11th World Sudoku Championship: Pranav is World’s No. 10
Posted on: November 11, 2016.

Author: Sivakumar M, father of Pranav Kamesh, Chennai

Pranav Kamesh Sivakumar has bagged the 10th Position in U-18 category, and the 94th Position in Open category of the 11th World Sudoku Championships, in Senec, Slovakia.

The 11th World Sudoku Championship (WSC) was held in Senec, Slovakia from 16 – 20 October 2016. There were 213 competitors and 54 teamsthe highest number of WSC participants ever, this year. Overall, there were 101 official competitors. Out of this, about 15% of the competitors participated in Under 18 category and 25% of the competitors were newcomers.

Pranav was selected as part of India B team and took part in the World Championship, along with fellow participants Akash Doulani, Amit Sowani and Rajesh Kumar. He is a Std. XII student of Maharshi Vidya Mandir, Chetpet, Chennai, and had finished among the top two in the category of inexperienced participants in a National Sudoku contest earlier in India.

There were a total of 10 individual rounds (Overall duration – 8 hours) and 4 team rounds (Overall duration – 2 hours) in the competition. Overall, there were about 200 puzzles in the competition including Classic Sudoku and a lot of variants. Pranav secured 1693 points and finished at the 94th position overall amongst 213 participants.

More importantly, he was 10th (out of 33) U-18 participants and in the top-10 (out of 55) debutants. The highlight of his performance was in round 10 (Guess No More) where he scored the highest points from the Indian team.

Congratulations to Pranav Kamesh Sivakumar on representing India at the World Championship and performing very well. He was very quick, his work has mostly been error-free, and he has been very consistent in his performance. He has shown the stamina to endure a long competition, he has the potential, and he will definitely do even better in the future championships.


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