MANILA, Philippines – A 16-year-old Ateneo de Manila University student secured the third place in the 2012 Beijing International Sudoku Tournament held in Beijing, China.
Sarah Jane Cua won third place in the age 18 and under category of the contest.
The tournament drew 52 contestants from 13 countries and regions including the United States and Japan.
The incoming second year college student of Management Engineering at Ateneo de Manila University was awarded $300 for her win.
Slovakia’s Zuzana Hromcova won first place and received $500, while Qui Yanzhe of China won second place and $400.
Dr. Simon Chua, president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG), said Cua won first in the same category last year. The category awards were additional prizes besides the main contest.
The teenager was grand champion in the BRAND's Asia Pacific Sudoku Challenge in 2008 and 2010. She won second place in the 3rd BRAND's Sudoku Thailand International Open Princess Somsawali Cup held in Bangkok in 2009.
Other contestants who represented the Philippines were Alvin Ian Chan of Ateneo de Manila University, Candice Renee Beatrice Solidarios of Integrated Montessori Center-Laguna , Clyde Wesley Ang of Chiang Kai Shek College, Ma. Czarina Angela Lao of Saint Jude Catholic School, Natalie Beatrice Dy of Saint John's Institute of Bacolod City, Ralph Joshua Sarrosa of the University of the Philippines Visayas in Iloilo and Melvin Baldrias of Dacanlao G. Agoncillo National High School in Calaca, Batangas, according to Chua. The team leader was Robert Degolacion, MTG executive director.
The participating countries in the tournament are the United States, Japan, host China, Slovakia, Taipei, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, Turkey and the Philippines.
The 2012 Beijing International Sudoku Tournament was organized by the Beijing Media Network and sponsored by the Beijing Olympic City Development Foundation, Beijing Sports Federation and the Feng Tai District Information Office in Beijing.