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10 March 2010 @ 08:22 am
My secret is out. I will be constructing for, not competing at, the World Sudoku Championship this April in Philadelphia. (Although to be honest, after hinting for a very long time on this blog and elsewhere that I thought I should be writing the puzzles at this WSC, it shouldn't come as a surprise that this was my decision. I've been enjoying creating new sudoku challenges much more than practicing at getting faster with guessing which has felt necessary for recent WSCs. And tied to increasing work commitments, puzzle burn-out, travel fatigue, Eugene, and Slovakia, in some order, I still am not very enthused to compete anymore.)

The good news is that there is now a set date for a US qualifier to select a team for Philadelphia which many have been asking about and there are 5 open spots.
(Anonymous) on March 17th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Given that you have to tell about your country and citizenship when registering for the competition, it seemed evident that it was possible to participate even if you were not american ; that's why I permitted myself to answer, although not "allowed" to do so...

Bastien Vial-Jaime
motrismotris on March 17th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'd actually just think that was recycled code from the standard USPC registration form which encourages foreign participation. Maybe Nick has other thoughts in mind (I doubt it) but the puzzles aren't even specific to this qualifier as they are being borrowed from another nation's championship where Wei-Hwa Huang and I contributed puzzles. That's why I'd assume on the other side of things that the participation and grading will be limited and results not made publically known except for the team ID itself, just as happened the last 4 years with US qualifying.

affpuzz on March 17th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Well, the e-mail that went out to (some?) previous USPC contestants said, in part:
"Only US citizens can be selected to the US Team. However, the qualifying test is open to anyone interested is solving interesting puzzles! Also, the puzzles will remain available after the online competition, so you need not participate if you just wand to solve for fun."

So, I would have guessed that there's some expectation of non-US participation. I'm actually surprised from that e-mail that there will be no results posted.

motrismotris on March 17th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm obviously out of the loop. I've seen no such email and do not know what will specifically happen. I'm simply describing what I've seen each year in the past, and why I'd say I wouldn't get your hopes up that this will run like an actual USSC (which we've never had) to compare with the USPC.
(Anonymous) on March 18th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks affpuzz, I was sure to have seen something like this but I couldn't remember where.

Bastien Vial-Jaime