Thursday, May 3, 2012

Young Othello Geniuses

Young Othello Geniuses
There is really no limit to how early you can start your path in Othello. However, there are some people in this world who have started their Othello paths really early in their lives. Most notably, there are many children in Japan who enjoy one of their national past times by practicing really hard in it. The talented few individuals who start around the age of 6 actually attain the level of 1-3 dan by the age of 8 or 9. To give a more useful comparison, if we bring these kids to any other nation besides Japan, they could easily contest competitively in the national tournament and vie for a top 10 position. Some of these Japanese kids include the Shinohara brothers who are twins from Tetsuya Nakajima's Othello School as shown below:

Source: http://school.othello.org/
Another notable young Othello genius is none other than Arthur Juigner from France. He finished 14th in the World Othello Championship 2011 which was his debut entry in the tournament at a young age of only 9 years old. He also went on to represent France in the 33rd Meijin Othello Tournament in the under 12 division and finished strongly as the 1st Runner Up in that division.

From left: Me and Arthur at the World Othello Championship 2011


On a similar note, the youngest ever World Othello Champion in the history of Othello so far is none other than Kunihiko Tanida of Japan who won his lone title in 1982 at an amazingly young age of just 15 years old!



From left: Kunihiko Tanida and Me at the World Othello Championship 2011


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