You Better, You Better, You Best

by Jake Jacobs
10 December 2009

Jake Jacobs

Yoshiharu Habu, aka just plain Habu, has the highest IQ in Japan. Truth be told (and would I lie to you?) I doubt anyone can really know who has the highest IQ in Japan, but the Japanese think Habu is ichiban. There is no doubt that he is a brilliant fellow. He came to fame as a shogi prodigy. Shogi is an Oriental game often referred to as the Japanese version of chess. Habu is the greatest shogi player of all time. Among his many accomplishments is winning all seven majors, a feat that is his alone. Calling him the "Babe Ruth of shogi" would be to damn him with faint praise.

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