World Puzzle Championship 2016 was held in Senec, Slovakia. The competition took place between the 17th and 18th of October. The individual winner was Ulrich Voigt (Germany). The team winner was the team of Germany (Ulrich Voigt, Philipp Weiß, Martin Merker, Nils Miehe).
Championship was directed by Zuzana Hromcová. Puzzles were written by Michaela Bieliková, Matúš Demiger, Zuzana Hromcová, Ján Farkaš, Michal Forišek, Peter Hudák, and Martina Prinerová.
Scoring and Bonuses
Points will be awarded only for fully and correctly solved puzzles. In general, there is no partial credit unless it is stated otherwise in the round's description.
- Individual Rounds: A bonus of 10 points for each full remaining minute will be awarded to any competitor who correctly solves each puzzle in a round. At the judge’s discretion, 0.75 x bonus (rounded to a whole number) will be awarded in the case of a single minor mistake in no more than 1 puzzle. For the avoidance of doubt, a minor mistake is considered at most two incorrectly filled cells in at most one of the puzzles.
- Team Rounds: A bonus of 40 points for each full remaining minute will be awarded to any team who correctly solves all the puzzles in a round. If there are any mistakes, then no bonus will be awarded.
The top 10 competitors from the individual competition will qualify for the main play-off (finals). In case of any equality between the points of the top competitors, the additional criteria are the following (in the given order):
- sum of points without time bonuses
- number of points in the longest round of the championship (Round 9)
- tie-breaking puzzle
The top 5 competitors from Under 18 and the top 5 competitors from Over 50 category will qualify for special play-offs, which will take place between the 3 rounds of the finals. The format of these play-offs will have a different format as the finals, as described below. The additional criteria in case of the equality of points of the top 5 contestants in the age category are the same as for the main category.
Finals will be divided into three rounds.
The first round will feature competitors who finished in positions 7-10, with staggered starts determined by points’ differences, as defined below. The winner of the first round, ‘A’, will progress into the second round along with competitors who finished in positions 4-6. ’A’ will have a staggered start as determined by the 7th place competitor. The winner of the second round, ‘B’, will progress into the third round along with competitors who finished in positions 1-3. ’B’ will have a staggered start as determined by the 4th place competitor. This round will determine the podium places for the 25th World Puzzle Championship.
The time limit for each round will be 25 minutes.
Under 18 Playoffs
Under 18 play-off will take place between the first and second round of the finals. Competitors will solve 3 puzzles in the order which is defined in the corresponding section of the Instruction Booklet. The time limit for this round will be 25 minutes. This round will determine the first five places in the Under 18 category for the 25th World Puzzle Championship.
Over 50 Playoffs
Over 50 play-off will take place between the second and third round of the finals. Competitors will solve 3 puzzles in the order which is defined in the corresponding section of the Instruction Booklet. The time limit for this round will be 25 minutes. This round will determine the first five places in the Over 50 category for the 25th World Puzzle Championship.
In each round of all play-offs, the competitor in the best position in this round will start solving at 25:00. The competitor in the worst position in this round will start solving at 20:00. Starting times of other competitors will be calculated according to their points, proportionally.
The top 4 teams after the Preliminary Rounds will be qualified to the Team Play-off. In case of a tie, the additional criteria are the following (in the given order)
- sum of points in the team rounds
- sum of points without time bonuses (either team or individual)
- tie-breaking puzzle
The format of the Team Play-off will be the Weakest Link, i.e. the members of the team will start solving individually and after they submit their puzzles, they will be allowed to join the team table where a team puzzle will be solved.
- Round 1 Individual: Slovakia
- Round 2 Individual: Miscellaneous
- Round 3 Individual: Kropki
- Round 4 Individual: Full Classics
- Round 5 Individual: Finest Collection
- Round 6 Individual: Superpositions
- Round 7 Individual: Outside the Box
- Round 8 Individual: Oldish Style
- Round 9 Individual: Classics
- Round 10 Individual: Myopia
- Round 11 Individual: Newish Style
- Round 12 Individual: Assorted
- Round 13 Individual: Irregular Classics
- Round 14 Team: Perplexity
- Round 15 Team: Toroidal