08 February 2009

A Sudoku Champ Anew

Photo courtesy of Devilish Metamorphosis of My Life
Do you still remember the 14-year-old coed of a little-known Chinese school in Pangasinan that we featured in this article? Well, she has continued her reign as the country’s top 'sudoku master' by winning the Sudoku Grand Master title at the 3rd Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge at the SM City North EDSA Annex last 31 January 2009.

Sarah Jane Cua, reigning Asia-Pacific sudoku champion after winning Brand's 1st Asia-Pacific Sudoku Challenge in Singapore last year, is a sophomore at the Pangasinan Universal Institute.

She was the youngest contestant in her division.

She took home a cash prize of PhP 60,000, a trophy and gifts.

Despite her earlier achievements, Cua confessed she still got nervous, especially during the championship round.

The national sudoku tournament, organized by the Mathematics Trainers’ Guild-Philippines, had four rounds after which the top five scorers enter a fifth or championship round.

In the final round, Cua had to solve a mixed or combined sudoku within 30 minutes. She was able to solve the puzzle in only 10 minutes, well ahead of the other finalists.

The SM Supermalls and Business Mirror sponsored the 3rd Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge.

The tournament’s organizer, MTG-Philippines, is a member of the World Puzzle Federation.