WPC 2010 Team Selection

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WPC 2010 Team Selection

Post by PuzzleScot » Fri 09 Jul, 2010 1:14 pm

The UKPA members have now agreed the wording for UK team selection for this year's WPC in Poland:

"UK Team selection for the 2010 WPC will be largely based on performance in the 2010 USPC.
The top 2 British performers on the live test will be invited to take a place on the UK team.
In the event that either or both qualifiers decline to take up their place, alternates will be selected at the discretion of the selection panel.
The selection panel will choose the remaining 2 places, based on past competitive performance."

(For the 2010 WPC, the 'selection panel' is made up of all the UKPA full members)

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Re: WPC 2010 Team Selection

Post by PuzzleScot » Mon 30 Aug, 2010 11:35 am

We now have four players who have accepted their place offers, therefore I can now announce the UK team for the 2010 World Puzzle Championship.

Steven Barge (competitor)
Gareth Moore (competitor)
Simon Anthony (competitor)
Ronald Stewart (competitor)
Alan O'Donnell (non-playing captain)

Reserves are Tom Collyer and Michael Collins.

Congratulations everyone! I'm proud to be a part of this exciting event, and looking forward to a best-ever performance from the UK team!

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Re: WPC 2010 Team Selection

Post by drsteve » Mon 30 Aug, 2010 4:54 pm

PuzzleScot wrote: Congratulations everyone! I'm proud to be a part of this exciting event, and looking forward to a best-ever performance from the UK team!
I wish you hadn't said that. Haven't you heard of jinxes...

Out of curiousity, what was the best performance by a UK team/individual?

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Re: WPC 2010 Team Selection

Post by nickdeller » Mon 30 Aug, 2010 6:28 pm

drsteve wrote:Out of curiousity, what was the best performance by a UK team/individual?
Looks like the targets are 19th for an individual (David McNeill, 2003 - 84 participated) and 12th for the team (McNeill 31st/Deller 43rd/Gardner 47th/O'Donnell 69th, 2004 - 90 individuals, 22 teams)

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Re: WPC 2010 Team Selection

Post by drsteve » Mon 30 Aug, 2010 7:07 pm

Well, after 51st and 57th, I think 19th might be somewhat out of the question for me.

This is, I think, one of the strongest overall teams for a while - I think 12th isn't an unattainable target. Of course, it depends on how good the opposition is as well...

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Re: WPC 2010 Team Selection

Post by PuzzleScot » Mon 30 Aug, 2010 8:57 pm

We were bitterly disappointed with 12th in 2004 - we had been ahead of the French until the last couple of rounds.
Unfortunately that pushed us out of a top half finish at the final hurdle.

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Re: WPC 2010 Team Selection

Post by detuned » Tue 31 Aug, 2010 9:14 am

If we count WSC's too, the benchmarks are a little higher - but why not aim high? :)

Individual: 4th (McNeill, 2007)
Team: 6th (Collyer, Danker and McNeill, 2010)

Good luck to Steve, Gareth, Ronald and Simon. I'm happy to start throwing together some practice material if people are interested?

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Re: WPC 2010 Team Selection

Post by drsteve » Tue 31 Aug, 2010 3:16 pm

detuned wrote:If we count WSC's too, the benchmarks are a little higher - but why not aim high? :)

Individual: 4th (McNeill, 2007)
Team: 6th (Collyer, Danker and McNeill, 2010)

Good luck to Steve, Gareth, Ronald and Simon. I'm happy to start throwing together some practice material if people are interested?
4th? Yeah, right...

To be absolutely honest, I think it would be a real achievement for me to break the top 30. That's always been target number one for me.

As for practice material, it's probably best to wait until we get the instruction booklet. The SFINKS tests are mostly pretty standard (and a little dull, to be honest) and I, for one, certainly have plenty to practise on.

I presume the rest of the team has the past WPC puzzles? If not, I'm sure Alan can send them out to you.

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Re: WPC 2010 Team Selection

Post by PuzzleScot » Tue 31 Aug, 2010 3:51 pm

I presume the rest of the team has the past WPC puzzles? If not, I'm sure Alan can send them out to you.
I have quite a puzzle collection, that members should be able to access, so I will be putting stuff up (somewhere) soon.

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Re: WPC 2010 Team Selection

Post by ronaldx » Tue 31 Aug, 2010 9:51 pm

I don't think I have puzzles from the last 2 years? Would you mind passing them along! Thanks!!

Can I suggest the Sfinks puzzles as a place to start? Perhaps we could link to a set of practice puzzles for discussion?

And can we predict who will be writing the puzzles for the WPC (Polish puzzle designers?)
Also, Conceptis puzzles are always worth some practice time... I find them easy to forget about.
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Re: WPC 2010 Team Selection

Post by PuzzleScot » Wed 01 Sep, 2010 12:25 am

And can we predict who will be writing the puzzles for the WPC (Polish puzzle designers?)
According to the Sfinks website, Jan Mrozowski (reigning WSC champion) is organising the show. As for individual authors, it can't be anyone competing.
I presume the rest of the team has the past WPC puzzles? If not, I'm sure Alan can send them out to you.
WPC (1999-2009) instructions, puzzles and solutions are available in the members' area now. 8-)

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