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2015 World Sudoku Championship Sofia, Bulgaria

The World Sudoku Championship is an annual international "puzzle competition organised by a member of the World Puzzle Federation. The first one was held in "Lucca in 2006. National teams are determined by local affiliates of the World Puzzle Federation. The competition typically consists of 100 or more puzzles solved by all competitors over multiple timed rounds, including classic "sudoku, variations and other puzzle types, followed by a playoff for the top qualifiers to determine a champion. Examples of rounds include the Relay round, where an answer from one puzzle contributes digits to the start of the next sudoku, and the "World Record" round, in which solvers competed to set a "Guinness World Record for fastest sudoku solution.

Of the 12 championships held so far, "Thomas Snyder of "United States (2007, 2008 and 2011), Jan Mrozowski of "Poland (2009, 2010 and 2012) and Kota Morinishi of "Japan (2014, 2015, 2017) have been the most successful winners with three individual titles each, they succeeded to Jana Tylova of "Czech Republic (2006) who won the first individual championship.

From 2007 there has also been a team competition. Japan is the most successful team, having added the title won this year (2015) to those won in 2007,2012 and 2014; "Germany (2010 and 2011) have won this title twice; "Czech Republic (2008), "Slovakia (2009) and "China (2013) also won a title each.

Starting from 2011, the event has been held alongside the "World Puzzle Championship. The 2016 Championship was held in "Senec, Slovakia



Currently, 34 countries are official members of the World Puzzle Federation. Individuals may also take part if their country is not already represented by a national team.[1] In the latest WPC in 2016 "Senec "Slovak Republic the number of participants exceeded the magic limit (213 contestants from 33 countries).

Results summary[edit]

Year Host city Host nation Individual Team
Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze
2019 "Kirchheim  "Germany
2018 "Prague  "Czech Republic
2017 "Bangalore  "India "Japan Kota Morinishi "Estonia Tiit Vunk "China Qiu Yanzhe  "China  "Japan  "France
2016 "Senec  "Slovakia "Estonia Tiit Vunk "Czech RepublicJakub Ondroušek "Japan Kota Morinishi  "Czech Republic  "China  "Japan
2015 "Sofia  "Bulgaria "Japan Kota Morinishi "Estonia Tiit Vunk "Czech RepublicJakub Ondroušek  "Japan  "China  "Czech Republic
2014 "London  "United Kingdom "Japan Kota Morinishi "Estonia Tiit Vunk "France Bastien Vial-Jaime
"Czech RepublicJakub Ondroušek(tied)
 "Japan  "Germany  "China
2013 "Beijing  "China "China Jin Ce "Japan Kota Morinishi "Czech Republic Jakub Ondroušek  "China  "Czech Republic  "Japan
2012 "Kraljevica  "Croatia "Poland Jan Mrozowski "Japan Kota Morinishi "Japan Hideaki Jo  "Japan  "Czech Republic  "China
2011 "Eger  "Hungary "United States Thomas Snyder "Japan Kota Morinishi "Estonia Tiit Vunk  "Germany  "Czech Republic  "United States
2010 "Philadelphia  "United States "Poland Jan Mrozowski "Czech Republic Jakub Ondroušek "Japan Hideaki Jo  "Germany  "Czech Republic  "Japan
2009 "Žilina  "Slovakia "Poland Jan Mrozowski "Serbia Branko Ceranic "Czech Republic Robert Babilon  "Slovakia  "Czech Republic  "Serbia
2008 "Goa  "India "United States Thomas Snyder "Japan Yuhei Kusui "Czech Republic Jakub Ondroušek  "Czech Republic  "Japan  "Germany
2007 "Prague  "Czech Republic "United States Thomas Snyder "Japan Yuhei Kusui "Slovakia Peter Hudak  "Japan  "United States  "Czech Republic
2006 "Lucca  "Italy "Czech Republic Jana Tylova "United States Thomas Snyder "United States Wei-Hwa Huang - - -

Starting from 2013, titles have been awarded also for the best players in two age groups, Under 18 and Over 50 years of age.

Year Host city Host nation Under 18 Over 50
Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze
2017 "Bangalore  "India "China Dai Tantan "China Hu Yuxuan "China Ming Letian "United Kingdom David McNeill "United Kingdom Mark Goodliffe "Germany Michael Smit
2016 "Senec  "Slovakia "China Yanzhe Qiu "China Shiyu Chen "China Cheran Sun "Serbia Zoran Tanasic "United Kingdom Mark Goodliffe "Japan Taro Arimatsu
2015 "Sofia  "Bulgaria "China Cheran Sun "China Tantan Dai "China Nuo Chen "United Kingdom David McNeill "United Kingdom Mark Goodliffe "Serbia Zoran Tanasic
2014 "London  "United Kingdom "China Dai Tantan "China Jin Ce "China Cheran Sun "United Kingdom David McNeill "Czech Republic Jiri Hrdina "Italy Stefano Forcolin
2013 "Beijing  "China "China Jin Ce "China Cheran Sun "China Yanzhe Qiu "Denmark Henning Karlsgaard Poulsen "China Liang Yue "Italy Stefano Forcolin


  1. ^ "WPF Members". World Puzzle Federation. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 

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