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04 March 2011 @ 08:09 am
2011 Beijing International Sudoku Tournament  
While there have been a few Open Sudoku tournaments in Asia with large first prizes that I haven't ever thought of attending, the upcoming Beijing International Sudoku Tournament promises to be one I'm seriously thinking about with "cost-covering" prizes for a lot of the top 10 spots ($10,000 US for 1st, then $6,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000, $2,000, $1,000, $1,000, $500, $500). With airfare and room and board for me, 5th or 6th place should be a cost-neutral trip, and I've always wanted to visit China.

I always consider participants with the shortest travel to be the favorites, so Chen Cen (cpickerel) seems a good pick at the moment (ETA: although from an LMI posting, it seems she is on the organizing team). All indications are a WSC-like tournament but with more Classic Sudoku. What is unclear is if the starting point is our Philly WSC (at 40% the highest ever in Classic Sudoku) or something else.

In other news, I got my 5th Nikoli.com t-shirt this morning on a juno Nurikabe, so I can sleep in for the rest of the year. Sudoku specialists can breathe a little easier.
(Anonymous) on March 5th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
I'm a sudoku specialist as far as winning a nikoli time-trial goes, and both of those t-shirts came with a genuine 1get over a field including you ;-) I take my hat off to your nurikabe time today though - well played!

I'm very interested in the format of this competition, and how likely the possibility of a "cost-neutral trip" would actually be. The chance to go to China would be incredible, and the website indicates this will be as well organised as any WPF event...


MellowMelon MellowMelon [wordpress.com] on March 5th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Yes, being able to sleep in for the rest of the year... that's one benefit of bagging one early. The other being that with the "once per year" change, winning early in the year is now what winning multiple times used to be.

Good work on that one. I don't think I would have beaten you anyway, but I can usually put up a close-to-top time on a really hard Nurikabe, and unfortunately a host of mistakes (none fatal, but several minutes of slowdown) held me from doing that this time.
motris motris on March 5th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
Yes, it is much cooler to win earlier in the year for exactly those reasons. I'm still hardly at my best waking up at 4:50 AM to a cold apartment, but I think I managed quite well amidst the shivers. I'll take a look at it again later to see how much faster I should have been, but 15 minutes is a pretty solid time for that puzzle.
TH: pencil rpipuzzleguy on March 5th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
I'm slowly accepting that I'm never going to win a T-shirt, largely because there's no way I'm waking up at 5 AM after pub quiz the previous evening. Losing the random draw on Flush (which kills me; they couldn't give out two T-shirts?) was an additional sign.