigen Nakabisha. The winner of this game will be the next Kio-title holder. The allotted thinking time per player
is 4 hours and less
than 60 seconds per move after consuming it. I think it will end around
5:00 - 6:00pm since it started at 9:00am(Japan Time). You can watch
the boardlive through below;
You can replay the games by
clicking each point in the table on the linked page. Since the page
will disappear in 6 months from the tournament date, I'm uploading the screenshot of the tournament table below;
Japanese shogi champion Yoshiharu Habu defeated Koichi Fukaura in
game seven of the 58th Osho match on Thursday to win his fifth straight
The final game of the best-of-seven match started on Wednesday in
Tendo, Yamagata Prefecture. Habu, 38, defeated the 37-year-old Fukaura
in 110 moves, finishing the game at 6:51 p.m. on Thursday. Habu had 10
minutes remaining, while Fukaura had thee minutes on the clock.
"Fukaura got the lead over me, and it turned out to be a tough
game," Habu said. "It was pretty difficult shogi in the sixth and
seventh games. It still hasn't sunk in that I've defended the title,
but I want to use this as encouragement to play better."
Fukaura said he wanted to take his loss positively.
"After my third win I had thought there was still a long way to go
(to the title). I benefited from being able to take on strategies that
I don't normally use. I want to take my loss positively," he said.
With the title under his belt, Habu increased the number of his Osho
match wins to 12. He is the defending champion of the Meijin, Kisei,
Oza and Osho titles. His overall number of title wins stands at 72,
close to the record 80 won by Yasuharu Oyama.
Fukaura, who holds the Oi title, had been gunning for his first Osho crown.
The Osho match was sponsored by the Mainichi Newspapers and Sports Nippon Newspapers.
On March 25 & 26, the 7th game of 58th Osho-sen 4-win match between Osho Habu and Challenger Oui Fukaura was held at Tendo Hotel in Tendo City, Yamagata prefecture. Fukaura was Sente player as a result of Furigoma(5 pawn toss) in this
game. Habu chose Yokofutori R-8e(Chuza-bisha) opening. Habu beat Fukaura and defended Oho-title with the score of 4-3.
The diagram below is the resignation one where Sente moved his promoted Rook to 7h. After the
diagram, the possible variations of forced mate would be as followings;
Today and tomorrow is the days for the 7th(final) game of 58th Osho-sen 4-win match between Osho Habu Yoshiharu and Oui Fukaura Koichi at Tendo Hotel
in Tendo City, Yamagata prefecture. As a result of Furigoma, Fukaura became Sente player. It
started at 9:00 am. The opening strategy is Yokofutori R-8e which is called Chuza-Bisha. Before the
game, the score is tied in 3-3. The winner of this game will be the next Osho title holder.