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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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