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jay.patel
Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-09 12:02 AM (#16005 - in reply to #15840) (#16005) Top




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Great to see detailed result for Chennai round. Can we have the rankings for Mumbai round too?
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-09 6:05 AM (#16007 - in reply to #16005) (#16007) Top


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jay.patel - 2014-07-09 12:02 AM

Great to see detailed result for Chennai round. Can we have the rankings for Mumbai round too?


It will take a while. We are a bit busy with planning the National finals right now, so maybe sometime next week. Same goes for other city rankings.
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-11 5:59 PM (#16032 - in reply to #15840) (#16032) Top




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Do we get the final IB in terms of type of puzzles by each round??
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-12 8:12 PM (#16045 - in reply to #15840) (#16045) Top


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Best of Luck to all Finalists for Times Sudoku Championship.
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-12 10:56 PM (#16047 - in reply to #15840) (#16047) Top




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All the best for the finalists of this year's Championship..
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-13 10:02 PM (#16058 - in reply to #15840) (#16058) Top


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Finally back home. The first thing I want to say is, I am really sorry to the participants who wanted to talk to me (and there were some I wanted to talk to as well :) ) but couldn't since we were pulled away so soon after the finals got done for that photo-shoot thing. We get to meet under one roof just once a year and I wasn't really a fan of cutting that time short. But what happens, happens I guess.

Congrats to the other 3 winners. The Sudokus were really fun. I loved the Fortress :)
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-13 11:12 PM (#16059 - in reply to #15840) (#16059) Top




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Congratulations Prasanna, Rishi, Rohan and Sumit! :D
Do India proud!
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 2:18 AM (#16061 - in reply to #16059) (#16061) Top





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Sagar.Ramachandran - 2014-07-13 11:12 PM

Congratulations Prasanna, Rishi, Rohan and Sumit! :D Do India proud!


Rishi?
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 11:27 AM (#16066 - in reply to #16061) (#16066) Top


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lenson - 2014-07-14 2:18 AM

Sagar.Ramachandran - 2014-07-13 11:12 PM

Congratulations Prasanna, Rishi, Rohan and Sumit! :D Do India proud!


Rishi?


Surprise wildcard.
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 11:43 AM (#16067 - in reply to #15840) (#16067) Top




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Congrats Prasanna, Rohan, Rishi and Sumit. All the Best for the World Championships. Can we have the Points table of the National Finals similar to last year.

Edited by rvarun 2014-07-14 12:05 PM
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 11:51 AM (#16068 - in reply to #16066) (#16068) Top





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prasanna16391 - 2014-07-14 11:27 AM
lenson - 2014-07-14 2:18 AM
Sagar.Ramachandran - 2014-07-13 11:12 PMCongratulations Prasanna, Rishi, Rohan and Sumit! :D Do India proud!
Rishi?
Surprise wildcard.
On what basis was this wildcard given? And why were these parameters, or even the possibility of wild-cards being given not announced up-front before the regional rounds?Rishi is someone who can very comfortably make the team 9 times out of 10. But are the rules same for everyone?
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 1:01 PM (#16069 - in reply to #16068) (#16069) Top


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lenson - 2014-07-14 11:51 AM

prasanna16391 - 2014-07-14 11:27 AM
lenson - 2014-07-14 2:18 AM
Sagar.Ramachandran - 2014-07-13 11:12 PMCongratulations Prasanna, Rishi, Rohan and Sumit! :D Do India proud!
Rishi?
Surprise wildcard.
On what basis was this wildcard given? And why were these parameters, or even the possibility of wild-cards being given not announced up-front before the regional rounds?Rishi is someone who can very comfortably make the team 9 times out of 10. But are the rules same for everyone?


I would assume the basis is that he is last year's champion in the same tournament. I don't know anything more about it, but apart from the "not announced up-front" part, it seems a solid reason.
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 1:02 PM (#16070 - in reply to #16068) (#16070) Top




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lenson - 2014-07-14 11:51 AM

prasanna16391 - 2014-07-14 11:27 AM
lenson - 2014-07-14 2:18 AM
Sagar.Ramachandran - 2014-07-13 11:12 PMCongratulations Prasanna, Rishi, Rohan and Sumit! :D Do India proud!
Rishi?
Surprise wildcard.
On what basis was this wildcard given? And why were these parameters, or even the possibility of wild-cards being given not announced up-front before the regional rounds?Rishi is someone who can very comfortably make the team 9 times out of 10. But are the rules same for everyone?


