Akira Watanabe (38) defeated challenger Shintaro Saito Hachidan (29) with 4 wins and 1 loss in one of the eight major titles of shogi, "Master Battle", and defended the title.

The "master battle" was held in the seventh game, and Watanabe double crown was 3 wins and 1 loss so far, and he was approaching the title defense with one more win.

The 5th station started in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture on the 28th, and by noon on the 2nd day, it was a slow development with 56 moves, spending time with each other to see how they went out, but gradually attacked towards the end. Became fierce.

Then, after 8:00 pm, Watanabe double crown pushed Saito Hachidan to the end with 97 moves and defended the title with 4 wins and 1 loss.

Watanabe Nikon has won the championship for the third time in a row since 2020, when he won the "Master Battle" for the first time.

After the game, Futatsu Watanabe said, "I'm relieved that the long battle is over. Since the master battle is a long time, I turned to the one station in front of me and pointed without thinking about the future. I'm glad I got the result." I was talking.