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2023 U.S. Puzzle Championship


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Welcome to the home of the 2023 U.S. Puzzle Championship, Sept 9-10, 2023. The official competition is over, but anyone is free to take the test at any time.


Congratulations to Jeffrey Bardon for winning the US Puzzle Championship with with 320 points, completeing 21 of 22 puzzles. Congratulations also to runner-up Anderson Wang with 320 points. They will join Thomas Luo and Walker Anderson representing Team USA in Toronto at the World Puzzle Championship.


Ken Endo (406.07) of Japan was the top international contestant, finishing all 22 puzzles approximately 40 minutes early. Also finishing perfectly were: Cai Ji (381.87) of China, Christian König (347.53) of Germany, Chenhao Xu (329.6) of China, and Hideaki Jo (327.53) of Japan.


Thanks to the 2023 designers, especially to members of the WPC writing team for something of a sneak peek at what might be expected in Toronto:

  • Serkan Yürekli (Tapa, Block Search, Network, Pentominous Borders, NonSudoku)
  • Jamie Hargrove (Statue Park, Fillomino, Nurikabe)
  • Grant Fikes (Double Kakuro Invisible, Pentominous Skyscrapers)
  • Eric Fox (Aqre)
  • JinHoo Ahn (Minedoku Myopia)
  • David Altizio (Canal View)
  • Moshe Rubin (Battleships)
  • Richard Hess (Scorecards)
  • Adam R. Wood (Seven Star Fences)
  • Nikoli (Bag, Yajilin, Sudoku, Masyu)


This year's championship was dedicated to the memory of Zachary Polansky (aka Jack Lance), winner of the 2022 US Puzzle Championship, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.


Thanks to ThinkFun for their financial and web hosting support; thanks to Grandmaster Puzzles and Nikoli for providing puzzles for this event.



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