The Philippines bagged two second and one third places in the team contest of the recent 2015 World Junior Sudoku Championship (WJSC) held in Beijing, China.
The Under 15 team, comprised of Jonathan Conrad Yu, Albriz Moore Bagsic and Kirsten Dominique Chan, and the Under 21 team of Kaye Janelle Yao, Natalie Beatrice Dy and Alvin Chan placed second behind host country China.
Meanwhile, Under 18 team members Gerrick Spencer Limsiy, Bryan Russel Esperanza and Jan Vincent Simbol took third place behind India, with China taking the first place.
"We fared better in the team rounds as compared to the individual rounds.. I think we work better together as a team compared to the other countries and that is what attributed to our second place finish,” Yao said.
In the individual contest, Yu finished fourth, Bagsic seventh and Chan eight in the Under 15 category, and Limsiy got fifth, Esperanza eighth and Simbol tenth in Under 18. Yao got fourth place, Dy placed seventh and Chan wound up eighth in Under 21.
The Philippine delegation was accompanied by team leader Robert Degolacion.
The nine Filipino contestants also became part of 200 students who set an official Guinness World Record at the contest for the largest multi-Sudoku puzzle consisting of 200 standard sudoku grids.
Authenticator Cheng Dong, an official representative from the Guinness World Records, was present and issued an official certification for the world record event.
Countries that joined the contest are China, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Russia and the Philippines.
The nine contestants who represented the country in the Beijing contest won in the 9th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge last January. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News