Youngest Othello Winner's Pilot Held Previous Record

Society

Tokyo, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)--The pilot of a flight carrying the 11-year-old Japanese boy who became the youngest winner of the World Othello Championship has surprised passengers by saying that he was the previous youngest holder of the title.

"The previous youngest-age record was 15 years old, which I achieved," the pilot said in an in-flight announcement on Sunday night. The announcement was made shortly before the airplane carrying the boy, Keisuke Fukuchi, who won the 42nd World Othello Championship in Prague in the Czech Republic last week, left Germany to return to Japan.

"My record was broken by a huge margin. This is a remarkable achievement," said the All Nippon Airways pilot, Kunihiko Tanida, 51, in the announcement.

The announcement surprised passengers and caused them to erupt in applause.

Tanida won the sixth World Othello Championship in 1982 and held the youngest-age record until Fukuchi broke it, according to the Japan Othello Association and the airline, a unit of ANA Holdings Inc. <9202>.

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