World Puzzle Championship

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The World Puzzle Championship is an annual international puzzle competition run by the World Puzzle Federation. The first one was held in New York in 1992. All the puzzles in the competition are designed to be language- and culture-neutral.

The World Puzzle Championship was the brainchild of Will Shortz, who wanted to create an event where puzzlers from different countries could compete on an even playing field. The first WPC was held in New York in 1992. Shortz was the organizer and Helene Hovanec was the coordinator.

National teams are determined by local affiliates of the World Puzzle Federation. Of the 18 championships held between 1992 and 2009, 12 have been won by the U.S. team (1992, 1995, 1996, 1998-2001, 2004, 2006-2008, 2010), 3 by the Czech Republic (1993, 1994, 1997), 1 by Japan (2002), and 3 by Germany (2003, 2005, 2009). The 18th WPC was held in Antalya - Turkey, where Ulrich Voigt won his 7th title in the individual championship. Past Locations:

2010 19th WPC - Paprotnia
2009 18th WPC - Antalya
2008 17th WPC - Minsk
2007 16th WPC - Rio de Janeiro
2006 15th WPC - Borovets
2005 14th WPC - Eger
2004 13th WPC - Opatija
2003 12th WPC - Arnhem
2002 11th WPC - Oulu
2001 10th WPC - Brno
2000 9th WPC - Stamford, Connecticut
1999 8th WPC - Budapest
1998 7th WPC - Istanbul
1997 6th WPC - Koprivnica
1996 5th WPC - Utrecht
1995 4th WPC - Poiana Brasov
1994 3rd WPC - Cologne
1993 2nd WPC - Brno
1992 1st WPC - New York

As of January 2008, 43 countries are members of the World Puzzle Federation.

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