WPC 2014: Playoffs and Conclusion

August 16, 2014

I’ll save my final rank for later in the post. I am starting to see a pattern where apparently Ulrich and I make these very fun to watch (obviously not intentionally), though this time we had help.

I can’t do my usual detailed per-puzzle rundowns because most of what I had to say for each one was about what was happening around me and where my standing was. This year, we sat at a walled-off booth, solved puzzles on a projector, and had little to no information about how things were around us. Even if it does make this harder to write, I much prefer the lack of distracting information. I had tried to refrain from looking around me too much even when it was possible in previous years.

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WPC 2014: Day 2 Afternoon

August 16, 2014

I got to posting this a bit late, so a lot of stuff has happened and this will be a marathon post.

I realize that the final scores are not up on the WPC website yet, but I’d have a lot of rounds to put on the scoreboard and there are protests happening. So I’ll summarize instead and link to their scoreboard later.

EDIT: My teammate Will Blatt’s protest went through, so he just squeezed into 10th place, knocking out Roland. There are no other changes to the top 10 that are in this post.

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WPC 2014: Day 2 Morning

August 15, 2014

I might not get to all the rounds in this post; the afternoon rounds start very shortly and I wouldn’t want to be late. But I’ll at least get a scoreboard up.

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WPC 2014: Day 1 Afternoon

August 14, 2014

Before we get to a scoreboard, let’s start with a fun quiz.

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WPC 2014: Day 1 Morning

August 14, 2014

The day 1 morning is now over. It looks like the organizers are making rounds finishable this year, in that I got all three of them done and several others did too. Which is good, because we’ve been asking for more of that. Also a little bad for me, because I’m mistake-prone and I’m very nervous about losing my time bonus on these rounds.

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WPC 2014: Pregame

August 12, 2014

I’ve been in London a couple days now. The 2014 World Sudoku Championship just finished. The top 10 after the preliminary rounds that made the playoffs, from #1 to #10, were: Tiit Vunk (Estonia), Kota Morinshi (Japan), Bastien Vial-Jaime (France), Jakub Ondrousek (Czech Republic), Seungjae Kwak (Korea), Dai Tantan (China), Hideaki Jo (Japan again), Michael Ley (Germany), Takuya Sugimoto (Japan again again), Jin Ce (China again)

I don’t know the exact rank reordering rules, which the IB did not specify, but I think the only shakeup from the playoffs was Tiit and Kota switching, meaning Kota is the new world champion. Though Tiit beat him in the GP finals the day before, which had the exact same top three seeds and no shakeup in the podium.

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WPC 2013: Day 3

October 22, 2013

See the first WPC 2013 post for an explanation of the post date. Also, all round scores can be referred to here.

Before I get to day 3, I should note that the team results showed that even despite a mistake on the weakest link (which was my fault, and not related to the misgrade), our sizable lead going into those two team rounds stayed sizable. So the US team took first place this year. Yay!

As a bummer, I messed up the Pento Office in round 12, but I still managed to top the round by a sizable margin. You know it was a good run when you can drop the highest-valued puzzle like that and still stay ahead.

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WPC 2013: Day 2 Afternoon

October 21, 2013

See the first WPC 2013 post for an explanation of the post date. Also, all round scores can be referred to here.

The preliminaries are now over. In individual rounds, my day 2 afternoon was the usual: awesome. My team round performance was so-so, but if we’re clean we’ll have stayed level with the rival teams across both.

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WPC 2013: Day 2 Morning

October 21, 2013

See the first WPC 2013 post for an explanation of the post date. Also, all round scores can be referred to here.

The day 2 morning is done, and the scores for one of its rounds as well as the day 1 rounds are available. That led to lots of good news. First, what I considered an okay performance on rounds 4 and 5 turned out to be the high scores, and my round 7 score was only behind Thomas’s and Ulrich’s (comparing with both of them after the round probably skewed my perception a bit…). Second, the weighting system of the world rounds may have turned out to be a bit broken in a way that favored me. I figured with the system they used that top scores would be around 600. Instead, I have two scores over 800 on rounds where the scoring rules specify that only four people can score above 500. That seems a bit too lopsided. The around the world concept seems to work great in general, but I think the scoring rules could use another look. Third, my day 2 morning went so well that I have probably clinched first place in the preliminaries even if I skip the afternoon entirely.

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WPC 2013: Day 1 Afternoon

October 20, 2013

See the first WPC 2013 post for an explanation of the post date.

Day 1 is now over. It went only slightly less than well. At the very least, I think I have good chances of holding 1st after all the rounds are scored.

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