2012 U.S. Sudoku Team Qualifying

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2012 U.S. Sudoku Team Qualifying

Post by detuned » Wed 29 Aug, 2012 4:57 pm

As far as I can tell, this is happening at the fixed time of 6pm BST, this coming Saturday (1st September). So there is no longer unofficial window like the USPC. Like last year, it appears to be a two part test so presumably the first will be more classic-y and the the second will be more variant-y. Puzzles are supplied by Thomas Synder and Wei-Hwa Huang so will be unlikely to be anything other than top notch.

Link and more info: http://wpc.puzzles.com/ussq2012
Instructions are to be released on Friday.

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Post by detuned » Sat 01 Sep, 2012 7:59 pm

Ok this is over now, but if you get a chance you should definitely give this a go. Best sudoku test of the year!

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Post by joshuazucker » Sat 01 Sep, 2012 8:08 pm

I had a lot of fun and some of the puzzles were really beautiful. I particularly enjoyed the Killer and the odd/even/prime/big/small/medium/composite/whatever one, but there were a lot of good puzzles. Provisionally I'm hoping for a 240 here!

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Re: 2012 U.S. Sudoku Team Qualifying

Post by sknight » Sat 01 Sep, 2012 8:14 pm

As somebody who isn't all that great at Sudoku, I only answered half (135 points, assuming no screw-ups), but I definitely enjoyed the puzzles.
I'm going to have to find the time to go back and hit some of the ones I skipped, but I'll mention the Irregular from part 1 and the Thermo as favorites of the half I did.

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Post by detuned » Sat 01 Sep, 2012 8:33 pm

I thought all 4 classic puzzles were brilliant. The rest of the standard variations were all very pleasing too, with the irregular particularly tough/clever. I enjoyed the Thermo, and property and inner frame on the Variations set. I was a little bit gutted messed up the Braille towards the end, a clean solve there I would have had the test done - but giving it another go later made me realise my mistake wasn't quite as small as I thought.

Hope it went well for all the US readers of this forum!

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Post by DavidC » Tue 04 Sep, 2012 9:26 am

The results have now been published at http://wpc.puzzles.com/ussq2012/results.asp?mode=full - congratulations to Tom on coming 8th internationally and overall.

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Post by PuzzleScot » Tue 04 Sep, 2012 9:56 am

DavidC wrote:congratulations to Tom on coming 8th internationally and overall.
Good grief! Well done Tom!

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Post by detuned » Tue 04 Sep, 2012 10:03 am

I think it's pretty good it'd have been easier for me to qualify for the US team than what I managed for the UK team. A few - but not so many - notable absentees there, but obviously I'm quite chuffed with that, even without the Braille puzzle!

The race for the US team looks agonisingly close...

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Post by driv4r » Tue 04 Sep, 2012 12:52 pm

And Tiit Vunk of Estonia in 5th place :!:
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Post by PuzzleScot » Tue 04 Sep, 2012 1:59 pm

driv4r wrote:And Tiit Vunk of Estonia in 5th place :!:
This is the UK puzzlers forum. Perhaps the Estonian puzzlers forum will be more impressed.

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Re: 2012 U.S. Sudoku Team Qualifying

Post by driv4r » Tue 04 Sep, 2012 2:35 pm

Haha, maybe you are right but my nationality is still Estonian :roll:
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Post by detuned » Tue 04 Sep, 2012 3:29 pm

Haha, I thought the shock was that Tiit was *only* in 5th place, he's one hell of a solver. And Bastien finishing with roughly 35 minutes to spare is a truly formidable performance, especially given the good form Kota and Hideaki are both in!

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Re: 2012 U.S. Sudoku Team Qualifying

Post by driv4r » Tue 04 Sep, 2012 4:55 pm

Yea, tbh I also thought Tiit could have finished higher at first but maybe he is timing his form for the world championship in a month time :lol: He played at this year's Estonia's championship, which I also took part of, he won of course.
This French guy surprised me too, didn't know much about him...after that result he surely hopes to perform well at the WSC as well...
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Post by Fred76 » Tue 04 Sep, 2012 9:00 pm

driv4r wrote:This French guy surprised me too, didn't know much about him...after that result he surely hopes to perform well at the WSC as well...
Knowing him very well, I'm not surprised by his performance. I know he can be as fast as the best players in the world.
Last year, he did a good 5th place in the Beijing tournament. In WSC, he completely failed during 2nd round (0 pt), that cost him a place in the playoffs.
I think this year he will be in the playoffs, and if everything goes well for him, he can be on the podium.
He's very fast, sometimes he makes mistakes during tournaments, but, even with some mistakes, he's always not far from the best (he tells that he lost around 10 minutes due to mistakes on this tournament).

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Re: 2012 U.S. Sudoku Team Qualifying

Post by detuned » Tue 04 Sep, 2012 11:09 pm

Yeah I remember how well he did in Beijing, very strong indeed and I think your analysis is correct Fred (no pressure Bastian, if you are reading ;) ). And round 2 last year wasn't so bad...just a bit "different" :roll:
Fred76 wrote:but, even with some mistakes, he's always not far from the best
If you can find out the secret behind this, let me know 8-)

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