- This is a national contest aimed at encouraging the best puzzle solvers of India to participate and experience the excitement, thrill and puzzling atmosphere on the lines of various national championships and the World Championships.
- The championship consists of 6 online rounds (approximately one every month), based on 10 different themes of Puzzle types and their variants. Most of the themes of 2018 are repeated, with minor changes.
- Like previous years, the offline final will have a participation fee which will mainly be to recover venue/food costs. This fee will be updated a little later once the venue is confirmed. The online rounds will continue to be free for all.
- There are 3-4* spots for the Indian A team for WPC 2019, which will be decided by this tournament.
*Depending on whether the player awarded a wildcard from WPC 2018 participates.
- There will be a separate playoff at the end of the offline finals to determine the Mahabharat winner. There will be an eligibility criteria for this playoff, as explained below, to preserve the essence of Puzzle Ramayan.
Offline finals: New registration process
- The process of filling up the offline finals' slots is the same as last year's process. We want to encourage solvers who aren't near the top yet but still want the experience of an offline final. The eligibility criteria is that the solver must have participated in at least 4 of the 6 online rounds ('participated' here means achieving a non-zero score in the round) OR reaches the top 60 within two or less rounds. After Round 6, we will ask the solvers from 1-30 first and give them a week to confirm participation. After this, registrations will be open to participants from 31-60 for a week, and then it is open to everyone 'eligible' by the criteria above, till we get to 60 participants. After that, due to venue restrictions, we will be ending registrations.
- The points total from the online rounds (i.e. the best 4 rounds for each participant) will be considered to give some base points to finalists to start with in the offline round. Specifically, the finalists will start with an average of their best 4 normalized scores.
- If online round organizers participate in the offline finals they will automatically get the same base points as the top solver of the online rounds
|Rounds||Author||Dates||India 1||India 2||India 3|
|Classics||Rohan Rao||4-8 Jan||Prasanna Seshadri||Amit Sowani||Swaroop Guggilam|
|Connected Puzzles||Prasanna Seshadri||25-30 Jan||Rohan Rao||Amit Sowani||Swaroop Guggilam|
|Shading & Loops||Amit Sowani||22-26 Feb||Prasanna Seshadri||Rohan Rao||Ashish Kumar|
|Casual & Word||Rakesh Rai||22-27 Mar||Rohan Rao||Prasanna Seshadri||Amit Sowani|
|Made In India & Regions||Ashish Kumar & Swaroop Guggilam||3-7 May||Prasanna Seshadri||Rohan Rao||Amit Sowani|
|Number & Object Placement||Harmeet Singh & Prasanna Seshadri||31 May-5 June||Rohan Rao||Amit Sowani||Ashish Kumar|
All rounds will be open from Friday noon to Tuesday midnight. |
All times in Indian Standard Time (GMT+5:30)