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November 1st, 2008


jdyer
09:00 pm - WPC 2008 pictures
Courtesy Zoltan Nemeth.

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October 31st, 2008


jdyer
02:38 pm - More WPC results
Thomas Snyder has posted the second half of his WPC report.

It confirms the individual rankings were Ulrich 1st, Mehmet 2nd, and Roger 3rd. Also:

The US maintained its strong showing of past years to claim its 11th team title with Japan in 2nd followed by the Czech Republic. Given how all Americans were in the playoffs and the highest Czech was tied with Zack (and booted by a tiebreaker), I’m amazed at the strong Czech showing. They did phenomenal in the team rounds to overtake the Germans.

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jdyer
06:29 am - Play off results
From this post again:

Play-off da

1.Almanya-Ulrich Voight 16:01,
2.Türkiye-Mehmet Murat Sevim 9:28,
3.Amerika-Roger Barkan 3:20 süre kala yarýþmayý tamamlamýþlar.

I can't read Turkish so I can't confirm exactly what this is referring to, but I presume it is time remaining at finish for the three finalists.

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October 30th, 2008


jdyer
04:22 pm - WPC score update and report
From this post:

[Note based on Thomas Snyder's report these seem to be the day 1 results. I haven't been able to find day 2 yet.]

1. Hideaki Jo - Japan - 554
2. Pal Madarassy - Hungary - 553
3. Thomas Snyder - US - 553
4. Mehmet Murat Sevim - Turkey - 549
5. Stefan Gaspar - Slovakia - 548
6. Michael Ley - Germany - 539
7. Ulrich Voigt - Germany - 532
8. Rick Uppelschoten - Holland - 524
9. Aline Koch - France - 514
10. Peter Hudak - Slovakia - 510

1. Germany - 2637
2. US - 2542
3. Japan - 2507
4. Hungary - 2500
5. Czech Republic - 2374

Thomas Snyder has posted a WPC report here.

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October 29th, 2008


jdyer
04:19 pm - 17th WPC (after first day of competition)
No updates from anywhere as far as I can see yet.

Other than the "Friends" to this blog, the best place to stalk is the TBT 2008 topic in the Turkish forum.

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October 28th, 2008


jdyer
03:44 pm - 17th World Puzzle Championship is on
As of this writing the puzzling starts in about 9 hours.

Update posts as comments to this message are welcome.

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June 27th, 2008


jdyer
06:41 am - USPC results
Posted yesterday.

1st: Thomas Snyder
2nd: Zack Butler
3rd: Roger Barkan
4th: Dan Katz

(EDIT: As Dan points out in the comments, there was only one open spot on ths US team due to byes, so the actual team going is Thomas, Zack, Roger, and Wei-Hwa. Also, good discussion on his blog at this thread.)

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June 15th, 2008


jdyer
09:00 am - Post US Puzzle Championship discussion
The USPC summary with a link to solutions is here.

Various discussions and self-evaluations:

motris: here and especially here. Also he takes on the Triangles puzzle here.
thedan: here
ivoryvampire: here
zundevil: here
osmie: here
jdyer: here

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June 13th, 2008


jdyer
08:38 pm - Good luck!
USPC Championship starts tomorrow (Sat.) at 1pm EDT.

Prediction: someone will make the first ever perfect score on the USPC.

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April 20th, 2008


jdyer
04:24 pm - World Sudoku Championship 2008 full results
They're up at the website. There's also pictures.

The top three teams were
1. Czech Republic
2. Japan
3. Germany

The US came in fourth and it looks like the last round (Tiles) was what dropped them out of top 3 contention.

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April 16th, 2008


jdyer
09:54 pm - World Sudoku Championship individual results
Thanks to an anonymous poster, there are results:

Overall
1. Thomas Snyder (USA)
2. Yuhei Kusui (Japan)
3. Jakub Ondrousek (Czech Republic)
4. Jakub Hrazdira (Czech Republic)

Classic
1. Thomas Snyder (USA)
2. David McNeill (UK)
3. Michael Ley (Germany)
4. Jakub Ondrousek (Czech Republic)

Thomas has also posted a note about his win. Congratulations!

