- 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 8 online rounds (one every month), based on different themes of puzzle types.
- The top-50 Indian players from the online rounds will be invited for a one-day finals, where the finalists will compete against each other, in a typical WPC-style format, consisting of 4/5 rounds.
- Unlike last year, this offline final will have a participation fee which will mainly be to recover venue/food costs. This fee will be updated a few rounds later once the venue is confirmed. The online rounds will continue to be free for all.
- The best Indian at WPC 2015 will get a wild card on the team for WPC 2016.
- The remaining 3 spots will be decided by this tournament. Barring the special case mentioned below, the top 3 solvers from the offline finals will secure a place on the Indian A team for WPC 2016.
- There will be a separate playoff after these rounds to determine the Ramayan winner. There will be an eligibility criteria for this playoff, as explained below, to preserve the essence of Puzzle Ramayan.
All players who appear for the offline finals will receive a certificate.
- Top-3 players at the offline finals will be awarded medals / trophies.
- Top-10 players at the offline finals will be awarded prizes in the form of LMI merchandise.
- All players at the offline finals Under-21yrs and over-50yrs will receive special prizes.
- All players travelling from other countries (non-Indian citizens), will receive special prizes.
|Rounds||Author||Dates||India 1||India 2||India 3|
|Classics||Rohan Rao||05-07 Sep||Swaroop Guggilam||Amit Sowani||Anurag Sahay|
|Numbers||Deb Mohanty||26-28 Sep||Amit Sowani||Rohan Rao||Rajesh Kumar|
|Evergreens||Amit Sowani||31Oct-2Nov||Rohan Rao||Rajesh Kumar||Swaroop Guggilam|
|Regions||Rakesh Rai||28-30 Nov||Rohan Rao||Amit Sowani||Swaroop Guggilam|
|Snake||Ashish Kumar||26-28 Dec||Amit Sowani||Swaroop Guggilam||Jayant Ameta|
|Shading||Swaroop Guggilam||23-26 Jan||Rohan Rao||Amit Sowani||Rajesh Kumar|
|Loops||Prasanna Seshadri||27-29 Feb||Rohan Rao||Swaroop Guggilam||Amit Sowani|
|Placement||Rajesh Kumar||26-28 Mar||Rohan Rao||Rakesh Rai||Swaroop Guggilam|
|IPC Finals ||Prasanna Seshadri, Deb Mohanty||17 Jul||Amit Sowani||Rohan Rao||Rakesh Rai|
|PR Finals ||Prasanna Seshadri, Deb Mohanty||17 Jul||Ashish Kumar||Kishore Kumar||Varun R|
All rounds will be open throughout the weekends and on Mondays. They will also be open on Friday nights.|
All times in Indian Standard Time (GMT+5:30)
Each round will have 22 Puzzles (of five puzzle types) to be solved in 90 minutes
The two exploratory variants will be from the five puzzle types
- Two 6X6/7x7 of five puzzle types *
- One 8X8/9x9 of the five puzzle types
- One 10x10 or larger of the five puzzle types
- One exploratory variant of two puzzle types
- * For Number/Character placement puzzles like Skyscraper, Easy As ABCD, Kropki and Tomtom, the size distribution is 4x4/5x5, 6x6 and 7x7. For other types which aren't conducive to these distributions, the details will be given to the authors and then to the participants in the Instruction booklet for those particular puzzle types.
- Each round is worth 100 points. You will get points as allotted for each puzzle correctly submitted.
- Instant Grading is enabled, so upon submitting you will know if the answer is correct or not. Penalty exists for wrong submissions.
- There will be a time bonus of 1 point per full minute saved by players submitting all puzzles correctly within 90 minutes.
- For determining top 50 for offline finals, each player's best 6 scores out of 8 will be summed up to calculate the total score (so, the worst two scores are discarded).
- Like every other contests at LMI, international players are encouraged to participate in these contests
- These contests will be included in LMI Puzzle ratings.
- International players are not eligible to win either the IPC or the Ramayan title at the offline finals but can attend and participate managing their own expenses.
If you have any questions or doubts or suggestions, please ask in the forum.