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. In 2017 there were four youth players attending the tournament; which was held in Ghent, Belgium. In total there were thirteen players attending the tournament. The World Othello Federation Youth Committee plans to improve the Youth Championship.
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.
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.
|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|
|8||Nikita Zincenko||Czech Republic|
|9||Gallo Irene Ourega||Ivory Coast|
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!
Yehor Maksymov against Jana Verstuyft, WOF Live TV Yosifovich, Fukuchi, Laufer and Jugnier. All Youth WOC players at stage.
prague, czech republic
|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 Zinčenko 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, Hong Kong
The fourth Youth World Championship will be held in Hong Kong, October 2019.
Are you interested to attend, contact your national WOF Othello federation.