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|Native name||米長 邦雄|
|Born||June 10, 1943|
|Died||December 18, 2012(aged 69)|
|Achieved professional status||April 1, 1963(aged 19)|
|Retired||December 17, 2003(aged 56)|
|Lifetime titles||Lifetime Kisei|
|Major titles won||19|
|Career record||1103–800 (.580)|
|JSA profile page|
Kunio Yonenaga (米長 邦雄 Yonenaga Kunio, June 10, 1943 - December 18, 2012) was a Japanese professional shogi player and president of Japan Shogi Association (May, 2005 - December 18, 2012). He received an honorary title Lifetime Kisei due to his remarkable results in the Kisei title tournament. He is a former Meijin and Tenth Dan.
Yonenaga became a professional in 1963, and was promoted to 9 dan in 1979.
Yonenaga was regarded as one of the best shogi players through the 1970s and 1980s. He won Kisei, his first titleholder championship in 1973 and dominated four of the seven shogi titles in 1984. He was awarded as Best Shogi Player of the Year thrice (1978, 1983 and 1984), though he had not won a Meijin title, then regarded the supreme tournament, for decades. He finally won Meijin in 1993 when he was 49 (the oldest on record), but he was defeated by Yoshiharu Habu the next year. Yonenaga retired in 2003.
Yonenaga was one of early shogi professionals who played with computer shogi publicly. In 2012 when was retired, he played a game with bonkras(ja:ボンクラーズ (コンピュータ将棋), a computer shogi software, and lost. Yonenaga authored his last book I lost about this game.
Yonenaga died on December 18 2012 from prostate cancer at a hospital in Tokyo. He was succeeded by the professional Koji Tanigawa.
Titles and other championships
|Kisei||1973, 1980, 1983–1985|
|Nihon Series||1980, 1984, 1986|
- "Yonenaga Kunio Eisei Kisei, Intai" 米長邦雄永世棋聖, 引退 [Lifetime Kisei Kunio Yonenaga retires] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. December 2003. Archived from the original on September 8, 2006. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
- "Yonenaga Kunio Eisei Kisei (Kishi Bangō Hachijūgo)" 米長邦雄 永世棋聖 (棋士番号85) [Kunio Yonenaga Lifetime Kisei (Badge No. 85)] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Archived from the original on May 31, 2006. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
- 棋士紹介－物故棋士一覧 [List of Deceased Shogi Players] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Archived from the original on 2014-09-23. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
- 将棋の米長邦雄さん 死去 [Shogi player Kunio Yonenaga dies] (in Japanese). NHK. Archived from the original on 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
- RIKEN and Fujitsu host symposium on ‘shogi intuition’ (Japanese chess) research
- "組織概要［創立・沿革］" [About Us]. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06.
- Tokyo's Flag Law: Proud Patriotism, or Indoctrination?
- "癌ノート" [Cancer Note]. Archived from the original on 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
- YouTube: Interview with Kunio Yonenaga