In June 1999 I began playing Othello online. After a few months I quickly became stronger at it and got in
contact with many more good players. In April 2000 I went to my first tournament in Amstelveen in the
Netherlands and was surprisingly successful, even beating the tournaments eventual winner. At this
tournament I met Andreas Höhne, another player from Germany who was also playing his first tournament.
Together we went to many tournaments and presently, (early 2012), we are the only German players to have
both reached a WOC semi final and won a German national Othello title.
Andreas Höhne, Takeshi Murakami, Matthias Berg, Copenhagen 2000
In June 2000 I founded the Othello Club Deutschland. That summer I organised the first German championships
which was a qualification tournament for the World Othello Championship held that fall. Since 2000 I have
participated in every World Othello Championship and many other international tournaments. Moreover, there
are 1-2 tournaments in Germany organised by me every year.
Takuji Kashiwabara, Matthias Berg, David Shaman, Marc Tastet in Amstelveen 2002
My two biggest successes in my early years was a 4th place at the WOC 2001 in New York and overall victory
at one of the strongest European Grand Prix tournaments in 2002 in Amstelveen, NL.
From 2007 to 2011 I have reached the WOC semi finals four times. The most successful was in 2009 when
I reached the final.
Andreas Höhne, Matthias Berg, Sebastian Schmidt. The German WOC Team 2009.