19 Moments at the 19th World Puzzle Championship 2010Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The world's best known puzzling event, the World Puzzle Championship, was held this year in Paprotnia near Warsaw, Poland. 116 representatives from 26 countries competed with each other during the week of October 24, solving language-independent logic puzzles in both individual and team competitions. The team playoffs were won by Team USA while Taro Arimatsu from Japan won the individual playoffs. The World Puzzle Championship (WPC) is run annually by the World Puzzle Federation (WPF) since 1992, when the first championship took place in New York.
Play the WPC 2010 Sym-a-Pix
Puzzles for this year’s championship were created by puzzle makers from 8 countries including Conceptis which contributed puzzles for several rounds including the final round and a round dedicated to Sym-a-Pix. You can play a digital copy of the WPC 2010 Sym-a-Pix puzzle right here on this article by clicking the widget on the right.
The following are 19 moments captured by Jaanus Laidna during the 19th World Puzzle Championship 2010. For the official championship website and full lists of results and participants visit wpc2010.com. For larger copies of the photographs see this album on Conceptis' Facebook page.
Taro Arimatsu – winner of individual playoffs
Taro Arimatsu solving a Conceptis Slitherlink puzzle during the final, only a few minutes prior to becoming the first ever individual world champion from Japan.
Team USA – Winner of team playoffs
Team USA showing how to enjoy Sym-a-Pix: Roger Barkan (left), Wey-Hwa Huang - four times world puzzle champion (sitting on the table), Thomas Snyder - two-times world Sudoku champion (standing next to Huang) and Palmer Mebane.
Tim Peeters (Netherlands)
Tim Peeters from the Netherlands solving a Conceptis Kakuro. Pic-a-Pix by Conceptis is waiting to be solved next.
Ulrich Voigt (Germany)
Seven-times world puzzle champion Ulrich Voigt from Germany looking which numbers to place in a Kakuro.
Anti Sõlg (Estonia)
Anti Sõlg from Estonia filling squares in a Hitori.
Tejal Phatak (India)
Representative of India Tejal Phatak enjoying a Kakuro.
Thomas Snyder (USA)
Two-time world Sudoku champion Dr. Sudoku Thomas Snyder from USA solving a Classic Sudoku.
Wey-Hwa Huang (USA)
Four-time world puzzle champion Wey-Hwa Huang from USA solving a Conceptis Hitori using two pens. Hashi was solved just moments ago.
Robert Babylon (Czech Republic)
Two-time world puzzle champion Robert Babylon from Czech Republic locating the fleet in a Battleships puzzle.
Pal Madarassy (Hungary)
Former world puzzle champion Pal Madarassy from Hungary discovering what's in the picture in a Pic-a-Pix.
Four competitors from Serbia against one Sym-a-Pix from Conceptis.
Local team from Poland attempting to solve a Sym-a-Pix.
Competition director Tomasz Krajewski
Competition director Tomasz Krajewski is happy how things are going in the Sym-a-Pix round.
Team Japan working hard on a Sym-a-Pix puzzle.
Team USA have just finished solving the Sym-a-Pix. At the end of the round they were the only ones who got this far.
Thomas Snyder (USA) and a Sym-a-Pix
Thomas Snyder from the USA with a completed Sym-a-Pix puzzle.
Thomas Snyder (USA) and a Judge
Snyder observing how a judge is checking Team USA's Sym-a-Pix.
At the end of the Sym-a-Pix round, team Netherlands was not far away from completing the puzzle.
Team Estonia posing after a (not very successful) Sym-a-Pix round.
About Jaanus Laidna
Aside from being a talented photographer, Jaanus Laidna is a crossword puzzle creator and editor-in-chief of Kuma, Estonia's largest puzzle and crossword magazine publisher. Jaanus has been a fan of language independent puzzles since 2002 when he took part at his first World Puzzle Championship. He represented Estonia 13 times in World Puzzle and World Sudoku Championships and has been organizing Estonia's Sudoku championships for five years.