Tuesday, May 24, 2011

2 Filipino students top Sudoku tilt in China


Two Filipino teens garnered the highest prizes in the Kejia Pengcheng Cup Beijing International Sudoku Tournament 2011 held in Beijing on 19-22 May.
Sarah Jane Cua, 16 and Timothy James Tan, 14 bagged the first and second prizes, respectively in the under 18 category, The Manila Bulletin said.
Cua received US$500 cash prize and a trophy while Tan won US$400 and a certificate.
The third place went to China's Luo Tianyi who received US$300 and a certificate. Ma Menglei of China bagged the fourth place while Gabriel Rong of Singapore landed on the fifth place.
The two Filipino young mathematicians have won in several Sudoku and math tournaments in the Philippines and abroad before.


Another Philippine national, Kaye Janelle Yao, placed seventh among ten contestants in the youth category.


The overall winners of the competition were Czech Republic's Jakub Ondrousek, Poland's Jan Mrozowski, and Japan's Kota Morinishi who placed first, second and third, respectively.
About 62 contestants from 19 countries including Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Thailand, UK and US joined the tournament.
Sudoku meaning single number, is a logic-based number puzzle that is believed to have originated in ancient China's Squared Up more than 4,000 years ago. Switzerland popularized the modern form of the game during the 18th century. Japan improved the rules of the puzzle in the 1980s. It became a popular logical thinking puzzle in the UK in 1997, according to CCTV.
Details of this report here.
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