I came to know that Rishi would be competing only when I reached TOI office yesterday's morning.I don't know if other participants had first hand information about this.Not that knowing about the same prior to the event would have helped or affected my solve in any way.My initial impression after seeing him was that he had arrived to assist Amit in organizing.Most likely the decision to include him must have been a last minute one .After getting to know that he would be competing, I knew that this was going to be rat race once again like last year with only the fourth spot up for grabs.

From what I understand ,Rishi was given a wild card entry for having finished first in the Indian Sudoku Championship 2014 which was what we thought would be the way to select the team for the WSC.No one had any clue on whether the TSC would eventually happen or not.When it did happen and Rishi did not qualify it must have put the organizers in a spot of bother.I got to know from Prasanna that the top 4 from ISC and the four invited for the Indian B Team had already booked tickets and their visas are in the final stage of approval.You can't blame them for booking in advance because like I said no one had a clue about whether TSC would be there or not.

Considering the above and keeping in mind the best interests of the Indian Team,I think the decision to give him a wild card is fair enough.Imagine this coming from someone who missed the team by finishing 5th this year too, just because Rishi found a spot in the top four.I have begun to hate the number 5 nowadays...TSC 2013 :5th,ISC 2014 :5th,TSC 2014 :5th.(Perhaps a bit more consistent than where I would want it ). How unlucky I must be !.. .I can't express how sickening it was yesterday (for finishing 5th again).Coming back to the issue at hand, considering that Rishi has been given a wildcard why not the other 2 from top 3 of ISC be given a wild card too?.Rohan had already qualified through TSC so no probs on that part.The only person who could have staked his claim for getting a wild Card entry is Gaurav for finishing 3rd in ISC but at the same time I understand that he is not here in India .Most probably he would be included in the Indian B Team instead of A Team.

---Kishore---
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 2:01 PM (#16071 - in reply to #16070) (#16071) Top


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kishy72 - 2014-07-14 1:02 PM

I have begun to hate the number 5 nowadays...TSC 2013 :5th,ISC 2014 :5th,TSC 2014 :5th.(Perhaps a bit more consistent than where I would want it ). How unlucky I must be !.. .I can't express how sickening it was yesterday (for finishing 5th again).

---Kishore---


Your run is pretty similar to Swaroop's run in IPCs. In 2011 he would've been 3rd without mistakes, if I remember right, and both 2012 and 2013 he was 5th. He's on the Puzzle team this year, so hopefully that happens for you too (with the Sudoku team) sometime soon :)
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 3:40 PM (#16072 - in reply to #16068) (#16072) Top



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lenson - 2014-07-14 11:51 AM

On what basis was this wildcard given? And why were these parameters, or even the possibility of wild-cards being given not announced up-front before the regional rounds?Rishi is someone who can very comfortably make the team 9 times out of 10. But are the rules same for everyone?


It was as much a surprise for me as any one. Only Amit or Deb can answer the reasoning behind it. But this was a Times of India competition and not an LMI so I am assuming Amit and all needed the buy in from TOI too before a decision was made.

Kishore, you are in terrific form and all I can say is that looking at the way you are going, the team india spot is not far away.
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 4:07 PM (#16073 - in reply to #16072) (#16073) Top



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The rules are indeed common for all and that is why Rishi lost in the Bangalore round because of a single incorrect digit.

The eventual aim of the competition is to select the best team to represent India at the World Championships and it is a limitation of the competition format which penalizes a participant for making a simple error.

I will not write much about how good a player Rishi is, but it is amply evident from the fact that many of his competitors in the finals also asked me to explore the option of having him as a wild card entry in the finals. The decision was vindicated by the results which clearly show that Prasanna, Rishi and Rohan are way ahead of the rest.

But there is one aspect with which I will have to agree, which is that it would have been appropriate to announce this at the start of the event. We will take that as a learning for future years.

In the end I will close of with saying that it is good to see that TOI was on the same page with us in rewarding someone who has shown consistently good performance in various competitions throughout the year.
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 4:32 PM (#16074 - in reply to #15840) (#16074) Top





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Sorry, this is still very troubling. Most of the serious participants know already that 2 - 3 people are a shoo-in for the Sudoku and Puzzle teams, with the rest fighting for the 1-2 remaining slots. The stake is higher for the Sudoku team (vs the Puzzle team) from the past few years since the Sudoku team participants get most of their World Championship expenses covered.

