At the end of the 1940’s the first version of the strategy board game Othello was invented by Japanese junior high school student Goro Hasegawa. It quickly became popular among his classmates. Years later, Hasegawa was already employed in a company, he remembered the game he had used to play in his youth. Hasegawa made a board and discs from milk bottle lids (which is why the discs are still 34,5mm in diameter today). He took this prototype to a toy maker and on April 23, 1973 the game was published under the registered trademark Othello.
Since 1977, when the game was published in the US, the World Othello Championship takes place annually between the end of October and beginning of November. Today, nearly 70 nations take part in the event and send their best players to compete against each other.
This year – from October 31 to November 4, 2017 – the 41st championship will take place in Ghent, Belgium. The event organizers are the World Othello Federation (W.O.F) and the Belgium Othello Federation.
The W.O.F was founded by 22 national Othello associations in 2005 in Reykjavik, Iceland and consists of 68 member countries now. The World Othello Federation seeks to promote the game Othello in the various national organizations and also arranges the World Othello Championship every year.
Every country can send up to 5 players to compete in the championship, three players (male or female) for the classical tournament plus an additional female player and a youth under the age of 14.
The championship lasts for three days and includes a team tournament besides the individual matches to determine the best country. This year more than 130 players and 26 teams have registered for the championship.
What: The 41st World Othello Championship
When: October 31 – November 4, 2017
Wo: Ghent Meeting Center in Ghent, Belgium
Find more information on woc2017.worldothello.org.
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