9th Singapore National Othello Championship

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5 June 2016 – Othello Organisation (Singapore) organized its 9th Singapore National Othello Championship. It was the largest national competition the organisation has hosted, featuring a total of 45 players participated in this competition, including players from Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong. A total of 7 rounds were played, followed by Female Finals, Semis Finals, 3rd/4th Placing and Finals. We would like to thank all participants for making this event a success, especially our foreign players who traveled all the way to Singapore to take part in this competition.

Full Standings after Round 7

Overall Standings

*In the event of a tie, the player with higher Brightwell Quotient wins. For more information, please refer to here.

Results for Finals

Name (Black) Name (White) Score
Female Finals
Yap Siew Kun Ng Hui Wen 43-21
Semi Finals
Chew Ching Wuen Lee Choon Foong 30-34
Koh Bo Chao Koh Bo Xiang 29-35
3rd/4th Placing
Chew Ching Wuen Koh Bo Chao 27-37
Finals
Lee Choon Fong Koh Bo Xiang 22-42

For more photos, please refer to our Facebook Album.

9th Singapore Schools Othello Championship 2016

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26 May 2016 – Othello Organisation (Singapore) organized its 9th Singapore Schools Othello Championship, featuring a new high of 137 participants from 32 teams fighting it out for top. We are very appreciative of Bukit View Primary School who has once again kindly sponsored us the venue for this competition. We would also like to thank all the teachers and parents for your support to ensure the well-being of the young participants. See you next year!

All pictures are now uploaded on our Facebook page! Please refer to https://www.facebook.com/groups/othellosingapore/

Top Individual Rankings

Name Team Wins Brightwell
Primary School
1 Siow Jen Wei, Nicholas SJI 6 524
2 Goh Keng Swee, Edwin BVPS B 6 489
3 Shivakumar, Aravind BVPS A 6 462
Secondary School
1 Tan Hui Xuan NYGH B 5 453
2 Choong Jia En NYGH A 4.5 430
 3 Wee Jia Qi NYGH C 4.5 374
Junior College
1 Teo Yu Xuan NJC 7 495
2 Siew Kheng Hun RJC 6 507
3 Yeo Yik Feng AJC 6 475
Tertiary Level
1 Lin Wei Hao, Roy NTU A 6 549
2 Ker Ming Han NUS A 6 434
3 Wirawan, Daniel NUS A 5 474

*In the event of a tie, the player with higher Brightwell Quotient wins. For more information, please refer to here.

Top Team Rankings

Team Score
Primary School
1 Xishan Primary School Team C 15
2 Bukit View Primary School Team A 14.5
3 Bukit View Primary School Team B 14
Secondary School
1 Nanyang Girls’ High School A 11.5
2 Nanyang Girls’ High School B 11
3 Nanyang Girls’ High School C 10.5
Junior College
1 Hwa Chong Institution 15
2 National Junior College 14.5
3 Meridian Junior College B 14
Tertiary Level
1 Nanyang Technological University A 16
2 National University of Singapore A 14.5
3 Nanyang Technological University B 13

For the full list of rankings and positions, please click here to be directed to the main SSOC page.

Thai Othello Championship 2016: Interview #5 of 5

Interview with Chua Zi Wei [WOF Ratings: 1824, current SG ranking #19]

Q: Why did you decide to attend Thai Othello Championship 2016?

A: I tend to be adventurous and like to venture into the unknown. #YOLO. This time round, meeting new Thai friends and playing against them will be exciting!

I have been wanting to try authentic Thai milk tea as well :D

Q: How are your preparations for this tournament?

A: Play games on Reversi Wars. Will do some last minute reviews on my flight there.

Q: What are your expectations or targets that you have set yourself for this tourney?

A: Try to get a few wins. I do hope to play Piyanat regardless of the outcome! Need a lot of luck to get paired. Haha!

Q: Next question: your previous overseas tournament was Meijin Sen 2015. What are your feelings and thoughts about it?

