Karolina Styczynska became the first non-Japanese female shogi professional!
Karolina Styczynska, a shogi (Japanese chess) player from Poland, was promoted to 2nd grade and gained the right to become a full-fledged professional player. She is the first non-Japanese shogi player to achieve the rank of professional. Styczynska began playing the game online after learning about it through Japanese manga she read as a high school student. Through the virtual online shogi games, this young girl was found by Madoka Kitao, professional shogi prayer. Last year, Polish-Japanese Friendship Foundation NAMI organized shogi program in the framework of the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw2016, where Madoka Kitao gave lectures and workshops. Congratulations!