Nov 13, 2009

World's great puzzlers convene in Antalya

The 18th edition of the World Puzzle Championship (WPC) kicked off yesterday (3 November 2009) no in Antalya with an opening ceremony held at the Delphin Diva Premiere Hotel. Gathering “bright minds and free souls from around the globe,” the championship will pit puzzle-solving teams and individuals against each other in language and culture-neutral games including balance puzzles, Battleship, nonograms and Sudoku.

The championship includes many fun activities and side events such as a WPC soccer game, visits to historical and natural sites and parties.

Turkey’s Mehmet Murat Sevim took second place in individual scores at last year’s championship, which was held in Minsk. This year he will aim to win the championship on home turf. The Turkish team is rounded out by captain Salih Alan, Murat Koz, Taner Karabulut and Aziz Ateş. Japan’s Sudoku master Tetsuya Nishio, German six-time individual WPC champion at the Ulrich Voigt, and the world’s only female and first-ever international Sudoku champion Czech Jana Tylova are among those expected to compete at the event.

Famous American puzzlemaster Will Shortz, who was the organizer of the first WPC and is a board member of the World Puzzle Federation, is expected to observe the festivities.

The championship -- supported by the Mediterranean Tourist Hoteliers Union (AKTOB), TUI Travel, the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, dried fruit and nut company Tadım, T-Box and Keypad Sistem -- will host around 200 competitors from 27 countries, including puzzlers from Greece, Israel and Luxembourg, who will be competing at the WPC for the first time. The championship will run through Nov. 8.

04 November 2009, Wednesday

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