A: It was a refreshing experience. Back in Singapore before the Meijin, I had never faced problems with time management during my games but in Japan, 6 of my 7 games went down to the very last minute, and I even timed out in one of the them. It was also an eye opener to see everyone’s enthusiasm and commitment into the game. For the Tournament itself, I could have done better in 1 or 2 of the games but overall I have to be satisfied with how I fared.

Q: You just took over as president of OOS. What are your future plans for the Othello community in Singapore?

A: We are looking to expand our local pool of players. It is always exciting to see new faces appearing for tournaments. At the same time, I know of quite a number of players who has been inactive since, I do hope that they can return to play. After all, OTB tournaments gives the most kick to playing, in my view. To achieve all these, we have already plan for more tournaments, and are also working on plans to set up more clubs in schools.

Another concern I have would be to hope to secure more sponsorship for our WOC players. Currently, I believe that Singapore do have quite a number of strong players and it shouldn’t be a problem to form a competitive team for WOC. Cost and time away from commitments should be the greatest concern for our players. This will be a difficult task for the committee but will nevertheless be one of our main objective while we are at helm.

In recent years we do have more players attending more overseas tournament, especially to have 5 of us attending the Thai open, is very encouraging. I think this is our best turn out for an overseas tournament so far, and I hope to see this number increasing.

Q: Any last words before we end?

A: Well, I can’t wait to be in Bangkok!

Editor’s note: Have fun Zi Wei! Do Team Singapore proud!

Thai Othello Championships 2016: Interview #4 of 5

Interview with Jacky Gan Chin Leng [WOF Ratings: 1829, Current unofficial SG ranking #18]

Q: Hi Jacky, can you introduce yourself further?

A: I picked up Othello in my university days where there was an inter-hall competition every year. Eventually, I team up with Zi Wei for this competition as we were taught by the same teacher and we had never won gold with our previous teams before. His proposition to me back then was a slogan of Captain Planet: “with our powers combined”. After we were in the same team, we spar for a game every night since we were roommates. I won for 10 straight nights and the daily spar ended after a month when he decided not to play with me anymore. hahaha. By the way, we won gold for my last 2 years. So I was very happy about the achievement.

My first nationals was in 2009 and I particularly remember that I was hammered by Kenneth Paw 64-0. Haizzzz. But it was all in good fun and I try to attend the yearly nationals whenever I can.

Q: So, why did you decide to attend Thai open 2016?

A: I’m interested to experience competitive games in new environment, and also want to take the chance to enjoy a holiday as I have time off.

Q: How are your preparations for this tournament?

A: Not particularly good, but fun

Q: What are your expectations or targets that you have set yourself for this tourney?

A: A respectable position -_-

Q: This is your first tournament outside Singapore. Any feelings and thoughts?

A: I’m nervous and excited about it, hopefully can get a few wins.

Q: Any last words before we end?

A: May God bless me~~

Editor’s Note: Jacky was actually a Malaysian student who attended university in Singapore. He has since graduated and is currently working as a production engineer. One of the lesser known players in the local scene, he is capable of stealing a few wins off top players when he is on song. All the best and have fun Jacky!

Thai Othello Championships 2016: Interview #3 of 5

Interview with Anthony Goh Jun Jie[WOF Ratings: 1875, current SG ranking #13]

Q: Why did you decide to attend Thai Open 2016?

Anthony: I like to take part in competitions but there are not many held in Singapore. Since Thailand is nearby, I thought I will just go for it. It will be a good lead up for SNOC (Singapore National Othello Championship).

Q: How is your preparation for this tournament?

Anthony: Sadly still not yet adequate.

Q: What are your expectations or targets that you have set yourself?

Anthony: I hope to get a top 5 finish.

Q: You attended a few overseas tournament in 2015. What are your feelings/thoughts about them?

Anthony: The WOC was the most memorable as I got to meet strong players from all around the world. It was held in Cambridge University which made it even more prestigious. I am also aiming to go Japan for WOC this year.

Q: Any last words before we end?

Anthony: Hope that OOS can organise more tournaments and create more publicity for the game.

Editor’s Note: We noted Anthony’s request for the new committee and will strive towards this direction. Have fun and all the best in Bangkok!

