Othello, a Strategy Board Game

strategy board game

Othello, or also be called Reversi, is a strategy board game that can only be played by two people. This board game is using a board full of box lines of 8×8. Each player will be given some chips that colored in black and white on each side of the chip. The objective of this game is you have to win by having the most chips. This board game is simple, so it’s suitable to play with your family.

History of original Othello, Reversi

The history of Othello starts in 1883, but that day the game was called Reversi. Reversi’s invention was a silly story between two Englishmen. They are Lewis Waterman and John W. Mollet. Both of them claim that he is the one who invented the game, and they also start to denounce each other as a fraud. At the end of the 19th century, this strategy board game reached its popularity in England. It was mentioned for the first time in a London weekly newspaper, The Saturday Review, in 1886. Then, the popularity reached into the United States. In the United States, it was mentioned in The New York Times newspaper in 1895.

Modern Reversi, Othello

Back then, the name was Reversi. Nowadays, you know that this board game was called by the name of Othello. It was patented by a Japanese salary man named Hasegawa Goro in Japan, 1971. There are a few differences if you compare it with the old and original Reversi. Hasegawa chose Othello’s name because he inspired from the name of Shakespeare theater play with the same title: Othello, The Moor of Venice.

In March 1973, Hasegawa Goro established Japan Othello Association. In April, a month after establishment, Japan Othello Association held its first national Othello championship. A Japanese game company, Tsukuda Original, massively produced this strategy board game for its Sakura country under Hasegawa’s license, right after the championship ended.

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