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Yoshiharu Habu
Y Habu 
Number of games in database: 43
Years covered: 2001 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2399 (2359 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2415

Overall record: +16 -11 =12 (56.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (11) 
    B47 B42 B33 B76 B65
With the Black pieces:
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D47 D44 D45
 Sicilian (4) 
    B50 B51 B90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P K Wells vs Y Habu, 2005 0-1
   P Nikolic vs Y Habu, 2007 0-1
   Y Habu vs S Merkesvik, 2015 1-0
   G Garcia vs Y Habu, 2006 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Open: Open Section (2003)
   34th World Open (2006)
   8th Dubai Open (2006)

   🏆 Basel Masters
   Naiditsch vs Y Habu (Jan-02-16) 1-0
   V Burmakin vs Y Habu (Dec-30-15) 1/2-1/2
   Y Habu vs K Georgiev (Dec-28-15) 0-1
   G Tomov vs Y Habu (Jan-05-15) 0-1
   Y Habu vs S Merkesvik (Jan-04-15) 1-0

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(born Sep-27-1970, 52 years old) Japan

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He is a champion of shogi (Japanese chess). He is also a FIDE Master.

Wikipedia article: Yoshiharu Habu

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Habu vs E Bogdanov 1-0182001Saint-Quentin opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
2. Y Habu vs Delchev 0-1472001Saint-Quentin opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
3. Y Habu vs Lautier  0-1662002SimulB33 Sicilian
4. Y Habu vs O Nelson  1-0392003World Open: Open SectionB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
5. Y Habu vs W Paschall  ½-½292003World Open: Open SectionB01 Scandinavian
6. T Beckman vs Y Habu  0-1262003World Open: Open SectionA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
7. Benjamin vs Y Habu  ½-½642003World Open: Open SectionB50 Sicilian
8. Y Habu vs Sadvakasov  0-1342003World Open: Open SectionB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. R Burnett vs Y Habu  1-0372003World op 31stE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
10. Y Habu vs M Cebalo  ½-½382005Hoogeveen Essent opB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. P K Wells vs Y Habu 0-1282005Essent OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Pelletier vs Y Habu 1-0512005Zurich WeihnachtsopenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. M Prusikin vs Y Habu  ½-½222005Zurich WeihnachtsopenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. A Grishina vs Y Habu  0-13420068th Dubai OpenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
15. Y Habu vs C Vaidya  1-04420068th Dubai OpenC18 French, Winawer
16. E Ghaem Maghami vs Y Habu 1-03920068th Dubai OpenB50 Sicilian
17. Y Habu vs Majeed Mohamad Abdul  ½-½2820068th Dubai OpenC02 French, Advance
18. P Doostkam vs Y Habu  ½-½6120068th Dubai OpenA28 English
19. Y Habu vs P Darini  1-05220068th Dubai OpenB01 Scandinavian
20. R Babaev vs Y Habu  ½-½5920068th Dubai OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
21. Y Habu vs Miroshnichenko  0-16120068th Dubai OpenB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
22. H Aryanejad vs Y Habu  ½-½3620068th Dubai OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. I Zenyuk vs Y Habu  0-149200634th World OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Y Habu vs L B Hansen 0-169200634th World OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. M Hansen vs Y Habu 0-137200634th World OpenC02 French, Advance
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  Nightsurfer: Hi, dear <Atking>, thank you very much for your posting of <Apr-18-12> when you have made us pay attention to that thrilling event at beautiful <Chateau Villandry>/France in the autumn of 2011> when the SHOGI-<Meijin>'s Yoshiharu Habu and Toshiyuki Moriuchi have faced Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in International Chess, herewith the reportage that features that very interesting encounter.
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  Nightsurfer: In case that you would ask why all that fuzz about SHOGI?! Just have a look at a very entertaining feature that the German-language program of <MTV>!! has aired on that great Japanese version of Chess, please turn to the link as follows .

And there you will see Rene Gralla play a short game of demonstration against <Daniel "Budi" Budiman>, herewith more information about the latter: , who is a very popular TV-journalist who covers electronic games in <MTV>'s magazine GAME ONE together with his partner <Simon Krätschmer>, herewith more information about <Simon Krätschmer>:

Both <Daniel "Budi" Budiman> and <Simon Krätschmer> have been the presenters of that very production on SHOGI that has been aired by <MTV>.