Thai Othello Championships 2016: Interview #2 of 5

Interview with Koh Bo Xiang [WOF Ratings: 2198, current SG ranking #2]

Q: Why did you decide to attend Thai Open 2016?

Bo Xiang: It’s a good opportunity to take a break from work, and also since my brother asked me to attend the tournament together.

Q: How is your preparation for this tournament?

Bo Xiang: I don’t usually prepare specially for tournaments. I just play a few more games online.

Q: What are your expectations or targets that you have set yourself?

Bo Xiang: I doubt this tournament will be easy. Keeping my expectations realistic, not expecting much.

Q: Your previous overseas tournament was also Thai open 2011. What are your feelings and thoughts about it?

Bo Xiang: It was a pleasant experience as I finished third. But there were games I could’ve done better then as well.

Q: Any last words before we end?

Bo Xiang: Please give chance. Thanks!

Editor’s note: Editor noticed that Bo Xiang is pretty shy during the interview. However, his casual attitude had brought him much success in the past. We wish him all the best!

Thai Othello Championships 2016: Interview #1 of 5

With the Thai Open 2016 coming up this weekend, we have prepared a series of interviews for you with our participating local players. We’ll be publishing an interview everyday this week till Friday, so do watch this space!

Today, we have with us Alex Koh Bo Chao [WOF Ratings: 2245; Current SG ranking #1]

Q: Why did you decide to attend Thai Open 2016?

Alex: I wanted to play an international tournament this year and Thailand is an attractive choice. I look forward to this tournament due to their pool of strong players and its well run structure.

Q: How is your preparation for this tournament?

Alex: Preparation wise, I still haven’t tried specifically preparing for individual players before, but openings wise I do already have a slight idea of what I am planning to play. I’m also doing some practice with Song Yan leading up to the tournament. Hopefully his skills will rub off on me with a very positive effect.

Q: What are your expectations or targets that you have set yourself?

Alex: I finished 2nd place in 2011 July Thai open so obviously I hope to win the title home. But as the Thai players are stronger this time round, a more realistic expectation would be a finish in the top 5.

Q: Your previous international tournament was WOC 2014, also held in Bangkok. What are your thoughts/feelings about it?

Alex: Numerically, I was disappointed I didn’t achieve more wins than I did back in 2011. But the standard of play in 2014 was very much higher than that of 2011, so it would still seem to be a positive performance for me. I was impressed by Team Singapore’s achievement of being only half a point away from the leader Japan at the end of round 10. This makes me feel that Team Singapore has the potential to achieve much more as a team.

Q: Any last words before we end?

Alex: I figured that if I were to become much stronger as an individual, from a competitive stand point, Team Singapore’s standards might go up as well. So apart from targeting personal glory, I also hope that Team Singapore would correspondingly improve in performance at the world championships.

Editor’s note: Team Singapore believes that Alex’s stepping down from OOS will enable him to progress much more as a player. We wish Alex all the best in his pursuit for excellence in Othello!

Updated Ratings!

Aaaaaand the new ratings are out!

With the inclusion of the results for the 5th Singapore Othello Masters Series 2015, the updated rankings are as follows:
To view the full updated ratings list, click here.

Qualification for WOC 2016

In view of the expected high demand of local players looking to represent the nation for the 40th anniversary World Othello Championship 2016 in Mito, Japan, the representative selection will be as follows:

Apart from the 9th Singapore National Othello Championship 2016 (SNOC 2016), the 5th Singapore Othello Masters Series 2015 (SOMS 2015) will also be a qualifying tournament.

The three players will be selected according to the following priority:

  1. SOMS 2015 Div One Champion –  Koh Bo Xiang
  2. SNOC 2016 Champion
  3. SNOC 2016 First Runner Up
  4. SOMS 2015 Div One First Runner Up – Kenneth Paw Su Lin
  5. SNOC 2016 Second Runner Up
  6. SNOC 2016 Third Runner Up
  7. Players thereafter will be selected as per SNOC 2016 rankings

The female representative will be selected based on SNOC 2016 rankings.