Othello News July 2013
Muhammad Ishfaq wins Pakistan National Othello Championship
Lahore, Pakistan, July 28th
Number of players: 16
Muhammad Ishfaq won the final game against Kamran with 48 - 16. The tourney format was a knock-out system and Muhammed won all his games ( 5 in total ). To promote the game there was also an Othello event for children.
Katie Wu wins EGP Ghent 27 - 28 July
TOP 4 EGP Ghent:
Read all about it on our special EGP Ghent page
Alessandro di Mattei wins Gran Maestro 2013
Rome, Italy, July 14th
Tourney format: 7 rounds
Alessandro Di Mattei won his first Gran Maestro title. Round 7 was decisive and he won against Michele Borassi 16 - 48. The only game he lost was against Francesco Marconi in round 6, the score was 42 - 22.
Michele Diodati wins Città di Roma
Rome, Italy, July 14th
Tourney format: 5 rounds
Six players at this tourneys, among then two rookies. The tourney was won by Michele Diodate, the more experienced player. He had a perfect score of 5 wins.
Lee Choon Foong wins Kuala Lumpur Othello Championship 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 14th
Tourney format: 9 rounds + finals
Prelims (9 rounds) top 3:
Meng Joo: 8 wins
Lee Choon Foong: 7.5 wins
Yap Siew Kun: 7 wins
Game 1: Meng Joo 16:48 Lee Choon Foong
Game 2: Lee Choon Foong 22:42 Meng Joo
1) Lee Choon Foong (Singapore)
2) Meng Joo (Malaysia)
3) Yap Siew Kun (Malaysia)
Yan Song wins 8th Guangzhou Open, Zen Dong best female
Guangzhou, China, July 14th
Tourney format: 9 rounds Swiss + finals
Number of players: 32
Final standings top 4:
crosstable of 9 rounds at Soong's Othello Sky
SONG Yan 43 - 21 CHEN Kai
Guangzhou Open, final
QIN Jingmin 17 - 47 DONG Zhen
Guangzhou Open, final ladies
Yuji Miyazaki is 41st All Japan Champion.
Yoko Sano is female All Japan Champion
Tokyo, Japan, July 14th
Tourney format: 6 rounds
I had an interview with Junya Ito right after his victory at the OWC in January and asked him what his next goal was and without hesitation he answered: "to win the All Japan 2013". He did not quite achieve that, but he won 5 out of 6 games. Last year's champion, Yusuke Takanashi, won 4 out of 6. He lost his first two games against Takahiro Kudasho and Makoto Suekuni.
MIYAZAKI Yuji 40 - 24 NAGAMATSU Ryota
All Japan, round 6
All Japan (male)
1 宮崎 裕司 MIYAZAKI Yuji 6 pnts
2 永松 良太 NAGAMATSU Ryota 5 pnts
3 管生 貴祐 KUDASHO Takahiro 5 pnts
4 伊藤 純哉 ITO Junya 5 pnts
5 辻 慎司 TSUJI Shinji 5 pnts
6 島村 佳秀 SHIMAMURA Yoshihide 5 pnts
7 末國 誠 SUEKUNI Makoto 5 pnts
All Japan (female)
1 佐野 洋子 SANO/ROSE Yoko 6 pnts
2 高橋 里美 TAKAHASHI Satomi 5 pnts
3 中村 美幸 NAKAMURA Miyuki 5 pnts
4 船津 あすか FUNATSU Asuka 5 pnts
Yoko Sano won the female All Japan for the fifth time! That is quite an achievement.
Jacky Fu wins Chicago National Open
Chicago, USA, July 13 - 14
Kunihiko Tanida leads with 6/7. Jacky Fu and David Rockwell share second place with 5.5 / 7. The players will have another round robin tomorrow with the winner determined based on cumulative score over both days.
Kunihiko Tanida - 6.0 pts
Jacky Fu - 5.5 pts
David Rockwell - 5.5 pts
Yohanes Chitra - 3.0 pts
Eric Entingh - 3.0 pts
Frank Armatys - 3.0 pts
Dal Yu - 1.0 pnt
Tom Wiencek - 1.0 pnt
Tom Wiencek only played the first day. All other player's results include 1.0 for a bye the second day.
Jacky's only loss was to David Rockwell on the first day of the tourney and he drew against Yohanes Chitra on day 2.
The spot on the USOA WOC team goes to Kunihiko since Jacky represents Canada. Kunihiko Tanida won the World Othello Championship in Stockholm in 1982.
Kunihiko Tanida: " I feel honored to have a chance to play in Stockholm again.
This is going to be my third time playing there. First one was WOC 1982, and the second time was Stockholm Open in 2009. On this occasion, I will try to be best prepared to enjoy the matches."
1. Jacky Fu - 12.5
2. Kunihiko Tanida - 10.0
3. David Rockwell - 8.5
4. Frank Armatys - 8.0
5. Yohanes Chitra - 7.0
6. Eric Entingh - 6.0
7. Dal Yu - 3.0
8. Tom Wiencek - 1.0
FU Jacky 37 - 27 TANIDA Kunihiko
2013 Chicago National Open, round 14
ENTINGH Eric 36 - 28 CHITRA Yohanes
2013 Chicago National Open, round 11
ROCKWELL David 42 - 21 ARMATYS Frank
2013 Chicago National Open, round 4
CHITRA Yohanes 31 - 33 FU Jacky
2013 Chicago National Open, round 13
Tintin Eng wins Västerås Othello Open
Västerås, Sweden, July 6th
Tourney format: 7 rounds
Fifteen players at the Västerås Open and Tintin Eng won with a perfect score of 7 points. Second place with 5 points for the dutch player Jiska Helmes ( female World Othello Champion 2010) and third place with 4.5 points for Oskar Eklund.
Matt Vinar wins Australian Othello Nationals
Canberra, Australia, July 6th
Tourney format: 6 rounds + 1-game final
It was another great Othello (also more commonly known as Reversi) tournament in the heart of our nation’s capital “Canberra 2013″ on the 6 July 2013.
All up we had 12 participants for the event at the AustralianNationalUniversity in the Hancock building. As a group we decided to run with 6 rounds and one grand final.
The tournament was highly competitive, most notably at the top of the table clashes between Matt, Amy, Phil, Paul and the new comer Sam (playing only in his second tournament) and really starting to make an impact in the top of the table clashes.
Matt went undefeated throughout the tournament and Amy was the eventual runners up with a 40-24 win to Matt in the grand final.
The battle of the rookies came down to Christopher and Adrian, in the end Adrian managed to win a couple of games which meant that he was able to came away with the rookie prize.
All up everyone seemed to have a good time, it was a well run event. I would like to thank Amy and Paul for helping to organise the location and date, and for all the players for coming such a long way to play in this tournament.
President Australian Othello