Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

NZ Sudoku Champion Is Eleven Years Old

NZ Sudoku Champion Is Eleven Years Old

The New Zealand sudoku champion is eleven year old Alphaeus Ang, a year seven student from Liston College in Henderson. The national sudoku championships were held as part of the Thames festival of mindsports. As well as winning the sudoku, Alphaeus won the draughts tournament, and was second in the chess, beaten in a play-off by former New Zealand champion Bob Smith.

Alphaeus is no stranger to mindsports. He is the country’s top ranked under twelve year old chess player and last year placed second in the under twelve World Amateur Blitz Chess championship held in Romania. He has also completed NCEA Level One mathematics with merit.

New Zealand Puzzle Association chairman Rhys Cullen says ‘Alphaeus is very fast. He makes decisions very quickly and the vast majority of them are correct. When we set the competition format of six puzzles in 45 minutes we were told it was too difficult. It is tough, but this is a national competition.’

Under 16, under 18, and veteran (over 60) grade competitions will be held in Thames later in the year. ‘At least Alphaeus won’t win the veterans division’ says Mr Cullen.

Alphaeus has been solving sudoku since he was four years old. ‘I just saw a puzzle and got interested in it’ he says.

‘The boy is tiny but he is intimidating as hell’, says Mr Cullen. ‘There were a number of folk who qualified for the finals but didn’t turn up. They had seen Alphaeus, watched him play, and had second thoughts about mixing it up with him.’

NZ Festival of Mindsports: website www.mindsportsfestival.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Howard Davis: 'Dunkirk'

The British have an extraordinary penchant for celebrating catastrophic military defeats. It is not only the Battle of Hastings, the Charge of the Light Brigade, and Gallipoli that have become immortalized in prose, poetry, and movies ...
More>>

Conservation: Gecko Stolen From DOC Visitor Centre

A long-term resident at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre has been stolen. The Marlborough green gecko was reported missing on 19 July. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Rare Ingredients

When I heard Kiazim was publishing a cookbook, I jumped at the opportunity... I was back in New Zealand, but how hard could it be to create Turkish-Cypriot cuisine on the opposite side of the world? Well, it turns out — pretty damn hard. More>>

Remembrance: British Memorial Design Revealed

After years of work with Weta Workshop, the British High Commission has revealed the final design of the United Kingdom’s presence in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Whole Intimate Mess

Alison McCulloch: Walker’s account of what she went through is harrowing and intimate, and, at risk of sounding trite, very brave. More>>

Howard Davis: The Kuijken String Quartet

Chamber Music New Zealand has scored another coup with the Kuijken String Quartet's current tour of New Zealand. As the co-founder of both La Petite Bande in 1972 and the Kuijken String Quartet in 1986, Sigiswald Kuijken is internationally recognized ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland