This episode takes place in August of 1999.
This episode was adapted using material from the manga chapters Game 35, Game 36, and Game 37.
Episode Description (Viz)
Eager to take on Sai, Akira doesn't even bother to show up for his first pro exam match. But Sai defeats him, leaving Akira to wonder if it's Hikaru on the other side of the board. When Ms. Ichikawa tells Akira that she spotted Hikaru at an internet café, his instinct turns to intense suspicion.
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