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Tae Eung Lee wins 10th Korea Othello Yipdan
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Date: March 1st
Tourney format: 5 rounds
The Othello Association of Korea organised a tourney for beginners on the first day of March. Tae Eung LEE won all his games and was awarded 1st Dan. Also 1st DAN for the runner-up Ki Pil KIM.
LEE, Tae Eung, KOR, 5, 229
KIM, Ki Pil, KOR, 4, 216
KIM, Dongil, KOR, 3.5, 190
HONG, Hyungbum, KOR, 3.5, 179
KIM, Donghyeon, KOR, 3, 187
PARK, Jeonghyun, KOR, 3, 176
KIM Hyeon, ah, KOR, 3, 165
KO, Junhyoung, KOR, 3, 165
KIM, Taehwa, KOR, 2, 164
KIM, Gyejin, KOR, 2, 152
JEON, Gunsoo, KOR, 2, 149
HA, Hyosik, KOR, 2, 119
KIM Soo, Ah, KOR, 1, 138
CHOI, Inae, KOR, 1, 126
KIM, Wangnyeon, KOR, 1, 107
LEE, Jinsung, KOR, 1, 98
Websites and pictures
The Othello federations of France and Finland have completely restyled their websites. Have a look at the Fédération Française d'Othello and Othello Suomi.
The Finnish website features my most favourite Othello picture ever.
On the picture Akkelien de Boer with her sunglasses on, reflected in the glasses the othello board and her opponent Josbert van de Zande. A perfect picture made by Linda Praseptyo at the 8th Zonhoven Othello Open June 22nd 2014.
The Belgium Othello Association held a best Othello picture 2014 poll and the result was published last week in the latest issue of their newsletter and most votes, including mine, went to this picture.
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Francesco Marconi wins Milan Open
Location: Milan, Italy
Date: March 1st
Tourney format: 7 rounds
The first stage of the Italian Gran Prix Othello was a victory for Francesco Marconi. A very good start of the Othello year for Francesco. He finished 2nd at the EGP in Prague 2 weeks ago and now he starts the Italian Gran Prix with the full 100 points.
more info will follow later
DI MATTEI Alessandro 30 - 34 MARCONI Francesco
Milan Othello Open, round 3
The Othello Wiki Book Project maybe looked a bit outdated by the time it shut down in 2012, but the information was always very up to date and available in many languages. Many years' effort was put into the Wiki, by a lot of devoted Othello players. Click on the image below and have a look at some of the archived pages. Not all the valuable Othello history is lost!
Imre Leader wins Cambridge Othello Open
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Date: February 28th - March 1st
Tourney format: 11 rounds and finals
Further detail about the tournament can be found on BOF website.
Matthias Berg (DEU) scored 10.5/11 in the Swiss rounds, There were quite a lot of beginners at the tourney and Matthias played 4 whipeout games. Needless to say that Matthias qualified to play in the final. His opponent in the final, Imre Leader, lost 21 - 43 against Matthias in round 3, but Imre finished the final in 2 games. Here below you can read the report Imre sent to the BOF Othello group.
The Cambridge Open was this weekend. There were 14 players, but without Guy Plowman and his relatives there would only have been 5 players! We had: me,
Matthias Berg, Chenying Li (Matthias' other half!), Pierluigi Stanzione, Phil Marson, Guy and three of his five children (Luke, Jessie, Mark) and Guy's brother-in-law Richard Brand and his four children (James, Sophie, Henry and Lucy).
The top few scores after the Swiss were:
1. Matthias Berg 10.5
2. Imre Leader 10
3. Guy Plowman 9
4. Pierluigi Stanzione 8.5
5. Phil Marson 7
6. Richard Brand 6
7. Mark Plowman 5 (Mark, aged 8, won the under-16 award!)
I lost to Matthias, and Guy lost to Matthias and me. Pierluigi drew with Matthias in a superbly exciting game. Richard almost beat Matthias: he played a very good x-square at a key moment, and followed it up with the right sequence, but could not find the right `final thing to do' at move 53.
3/4 Playoff: Guy beat Pierluigi 33-31 in a very close and exciting game. We thought Pierluigi had a win near the end, but we have not computer-checked this yet.
