It has been a pleasure for The Philadelphia Inquirer to host the Sudoku National Championship for the past three years and we want to thank all of the Sudoku enthusiasts who have participated in it. Regrettably, The Philadelphia Inquirer will not sponsor this Championship in 2010. We also thank Will Shortz for directing the Championship.
- Gallery Sudoku National Championship 2009
For more than three whole minutes, Thomas Snyder - twice a world Sudoku champion - sat contentedly on the floor the Convention Center yesterday after he'd finished the final puzzle at the Philadelphia Inquirer National Sudoku Championship. It was the high-voltage $10,000 final round.
- $25,000 in total cash prizes.
- Top winner of each level will receive an iPod Touch, courtesy of Hudson Entertainment!
- First place - $10,000
- Second place - $4,000
- Third place - $3,000
- First place - $3,000
- Second place - $2,000
- Third place - $1,500
- First place - $1,000
- Second place - $500
- Third place - $300
SUDOKU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Age Categories - These contestants won $50 each for finishing fastest in rounds organized by age.
10 years and under, Hannah Barnhart; 11-12 years, Rachel Hart; 13-14, Xin Yu Zhang; 15-16, Jonathan Kustina; 17-18, Margaret Hock; 19-20, Chris Narrikkattu; 21-23, Brittnay Guld; 24-26, Steven Conway; 27-29, Thomas Snyder; 30-32; Craig Helfgott; 33-35, Lisa Haffner; 36-38, Huan Wang; 39-41, Charles Updike; 42-44, Luigi Lotufo; 45-47, Paul Winston; 48-50, Karen Wheeler; 51-53, John Hogan; 54-56, Sam Spear; 57-59, Alan Resnik; 60-62, Jeff Weidd; 63-65, Fred Geldon; 66-68, Carol Peckman; 69-71, Ellen Du; 72-74, Zizhi Zhu; 75-77, Ruth Rainville; 78-80, Shirley Miller; and 81 and older, Robert Shurley.