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Subject: Youngest pro shogi player, 14, to face 76-year-old veteran in tournament rss

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Sota Fujii, who at 14 years and two months became Japan's youngest professional shogi player on Oct. 1, is set to go up against the oldest player, 76-year-old Hifumi Kato, in his first official match.

Fujii, who holds a fourth-dan ranking, will meet Kato in the sixth group ranking match of the 30th Ryuo Tournament to be held on Dec. 24.

Kato is a ninth-dan veteran who himself previously held the record for being the youngest professional player, at 14 years and seven months.

"It gives me a feeling of tension and determination," Fujii said. "Mr. Kato's passion for shogi hasn't eased and he's amazing. I want to try hard so I can give it my best shot."

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