Madoka KITAO, professional Shogi player, was born in Tokyo on January 21, 1980.
Madoka started to learn Shogi at her high school age and became a student of Master Kazuyoshi Nishimura. She joined Japan Shogi Association’s Ikuseikai in 1997. Upon winning the competitions, she was granted professional lady Shogi player in October 2000. In 2003, she was promoted to 1st Dan. In 2006, she married Daisuke Katagami, also a Shogi player.
In 2008, she invented a small Shogi variant of 3 X 4 squares, named Let's Catch the Lion!, to attract children and girls to Shogi, which is presently the best seller of Shogi related games in Japan.
Her love for Shogi, she says, is because the universe of Shogi is unlimited on the board of 81 squares, and by moving pieces with your own will and strategies, a unique world can be created, it’s such a stimulating game that she would like it to be shared by everyone. She communicates actively what Shogi is to girls, children and to the beginners through media and events.
Regular personality of NHK TV program “Shogi Koza”, assisting Manabu Senzaki 8-Dans, broadcast on every Sunday morning nationwide in Japan, Oct. 09 - Mar. 10.
Jan. 1980 Born in Tokyo, Japan
Oct. 1997 Admitted to Japan Shogi Association, School of Kazuyoshi Nishimura
Oct. 2000 Granted professional Shogi player, Second kyu of Ladies’ professional
Apr. 2001 Promoted First kyu of ladies Shogi
Oct. 2003 First Dan of ladies Shogi
Mar. 2008 Invented Dōbutsu Shōgi
Jun. 2008 Winner of One day Tournament Tochinoki Cup
Oct. 2009 Regular personality on NHK TV Shogi program, assisting Senzaki 8-Dans
Feb. 2010 Established Nekomado Co., Ltd.
Dec. 2010 Became Master and Promotive Planning Partner of 81 Dojo (Interactive Shogi gaming web-site). http://81dojo.com/jp/
Aug. 2013 Second Dan of ladies Shogi
Official blog “SHOGI NO WA" (Link of Shogi) http://ameblo.jp/madoka-shogi/