If we are going to give the top 2-3 folk more than one chance of making it to the main team because of their caliber, why even go through the trouble of making them compete. We could just as well pick all of them in advance, and have everyone else compete for the 1-2 remaining slots.
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 5:01 PM (#16075 - in reply to #15840) (#16075) Top


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I don't see why this is any more troubling than the 2013 ruling which dismissed Gaurav, Sumit and Rakesh from competition, which no one raised much issue over. Ideally, the 3 of them should've at least been told about this before WSC 2012, and not just before TSC 2013. That was much more harsh, concerning 2 more people at the core of the issue, and not really making that much sense competitively either.

I get that two wrongs don't make a right, and Amit himself has agreed that it is not ideal to name a wildcard so late in the competition. My only point is, out of the two decisions, at least this one is (at least proven by Rishi's better performance in the more elaborately structured National Finals which would definitely be closer to a WSC setting) better for the Indian team, and at least it has some grounds in logic as opposed to the top 25 rule.

But I see your point and I hope wildcards (if any) are discussed and confirmed pre-tournament for 2015.
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 5:20 PM (#16076 - in reply to #15840) (#16076) Top





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Looks like what I wrote could be interpreted the wrong way. Let me put it another way. Allowing the top 2-3 to make mistakes pulls the bar for accuracy lower on them relative to the rest of the people. This is a huge huge deal in live competition, and is great enough advantage for them to be able to qualify ahead of the rest even IF everything else was the same (skills, speed, etc.). Being faster than the rest makes it a cake-walk. So we should either set the same bar for everyone to move from the regional rounds to the national rounds, or give these 2-3 a direct pass to the nationals, since they are going to be taken there anyway. Is my line of thought clearer?
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 5:33 PM (#16077 - in reply to #16076) (#16077) Top



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Lenson I agree with what you are saying and we will explore the option of giving a few pre-decided participants a bye into the national finals next year.
It will also give an opportunity for more people to compete in the national finals.

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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 5:55 PM (#16078 - in reply to #15840) (#16078) Top


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yes, I do agree with Amit and Lenson that from the next year we need to improve on process. Moreover giving Rishi wild card entry is in best interests of Team India and lets not debate on this.
Instead we can debate on improving the process. We have seen in last few years that some of best players not qualifying for national finals due to some minor mistakes in regional rounds. I suggest the following for the next year onward.
1. Option of pre decided participants a bye in national rounds (This may be done on basis of rank in ISC with ISC being conducted before TSC).
2. In case Times does not agree with wild card entry then making the regional round in such a way that making minor mistakes by best player does not completely rule out player from finals e.g. making little tough puzzles for regional final round, so that only few best players are just able to complete these puzzles in given time.

Please do suggest something more for improving this process.
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@ Rajesh

The second point that you mentioned seems easier than what it actually is.
Since we extend the event to 1000s of people we need to make it accessible to everyone.
So we need to balance the fact that while we are trying to select the best team we also aim to popularize sudoku by letting more people explore solving the puzzles.

rvarun
Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 6:26 PM (#16080 - in reply to #15840) (#16080) Top




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Can we have the final points round wise of the National Finals similar to last year.. Just a curiosity..

Edited by rvarun 2014-07-14 6:30 PM
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Subject: Re: Times Sudoku Championship 2014 @ 2014-07-14 7:37 PM (#16081 - in reply to #15840) (#16081) Top


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This is as surprising to me as for others, but India Sudoku team need guy of Rishi caliber. Debating on this point further according to me is unfair to Rishi and to India Sudoku team.

From next year onwards why not give wild card entries to all the 4 national champions of only last year if they fit into TOI Sudoku championship criterion.
Rest All should go through normal process without any exception.
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Agree with you, if there are tough puzzles the purpose to take Sudoku to masses and popularize may get hit.
May be why not introduced one more round of top 10-15 participants after 2nd round with some tricky puzzles.

Edited by gaurav.kjain 2014-07-14 7:45 PM
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@ Gaurav
We also work under some time constraints with regards to the venue to finish the event on time, which prevents us from having additional rounds.

Do keep posting your ideas coming in, so that we can improve the event even further in subsequent years.
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