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The World Othello Championship began in Mito on Wednesday, bringing the premier competition of the board game back to its birthplace for only the second time.

A total of 84 people, aged 9 to 69 and hailing from 29 countries and regions are taking part in the championship in Mito, where Goro Hasegawa, the inventor of the game, was born. He died in June at age 83.

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