Takashi Abe

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Takashi Abe
Native name阿部隆
Born (1967-08-25) August 25, 1967 (age 51)
HometownOsaka Prefecture
NationalityJapanese
Career
Achieved professional statusJune 10, 1985(1985-06-10) (aged 17)
Badge Number171
Rank8 dan
TeacherKaishū Tanaka [ja]
Tournaments won2
Meijin classB2
Ryūō class5
Websites
JSA profile page

Takashi Abe (阿部 隆, Abe Takashi, born August 25, 1967) is a Japanese professional shogi player, ranked 8-dan.

Early life[edit]

Takashi Abe was born in Osaka Prefecture on August 25, 1967.[1] Although it was said that Abe was more passionate about "yakyū" than shogi as a young boy,[2] he entered the Japan Shogi Association's apprentice school at the rank of 6-kyū under the guidance of shogi professional Kaishū Tanaka [ja] during his second year of junior high school in December 1981.[2][3] Abe rapidly progressed through the apprentice school,[2] being promoted to the rank of 1-dan in 1983 and then obtaining full professional status and the rank of 4-dan in June 1985, just 3 years and 7 months after becoming an apprentice.[2][3]

Shogi professional[edit]

In 1986, Abe participated in a special three-game match against Yoshiharu Habu called the ""Young Prodigy 3-game Clash" (天才少年激突三番勝負, Tensai Shōnen Gekitotsu Sanban Shōbu), which was a special project pitting the most promising young professional from Western Japan (the 17-year-old Abe) against the most promising young professional from Eastern Japan (the 15-year-old Habu). Even though Abe ended up losing the match, his play received high praise with professional Hirobumi Serizawa [ja] even stating that Abe was more talented than Habu.[2]

Abe's first shogi championship as a professional came in 1993 when he defeated Hiroki Nakata 3 games to 2 to win the 12th All Nihon Pro [ja].[2][4]

Abe's only appearance in a major title match to date came in 2002 when he challenged Habu for the 15th Ryūō title. Abe advanced to the title match by defeating his 12th All Nihon Pro opponent Nakata 2 games to 1 to win the best-of-three challenger playoff. In the title match against Habu, Abe lost the first two games before winning the next three to take a 3 games to 2 lead. Habu, however, went on to win Games 6 and 7 to defend his title.[5]

On August 31, 2007, Abe defeated Keita Inoue in a Meijin Class B1 ranking game to become the 34th shogi professional to win 600 official games.[6]

Promotion history[edit]

The promotion history for Abe is as follows:[7]

  • 1981: 6-kyū
  • 1983: 1-dan
  • 1985, June 10: 4-dan
  • 1989, August 11: 5-dan
  • 1992, November 16: 6-dan
  • 1997, June 6: 7-dan
  • 2005, February 16: 8-dan

Titles and other championships[edit]

Abe's only appearance in a major title match was in 2002 when he was the challenger for the Ryūō title.[8] Abe has won two non-major shogi championships during his career: the 12th All Nihon Pro [ja] (1993) and the 20th All Star Kachinuki-sen [ja] (1999–2000).[9]

Awards and honors[edit]

Abe received the Japan Shogi Association Annual Shogi Awards for "Most Games Won" and "Most Games Played" in 1996.[10] In addition, Abe received the JSA's "Shogi Honor Award" in 2007 for winning 600 games as a professional and "25 Years Service Award" in 2010 for being an active professional for 25 years.[11]

Year-end prize money and game fee ranking[edit]

Abe has finished in the "Top 10" of the JSA's year-end prize money and game fee rankings [ja] three times since 1993: he earned a total of JPY 24,780,000 to rank seventh in 1994, JPY 25,630,000 to rank ninth in 2002 and JPY 20,490,000 to rank eighth in 2003.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kishi Dētabēsu: Abe Takashi" 棋士データベース: 阿部隆 [Professional Shogi Player Database: Takashi Abe] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Geneki Purō Kishi DētaBukku 2016 [Jō] A-Ta Gyō 現役プロ棋士データブック2016 [上] あ-た [2016 Active Shogi Professional Databook [First volume] Letter "A" to Letter "Ta"] (in Japanese). MyNabi Publishing/Japan Shogi Association. 2015. p. 10. Retrieved May 22, 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b "Heisei Nijūrokunenban Shōgi Nenkan Nisenjūyonnen" 平成26年版 将棋年鑑 2014 [Shogi Yearbook: Heisei 26 (2014) edition] (in Japanese). MyNabi Publishing/Japan Shogi Association. 2014. p. 556. ISBN 978-4-8399-5175-7. Retrieved May 21, 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Asahi Ōpun Senshuken (Zen Nippon Puro Tōnamento): Kako no Kekka" 朝日オープン選手権 (全日本プロトーナメント): 過去の結果 [All Nihon Pro tournament: Past results] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Dai Jūgoki Ryūōsen" 第15期竜王戦 [15th Ryūō Tournament] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. 2002. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Abe Takashi Hachidan Roppyakushō (Shōgi Eiyoshō) wo Tassei!" 阿部隆八段 600勝(将棋栄誉賞)を達成! [Takashi Abe 8d achieves 600th win! Awarded "Shogi Honor Award".] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. August 31, 2007. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Kishi Dētabēsu: Abe Takashi Shōdan Rireki" 棋士データベース: 阿部隆 昇段履歴 [Professional Shogi Player Database: Takashi Abe Promotion History] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Kishi Dētabēsu: Abe Takashi Taitoru Rireki" 棋士データベース: 阿部隆 タイトル履歴 [Professional Shogi Player Database: Takashi Abe Major Title History] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kishi Dētabēsu: Abe Takashi Yūshō Rireki" 棋士データベース: 阿部隆 優勝履歴 [Professional Shogi Player Database: Takashi Abe Championship History] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kishi Dētabēsu: Abe Takashi Shōgi Taishō" 棋士データベース: 阿部隆 将棋大賞 [Professional Shogi Player Database: Takashi Abe Annual Shogi Awards] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "Kishi Dētabēsu: Abe Takashi Sonota Hyōshō" 棋士データベース: 阿部隆 その他表彰 [Professional Shogi Player Database: Takashi Abe Other Awards] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Nenkan Kakutoku Shōkin - Taikyokuryō TOP10" 年間獲得賞金・対局料TOP10 [Annual Prize Money/Game Fees Top 10] (in Japanese). Kishi-mania. Archived from the original on May 23, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2018.

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