Youth WOC

The World Othello Youth Championship was first played in 2016, in Mito, Japan. When W.O.C. celebrated its 40th year, the decision was made that youth players should be invited to participate. There were four youth players attending the tournament.  In WOC 2017,which was held in Ghent, Belgium, there were thirteen players  attending the tournament. The World Othello Federation Youth Committee plans to improve the Youth Championship. 2019 in WOC Tokyo, it was 17 youth players attending.
5th Youth WOC 2022, Paris, France
The fifth WOC for youths will be held in Paris, France. 

1st Youth WOC, Mito, Japan

The first WOC for youths was held in Mito, Japan. The grand final was played between Arthur Juigner and Masaki Wada. Wada won the game with 36-28. They had already played against eachother in round 8 of the swiss tournament, where Juigner won with 36-28.
Mikael Lee got 5 points in the swiss round of the tournament and finished in third place. Alexandra Bryant won two games and finished fourth in the Youth WOC. Alexandra Bryant qualified by answering an Othello quizz in a youth magazine in England. The British Othello federation tried new ways to find youth players.


Mito, Japan


W.C. Masaki Wada Japan
RU Arthur Juigner Switzerland
Third Mikael Lee Korea
4 Alexandra Bryant England


2nd Youth WOC, Ghent, Belgium

The response from the Othello community after the start of Youth WOC was amazing. Many federations began hosting youth qualification tournaments and Othello events. Twelve federations sent youth players to Ghent, Belgium; which was a success! The Japanese player Akihiro Takahashi, surprised everyone when he qualified for the WOC 2018 semifinal, and even made it to the grand final! In fact he won the swiss round of WOC 2018. Therefore, no final game was played between Takahasi and Micky Shifman; who finished as runner-up in WOC Youth 2018.
There were many great moments in WOC 2018. The youth players had fun, and it was a great time for everyone!

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Takahashi vs Arthur Juigner in round 13 in Live Othello TV The WOC 2018 Youth price cermony. Yablonskaya, Youens and Ourega interviewed by Live Othello TV


Ghent, Belgium


W.C. Akihiro Takahashi Japan
RU Micky Shifman Israel
Third Danielle Yosifovich Israel
4 Felix Juigner Switzerland
5 Anne Dorbeck Netherlands
6 Mikael Lee Korea
7 Remi Tastet France
8 Nikita Zincenko Czech Republic
9 Gallo Irene Ourega Ivory Coast
10 Valentino Giannini Italy
11 Alena Yablonskaya Belarus
12 Jana Verstuyft Belgium
13 Robyn Youens England


3rd Youth WOC 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

The third Youth WOC showed us that the youth players are here to stay! The number of players increased to 17 youth players from 12 federations in 2018.To make things even more interesting, the Youth World Champion also became The World Champion in 2019. Keisuke Fukuchi won the WOC final against Pianyat Aunchele from Thailand. Therefore, there was no Youth Championship final. Felix Juigner, from Switzerland, went from 4th place in 2017, to nabbing a runner up trophy! Danielle Yosifovich was best girl for the second time in a row, with a fourth place finish! 

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Yehor Maksymov against Jana Verstuyft, WOF Live TV        Yosifovich, Fukuchi, Laufer and Jugnier.                                    All Youth WOC players at stage. 


prague, czech republic


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W.C. Keisuke Fukuchi  Japan
RU Félix Juigner   Switzerland
 Third Shachar Laufer   Israel
4 Danielle Yosifovich    Israel
5 Yehor Maksymov   Ukraine
6 Wendy de Graaf   Netherlands
7 Mikael Lee   Korea
8 Nikita ZinĨenko   Czech Republic
9 Gallo Irène Ourega  Ivory Coast
10 Vitek Sládek   Czech Republic
11 Mark Plowman Great Britain
12 Micky Shifman  Israel
13 Rémi Tastet  France
14 Emma Löfroth   Sweden
15 Jana Verstuyft  Belgium
16 Eline Verstuyft   Belgium
17 Eduard Halimon Ukraina


4th Youth WOC 2019, tOKYO, jAPAN

The fourth Youth World Championship was held in Tokyo, October 2019. 
The 43th WOC was planned to be held in Hong Kong. 24 youth players was registered. Circumstances, however, forced the WOC to move to Tokyo. However, 17 participants is good, given the circumstances. Again it was no Youth semifinals, because Akihiro Takahashi won the WOC 2019.

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Four youths playing                                                               Othello is a family bussines! De Graaf-Blijleven, Netherlands       The throphy cermony

W.C. Akihiro Takahashi, Japan
RU Kenta Yakushij, Japan
 Third Shachar Laufer   Israel
4 Mickey Shifman, Israel
5 Yuki Namazu, USA
6 Wendy De Graaf-Blijleven, the Netherlands
7 Erdenesuvd Batzorig, Mongolia
8 Erdenemunkh Manlai, Mongolia
9 Bertram Palmer, Denmark
10 Narantuya Erdenebat, Mongolia
11 Eui Chan Noh, Korea
12 Zi Xiao Wang, China
13 Mark Plowman, Great Britain
14 Alberte Josefine Nielsen, Denmark
15 Misa Namazu, USA
16 Shani Shifman, Israel
17 Tuva Juhnestam, Sweden



10 national teams, 26 players, and 5 youth players!