The 43rd World Othello Championships were held in Tokyo from October 8th to October 11th 2019.
Akihiro Takahashi of Japan, fourteen years old, is the new World Othello Champion after winning the finals in 3 games (30-34, 32-32, 47-17) against the five-time world champion Yusuke Takanashi.
The Japanese team (Takahashi, Takanashi, Satani, Yakushiji, Norimitsu) won the team championship title with 31 wins (only the best 3 scores are counted).
The Australian team (from left to right: Ivan Chan, Joanna William, Sam Milankov, Matt Vinar) finished 7th from 23 countries.
Joanna won her second Women’s World Othello Champion title defeating Zhen Dong of China in a repeat of the 2014 final in Bangkok. Congratulations Joanna!!!
Even though it was my first attempt at the WOC, I overcame nervousness and I enjoyed every single minute against all these world class players in the competition.
Thanks to Matt, Samuel and Joanna for their encouragement when I started to lose faith in my ability during the competition, you guys are great!
The WOC was challenging but I had a great time thanks to my supportive team!