Final: In the first game, I was Black. Matthias played the Ralle move 8, as he had done against me in the Swiss. I managed to survive the opening (not easy against Matthias!), but around move 24-26 I felt the game was slipping away from me a bit. He ended up playing an x-square at 34, and I then had one of the longest and scariest thought-processes I have ever had. I had to give up loads around the opposite corner to get access to the corner whose x-square he had played. If I didn't find a good way to do this I would just die, but then again if I did not die then maybe _he_ would die (as if I got to that corner I had parity in another region. So I could not really tell if I was thinking to `stay alive and not just die horribly' or if I was thinking to `find my cool winning sequence'! Anyway, I got my access, and so got my corner, and then Matthias missed a thing I could do that got me _either_ trillions of stable discs _or_ the very corner that I had had to sacrifice to him (this was what I played at moves 45 and 47) and so it ended up not close.
In the second game, we followed a line we had played in the Xmas Friendly. In the Xmas Friendly, I had played a move 22, expecting an obvious move 23, and Matthias had amazed me by saying `I have five possible moves now' and had played a move 23 that I was not expecting, and looked weird, but I had played badly against it and gone on to lose horribly. This time I knew what to do against that move 23 (although not against any of the other ones!), and Matthias played it again. So I knew how to survive the next few moves. Then it looked like I was probably ahead, and a key gain of two tempos at move 38-40 essentially ended the game.
Matthias' opening knowledge makes him a very very scary person to play against. And when he gets an opening advantage his midgame and endgame play are great, so that he tends to keep that advantage right through the game. Those two games today are two of the very few times I've played him when, whether I have lost or won, my first comment to him after the game is not `OK, tell me where I went wrong in the opening'!!
Imre Leader, March 1st
LEADER Imre 21 - 43 BERG Matthias
Cambridge Othello Open, round 3
BERG Matthias 33-31 PLOWMAN Guy
Cambridge Othello Open, round 4
STANZIONE Pierluigi 32-32 BERG Matthias
Cambridge Othello Open, round 5
LEADER Imre 42 - 22 BERG Matthias
Cambridge Othello Open, final game 1
BERG Matthias 27-37 LEADER Imre
Cambridge Othello Open, final game 2
Jeroen Everts wins Örebro Othello Open
Location: Örebro, Sweden
Date: February 28th
Tourney format: 7 rounds, 11 players
Congratulations to Jeroen and his first tournament win on Swedish soil (if we don't count the Christmas XOT friendly las december).
Oskar played his first tournament of the year and took a second place after a tight battle with Daniel.
The next tournament is the Lund Open March 14th!
National Othello Champions 1974 - 2014
Tom Schotte does not stop at European data, he recently sent me an enormous spreadsheet containing all the National Othello Champions since 1974 (Japan). Part of the spreadsheet is shown below (4 national titles or more) and you can download the rest of the data in PDF format. The 2014 champions are marked in green.
A total of 549 registered national championships since 1974 to crown a countries best player. 34 countries organised these tournaments, of which 7 had championships in the 70ies. Japan, where Goro Hasegawa introduced Othello held its All Japan tournament for the 42nd time in 2014.
We have to agree that becoming national champion in certain countries is far more easy than in other. In Japan, for example, 18 players have 'only' one national title. Takeshi Murakami has won more World Championships (3) than All Japan tournaments (2). But becoming a national champion is something everyone must have dreamed about. 243 different players are now listed as 'national champion'.
Karsten Feldborg is not only record holder in most World Championship participations, but he is also 16 time Danish champion. Matthias Berg is closing in, illustrated by his 13 German titles the last 14 years. He is also the one with the most consecutive titles (7).
Another impressive fact is the period between two national titles: Emmanuel Lazard had to wait for 24 years (1985-2009), Henrik Vallund for 17 years (1987-2004), Masaki Takizwa for 15 years (1994-2009), Marc Tastet for 13 years (1991-2004) and Torben Vallund for 12 years (1993-2005).
Makoto Suekuni won in three different countries the national championship: Japan, Singapore (as resident) and Thailand (as visitor).
We look forward to see the changes for 2015!
Tom Schotte, February 20th 2015