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World Sudoku Champ Reveals Winning Secrets To

By Dr.Glenn Livingston

The Sudoku cult shows no sign of abating, and the holding of the World Championship in Italy, earlier this year, has done nothing to buck the trend. And the emergence of a hitherto unknown Czech woman, as the undisputed queen of the game, has only added to the intrigue…

Jana Tylova is an unassuming young woman. She expected to gain little more than mere experience, from representing her country at a tournament to find who held the greatest sway over the 81 cells that have recently locked millions in their confines.

After a scratchy start, Jana finished the first day in the eighth place, and barely qualified for the second round of nine, which was held on the second day of the championship.

Speaking to, a site dedicated to the growing Sudoku community, Jana revealed how grueling it had been.

"On the first day all the competitors had to solve some 45 puzzles each. The top nine contestants from the first day entered the final - the Weakest Link system."

After a demanding second round, the knockout tournament saw nine players reduced to three, with Tylova still in contention.

Jana was typically modest as she recalled the moment: "After six tough Sudokus, just three remained - two Americans and me. They were really very good during the competition, I was very happy I could compete with them ..."

Jana was speaking in an exclusive interview she gave to Sudoku Village is promoted by Geostar Publishing LLC, a US-based e-publishing company. The community is a sequel to the company's highly successful eBook titled: "How to Solve every Sudoku Puzzle" ( ).

The interview was aimed at revealing the secrets of solving the hardest Sudoku puzzles in the shortest possible time to the community members of Sudoku Village. And who better to ask than the world champion?!

The site itself is on its way to becoming as popular as the game itself.

"It's the most wonderful thing - and the only interesting feature in the whole internet services because I'm totally addicted to Sudoku," says a member of the site.

When asked by about how Jana got the opportunity to represent her country at the world championship, Ms Tylova revealed: "In February, I participated in the Czech Sudoku Championship, which I won. The first six competitors from this contest were chosen to represent the Czech Republic at the World Sudoku Championship in Italy."

Jana admitted that she owed a debt of gratitude to the Internet, without which she could not have become queen of the game which has displaced crosswords as an intellectual pastime.

The questions came hard and strong, as the Sudoku Village interviewer subjected the champion to pressure that was almost as intense as what she had faced at the World Championship.

The following is a sampling of the questions hurled at the recently crowned queen of the Sudoku grid:

"How did the internet help you in learning to solve Sudoku or becoming the World Champ?"

"How do you solve Sudokus fast? Can you give us some vital tips?"

"How did you learn to solve Sudoku at the professional level?"

"Do you use any specific methods to solve Sudoku? If so, which ones?"

"What is your advice to all of us at Sudoku Village on how to improve our Sudoku problem solving skills?"

Ms Tylova proved equal to the task, as she answered all the questions with panache becoming of royalty.

To read Jana Tylova's responses to these questions and more, log on to

Membership to the site is absolutely free. Registered members can avail a host of privileges including participation in a free Sudoku contest, carrying a cash prize of US$ 25 every day, and a free weekly eMagazine of Sudoku and other puzzles.

Sudoku Village, with over 2,800 members (who have joined in less than a month of launch), represents a cross section of Sudoku addicts from all over the world.

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Membership to 'Sudoku Village' is free. Members (over 2,800 now) can avail a host of privileges including participation in a free Sudoku contest carrying a cash prize of US$ 25 every day, and a free weekly eMagazine.

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