Sudoku championship showcases growing trend in youth participation

Updated: May 13, 2024 Print
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Children participate in the 2024 Beijing Junior Sudoku Championship on Sunday. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The 2024 Beijing Junior Sudoku Championship, which featured five age categories spanning from U6 to U18, concluded successfully on Sunday. The inclusion of the U6 category, specifically designed for children under 6, underscores the increasing involvement of younger players in the Sudoku community. This addition aims to maintain fairness in competition by providing age-appropriate tools tailored to the cognitive development of this age group, ultimately enhancing the game's relevance and accessibility.

Co-hosted by the Beijing Sudoku Association and Beijing Gehua Cultural Centre, the championship also doubled as a qualifying event for the upcoming National Junior Sudoku Championship. Exceptional young contenders from this tournament will have the opportunity to earn a spot on the prestigious Beijing Youth Sudoku Team, representing the capital city at the national level.

Sudoku, a widely popular intellectual sport globally, has earned accolades from educators and parents alike for its straightforward rules, stimulating logic, and its capacity to foster skills such as observation, memory, and logical reasoning in children.

Beijing, at the forefront of promoting Sudoku in China, has witnessed a remarkable surge in Sudoku's popularity over the last decade. With more than 300 schools offering Sudoku programs and a participation base exceeding 1 million in the city alone, the Sudoku phenomenon has captivated millions nationwide, boasting an estimated 20 million Sudoku enthusiasts across the country.

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