Saturday, January 19, 2013

WPF Sudoku Grand Prix 2013

WPF Sudoku Grand Prix 2013
World Puzzle Federation (WPF) is happy to announce the 1st WPF online Sudoku event - WPF Sudoku Grand Prix. The WPF Sudoku GP consists of eight tournaments organised by WPF members from eight countries. The hosts will be Czech Republic, Germany, India, Italy, Serbia, Turkey, UK, USA.
All the Sudoku players can take part and compare their results with the top players without leaving their home. Only registered players will be included in the final WPF ranking.

WPF Sudoku Grand Prix 2013 Schedule

January - Czech Republic - Jan 25 - 27
February - India - Feb 9 - 10
February - Germany - Feb 23 - 24 
April - Serbia - Apr 20 - 22
May - UK
May - USA - May 25 - 27
June - Italy
June - Turkey - Jun 22 - 23

WPF Sudoku Grand Prix 2013 Basic facts

- There will be 8 online tournaments starting in January 2013 and ending in July 2013
- The WPF will maintain official rankings of the registered players
- Registration and player rankings will be done on the WPF web page
- For each player, the best 6 out of 8 tournament scores will be included into their final rankings. 
- At the end of the series, the 10 players with the highest cumulative scores will be invited to the next World Sudoku Championship (WSC) to play off in person
- For the first year there will be no registration fee, players may participate for free
- Each of the top 10 players will receive a 100 EUR discount off the cost of attending the next WSC
- Each tournament will be available for an entire weekend

WPF Sudoku Grand Prix 2013 Tournament Format

• Each organizer may choose the format of the tournament (paper-solving with transcription of solutions, Flash-solving online, etc.).
• The tournament should last an entire weekend (minimum 48 hours).
• Each organizer should invite the participants of his or her event to other tournaments of the WPF Sudoku Grand Prix.
• The official WPF Sudoku Grand Prix logo, including a sponsor’s logo, if provided by the WPF, must appear in the header of the paper (if the puzzles are printed) or the web page (if the puzzles are online).

WPF Sudoku Grand Prix 2013 Results and Rankings

• Every organizer is obliged to send the final results to the WPF ( within seven days after the end of the tournament.
• Only registered WPF solvers will be included in the WPF rankings. 
• The 199 solvers with the fastest times will receive, respectively, 200 points (for 1st place), 199 points (2nd place), 198 points (3rd place), etc., down to 2 points (199th place). All other registered solvers who submit answers will receive 1 point.
• Only the top six results for each solver will be included in his or her final Grand Prix ranking.
• At the end of the Grand Prix, the 10 solvers with the highest cumulative scores will be invited to the next WSC to play off in person. Each will receive a 100 EUR discount off the cost of attending the WSC. This amount will be paid by the WPF.
• If there is a tie in the results of the top 10 solvers, the solver with the highest ranking in any individual tournament will win the tiebreaker; if there is still a tie, then the solver with the next-highest ranking in any individual tournament will win; etc.
• If any of the finalists decides not to attend the WSC, the next best solver (or solvers) will be invited to take part.

WPF Sudoku Grand Prix 2013 Instruction Booklet

The instructions for each tournament must be available to the participants in English two weeks before the tournament. Solvers should have a ample opportunity to ask questions about the instructions, with the hosts' answers available to everyone. 

WPF Sudoku Grand Prix 2013 Judging

All judging with following the rules of the individual tournament, and any protests must first be made to the tournament organizers.
If a player disagrees with an organizer's decision, only then can they appeal to the WPF, via email to the WPF director, and within 2 days of the organizer's decision. Such protests are binding only for the Grand Prix ranking.

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