Interview with Keisuke Fukuchi20 June 2019
Written by Daniel Turunen
We are pretty sure that everyone notified that Keisuke Fukuchi won the WOC 2018. We got many wishes to do an interview with Keisuke. He is the, so far, youngest World Champion. Kunihiko Tanida had the old "record" since WOC 1982, when he won WOC as 15th year old.
I met Keisuke already 2015, at Ouza-sen in Mito. I saw Keisuke play a real good game against Hideshi Tamenori. Already then I understood that this guy will one day play WOC. He had already won the Japan Youth final twice, 2014 and 2015. The year after he met Masaki Wada, and Wada won and played WOC 2016 in Mito. The year after he again played final, this time he hade a close game against Akahiro Takahasi. Takahashi won and ended as runner-up in WOC 2017 in Belgium.
2018 he played his fifth youth final, and won the game. Then in Prague, Czech republic, he show the Othello world that it is a new Othello generation banging at the door and want to take over.
Here is the interview with Keisuke, written by Daniel Turunen and Tad Maehata.
Interview with Keisuke Fukuchi
WOF: How old are you?
Fukuchi: I’m 11 years old.
WOF: When did you first encounter the game Othello?
WOF: do you have any episode when you encountered the Othello game?
Fukuchi: [When I was] 6 years old.
This was my encounter with Othello.
When my mother recomended Othello; I played with her in kindergarten on summer vacation.
WOF: Does your family also play Othello?
Fukuchi: No, they hardly play Othello.
WOF: Has Othello changed your life?
As I first encountered Othello; it fascinated me. While I was tryng to get stronger, Othello became essential for me. I will keep playing Othello even if I grow up.
WOF: What other hobbies do you have besides playing Othello?
Fukuchi: I became interested with the history of Japan these days.
WOF: What are your plans going forward with othello?
Do you have any dreams for your life in the future?
Fukuchi: I hope to participate in the world championship, and win the tournament again.
Also I’m interested to be a commentotor as well as teaching Othello in the near future.
WOF: Do you enjoy playing other games?
Fukuchi: I don’t do anything else..
WOF: Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for people just getting started with Othello?
Fukuchi: At first I think that you can win little game, but I believe that practicing steadily and reveiwing the game score and book, will make you stronger step by step.
WOF: Do you have any Othello openings you prefer over others?
Fukuchi: 虎大量（Tora-tairyou:Tiger theory）and Logistello theory.
WOF: Do you have any Othello openings you try to avoid?
Fukuchi: Nothing in particular.
WOF: Do you have a favourite color(in Othello)?
Fukuchi: White if anything.
WOF: Do you have any tips on how to best prepare for Othello tournaments?
Fukuchi: To prepare in advance and study the standard move you intend to use in the game.
WOF: Do you have any tips or tricks regarding staying focused during a tournament?
Fukuchi: Be confident in yourself and stay calm even if the game is inadvantaged to you.
WOF: Do you, or would you like to, play tournaments with other rules and/or board formats?
Fukuchi: I don’t want to play it in particular.
WOF: Whats your most memorable moment in Othello?
Fukuchi: When I won the world Othello Championship 2018 last year!
WOF: Are there any other Othello players that you look up to?
Are there any other people that have been especially inspiring in your life?
How have you been inspired with these othello persons?
Fukuchi: Mr. Suekuni, 9th Dan.
I like his style of playing, in which he keeps thinking and trying to vary the moves throughout the game, not relying on memorization, and tries to confuse his opponent by playing tricky moves.
WOF: Are there any persons except othello players who have been inspireing in your life?
How have they inspired you ?
Fukuchi: I don’t have anyone special.
March 13 2019