National Sudoku Champion Crowned in Philadelphia

October 24, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ — Tammy McLeod of Los Angeles, California, was crowned the U.S. Sudoku Champion today at the third-annual Philadelphia Inquirer Sudoku National Championship in Philadelphia. McLeod won the championship by solving an advanced puzzle in a time of 7 minutes; 41 seconds and took home a $10,000 cash prize.

In addition to the $10,000 first place cash prize, McLeod earned a spot on the U.S. World Sudoku Team and will compete in the Fifth Annual World Sudoku Championship to be held next year in Philadelphia.

While McLeod won in the advanced division, other winners included Natan Tsyrulnik of Shelton, Connecticut, in the beginner division and Davis Borucki of Columbia, South Carolina, in the intermediate division. Borucki took home $3,000 in prize money and Tsyrulnik took home a check for $1,000.

“Now in its third year, the Championship has established a strong reputation and following of participants in the puzzle community,” said Brian P. Tierney, Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia Media Holdings and Philadelphia Inquirer Publisher. “We are thrilled to see so many people coming back year after year, and I am proud that this event brings people from all across the country, who are so diverse in age and background, to Philadelphia. Congratulations to our champions and I hope everyone will join us again next year.”

The Championship was open to a national and international field of contestants from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. The oldest participant was 93 years old and the youngest was 8 years old. Players came from as far away as California and as near as Center City Philadelphia.

“This Championship is the premiere Sudoku event in the United States and brings out puzzlers by the hundreds every October,” commented Championship Host Will Shortz. “I am always amazed at the diversity among our participants, but as I have said before, the simplicity of the game allows people of all ages to play. This was another great year for the Sudoku National Championship, and I now look forward to working with The Inquirer to bring the World Sudoku Championship to Philadelphia this spring.”

There were three main skill divisions – beginner, intermediate and advanced. In addition to the winners of those three categories, prizes were awarded to 27 more players who competed in a variety of age groups ranging from under 10 years to greater than 81 years. There were a total of 646 contestants and 183 spectators.

According to a survey conducted in 2007 by The Philadelphia Inquirer, more than 167 million Americans have played Sudoku. Forty-percent or 67 million people play it in newspapers. Sudoku solvers are evenly split among men and women, and are from all parts of the country.

The partner sponsor for the championship was Hudson Entertainment and the hotel sponsor was the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

About Sudoku

Sudoku is a numerical logic-based puzzle. Its standard format is a 9 x 9 square grid that is further divided into nine 3 x 3 boxes. The goal is to fill the grid with numbers from 1 to 9 so that every row, column and box contains each of those digits only once. The puzzle’s author provides a partially completed grid to start. The predecessor to Sudoku, “Number Place,” was invented in 1979 by American Howard Garns. The game was popularized in Japan starting in 1986, where it was renamed and introduced by Nikoli Co. Ltd. as Sudoku. Sudoku is short for suji wa dokushin ni kagiru, which means “only single numbers allowed.” Sudoku was introduced to the U.S. in 2005 and has quickly become the most popular puzzle format in the country.

About Philadelphia Media Holdings

Philadelphia Newspapers, LLC is the operating subsidiary of Philadelphia Media Holdings, LLC. It is the leading media company in the Philadelphia region with more than 2 million people reading The Inquirer and Daily News or clicking on philly.com every day. Founded in 1829 as The Pennsylvania Inquirer, The Inquirer is the third-oldest surviving daily newspaper in the United States.

SOURCE Philadelphia Newspapers

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