Japan’s youngest professional Shogi player, 14 year-old Sota Fujii, defeated the oldest high-ranked player, 76 year-old Hifumi Kato, in his debut match. When Fujii went professional in October, he had also broken a 63 year record held by Kato for being the youngest player to go pro. After further losses in a following tournament, Kato has fallen sufficiently in rank as to face mandatory retirement.
Karolina Styczynska, 25 years-old of Poland, has become the first non-Japanese woman professional Shogi player. She earned her promotion to second-kyu (class) joryu at a recent tournament in Tokyo but her interest in Shogi was sparked back in Poland by reading the manga, Naruto.
Guiness World Records has certified the world’s largest Ouija board, built on the roof of the haunted Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, Pennsylvania. The board measures 121.01 m² (1,302.54 ft²).