IXL2017- Mumbai’s Venkatraghavan S takes top spot on Leaderboard 2
Venkatraghavan S, a resident of Mumbai, on October 1 topped the Leaderboard after the end of the Weekly Round-2 of the Indian Crossword League (IXL) 2017. He is followed by Narayan Mandayam of Navi Mumbai and Arvind Ramaswamy of Pune at the second and the third spots, respectively.
The Weekly Round-3 started at 11am October 1.
While Jose A of Thane, who topped the Weekly Round-1, slipped to No. 6 on the latest Leaderboard, Ramki Krishnan of Chennai, who is the three-time winner of the National Crossword Champion trophy, is down below at No. 56. Ramki was at the second spot after Weekly Round-1.
Among the overseas participants, Soumya Ramkumar of Bahrain is at No. 9. Prasenjit Sarkar of Singapore has managed to retain the No. 11 spot.
There will be a total of 10 online Weekly Rounds following which a cumulative Leaderboard will be formed. The top 30 on the cumulative Leaderboard will gather at Bengaluru on December 24, 2017 for an offline Grand Finale. There will be two offline rounds in Toronto and New Jersey. Their winners will have a direct entry to the Grand Finale.
During the two-and-a-half month online phase, a fresh set of puzzles are put up on the organisers’ website crypticsingh.com at 11am on every Sunday. The marks are allotted on the basis of correct answers and the time of submission during the week.
IXL is a global contest involving top Indian crossword players across the world. Organised by Patna-based civil society initiative Extra C, it is played in an online-offline format.
The current edition, the fifth in a series, was launched by former Indian Cricket Team’s captain and Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar at National Sports Club of India, Mumbai, on September 17, 2017. The launch had witnessed the unveiling of the IXL 2017 Trophy by the veteran cricketer and beginning of the Weekly Round-1.