Monday, October 22, 2007
Thomas Snyder is the first Sudoku National Champion in USA
The the first U.S. Sudoku National Championship was won by Sudoku's reigning world champion, Thomas Snyder, who completed the "advanced" section in seven minutes, eight seconds - about three minutes ahead of his nearest rival - took home the first prize of $10,000 and granted a spot on the U.S. team at the World Sudoku Championship.
Snyder, 27, a postdoctoral student of bioengineering at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, a Harvard University PhD. in chemistry and an avid puzzle blogger, said he had been playing Sudoku and other puzzles since he was 5 years old and into "competitive puzzling" for the last 2.5 years.
More than 800 people have attended the the first U.S. Sudoku National Championship, a larger crowd than expected according to organizers, proving the enormous popularity of this number logic puzzle has not declined. Sponsored by Philadelphia Inquirer and hosted by American puzzle guru and media figure Will Shortz, the Championship was an opportunity for logic puzzle enthusiasts from across the United States to test their skills.
Philadelphia Inquirer says a survey they did last summer found 56% of U.S. population had already experienced solving Sudoku puzzles. Photos above are sourced from and courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer Sudoku National Championship. Congratulations Thomas!