MANILA – A freshman student of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) bagged this year's grand master title in the 9th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge national finals held at the SM North EDSA's Skydome.
Kaye Janelle Yao, 17, is a student of Applied Mathematics Major in Mathematical Finance. She was crowned the country's Sudoku Grand Master for college students and professional s in the national finals.
"I joined this year not expecting anything, so it was both a shock and a relief that I won the title as champion," said Yao.
Yao, who won as first runner-up in the same category last year, also received P60,000 as cash prize.
Alvin Ian Chan, also an Applied Mathematics student at the Ateneo, won first runner-up and P40,000. He was last year's Sudoku grand master.
Natalia Beatrice Dy of St. John's Institute in Bacolod won second runner-up and P20,000.
In the Wizard Division for high school students, Gerrick Spencer Limsiy of Grace Christian College bagged first place and P50,000.
He was followed by Bryan Russel Esperanza of St. Louis University High School who won first runner-up and P30,000, and Jan Vincent Simbol of BHC Educational Institute who got second runner-up and P20,000.
In the Whiz Kid division for elementary students, 11-year-old Albriz Moore Bagsic of Lilyrose School in Tanauan City, Batangas, emerged as champion and took home P20,000.
Winning first runner-up is Kirsten Dominique Chan of Bayanihan Institute in Tarlac City who won P10,000, while Kyla Andrea Adlaon of International School for Better Beginnings bagged second runner-up and P5,000.
The winners will represent the Philippines in the 10th World Sudoku Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria in October. They will also be representing the Philippines in other Sudoku contests in Singapore, Thailand and China.
The 9th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge was organized by the Mathematics Trainers' Guild Philippines (MTG) in cooperation with SM Supermalls and SM City Skydome.