Jan Mrozowski Won World Sudoku Championship 2010

Jan Mrozowski of Poland won the World Sudoku Championship for the second consecutive year. Eventhough he lost his advantage on Consecutive and Killer puzzles, Jan went on to win this championship.

The second placing was secured by Jakub Ondrousek of the Czech Republic. Hideaki Jo of Japan and Florian Kirch of Germany respectively took the third and fourth placing.

This year’s event, which was designed by Wei-Hwa Huang and Thomas Snyder, was extremely interesting as the individual championship had a puzzle decathlon theme with different variants of Sudoku.


Good news! Year 2010 Sudoku Championship will be in Philadelphia in the United States. Date: Month of April.

Previous year's events were held in,

Year 2006 - Lucca, Italy
Year 2007 - Plague, Czech Republic
Year 2008 - Goa, India
Year 2009 - Zilina, Slovakia

Thomas Snyder of USA has won 2 championships (2007 and 2008),Jana Tylova (Czech Republic, 2006) and Jan Mrozowski (Poland, 2009).


According to researcher Tim Forrester, doing Sudoku, puzzles and quizzes burns an average of 90 calories every hour.

It is said that this compares favorably to an average of 56 calories from a chocolate chip, 57 calories from a custard cream and a jammy dodger only has 85 calories. Whatever it is, this should not be the reason to rush to your kitchen for another bite!


This year’s World Sudoku Championship, held in Zilina, Slovakia, was interesting as two-time champion Thomas Snyder and current US champion Wei-Hwa Huang did not qualify for the 36-person playoff.

On the team event, were the US Team over-confident when they finished the puzzle without realizing that one digit in one of the six grids were wrong? That error caused them to fall to the seventh placing.

The championship ended with the home team from Slovakia winning the team championship. Second and third placing were respectively taken by Czech Republic and Serbia.


728 contestants from over 25 states including a number of international participants from Europe and Canada converged at Philadelphia’s Convention Centre last Satuday for the biggest tournament since the 3rd World Sudoku Championship early this year. The oldest participant was 88 and the youngest was only 7 years old.

Thomas Snyder, the hot favorite and current World Champion, missed the top spot by a matter of seconds in the highly exciting event.

The winner, Huang Wei-Hwa from Mountain View, CA, who walked away with the grand prize of $10,000, is no stranger to Sudoku championships. He is also a four-time World Puzzle champion.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, more than 167 million Americans from all parts of the country have played Sudoku with forty-percent of people played it in newspapers.


The Sudoku fever is now officially a global phenomenon. Drop into any bookshop whether in the airport, downtown book corner or in other distant countries like China and Malaysia, it hard to miss Sudoku books lining the shelves. Few games or puzzle caught the masses interests that quickly and have spread so fast. Riding on Sudoku fever, software houses are also rushing to come up new variants and formats for the puzzle with a wide array of features for all age groups. Just recently, there was Platinum Sudoku. That was followed quickly by the release of GiantCrayon SudokuArcade.

For all Sudoku fans out there, you can bet releases of more Sudoku variants and formats can be expected. Simply will be spoilt for choice. :-)


Adults have been buying books for children to foster a love of reading. Preschool and elementary age children often receive books that teach counting with basic number games. Could solving puzzles make mathematics fun for children? All indications seem to suggest that it does. That being the case, perhaps, parents should give their children an early start in brain development and building a foundation for mathematics with a gift of Sudoku books and software for this coming festive season or on the child’s next birthday.


Give your kid an early start by sharpening their thinking skills and boosting their brain cells with Sudoku for Kids software. These softwares come with kid friendly themes that are captivating to young minds as it combines learning and logic skills, and it is great for building color and share coordination. Using colorful animated themes which include flowers, objects, animals, etc. these softwares create a challenging and fun game for children where progression is attained by dragging the correct piece onscreen to the appropriate position.


Great news for Sudoku fans as the puzzle is now on the iPhone! You should try it out as iPhone combines portability, convenience and enjoyment. No need for cumbersome puzzle book and writing tools, only more fun.

iPhone offers two main game modes: Sudoku and Kakuro. The former is a traditional Sudoku puzzle which offers with 5 levels of difficulty, while Kakuro is a cross between Sudoku and a crossword puzzle.

Sudoku on iPhone is good value because it fits very well into today’s mobile society. Feature-wise, it is adequate and easy to use.


Buku Sudoku comes with a host of features that caters for Sudoku beginners and experienced minds. It allows players to choose either 6x6, 8x8, 9x9 or 12x12 board size. It also comes with a feature that allows players to choose different challenging levels. Newbies will find various “aid” modes helpful. For example, one highlights errors and incorrect sequence which you have made, and another actually let you know the probable answers. If you like the challenge of solving the puzzle without aid, you may turn the feature off.

One useful feature is that it allows you to scribble possible answers. You can also save an unfinished game and continue to play later. The games may be timed too.

There are game modes which not only allow multi-players but also team games when playing online. That means to say, other than battling each other, you can co-op to complete the puzzle – which is a pretty cool feature.

The feel & look of Buku Sudoku is good; it shows that the creators have given much thought to their target customers – people who prefer to enjoy their quieter moments with a mind game. As such, there is an obvious absence of the usual fanciful visual effects and noisy game sounds.

In concluding, one can only say that Buku Sudoku is good value and a must-buy not only for the experienced player but also newbies who want to progress in their skills.