Why the Changes?
The main reason for four rounds is we want a lighter schedule this year while we are restructuring and adding to LMI. Since it is just 4 rounds, having 6 variants per round makes more sense in order to explore more variants over the course of the series. Having 2 6x6 Classics instead of 4 still achieves the aim of having a warm-up for newcomers to get into the contest. This naturally means there will be that bit more to solve as a 6x6 variant and a 9x9 variant take the slots of the 6x6 Classics. As a general note, SM has a dual aim, i.e., a) providing something to solve for newcomers and casual participants and b) challenging India's top solvers and keeping them somewhat in touch with solving levels of a WSC. We can achieve both these goals without the rounds necessarily being finish-able for the top X or Y solvers, which is arbitrary anyway. Instead, what we will aim to do is, within the 6 variant pairs, we will try to have 2 easy pairs, 2 medium pairs and 2 hard pairs, so that there is something for everyone. We request the participants to consider this target when providing feedback for any given round. The other changes are hopefully self explanatory.
Recap of Other Points about SM & ISC
- This is a national contest aimed at encouraging the best Sudoku 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 SM series consists of 4 online rounds (approximately one every 3-4 weeks), based on different themes of Sudoku variants.
- Like the recent years before 2020 and 2021, 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 WSC 2022, which will be decided by this tournament.***
*Depending on whether the player awarded a wildcard from WSC 2019 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 Sudoku Mahabharat.***