WPC 2007 – Rio

 

Het zestiende WK – in Rio de Janeiro

24 deelnemende teams

95 deelnemers

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Captain: Hns Eendebak

 

 

 

1  USA

2  Japan

3  Belgium

4  The Netherlands

5  France

 

 

1 Pál Madarassy (Hun)

2 Thomas Snyder (USA)

3 Ulrich Voigt (Ger)

4 Okamoto Ko (Jap)

5 Arimatsu Taro (Jap)

6 Niels Roest

7 Wei-Hwa Huang (USA)

8 Sebastien Leroy (Bel)

9 Roger Barkan (USA)

10 Zoltan Horvath (Hun)

 

6  Niels Roest

20 Rick Uppelschoten

30 Bram de Laat

46 Tim Peeters

 

'Is it possible for an irrigator to be on a square which is irrigated by another irrigator?'

This sentence, pronounced with a French-like accent, can only be heard at the instruction meeting from the World Puzzle Championships. For non-puzzlers it is complete nonsense, but for those who visited lovely Brazil it is serious business. And serious business it was, in Rio de Janeiro, with a new champion, an exciting final and a very surprising teamscore.

 

During the individual rounds the points given for each solved puzzle were decreasing. That resulted in very small differences and made it exciting, but not really fair. In the overall teamscore the Germans should be third and earn the bronze medal, but the points given to 'The incredible office machine' resulted in the third place for Belgium - and for the seventh time the fourth place for the Dutch. The machine was constructed from paper, elastic bands, adhesive tape, paperclips, rulers, erasers and pins. The object of the machine was to move a marble starting at point A and ending at point B in the longest time, but no longer than three minutes. The winning construction (Belgium) looked like this toy:

 

 

The instruction meetings have become my favorite part of the WPC.

Q: 'When we turn the 6, will it become a 9?'

A: 'The 6 and the 9 are underlined.'

Q: 'Yes, but when we turn the piece will it change from 6 to 9?'

 

I have only one quote from the guide in the bus, mainly because she was standing far away: 'This is the very low middle class part of Rio'.

 

Statistics over all those years:

 

92

93

94

95

96

97

98

99

00

01

02

03

04

05

06

07

Ulrich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

3

1

2

1

1

3

Wei-Hua

 

2

7

1

3

1

1

1

2

4

20

2

7

2

2

7

Niels

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

3

3

5

1

5

1

3

6

6

Pal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

9

10

-

7

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA

1

2

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

3

3

1

2

1

1

1

Germany

12

13

5

6

7

4

6

4

3

5

2

2

1

2

2

6

Japan

8

6

12

9

8

7

2

5

10

-

1

6

6

3

3

2

The Netherlands

9

11

13

10

4

9

4

2

2

4

4

3

4

4

5

4

 

The official website is this: http://www.coquetel.com.br/wpfmembers

Maybe more information can be found here: http://www.worldpuzzle.org

Puzzle samples and team photo's are not available (yet).

 

 

22 meters from fingertip to fingertip

 

Rick and Tim

 

It was not a spot, it was a gap. And beware of the 'plataform'!

 

A puzzling slogan

 

 

The winning team

 

Our table during the Brazilian dance. The ball is signed by Pal, Thomas and Ulrich. I planned to take it with me next year.

 

The winning team again

 

Ulrich, Pal and Thomas, the winners of this years event.

'There is always a safe way through the minefield; you can not blow yourself.'

;-) Hns

Sint Maarten, October 14th 2007