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WSC 2014

Ah, the joys of competition! What a buzz to take part in the World Sudoku Championship, the first one in the UK, and to enjoy again the cross-cultural camaraderie of a world championship.

My 'stretch goal' was to get into the top 50, so to finish 48th (officially, amongst the qualified competitors - actually 58th of the 176 total entrants) was a pleasing result. The icing was to edge into the 2nd UK placing (by one position, and a mere 14 points out of 2,000).

The Guardian caught me at a low ebb after Round 4, and the quotes in their online article suggest I was having a nightmare - which was true enough at the time: though Round 4 proved the toughest, it was also my personal relative worst and after it I was lying 68th. Every round after that went much better for me, and provided a real buzz with plenty (by my standards) of puzzles completed, usually including one within the last minute of the allocated time - which always leaves you feeling quite high.

Much kudos goes to the organising committee who, from a slow start, have achieved a successful and well-run event at the beautiful Selsdon Park Hotel. The puzzles have been excellent, and also the production values, while the admin has gone very well despite a huge effort required to maintain it. Thanks, all.

And good luck to the World Puzzle Championship contenders, starting out as I write. Real hopes here for Neil Zussman and James McGowan to push the UK team to new heights and achieve great things individually.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 14th, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
Well done
Congratulations on your excellent result; I note that after three successive silver medals Kota Morinishi won gold.
Aug. 14th, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
"Dreams do come true"
Yes indeed - a similar record to Katherine Grainger in the Olympics. Kota's handicap for the final was around a minute, given the staggers calculated from the scores up to Round 10 - and once Tiit Vunk finished the first of the five final puzzles in under two and a half minutes, it looked all over. But Kota caught up by the end of puzzle 3, and then went into a lead he did not relinquish.
Aug. 18th, 2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
World Senior Sudoku Champion (Over 50)
1) David McNeill (GBR)

World Senior Puzzle Champion (Over 50)
1) Stefano Forcolin (GBR)

Is this because old puzzlers don't travel well or because the GBR veterans are the best in the world?
Aug. 18th, 2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Old-timers
The latter is a mistake as Stefano Forcolin is Italian rather than British (the other mistake on the WPC/WSC results page ( http://www.ukpuzzles.org/news.php ) seems to be calling even the adult teams 'Under 18').
However there are realistic hopes for the British to win both over-50 awards next year (David McNeill in both cases), and I could stand in for him in the Sudoku if necessary, as long as the event is held a fraction later in the year, as normal!

Edited at 2014-08-18 08:22 pm (UTC)
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