"Shogi" sensation Yoshiharu Habu held the unique “eisei” (eternity) honor in all seven major titles Dec. 5, the first ever player to accomplish such a feat.

The criteria to gain the eisei honor is different depending on which title--Ryuo, Meijin, Oi, Oza, Kio, Osho or Kisei.

In the Ryuo tournament, for example, a player has to win the title five seasons in a row or a total of seven seasons.

Habu, 47, defeated Ryuo titleholder Akira Watanabe, 33, in 87 moves Dec. 5 to record a 4-1 victory in the seven-game final in Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture.

It was Habu's seventh Ryuo title so he also collected the eisei honor. He had won the eisei honor in the other six titles between 1995 and 2008.

Habu’s victory in this season’s Ryuo tournament also increased the total number of times he has won one of the seven titles to 99.

“I’m happy as I was able to record a big record. I had failed to win the Ryuo title many times in the past. As I was able to produce a good result this time, I feel fulfilled,” Habu said.