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Monday, August 17, 2015

Indian Puzzle Championship 2015

The Indian Puzzle Championship (IPC) 2015 was held on 9th August, 2015. It was open and free for all. The winners would be selected to represent India at the World Puzzle Championship (WPC) 2015 in October, 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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I won! Yay!
I must say that this was possible only thanks to Prasanna organizing. He's been the best Indian in the puzzling circuit last couple of years, and still continues to spearhead the Indian contingent in puzzles.
So, I stood 1st with 930 points, with Amit in 2nd place with 774 points and Swaroop in 3rd with 725 points. Just the team I predicted, and I'm glad we made it. Definitely the best team in India today.

This is my 4th IPC title (after 2010, 2011, 2012), and it feels good to be back on top, after missing out in 2014 and the terrible performance in 2013.

Old-school Rajesh Kumar was 4th with 659 points.
Impressive performance by Ashish Kumar who stood 5th with 611 points. Certainly a hot prospect to represent India in the near future.
The usual suspects Rakesh Rai, Jayant Ameta and Jaipal Reddy complete the top-8 with 582, 560 and 506 points respectively.

Lets hope we can rock at the WPC this year and get India a top-10 rank.

"With Prasanna organizing the IPC once again, it is down to the top-3 of IPC who will join Prasanna to form the Indian team for the WPC. I fancy my chances this year, since I've been in touch lately (at least in Sudoku, by winning TSC and coming 3rd in ISC) and I'm confident of making it to the team. I was runner-up last year to Amit Sowani, with Swaroop Guggilam in 3rd.

I think Prasanna, Amit, Swaroop and me would make a strong team and I hope we finish at the top :-)
Good Luck to all participants!"

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