World Sudoku Championship

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2015 World Sudoku Championship Sofia, Bulgaria

The World Sudoku Championship is an annual international puzzle competition organised by a member of the World Puzzle Federation. The first one was held in Lucca in 2006. National teams are determined by local affiliates of the World Puzzle Federation. The competition typically consists of 100 or more puzzles solved by all competitors over multiple timed rounds, including classic sudoku, variations and other puzzle types, followed by a playoff for the top qualifiers to determine a champion. Examples of rounds include the Relay round, where an answer from one puzzle contributes digits to the start of the next sudoku, and the "World Record" round, in which solvers competed to set a Guinness World Record for fastest sudoku solution.

Of the 12 championships held so far, Thomas Snyder of United States (2007, 2008 and 2011), Jan Mrozowski of Poland (2009, 2010 and 2012) and Kota Morinishi of Japan (2014, 2015, 2017) have been the most successful winners with three individual titles each, they succeeded to Jana Tylova of Czech Republic (2006) who won the first individual championship.

From 2007 there has also been a team competition. Japan is the most successful team, having added the title won this year (2015) to those won in 2007,2012 and 2014; Germany (2010 and 2011) have won this title twice; Czech Republic (2008), Slovakia (2009) and China (2013) also won a title each.

Starting from 2011, the event has been held alongside the World Puzzle Championship. The 2016 Championship was held in Senec, Slovakia

Participants[edit]

Currently, 34 countries are official members of the World Puzzle Federation. Individuals may also take part if their country is not already represented by a national team.[1] In the latest WPC in 2016 Senec Slovak Republic the number of participants exceeded the magic limit (213 contestants from 33 countries).

Results summary[edit]

Year Host city Host nation Individual Team
Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze
2019 Kirchheim  Germany
2018 Prague  Czech Republic
2017 Bangalore  India Japan Kota Morinishi Estonia Tiit Vunk China Qiu Yanzhe  China  Japan  France
2016 Senec  Slovakia Estonia Tiit Vunk Czech RepublicJakub Ondroušek Japan Kota Morinishi  Czech Republic  China  Japan
2015 Sofia  Bulgaria Japan Kota Morinishi Estonia Tiit Vunk Czech RepublicJakub Ondroušek  Japan  China  Czech Republic
2014 London  United Kingdom Japan Kota Morinishi Estonia Tiit Vunk France Bastien Vial-Jaime
Czech RepublicJakub Ondroušek(tied)
 Japan  Germany  China
2013 Beijing  China China Jin Ce Japan Kota Morinishi Czech Republic Jakub Ondroušek  China  Czech Republic  Japan
2012 Kraljevica  Croatia Poland Jan Mrozowski Japan Kota Morinishi Japan Hideaki Jo  Japan  Czech Republic  China
2011 Eger  Hungary United States Thomas Snyder Japan Kota Morinishi Estonia Tiit Vunk  Germany  Czech Republic  United States
2010 Philadelphia  United States Poland Jan Mrozowski Czech Republic Jakub Ondroušek Japan Hideaki Jo  Germany  Czech Republic  Japan
2009 Žilina  Slovakia Poland Jan Mrozowski Serbia Branko Ceranic Czech Republic Robert Babilon  Slovakia  Czech Republic  Serbia
2008 Goa  India United States Thomas Snyder Japan Yuhei Kusui Czech Republic Jakub Ondroušek  Czech Republic  Japan  Germany
2007 Prague  Czech Republic United States Thomas Snyder Japan Yuhei Kusui Slovakia Peter Hudak  Japan  United States  Czech Republic
2006 Lucca  Italy Czech Republic Jana Tylova United States Thomas Snyder United States Wei-Hwa Huang - - -

Starting from 2013, titles have been awarded also for the best players in two age groups, Under 18 and Over 50 years of age.

Year Host city Host nation Under 18 Over 50
Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze
2017 Bangalore  India China Dai Tantan China Hu Yuxuan China Ming Letian United Kingdom David McNeill United Kingdom Mark Goodliffe Germany Michael Smit
2016 Senec  Slovakia China Yanzhe Qiu China Shiyu Chen China Cheran Sun Serbia Zoran Tanasic United Kingdom Mark Goodliffe Japan Taro Arimatsu
2015 Sofia  Bulgaria China Cheran Sun China Tantan Dai China Nuo Chen United Kingdom David McNeill United Kingdom Mark Goodliffe Serbia Zoran Tanasic
2014 London  United Kingdom China Dai Tantan China Jin Ce China Cheran Sun United Kingdom David McNeill Czech Republic Jiri Hrdina Italy Stefano Forcolin
2013 Beijing  China China Jin Ce China Cheran Sun China Yanzhe Qiu Denmark Henning Karlsgaard Poulsen China Liang Yue Italy Stefano Forcolin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WPF Members". World Puzzle Federation. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 

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