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2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Posted: Fri 09 Jan, 2015 4:52 pm
by puzzlemad
The UK Puzzle Association are pleased to announce the 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments.
[edit: Full info at http://www.ukpuzzles.org/ukopen/ ]

The Sudoku Tournament will be held on Saturday 21st March, 2015 and the Puzzle Tournament will be held from the evening of Saturday 21st and on Sunday 22nd March, 2015. Both will take place at the Selsdon Park Hotel in Croydon, the site of the 2014 World Sudoku and Puzzle Championships.

These events will be used as part of the selection process for the UK teams for the World Sudoku Championships (WSC) and World Puzzle Championship (WPC) for 2015.

Everyone is welcome to participate, no matter your experience or skill level, including overseas competitors. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Start time on Saturday will be around 10.30 am and finish time on Sunday to be no later than 4 pm.

For further details please contact liane@ukpuzzles.org

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Posted: Mon 12 Jan, 2015 9:15 am
by david mcneill
Liane,

Any idea when we start on the Saturday? Wondering if I can fly over on the Saturday morning.

Have the hotel offered an overnight rate to us or are people planning to stay elsewhere?

Thank you,

David.

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Posted: Mon 12 Jan, 2015 4:16 pm
by GarethMoore
Accommodation will be at the hotel, and there is also accommodation being arranged for the Friday night for those who want it too. I certainly plan to get there on the Friday evening to avoid early morning travel on Saturday! :)

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Posted: Sun 25 Jan, 2015 12:32 am
by dickoon
For the avoidance of doubt:

1) Please would you confirm it is possible to attend from 4pm to 4pm only for just the puzzle tournament on a single 24 hour pass?
2) Please would you confirm if it would be acceptable for commuters to attend for the tournaments only by buying two day passes, or does the 6pm deadline apply hard to the point of turfing someone out mid-round? Clearly much of the appeal is the time spent together outside competition but there are some people for whom this might be the best option.
3) Any puzzling plans for the evening other than good food and good company?

Thank you! Not sure if it's on the cards for me to go this year but these would help me decide.

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Posted: Sun 25 Jan, 2015 1:11 pm
by puzzlemad
dickoon wrote:For the avoidance of doubt:

1) Please would you confirm it is possible to attend from 4pm to 4pm only for just the puzzle tournament on a single 24 hour pass?
2) Please would you confirm if it would be acceptable for commuters to attend for the tournaments only by buying two day passes, or does the 6pm deadline apply hard to the point of turfing someone out mid-round? Clearly much of the appeal is the time spent together outside competition but there are some people for whom this might be the best option.
3) Any puzzling plans for the evening other than good food and good company?

Thank you! Not sure if it's on the cards for me to go this year but these would help me decide.
1) If you are attending just the puzzle tournament, then that will be possible on one 24 hour pass.
2) Yes commuters will be able to take part in both tournaments withtwo single day passes. Anyone would still be welcome to be around in the evening, joining us in the bar etc. but obviously this wouldn't include an evening meal etc.
3) Nothing specific once the rounds have finished other than the food, company and drinks.

Will be great to see you and anyone else if they can make it.

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Posted: Mon 09 Feb, 2015 9:36 am
by Cooky
I have just noticed that the weekend coincides with the last games of the six nations. Could we find a way to show the England France game after the puzzling has finished on Saturday?

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Posted: Mon 09 Feb, 2015 12:39 pm
by PuzzleScot
Cooky wrote:I have just noticed that the weekend coincides with the last games of the six nations.
Facepalm!!

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Posted: Tue 10 Feb, 2015 10:32 am
by Cooky
Is that a yes or a no?

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Posted: Tue 10 Feb, 2015 11:57 am
by PuzzleScot
I'm a big rugby, and 6-nations, fan myself - I too hadn't noticed the clash.
Conveniently for me, the Scotland match should be finished by 4pm, when the puzzle tourny starts.

As for 'watch later' on the England match, I suspect the whole thing will be available on iPlayer on a laptop, which could be connected to a tv in the bar, or more likely, someone's bedroom. erm, just checked iPlayer - seems it is only the highlights program available.

Actually, I think if you can watch the match online via BBC streaming (or elsewhere?) you can 'pause' the stream and watch later. I suggest someone (who is interested in watching England play) experiments with this for the next match.

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Posted: Wed 11 Feb, 2015 9:05 am
by Cooky
I may just opt for the simple solution and skip round one of the puzzles - and of course buy you a drink in the bar afterwards