15-year-old is Philippines’ Sudoku Grandmaster

A 15-year-old student beat 21 other contenders to become the country’s Sudoku Grandmaster in the 4th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge finals, held Saturday.

Sarah Jane Cua, a 3rd-year high school student of the Pangasinan Universal Institute, won the title after garnering the highest number of points in the Grandmaster division, a statement from the Mathematics Trainers Guild (MTG) said.

Dr. Simon Chua, president of contest organizer MTG-Philippines, said 118 students and professionals joined the contest in 3 categories: Sudoku Whiz Kid, Sudoku Wizard and Sudoku Grandmaster.

In the Grandmaster division, Cua garnered 1,601 points from 5 rounds to win the title and went home with P60,000 in cash prize and a trophy, the MTG said.

Other winners are Matthew Chris Chan (Manila), first runner-up; Mariel Alexis Dee (Metro Manila), second runner-up; Jayhan Regner (Cagayan de Oro City), third runner-up; and Frederick Ong (Bacolod City), fourth runner-up.

Cua is the reigning champion in the Grandmaster division. In 2008, she represented the Philippines and won the grand prize in the Brand’s Asia Pacific Open Sudoku contest held in Singapore.

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