Othello Game Rules and World Othello Championship:

August 21, 2009

Othello Game Rules and World Othello Championship:

Othello Game

Othello Game

Othello also known as Reversi, is a classic strategy game.  It is played by two players on a 8 x 8 board.   The pieces that a player plays with are disks with a light and a dark face. Each side belongs to one player. The objective of this game is to finish the game with the greater amount of pieces (circles) of the same color.

Rules :

Each of the two sides of the disk corresponds to one player; they are referred to here as light and dark after the sides of Othello pieces, but “heads” and “tails” would identify them equally as well, so long as each marker has sufficiently distinctive sides.

The game starts with four markers placed in a square in the centre of the grid, two facing light-up, two pieces with the dark side up. The dark player goes first.

Dark Disks must be placed is such a way that there forms at least one straight (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) occupied line between the new piece and another dark piece, with one or more contiguous light pieces between them.”

After placing the piece, dark player turns over (flips, captures) all light pieces lying on a straight line between the new piece and any anchoring dark pieces. All reversed pieces now show the dark side, and dark player can use them in later moves — unless light player has reversed them back in the meantime.

Players take alternate turns. If one player cannot make a suitable move, the other player gets the turn to play  The game comes to an end when neither player can make a move. This occurs when the board has filled up, or when one player has no more pieces on the board, or when neither player can legally place a piece in any of the remaining squares. The player with the maximum pieces on the board at the end of the game wins.

World Othello Championship (courtesy: wikipedia) –

Year Location World Champion Country Team Runner-Up Country
1977 Tokyo Hiroshi Inoue Japan N/A Thomas Heiberg Norway
1977* Monte Carlo Sylvain Perez France N/A Michel Rengot (Blanchard) France
1978 New York Hidenori Maruoka Japan N/A Carol Jacobs USA
1979 Rome Hiroshi Inoue Japan N/A Jonathan Cerf USA
1980 London Jonathan Cerf USA N/A Takuya Mimura Japan
1981 Brussels Hidenori Maruoka Japan N/A Brian Rose USA
1982 Stockholm Kunihiko Tanida Japan N/A David Shaman USA
1983 Paris Ken’Ichi Ishii Japan N/A Imre Leader Britain
1984 Melbourne Paul Ralle France N/A Ryoichi Taniguchi Japan
1985 Athens Masaki Takizawa Japan N/A Paolo Ghirardato Italy
1986 Tokyo Hideshi Tamenori Japan N/A Paul Ralle France
1987 Milan Ken’Ichi Ishii Japan USA Paul Ralle France
1988 Paris Hideshi Tamenori Japan Britain Graham Brightwell Britain
1989 Warsaw Hideshi Tamenori Japan Britain Graham Brightwell Britain
1990 Stockholm Hideshi Tamenori Japan France Didier Piau France
1991 New York Shigeru Kaneda Japan USA Paul Ralle France
1992 Barcelona Marc Tastet France Britain David Shaman Britain
1993 London David Shaman USA USA Emmanuel Caspard France
1994 Paris Masaki Takizawa Japan France Karsten Feldborg Denmark
1995 Melbourne Hideshi Tamenori Japan USA David Shaman USA
1996 Tokyo Takeshi Murakami Japan Britain Stéphane Nicolet France
1997 Athens Makoto Suekuni Japan Britain Graham Brightwell Britain
1998 Barcelona Takeshi Murakami Japan France Emmanuel Caspard France
1999 Milan David Shaman Netherlands Japan Tetsuya Nakajima Japan
2000 Copenhagen Takeshi Murakami Japan USA Brian Rose USA
2001 New York Brian Rose USA USA Raphael Schreiber USA
2002 Amsterdam David Shaman Netherlands USA Ben Seeley USA
2003 Stockholm Ben Seeley USA Japan Makoto Suekuni Japan
2004 London Ben Seeley USA USA Makoto Suekuni Japan
2005 Reykjavík Hideshi Tamenori Japan Japan Kwangwook Lee South Korea
2006 Mito Hideshi Tamenori Japan Japan Makoto Suekuni Singapore
2007 Athens Kenta Tominaga Japan Japan Stéphane Nicolet France
2008 Oslo Michele Borassi Italy Japan Tamaki Miyaoka Japan

*This rivalling Monte Carlo world championship is usually not considered to be an official world championship. In official homepages it is called the first Europe Championship.

Othello computer games are also very exciting. Even if you do not have company to play with; the online version would surely give you the same or even more competition than that of a human being. So go on try out, if you are looking out for some competitive and thrilling experience of playing online. I’m sure you would enjoy online Othello without a shred of regret…


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