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April 14th, 2008


jdyer
06:45 am - World Sudoku Championship is on
WSC site

14—17 APRIL 2008
HOLIDAY INN RESORT
GOA • INDIA

Thomas and Jason Z. of the US team have posted.

Feel free to drop any more updates as comments in this message.

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March 28th, 2008


motris
01:42 pm - India finals available
In addition to the online qualifier already posted a couple weeks ago, the Finals of India's National Sudoku Championship are now posted. In addition to rounds of classic puzzles and rounds of variants, there is a relay round where 4 puzzles are linked requiring you to solve the first to get additional givens to solve the second and so on. This likely serves as the best indication of what to expect in Goa at the World Sudoku Championship.

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March 24th, 2008


jdyer
02:26 pm - Praser 12
This isn't entirely on-topic, but it's such a neat puzzle I wanted to post it. Mystery Hunt types should appreciate it. It's by Andrew Plotkin, of System's Twilight fame.

Praser 12

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March 17th, 2008


jdyer
05:21 pm - India qualifier available
The qualifier test has finished. The online test and the password are both available.

Also, according to Grygory's comment, Hendrik Hardeman writes:

Finals of the National Sudoku Championship in India will be held on Sunday 23 March. We will forward copies of championship puzzles to all WSC teams the very next day. This will provide an opportunity to practice some of the sudoku types that will be featured at the WSC in Goa.

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March 2nd, 2008


jdyer
02:05 pm - India National Sudoku Championship update
The website has changed slightly.

SIGN UP HERE FROM MON 3 MARCH 2008
PRACTICE SESSION ON SAT 15 MARCH 2008
ONLINE QUALIFYING TEST ON SUN 16 MARCH 2008
FINALS IN BANGALORE ON SUN 30 MARCH 2008

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February 23rd, 2008


jdyer
07:40 am - Russia Sudoku Championship results, puzzles
The site (Translation) has been updated, and the three winners are

1st: Andrei Bogdanov
2nd: Riad Khanmagomedov (last year's winner)
3rd: Alexander Yershov

(Name transliteration may vary with what they prefer, please let me know if this should be fixed.)

All the puzzles are online, but you should use the Russian version of the site to get them. (Click on Typ 1, Typ 2, Typ 3, and Typ 4 along the top.)

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February 21st, 2008


jdyer
09:48 am - India qualifier, more Italy, Japan/Russia?
* Jason Z. of the US Sudoku Team dropped a note in passing about India's National Sudoku Championship where

REGISTRATION OPENS ON SAT 1 MARCH 2008
ONLINE QUALIFYING TEST ON SUN 16 MARCH 2008
FINALS IN BANGALORE ON SUN 30 MARCH 2008


and apparently the online test is open to all.

* According to the followup to this message the Italy online championship has moved to March 8. (Thanks to Klaus Nehren for the update.)

* Japan's site has a mysterious update. From Google Translate:

Due to various reasons, we said, "2008 World Sudoku Championship" Do not send athletes. From Japan, Mr. Tetsuya Nishio Captain and the 2007 Japan national team players will participate. Also, the 2008 All Japan Championship held NANPURE you.

If I'm reading correctly, there will be no Japanese national sudoku championship this year, but they'll be sending their puzzle team from 2007?

* Russia supposedly had their championship but there hasn't been any website update.

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February 10th, 2008


jdyer
05:55 pm - US Sudoku Team Members Announced
From the official site

The members of the 2008 US Sudoku Team have been announced: Wei-Hwa Huang, Jonathan Rivet, Thomas Snyder, and Jason Zuffranieri.

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February 9th, 2008


jdyer
05:03 pm - (Poland) III Mistrzostwa Polski w Sudoku
The Polish puzzles are up.

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