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The Yomiuri Shimbun

Yoshiharu Habu, left, who lost his Ryuo title to eighth-dan shogi player Akihito Hirose

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羽生(はぶ)竜王(りゅうおう)敗(やぶ)れ27年ぶり無冠(むかん)将(しょう)棋(ぎ)界(かい)の最(さい)高(こう)の称(しょう)号(ごう)「竜(りゅう)王(おう)をかけて争(あらそ)われる竜王戦(せん)の最(さい)終(しゅう)戦が12月20日から21日にかけて行(おこな)われ、挑(ちょう)戦(せん)者(しゃ)の広(ひろ)瀬(せ)章(あき)人(ひと)八(はち)段(だん)(31)が、羽(は)生(ぶ)善(よし)治(はる)竜王(48)を破(やぶ)り、初(はつ)の竜王を獲(かく)得(とく)しました。

竜王戦は、プロ棋(き)士(し)が戦(たたか)う8つの重(じゅう)要(よう)な試(し)合(あい)(8大タイトル)の1つです。タイトルの中で最(もっと)も格(かく)が高(たか)いとされ、優(ゆう)勝(しょう)賞(しょう)金(きん)も4320万(まん)円と最(さい)高(こう)額(がく)です。

羽生さんにとってこの試合は、勝(か)てば、前(ぜん)人(じん)未(み)到(とう)の「通(つう)算(さん)獲得タイトル100期(き)」、負(ま)ければ、27年ぶりの「無(む)冠(かん)」という大勝(しょう)負(ぶ)でした。しかし、3勝3敗(ぱい)で迎(むか)えた最終戦で、広瀬さんに敗(やぶ)れました。羽生さんは「実(じつ)力(りょく)が足りなかった。力をつけて次(つぎ)のチャンスをつかみたい」と語(かた)りました。

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Shogi master Yoshiharu Habu lost his Ryuo title to challenger Akihito Hirose, leaving him without a major shogi title for the first time in 27 years.

Eighth-dan player Hirose, 31, captured his first Ryuo crown after winning the last game of the competition for the title. The game was held from Dec. 20 to 21.

Ryuo is considered the most prestigious of the eight major professional shogi titles, and comes with a grand prize of ¥43.2 million.

The match was a make-or-break moment for Habu.

Habu, 48, would have become the first professional shogi player to win 100 titles if he had defended the title. However, he finished without a title for the first time in 27 years.

The two players entered the decisive game with three wins apiece.

“The result shows I wasn’t up to the level. I’d like to strengthen my abilities to get another chance,” Habu said.

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挑(ちょう)戦(せん)者(しゃ):challenger

格(かく)が高(たか)い:prestigious

実(じつ)力(りょく)が足りない:be not up to the level

力(ちから)をつける:strengthen one’s ability

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