Ichiyo Shimizu

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Ichiyo Shimizu (清水市代, Shimizu Ichiyo, born January 9, 1969) is a Japanese women's professional shogi player ranked 7-dan.[1][2] She became the first women's professional to be promoted to the rank of women's 6-dan and obtain 40 women titles.[3][4] She is also the second women's professional to win 600 official games.[5]

JSA director[change | change source]

In May 2017, Shimizu became the first women to be elected as an executive director to the Japan Shogi Association's (JSA) board of directors.[6] She was re-elected to a second two-year term in June 2019.[7]

Honors[change | change source]

Shimizu has received several awards in recognition of her accomplishments in shogi and contributions to the Japanese society.[8]

  • 1996, June: Minister of Education Award
  • 1997, February: Tokyo Resident Culture Honor Award (Awarded by the Governor of Tokyo in recognition of cultural achievements)
  • 2000, November: Higashimurayama,[9] Tokyo Resident Honor Award
  • 2008, August: Kurashiki Shogi Culture Honor Award
  • 2009: 25 Years Service Award (Awarded by the JSA in recognition of being an active professional for twenty-five years)

Title match records[change | change source]

The following tables are the summary of her achievements.

  • Names in this table are her opponents.
    Pink means that she has defended or obtained title. Deep pink means that she obtained a lifetime title.
    o: win x: lose s: game suspended
  • Shogi Awards - WMVP : Women player MVP (最優秀女流棋士賞), WPA : Women player award (女流棋士賞), SP: Special Award, WPPMG: Women Player who Played More Games than others
Year Titles Other
Titles
Shogi Award Notes[3][4]
女王 (Queen) 女流王将 (Women King) 女流王位 (Women Monarch) 清麗 (Seirei) 女流王座 (Women Throne) 倉敷藤花 (Kurashiki Toka Cup) 女流名人 (Women Grand Master)
1985 (Season 8)
 
(Season 12)
 
Professional player debut
1986
1987
 
Hiroe Nakai
ooo
LOT[10] ★WPA
1988
 
Hiroe Nakai
xooxx
1989 Hiroe Nakai
ooo
1990 (Season 1)
 
Naoko Hayashiba
xxox
1991 Naoko Hayashiba
oxo
LOT ★WPA
1992 Hiroe Nakai
xxx
LOT
1993 Naoko Hayashiba
oo
Hiroe Nakai
oxoo
<Season 1>
 
LOT ★WPA
1994 Haruko Saida
xx
Hiroe Nakai
ooo
Naoko Hayashiba
oo
Hiroe Nakai
ooo
★WPA
1995 Rieko Yauchi
ooo
Haruko Saida
oxo
Hiroe Nakai
ooo
★WPA Promoted to 5 dan
Year 女王 (Queen) 女流王将 (Women King) 女流王位 (Women Monarch) 清麗 (Seirei) 女流王座 (Women Throne) 倉敷藤花 (Kurashiki Toka Cup) 女流名人 (Women Grand Master) Other
Titles
Shogi Award Notes
1996 (Season 18)
Hiroe Nakai
oxxoo
Dominated 4 titles
<Season 7>
Sachio Ishibashi
ooxo
Maintained 4 titles
<Season 4>
Sayuri Kimura
oo
Maintained 4 titles
<Season 23>
Hiroe Nakai
xoxoo
Maintained 4 titles
★WPA
SP
Dominated 4 titles
Obtained lifetime title
1997 Haruko Saida
oxoxx
Rieko Yauchi
oxxox
Hiroe Nakai
oxo
Hiroe Nakai
ooo
LOT
Kajima Cup
★WPA
1998 Haruko Saida
ooo
Rieko Yauchi
xooo
Dominated 4 titles
Ryoko Chiba
oxo
Maintained 4 titles
Ryoko Chiba
ooxo
Maintained 4 titles
★WPA Dominated 4 titles
Obtained 2 lifetime titles in this year
1999 Sachio Ishibashi
ooxxx
Ryoko Chiba
ooxo
Rieko Yauchi
oo
Hiroe Nakai
xxx
Kajima Cup
2000 Sachio Ishibashi
oxoo
Ryoko Chiba
ooo
Rieko Yauchi
oo
LOT ★WMVP 4th lifetime title
Promoted to 6-dan (1st female player to obtain this rank)
2001 Rieko Yauchi
xooo
Hiroe Nakai
xxooo
Hiroe Nakai
xox
WPA
2002 Hiroe Nakai
xxx
Sachio Ishibashi
ooo
2003 Hiroe Nakai
xooo
Hiroe Nakai
oxoo
LOT ★WMVP
2004 Rieko Yauchi
ooo
Hiroe Nakai
oxo
Ryoko Chiba
oxoo
Kajima Cup ★WMVP
2005 Hiroe Nakai
oxoo
Rieko Yauchi
oo
Rieko Yauchi
xxx
2006 Sachio Ishibashi
ooxo
Haruko Saida
xox
2007 Ryoko Chiba
xooo
Sachio Ishibashi
xoxox
Haruko Saida
xoo
★WMVP
2008 (Season 1)
 
Rieko Yauchi
ooxo
Sachio Ishibashi
xxoox
Kana Satomi
xx
Rieko Yauchi
xooxo
★WMVP
2009
 
Hatsumi Ueda
oo
Sachio Ishibashi
xooxo
Kana Satomi
xxx
WPA
2010
 
Kana Satomi
oxx
Tomomi Kai
xxox
Kana Satomi
xxx
WPPMG (30 Games)
2011
 

Tomomi Kai
xxoox
(Season 1)
Momoko Kato
xoxox
Kana Satomi
xx
Kana Satomi
oxxx
Daiwa Securities Cup WPA
WPPMG (55 games)
Annual winning record (40wins) 
2012
2013
2014 Manao Kagawa
oxx
Tomomi Kai
soxxx
Kana Satomi
xxx
WPPMG (37 Games)  
2015 Kana Satomi
oxxox
 
2016
2017
2018 Kana Satomi
xxx
Oldest finalist (challenger to the defending champion) in women titles
2019 (Season 1)
 
Year 女王 (Queen) 女流王将 (Women King) 女流王位 (Women Monarch) 清麗 (Seirei) 女流王座 (Women Throne) 倉敷藤花 (Kurashiki Toka Cup) 女流名人 (Women Grand Master) Other
Titles
Shogi Award Notes
Total 15 times as finalist
Obtained 9 times
20 times as finalist
Obtained 14 times
2 times as finalist  14 times as finalist
Obtained 10 times
20 times as finalist
Obtained 10 times
11 times    
71 times as finalist, obtained title for 43 times (Japan record)[3][4]
Title Years Number of times overall
女流名人 (Women Grand Master) 1987, 1989, 1994–98, 2003–04, 2008 10
女流王将 (Women King) 1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000–01, 2007–09 9
女流王位 (Women Monarch) 1993–96, 1998–2006, 2009 14 (Japan record)[3][4]
Kurashiki Tōka Cup 1994–2000, 2004–05, 2007 10 (Japan record)[3][4]

References and notes[change | change source]

  1. "Joryū Kishi Dētabēsu: Shimizu Ichiyo" 女流棋士データベース: 清水市代 [Women's Professional Shogi Player Database: Ichiyo Shimizu] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  2. She is the first female player to obtain this rank
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Ichiyo Shimizu at ShogiHub
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Official JSA Profile
  5. Yamamura, Hideki (November 28, 2016). "Shimizu Ichiyo Rokudan ga Roppyakushō" 清水市代女流六段が600勝 [Ichiyo Shimizu 6-dan wins 600th official game]. Mainichi Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  6. "Shimizu Joryū Rokudan, Shōgi Renmei no Jōmu Riji ni, Josei Hatsu" 清水女流六段, 将棋連盟の常務理事に 女性初 [Women's professional Shimizu 6-dan, first women to be elected as executive director to shogi association board]. Chunichi Shimbun (in Japanese). May 30, 2017. Archived from the original on January 12, 2018. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  7. "Nihon Shōgi Renmei Shinyakuin no Oshirase" 日本将棋連盟新役員のお知らせ [Announcement of New Japan Shogi Association Board Members] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. June 7, 2019. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  8. "Joryū Kishi Dētabēsu: Shimizu Ichiyo Sonota Taishō" 女流棋士データベース: 清水市代 その他表彰 [Women's Professional Shogi Player Database: Ichiyo Shimizu Other Awards] (in Japanese). Japan Shogi Association. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  9. City in western Tokyo
  10. Ladies Open Tournament