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  Nightsurfer: I would like to express my sincerest <domo arigato> to <Atking> who has shared with us the information that the life-time Meijin <Yoshiharu Habu> has taken part in a mixed event of Chess and <Shogi> at Kobe in September 2012 - together with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ; the thrilling challenge has been covered by the blog of beautiful Alexandra Kosteniuk, please see and by <Kyodo News>, please check out!
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  HeMateMe: Well, this is something different. You don't hear much about Japanese chess players.
Dec-24-12  wordfunph: FM Yoshiharu Habu --- the "Garry Kasparov of Shogi"!
Oct-31-13  Zugzwangovich: Shogi news: Moriuchi leads Watanabe 2-0 in the best-of-seven Ryu-O series, which as <ughaibu> points out can be considered to be a world championship. Watanabe's been the winner of this series for the last nine years.
Jan-02-14  nummerzwei: He's back in the ring, playing currently in the 24th Cracovia Festival in Krakow, Poland.
Apr-25-14  Rookiepawn: A nicer (or more neutral) way of saying "non-Japanese" is "gaikokujin".

Regarding Go, it fascinates me because the simplicity of the rules (you can start playing after no more than 10 minutes of explanation) hide an ocean of complexity. Strategically talking it seems to me far more subtle than chess, for it is really hard to know whether you're winning or losing.

After a Go game, I see little white and black spots flickering before my eyes...

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  Penguincw: When 2 "chess" legends crash:
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  WannaBe: <Penguincw> Thank you so much for that link, I've taken the liberty and sent the 2 PGNs from the rapid games. =)
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  WannaBe: Yeah!! The games are in the database! Thank you CG. =)
Apr-16-15  Catholic Bishop: This guy may be the most naturally gifted intellectual game player of all time, considering his stature as possibly the strongest Shogi player in history, a 2400 fide rating in chess, as well as being amateur 2 dan in Go.
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  keypusher: <Catholic Bishop: This guy may be the most naturally gifted intellectual game player of all time, considering his stature as possibly the strongest Shogi player in history, a 2400 fide rating in chess, as well as being amateur 2 dan in Go.>

Sounds like he just can't concentrate.

Apr-16-15  Catholic Bishop: <keypusher: Sounds like he just can't concentrate.> Why would he need to? He's been earning an average of around a million USD a year from 1993 to this year from Shogi alone:

He's married to a popular Japanese actress, has enough free time to dabble in chess, even occasionally making GMs look like patzers from those Paul Morphy games. I'd say concentration is not something he's mightily concerned with.

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  keypusher: <Catholic Bishop: <keypusher: Sounds like he just can't concentrate.> Why would he need to? He's been earning an average of around a million USD a year from 1993 to this year from Shogi alone:

Lighten up, Your Eminence.

Nov-12-15  BIDMONFA: Yoshiharu Habu

HABU, Yoshiharu

Feb-11-23  Zugzwangovich: Trying for his 100th career title at age 52, Habu yesterday conjured up a scintillating attack to upend Sota Fujii, the greatest heavyweight going today, and tie their best-of-seven Osho title match at 2-2. Fujii's only 20 but for the last few years has been kicking butts left and right a la Tal in his early 20s.
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  Check It Out: Is there a link for more info?
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  HeMateMe: Wasn't the Yoshiharu the 'unwinnable' test that prospective Starfleet captains are put through, in the training academy in Star Trek?
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  beatgiant: <HeMateMe>Kobayashi Maru. So you got the language, number of syllables, and last vowel right. Still, I highly doubt classmates in school teased Yoshiharu as the impossible test kid.

This is probably better than the time you mistook an Australian flag for a British one. Bravo....

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  Check It Out: Come for the deets, stay for the lulz.
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  HeMateMe: I have never mistaken the Australian flag and Brit union jack, only the accents.


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  beatgiant: <HeMateMe> See Kibitzer's Café (kibitz #280585), where you posted <I found a British themed chess T-shirt!> but the picture in the link was a rook with Australian flags and "Check, Mate!" but I grant you were probably just having a lark.
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  HeMateMe: Never take me too seriously...
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  beatgiant: <HeMateMe> I was trying to be unserious, but sometimes it doesn't come out right on the web. Something like... an impossible test.
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