Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The best game of chess played by a Japanese player?

by Junta

Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion) on Sunday morning (January 19th) , after it snowed overnight

I was planning to show this game a few weeks back before ChessBase beat me to it, posting two articles by GM Peter Heine Nielsen (an avid fan and strong player of Shōgi who I was able to meet back in May). Shōgi master and FM Yoshiharu Habu, who played in his first overseas chess tournament in six years in Poland at the end of 2013, won a beautiful game against GM Peter Wells in the Netherlands in 2005.

Three weeks ago in Poland, he again beat a GM with Black, coincidentally in a game again involving White's queen taking the rook on a8.

It might be some time before he is able to play in an overseas chess tournament again, but I'm sure he has very good chances of scoring his last norm (he is already rated above 2400) and becoming the first Japanese IM. The top active Japanese player, FM Kojima Shinya, achieved his three IM norms from his long run of tournaments in Europe (mostly Hungary) last year, and now needs 39 points to break the 2400 barrier.
The ChessBase articles by Nielsen are here and here.


  1. Where's the article on Australian chess couples? FIGJAM.