Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Sudoku National Tournament

To our Sudoku enthusiasts

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.

SUDOKU HIGHLIGHTS

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.

 

Gallery Sudoku National Championship 2009

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2009 PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
SUDOKU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to participants!
Congratulations to all of the participants from the 3rd annual Philadelphia Inquirer Sudoku National Championship! Here are the final puzzles and the solutions. Click here to find out the results of the geography bonus round.
 

 The Prizes

  • $25,000 in total cash prizes.
  • Top winner of each level will receive an iPod Touch, courtesy of Hudson Entertainment!

Advanced

  • First place - $10,000
  • Second place - $4,000
  • Third place - $3,000

Intermediate

  • First place - $3,000
  • Second place - $2,000
  • Third place - $1,500

Beginner

  • First place - $1,000
  • Second place - $500
  • Third place - $300

 

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.

Advanced contestants work on puzzles on the stage during the final round of the 2009 Inquirer Sudoku National Championship held Saturday in Philadelphia. From left: Thomas Snyder from Palo Alto, Calif; Tammy McLeod,  from Los Angeles, Calif., and Eugene Varshavsky from Lawrenceville, N.J. <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20091024_Puzzle_solving_stars_at_Sudoku_championship_in_Philly.html"><b>McLeod, a three-time competitor in the tournament, won the top prize of $10,000.</b></a> Check out <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/gallery/national_sudoku_championships.html"><b>more photos</b></a> of the championship. (Akira Suwa / Staff Photographer)
Advanced contestants work on puzzles on the stage during the final round of the 2009 Inquirer Sudoku National Championship held Saturday in Philadelphia. From left: Thomas Snyder from Palo Alto, Calif; Tammy McLeod, from Los Angeles, Calif., and Eugene Varshavsky from Lawrenceville, N.J. McLeod, a three-time competitor in the tournament, won the top prize of $10,000. Check out more photos of the championship. (Akira Suwa / Staff Photographer)
Contact us at sudoku@phillynews.com