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Thomas Snyder Wins the 1st US Sudoku Championship   World Sudoku Championships are held for two years already while there wasn't a US Sudoku National Championship before the end of the last month. The idea to launch a national contest for the phenomenally popular puzzle came from Brian Tierney, chief executive officer of Philadelphia Media Holdings. He contacted Will Shortz, the puzzle editor of the New York Times and the nation's leading puzzle expert, who manages American teams of competitive puzzle solvers. The rest is the history.

The 1st Philadelphia Inquirer Sudoku National Championship took place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, on October 19-21, 2007.

857 puzzlers had registered for the Championship - 150 in the advanced category, 442 intermediate solvers, and 265 in the easier beginners' category. The youngest competitor was just 6, while the oldest - 87.

Thomas Snyder, 27, from Palo Alto, California, became the first US Sudoku Champion and received the first prize of $10 000. He won in advanced category finishing the final round in 7 minutes, 7 seconds. This past March Snyder had won the World Sudoku Championship in Prague. Now, The Inquirer will send him, as part of the American team, to defend the title at the 3rd World Sudoku Championship in Goa, India.

The winners in two other categories are:
Intermediate category ($5 000) - Ron Osher, from Stamford, Connecticut (7:57 in the final round).
Easier beginners' category ($3 000) - Lori DesRuisseaux, from Elverson, Chester County (3:49 in the final round).

After a bonus competition for age brackets a dozen more winners took home $100 each.

Our congratulations to the winners, participants and organizers! As Will Shortz stated this was the largest live puzzle tournament ever held in the United States. We hope it will last and evolve from year to year in years to come!

More detailed story on the event can be read
here.
Sources: Sudoku at philly.com  |  WPC Press
Posted: November 26, 2007
Thomas Snyder Wins the 1st US Sudoku Championship

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