Watanabe Akira defended his Kiou title in 5 games match against Chida Souta. This match was a full set after Chida was able to win the first and the third game.
The last game of the match was held in the Shogi Federation building the Monday 27, each player have 4 hours . Watanabe has won the last 4 years in a row and after this victory, he will get the title of perpetual Kiou. This year Watanabe was also able to keep his Ryuou title against Maruyama.