Youth

The World Othello Youth Championship started 2016, in Mito, Japan. When W.O.C. celebrated 40th years, it was decided that youth players should be invited. And the WOC Youth started. The first year, 2016, there were four youth players attending. In Ghent Belgium there were thirteen players attending. It is in the World Othello Federation Youth Committee plan to improve the Youth Championship.

1st Youth WOC, Mito, Japan
In Mito the first WOC for youth was held. There was a final between Arthur Juigner and Masaki Wada. Wada won the game with 36-28. They had already met in round 8 of the swiss tournament, there Juigner won with 36-28
Mikeal Lee got 5 point in the swiss part and ended third place. Alexandra Bryant won two games and ended fourth in the WOC Youth WOC. Alexandra Bryant qualified by answering a Othello quizz in a youth magazine in England. The British Othello tried new ways to find youth players. 

1st Mito, Japan 2016
1 Masaki Wada Japan
2 Arthur Juigner Switzerland
3 Mikael Lee Korea
4 Alexandra Bryant England

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2nd Youth WOC, Ghent, Belgium
The response from the Othello world after the start of Youth WOC was amazing. Many federations started up youth qualifications and Othello events. Twelve federations sent youth players to Ghent in Belgium. And that was a success! The Japanese player, Takahashi, surprised a whole Othello world, when he qualified for the WOC 2018 semifinal, and also played the WOC 2018 final! In fact he won the swisspart of the WOC 2018. Therefore there was no final game between Takahasi and Micky Shifman, who got 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 all players! 

2nd Ghent, Belgium 2017
1 Akihiro Takahashi Japan
2 Micky Shifman Israel
3 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
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Pic 1: Yablonskaya, Youens and Ourega interviewed by Live Othello TV2018-07-13 (4).png
Pic 2: Takahashi vs Arthur Juigner in round 13 in Live Othello TV
Pic 3: The WOC 2018 price cermony.2018-07-13 (16).png

3rd Youth WOC 2018, Prague, Czech Republic
Players attending to Youth WOC

Eline Verstuyft Belgium    
Jana Verstuyft Belgium    
Vitek Sladek Czech Republic    
Nikita Zincenko Czech Republic    
Shachar Laufer Israel    
Micky Shifman Israel    
Danielle Yosifovich Israel    
Gallo Irene Ourega Ivory Coast    
Wendy de Graaf Netherlands    

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WOC 2018: 30 national teams. 92 players. Youth WOC 2018: 18 players!