The Nikoli Derby - 8th world championship

Entry to The Nikoli Derby was closed

We will announce the ranking of all participants on Wed. Aug 4th.


The Nikoli Derby was developed by nikoli as a party game. It has very simple rules that make it exciting and easy for all, from kids to much older players. The number of players can be from 10 to 5,000,000,000 so The Nikoli Derby is enjoyable at any party. nikoli holds this derby with readers and customers at any chance we get.

Previous the Nikoli Derby that held only on the English pages, we received 65 horses' entry. But for this World Championship, we accept Japanese horses from Japanese pages, so we expect more than 500 horses will be lined up at the start line.

Please study which gates became winners in the result table of the 5th world championship. That table shows how many horses entered in each of the gates. In that race (the 5th world championship) we accepted Japanese horses like now in the 8th world championship. The number of gates in the 5th world championship is also the same as in this 8th world championship. Study the results of the past races and the past results will help you know where to enter your horse.

Please register from the entry form at the bottom of this page.

What you need to do

You are the owner of a racehorse, and there are two things you need to do to take part in the derby.

  1. Enter the name of your horse.

    Please think of a good name for your horse, between 2 and 24 letters.

  2. Choose a starting gate number.

    Pick your favorite number, from 1 to 300, as your starting gate.

That's all. But note: you can only enter one horse! Please read the "Note" below.

How the winners are ranked

The gate number is the key to winning the Nikoli Derby. The smallest gate number chosen by only one person is the winner. If two or more persons choose the same gate number they will lose the race. This means that you have to choose the smallest number that nobody else has chosen to win the race. What is the smallest number from 1 to 300?

Right, of course gate number 1 has the greatest advantage, but other horse owners know that too. If say, two or more horses are entered for each of gates 1 to 50, then the horse starting from gate 51 will win. Now, you have to guess the "smaller number" of those where you will be the only starting horse. The final ranking is ordered from smaller to larger numbers.

Entry deadline

Tue. Jul 27, 15:00(UTC)

Result announcement

Wed. Aug 4,

We will announce the ranking of all participants, by horse name and owner name. We will also announce the countries where the prizewinners come from and some of the comments we receive.

Note

Duplicated entries from the same email or IP address are invalid. Only the last entry from one address will be considered the valid entry for that person.

Prize

RankingPrize
Champion

nikoli.com original T-shirt

2nd to 3rd place

Muffler Towel (Orange)

4th to 6th place

Nikoli original card game: Camissimo

7th to 10th place

Nikoli Note

Booby prize

Nikoli Furoshiki - Japanese wrapping cloth

Booby prize will be given to the horse finishing next to last. This means the booby horse has one horse at the back which runs whole distance.

nikoli.com original T-shirtMuffler Towel (Orange)Nikoli original game CamissimoNikoli NoteNikoli original furoshiki designed by Maki Kaji, godfather of Sudoku

5th world championship

Gate
number
Started
horses
110
24
33
44
54
67
71
82
95
103
1110
128
139
1410
153
167
1713
185
196
202
215
2212
235
247
257
263
275
284
297
301
316
324
336
342
354
368
375
383
399
402
412
4210
435
444
454
465
474
484
495
502
513
523
532
542
556
565
574
588
595
604
616
627
636
640
653
664
676
684
691
700
716
725
7310
741
751
765
774
780
795
803
813
821
831
842
857
863
875
884
890
901
913
922
933
940
951
960
974
980
992
1000
1010
1020
1031
1044
1052
1063
1071
1082
1091
1101
1110
1122
1138
1143
1152
1161
1170
1183
1190
1200
1212
1221
1234
1242
1250
1262
1272
1280
1296
1300
1311
1322
1331
1341
1351
1364
1374
1381
1390
1400
1412
1420
1432
1442
1452
1460
1472
1480
1490
1500
1510
1520
1531
1540
1552
1563
1571
1580
1590
1600
1610
1620
1632
1641
1651
1661
1670
1681
1690
1700
1712
1721
1732
1742
1751
1761
1771
1780
1790
1800
1810
1820
1832
1840
1851
1861
1871
1880
1891
1901
1910
1920
1931
1940
1951
1960
1973
1980
1991
2000
2010
2020
2030
2041
2050
2060
2070
2080
2090
2100
2110
2120
2130
2140
2151
2162
2172
2180
2191
2200
2211
2220
2230
2240
2250
2261
2270
2281
2290
2300
2310
2320
2330
2340
2350
2360
2370
2381
2390
2400
2410
2420
2430
2440
2450
2460
2470
2480
2492
2500
2510
2520
2530
2540
2550
2561
2571
2580
2590
2601
2610
2620
2631
2640
2650
2660
2670
2681
2691
2700
2711
2720
2731
2740
2751
2760
2770
2780
2791
2800
2810
2820
2830
2840
2850
2860
2870
2880
2892
2900
2912
2920
2930
2941
2951
2962
2974
2980
2991
3001