Osho (shogi)

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Ōshō (王将?) is one of the seven titles in Japanese professional shogi. The word refers to the piece called "the King" in shogi. This is not to be confused with the title "Amateur Ōshō" that is awarded to the winner of the Amateur Ōshō Tournament each year.

Shogi Ōshō

The challenger for the title is determined by three-step preliminary round that comprises 1st heat, 2nd heat and league competition. Seven members of the league are top four of previous year's league and only top three of 2nd heat. The player who wins the most in the league will becomes the challenger.

Championship match is held from January to March every year.

The player that wins four games out of seven first in the championship series will become the new Ōshō title holder. Until 1964, however, when three-win lead (3-0 or 4-1) occurred, then champion ( = new Ōshō title holder) was determined and games of the rest of series were handicap shogi where one of the champion's two lance was removed in advance.

Lifetime Ōshō[edit]

Lifetime Ōshō ("Eisei-Ōshō" = Lifetime Ōshō) is the title given to a player who has won the championship ten times. A active player may qualify for the title, but it is only official awarded upon retirement or death.

Lifetime title holders

Winners[edit]

No. Year Winner Score Opponent
1 1952 Kozoh Masuda 4-1 Yoshio Kimura
2 1953 Yasuharu Oyama 4-3 Yuzoh Maruta
3 1954 Yasuharu Oyama 4-2 Kozoh Masuda
4 1955 Yasuharu Oyama 4-1 Shigeyuki Matsuda
5 1956 Kozoh Masuda 3-0 Yasuharu Oyama
6 1957 Kozoh Masuda 4-2 Yasuharu Oyama
7 1958 Yasuharu Oyama 4-3 Kozoh Masuda
8 1959 Yasuharu Oyama 3-0 Kazukiyo Takashima
9 1960 Yasuharu Oyama 4-2 Tatsuya Futakami
10 1961 Yasuharu Oyama 4-2 Tatsuya Futakami
11 1962 Yasuharu Oyama 3-0 Hifumi Katoh
12 1963 Tatsuya Futakami 4-2 Yasuharu Oyama
13 1964 Yasuharu Oyama 3-0 Tatsuya Futakami
14 1965 Yasuharu Oyama 4-1 Hiroji Katoh
15 1966 Yasuharu Oyama 4-3 Michiyoshi Yamada
16 1967 Yasuharu Oyama 4-1 Hifumi Katoh
17 1968 Yasuharu Oyama 4-2 Hifumi Katoh
18 1969 Yasuharu Oyama 4-0 Kunio Naitoh
19 1970 Yasuharu Oyama 4-1 Tatsuya Futakami
20 1971 Yasuharu Oyama 4-3 Makoto Nakahara
21 1972 Yasuharu Oyama 4-3 Michio Ariyoshi
22 1973 Makoto Nakahara 4-0 Yasuharu Oyama
23 1974 Makoto Nakahara 4-2 Kunio Yonenaga
24 1975 Makoto Nakahara 4-3 Kunio Yonenaga
25 1976 Makoto Nakahara 4-1 Michio Ariyoshi
26 1977 Makoto Nakahara 4-2 Yasuharu Oyama
27 1978 Makoto Nakahara 4-2 Michio Ariyoshi
28 1979 Hifumi Katoh 4-1 Makoto Nakahara
29 1980 Yasuharu Oyama 4-2 Hifumi Katoh
30 1981 Yasuharu Oyama 4-1 Kunio Yonenaga
31 1982 Yasuharu Oyama 4-3 Makoto Nakahara
32 1983 Kunio Yonenaga 4-1 Yasuharu Oyama
33 1984 Kunio Yonenaga 4-1 Keiji Mori
34 1985 Makoto Nakahara 4-1 Kunio Yonenaga
35 1986 Osamu Nakamura 4-2 Makoto Nakahara
36 1987 Osamu Nakamura 4-2 Makoto Nakahara
37 1988 Yoshikazu Minami 4-3 Osamu Nakamura
38 1989 Yoshikazu Minami 4-0 Akira Shima
39 1990 Kunio Yonenaga 4-3 Yoshikazu Minami
40 1991 Yoshikazu Minami 4-2 Kunio Yonenaga
41 1992 Koji Tanigawa 4-1 Yoshikazu Minami
42 1993 Koji Tanigawa 4-0 Satoshi Murayama
43 1994 Koji Tanigawa 4-2 Makoto Nakahara
44 1995 Koji Tanigawa 4-3 Yoshiharu Habu
45 1996 Yoshiharu Habu 4-0 Koji Tanigawa
46 1997 Yoshiharu Habu 4-0 Koji Tanigawa
47 1998 Yoshiharu Habu 4-1 Yasumitsu Satoh
48 1999 Yoshiharu Habu 4-1 Taku Morishita
49 2000 Yoshiharu Habu 4-0 Yasumitsu Satoh
50 2001 Yoshiharu Habu 4-1 Koji Tanigawa
51 2002 Yasumitsu Satoh 4-2 Yoshiharu Habu
52 2003 Yoshiharu Habu 4-0 Yasumitsu Satoh
53 2004 Toshiyuki Moriuchi 4-2 Yoshiharu Habu
54 2005 Yoshiharu Habu 4-0 Toshiyuki Moriuchi
55 2006 Yoshiharu Habu 4-3 Yasumitsu Satoh
56 2007 Yoshiharu Habu 4-3 Yasumitsu Satoh
57 2008 Yoshiharu Habu 4-1 Toshiaki Kubo
58 2009 Yoshiharu Habu 4-3 Koichi Fukaura
59 2010 Toshiaki Kubo 4-2 Yoshiharu Habu
60 2011 Toshiaki Kubo 4-2 Masayuki Toyoshima
61 2012 Yasumitsu Satoh 4-1 Toshiaki Kubo
62 2013 Akira Watanabe 4-1 Yasumitsu Satoh
63 2014 Akira Watanabe 4-3 Yoshiharu Habu

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