Katō at an event in 2019.
|Native name||加藤 桃子|
|Born||October 6, 1993|
|Hometown||Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Achieved professional status||April 1, 2019(aged 25)|
|Teacher||Terutaka Yasue (8-dan)|
|Major titles won||8|
|JSA profile page|
Katō was born in Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture on October 6, 1993. She started playing shogi when she was about five years old. She started taking shogi lessons and was traveling outside of Shizuoka Prefecture to play in shogi tournaments by the time she was a third-grade elementary school student, and won a national shogi championship when she was a fifth-grade elementary school student.
Apprentice shogi professional
Katō entered the Japan Shogi Association's apprentice school at the rank of 6-kyū as a student of shogi professional Terutaka Yasue in 2006 when she was eleven years old. She was promoted to the rank of apprentice professional 1-kyū in 2011 and then apprentice professional 1-dan in May 2014, becoming just the third woman to achieve that rank after Kana Satomi and Tomoka Nishiyama.
In March 2019, Katō decided to leave the apprentice school and petitioned the JSA to become a female professional shogi player instead. In consideration of her past success in women's professional shogi tournaments, the JSA decided to award Katō the rank of 3-dan instead of her last rank as an apprentice professional which is the common practice for women apprentice professionals ranked 2-kyū or higher.
Note: All ranks are female professional ranks.
- "Kishi Dētabēsu" 女流棋士データベース [Female Professional Shogi Player Database] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
- "Shōgi no Katō Momoko Shodan ga Shōreikai Taikai Joryū Kishi Sandan ni" 将棋の加藤桃子初段が奨励会退会 女流棋士三段に [Shogi's Momoko Katō 1-dan leaves apprentice school to become a female professional 3-dan]. Sports Hochi (in Japanese). March 27, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
- "Shōgi･Shodai Joryū Ōza ni Jūrokusai ｢Kishi｣ Mezasu Shōreikai Ikkyū" 将棋･初代女流王座に16歳 ｢棋士｣ めざす奨励会1級 [Shogi: Apprentice professional 1-kyū aiming for "regular professional status" wins the first Women's Ōza title]. Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese). December 13, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
- "Kaikyo! Honshi Shusshin no Jūrokusai Shōreikaiin ga Joryū Ōza ni Katō Momoko-san" 快挙! 本市出身の16歳奨励会員が女流王座に加藤桃子さん [Hometown girl 16-year-old apprentice shogi professional Momoko Katō wins Women's Ōza title] (pdf). Kōhō Makinohara (in Japanese). Vol. 125. Makinohara City. February 2012. pp. 2–3. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
- "｢Jo-O｣ Katō-san, Sanninme no Shōreikai Shodan" ｢女王｣ 加藤さん, 3人目の奨励会初段. The Nikkei (in Japanese). May 11, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
- "Katō Momoko Shōreikai Shodan ga Shigatsu yori Joryū Sandan ni" 加藤桃子奨励会初段が4月より女流三段に [Apprentice professional 1-dan Momoko Katō will become a female professional 3-dan from April] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. March 27, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
- "Joryū Kishi Dētabēsu: Katō Momoko Taitoru Rireki" 女流棋士データベース: 加藤桃子 タイトル履歴 [Female Professional Shogi Player Database: Momoko Katō Major Title History] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
- Momoko Katō on Twitter: Official Twitter account (in Japanese)
- Reiwa Shogi Schoo: Shogi school operated by Katō (in Japanese)
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