WPC 2004 – Opatija

 

Het dertiende WK – en natuurlijk wilde ik stoppen na 2003, maar het is verslavend…

Een mooi jaar in Kroatië… Ditmaal een finale met 13 deelnemers

22 deelnemende teams

90 deelnemers

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1  USA

2  GER

3  HUN

4  NED

5  CAN

6  JAP

7  CZE

8  BEL

9  ROM

10 CRO

11 FRA

12 GBR

13 POL

14 TUR

15 RUS

16 SVK

17 UN-B

18 UN-R

19 FIN

20 UN-A

21 BIH

22 IND

 

1  Niels Roest

2  Ulrich Voigt

3  Roger Barkan

4  Zoltan Horvath

5  Michael Ley

6  Sebastien Leroy

7  Wei-Hwa Huang

8  Byron Calver

9  Stefan Gaspar

10 Pal Madarassy

11 Laszlo Osvalt

12 Jun Ito

13 Rick Uppelschoten

1  Niels Roest

13 Rick Uppelschoten

14 Tim Peeters

50 Jan Beelen

Opatija, Croatia, october 2004

Number 13

This report is written on Sunday afternoon, now my memories are fresh and the 13th WPC had just come to an end. First of all I like to thank Valter, Pero, Luka, Alfredo (their last names have too many too complicated characters) and all other people from Feniks for their hospitality and puzzles. Second, I like to thank all puzzlers for the good competition and the exciting finals.

What happened over there? Well, 90 puzzlers (22 teams) had to struggle with the central theme: number 13. 13 rounds (12 + the finals), each round took 13 (or a multiplication of 13) minutes. 13 finalists. 9 rounds with 13 puzzles (even the sum of the finalpuzzles is 13). Puzzles with numbers 1~13 (figure tree, balancing act, numbered bricks and so on). Lots of square grids, size 13x13. Pentomino-puzzles with 13 pentominoes. 13 differences, 26 cars, 13 pictures, 13 mines, 13 lighthouses, and (amazing) 2 skyscrapers. Sizes: 6x6 and 7x7…

These are the individual results after 12 rounds (top-13 + the Dutch team):

 

Name

Team

Points

1

Ulrich Voigt

Germany

1034

2

Michael Ley

Germany

930

3

Zoltán Horváth

Hungary

919

4

Roger Barkan

USA

895

5

Wei-Hwa Huang

USA

890

6

Byron Calver

Canada

888

7

Sébastien Leroy

Belgium

817

8

Stefan Gaspar

Slovakia

784

9

Niels Roest

Netherlands

784

10

Pal Madarassy

Hungary

771

11

Jun Ito

Japan

764

12

Rick Uppelschoten

Netherlands

745

13

Laslo Osvalt

UN-B

743

14

Tim Peeters

Netherlands

734

50

Jan Beelen

Netherlands

500

Quarter-finals. The number 1 (Ulrich) had a bye. The twelve quarterfinalists had to solve three puzzles in 13 minutes. If two contestants have solved the same amount, the original ranking is decisive.

 QF

Name

Solved puzzles

1

Michael Ley

2

"

Stefan Gaspar

2

"

Rick Uppelschoten

1

2

Roger Barkan

2

"

Byron Calver

2

"

Pal Madarassy

2

3

Niels Roest

3

"

Zoltán Horváth

2

"

Laslo Osvalt

2

4

Sébastien Leroy

3

"

Wei-Hwa Huang

2

"

Jun Ito

1

In the semi-finals, there were four puzzles to solve in 13 minutes.

 SF

Name

Solved puzzles

1

Roger Barkan

3

"

Michael Ley

2

"

Zoltán Horváth

2

2

Ulrich Voigt

3

"

Niels Roest

3

"

Sébastien Leroy

1

And then the finals… six puzzles in 26 minutes.

F

Name

Solved puzzles

1

Niels Roest

5

2

Ulrich Voigt

4

3

Roger Barkan

3

So after his victory in Oulu (2002) Niels became World Puzzle Champion for the second time, this time in a another experimental play-off round. Introduced in Stamford (2000), the final play-off-round seems to become a standard part of the WPC's. It's exciting to watch and I'm very curious about what's going to happen next year, and I'm pretty confident that Georgy will come up with some news.

Final individual ranking (top-13 + the Dutch team):

 

Name

Team

1

Niels Roest

Netherlands

2

Ulrich Voigt

Germany

3

Roger Barkan

USA

4

Michael Ley

Germany

5

Zoltán Horváth

Hungary

6

Sébastien Leroy

Belgium

7

Wei-Hwa Huang

USA

8

Byron Calver

Canada

9

Stefan Gaspar

Slovakia

10

Pal Madarassy

Hungary

11

Jun Ito

Japan

12

Rick Uppelschoten

Netherlands

13

Laslo Osvalt

UN-B

14

Tim Peeters

Netherlands

50

Jan Beelen

Netherlands

What about the countries? This was my sixth year as captain, and the usual happened: 4th place. Team USA is back where it belongs (according to Nick). The top-10:

 

Country

Points

1

USA

4481

2

Germany

4392

3

Hungary

4303

4

Netherlands

4099

5

Canada

3998

6

Japan

3921

7

Czech Republic

3884

8

Belgium

3685

9

Romania

3464

10

Croatia

3416

What else is there to say? Niels and I had a swim in the outside pool on Wednesday: maybe that helped. We only played three rounds of farmer's bridge, but hundreds of games of The Great Dalmuti. The food was nice, the hotel was good, and the eight jigsaw head/tail puzzles appeared to be only two different ones. Unfortunately Serhey wasn't there, but during the instruction meetings some remarkable questions were asked. 'The words can jump over some squares, even the first of the last, but never jump over two squares at once', said the instruction. Question: 'Can we jump over three squares?'. My favorite quote is from Wei-Hwa: 'Is it allowed for two robots to share the same head?'

I had great fun. I hope to see you all in Hungary in 2005.

Hns, october 17th 2004