The participants were divided into three categories – Delta is for students from 8 to 11 years, Kappa from 12 to 14 years and Sigma from 15 years.
A total of 55 students from over 10 countries including the USA, UAE, Japan, China, Russia, and India participated in the international championship.
The competition is made up of three increasingly difficult rounds and in each participants have three puzzles to solve within a specified time of 15 minutes. The student scoring the top cumulative score after all three rounds within each category is the International Champion of that category.
10-year-old Aritro Chatterjee from Jumeirah Primary School Dubai, won the title of Kenken World Champion in the Delta category. He solved the 3 puzzles of different sizes in the fastest time - 56 seconds in the first round, 52 seconds in the second and 1 minute 3
He said: “I was a little nervous in the beginning seeing so many participants from various countries but remembering my mum’s and Principal’s (JPS) words ‘no matter what you do; we are too proud of you’, took away all my fears. I guess the love of playing with numbers made this competition a lot more fun than scary.”
“When my name was announced as number 1, I felt happy and humbled. I also knew that now I could get a big treat of Sushi from my parents,” he added.
Nakshatra Pratap Gadia, a student from Arab Unity School Dubai, won the International title of Kenken World Champion in the Kappa category.
Gamin Kwon, a student from The English College Dubai, was the first runner-up in the Sigma category of the KIC 2017.