This is the first of six offline rounds of Sudoku Mahabharat 2020.
About Sudoku Mahabharat 2020
Logic Masters India (LMI) is conducting the Indian Sudoku Championship (ISC) 2020 (tentatively) in July-2020. The qualification for ISC will begin from January 2020 onwards, in the form of Sudoku Mahabharat offline rounds. The structure is largely the same as last year. Read on to find out more.
-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 championship consists of 6 offline rounds (approximately one every month), based on different themes of Sudoku variants. The rounds are largely the same as the 2019 edition, in different order.
-There are 3-4 spots for the Indian A team for WSC 2020, which will be decided by an offline final.
-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.
Offline finals: 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 offline 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 offline 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 final. Specifically, the finalists will start with an average of their best 4 normalized scores.
-If offline round organizers participate in the finals they will automatically get the same base points as the top solver of the offline rounds.
All players who appear for the offline finals will receive a certificate. Additionally,
-Top-3 players at the offline finals will be awarded medals / trophies.
-All players at the offline finals Under-21yrs and over-50yrs will receive special prizes.
-All players travelling from other countries (non-Indians), will receive special prizes.
-Best Author(s) will receive a prize (based on Overall Ratings)
Each round will have 18 Sudokus to be solved in 90 minutes
All rounds will have the following composition:
-Four 6X6 Standard Sudokus
-Four 9X9 Standard Sudoku
-Five 6X6 Sudoku Variants
-Five 9X9 Sudoku Variants
Any Sudoku variants used in each round will appear in both sizes, 6x6 and 9x9, i.e. there will be five different Sudoku variants in a round.
About the host:
Prasanna Seshadri is the director of the World Puzzle Federation, Puzzlemaster at Grandmaster Puzzles and has won many sudoku and puzzle championships in India while also representing the country on the international level where he brought gold as team captain of India at the Asian Sudoku Championship 2019 and also achieved India's best ever individual rank at the World Puzzle Championship (16th) in 2019.