Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

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
Repertoire Explorer

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

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Yoshiharu Habu
Search Google for Yoshiharu Habu
FIDE player card for Yoshiharu Habu

(born Sep-27-1970, 51 years old) Japan

[what is this?]

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 43  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Habu vs Delchev 0-1472001Saint-Quentin opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
2. Y Habu vs E Bogdanov 1-0182001Saint-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. Y Habu vs Sadvakasov  0-1342003World Open: Open SectionB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Benjamin vs Y Habu  ½-½642003World Open: Open SectionB50 Sicilian
9. P K Wells vs Y Habu 0-1282005Essent OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Pelletier vs Y Habu 1-0512005Zurich WeihnachtsopenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. M Prusikin vs Y Habu  ½-½222005Zurich WeihnachtsopenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. A Grishina vs Y Habu  0-13420068th Dubai OpenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
13. Y Habu vs C Vaidya  1-04420068th Dubai OpenC18 French, Winawer
14. E Ghaem Maghami vs Y Habu 1-03920068th Dubai OpenB50 Sicilian
15. Y Habu vs Majeed Mohamad Abdul  ½-½2820068th Dubai OpenC02 French, Advance
16. P Doostkam vs Y Habu  ½-½6120068th Dubai OpenA28 English
17. Y Habu vs P Darini  1-05220068th Dubai OpenB01 Scandinavian
18. R Babaev vs Y Habu  ½-½5920068th Dubai OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
19. Y Habu vs Miroshnichenko  0-16120068th Dubai OpenB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
20. H Aryanejad vs Y Habu  ½-½3620068th Dubai OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. I Zenyuk vs Y Habu  0-149200634th World OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Y Habu vs L B Hansen 0-169200634th World OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
23. M Hansen vs Y Habu 0-1372006World OpenC02 French, Advance
24. Y Habu vs C Cadman  1-0342006World OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
25. Y Habu vs B Finegold  ½-½19200634th World OpenB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 43  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Habu wins | Habu loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 6 OF 6 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nightsurfer: Since some people have asked whether chess and SHOGI, the Japanese version of chess, have anything in common, herewith a clip that has been produced and aired by the German program of MTV and that is ample proof that SHOGI is part of the Chess World, no doubt about that:
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nightsurfer: For those people who speak Spanish rather than German herewith MTV's program on SHOGI with Spanish subtitles:
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nightsurfer: Hello <Zugzwangovich>, with regard to your assessment that <"chess and shogi are both such great games"> you have concluded that <"it's hard to understand why players of one almost universally disdain the other">.

But things seem to change now. Even our BEAST FROM BAKU-turned-politician Garry Kasparov has already tried out SHOGI: by following the link you will see the Champ of the Champs staring at a board of SHOGI.

That historic encounter of SHOGI - that Garry Kasparov has battled out on the occasion of an interview with a journalist from Japan in Moscow - can be replayed here:

Gary Kasparov's flirt with SHOGI has been at !

Mar-29-12  Zugzwangovich: <Nightsurfer> Many thanks for this post!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nightsurfer: You are very much welcome, <Zugzwangovich>! And there are even more good news with regard to the crossover between Chess & SHOGI: Our beloved Chess Beauty Almira Skripchenko has returned to the board of SHOGI on the occasion of the <International SHOGI Forum 2011> at Paris.

Herewith the proof by photo:

There <Almira Skripchenko> has taken part in a 3-board simultaneous game against Meijin Toshiyuki Moriuchi - herewith one more photo: - , and <lAmira Skripchenko> has won that 2-piece handicap against the Meijin.

Herewith the report on the <International SHOGI Forum 2011> at Paris: ; <Almira Skripchenko>'s great performance has been featured in the paragraph that has the sub-headline <"Magnificent welcome party">.

Apr-18-12  Atking: For all of you Chess&Shogi fans ChessBase has just published in which Mr. Habu could have won a game vs Vachier Lagrave!! (The game was draw and it was a simultaneous on 2 boards. But still it's impressive when we know how few time shogi champion have to play chess.).
Apr-21-12  Atking: mews from Japan. Habu draws again vs a top GM This time White was Nigel Short. True it was a 2 boards exhibition as Villandry event of the last October (The GM playing the 2 boards was Vachier-Lagrave). But still a strong accomplishment for a man who is playing his own "World championship match". The other boards was Mr. Kojima ~5 times Japan Champion (Elo around 2280). Mr Kojima in difficulty from the opening lost in 38 moves.
Apr-21-12  Zugzwangovich: Habu held Nigel Short to a draw in an exhibition game in Tokyo yesterday afternoon. Here are the moves (Short was White): 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.d4 Bg4 10.a4 Qc8 11.ab ab 12.Ra8 Qa8 13.d5 Na5 14.Ba2 c6 15.h3 Bh5 16.Na3 cd 17.Bd5 Nd5 18.Qd5 Bf3 19.Qa8 Ra8 Nb3 21.Be3 Rb8 22.Rd1 f6 23.Rd5 b4 24.Rb5 Rb5 25.Nb5 bc 26.Nc3 Kf7 27.Kf1 Ke6 28.Ke2 f5 29.Kd3 f4 30.Bb6 Bh4 31.Nd5 Kd7 32.Kc3 Nc5 33.Bc5 dc 34.b4 cb 35.Nb4 Bf2 36.Nd3 Bd4 37.(Short refused draw offer) Kc4 Ke6 38.Nf4 ef 39.Kd4 g5 40.e5 h5 41.Ke4 g4 42.fg hg 43.hg f3 44.Kf3 Ke5 45.Kg3 Kf6 Draw (Actually Short played it out all the way to see if Habu knew how to hold the elementary draw.)
Apr-24-12  Zugzwangovich: On GM Short's page, <Atking> suggests that Short played out the simple draw to the end for the public. This is better than my suggestion that he did it "to see if Habu knew how to hold the elementary draw", which would be tantamount to asking a university mathematics professor to demonstrate that he knew his multiplication tables.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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>.

Premium Chessgames Member
  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!
Premium Chessgames Member
  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...

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: When 2 "chess" legends crash:
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <Penguincw> Thank you so much for that link, I've taken the liberty and sent the 2 PGNs from the rapid games. =)
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Jump to page #   (enter # from 1 to 6)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 6 OF 6 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific player only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC