Rules

Teams Category

Teams must be made up of a maximum of 8 people (up to 4 simultaneously in the competition area).

In the classification round, the organization will deliver four 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles to all teams. Before the start, each team will have a few minutes to decide and indicate the 2 jigsaw puzzles that they wish to assemble during the test, removing the 2 discarded jigsaw puzzles from the table. During the course of the test, it is not possible to modify the 2 chosen jigsaw puzzles.

Each team must choose which of these two puzzles to assemble first. The other puzzle must remain sealed and unopened until the first jigsaw puzzle has been completed correctly and verified by the judges who will then give the go-ahead to begin the second jigsaw puzzle.

If the team manages to finish both 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles chosen at the beginning within 3-hour limit, a member of the organization will record the final time. Team players must collect the jigsaw puzzles and their belongings and leave the competition area to allow the organization to prepare for the next turn.

Only duly accredited judges and members of the organization may take note of the completed jigsaw puzzle times and authorize the opening of the next jigsaw puzzle.

During the test, the members of the organization will monitor the progress of the assembly, so that when a team is about to finish a jigsaw puzzle, they will be present at the table to record the time and then authorize the start of the next jigsaw puzzle. If, when nearing completion of either jigsaw puzzle, no judge has noticed this situation, a team player should raise their hand so that a judge can record the time.

If, after the three hours has elapsed, the team has not managed to finish the 2 jigsaw puzzles correctly, the judges will count the pieces correctly assembled from the last unfinished jigsaw puzzle. Only groups of 3 or more pieces joined correctly will count towards the final score.

Only a maximum of 4 participants per team can remain inside the competition area at one time, if there are reserve players, they would have to be outside the area and they can only access the table to replace one another player.

Teams are allowed as many changes as they like without having to notify a judge. If desired, each team can be supplied with up to 4 cardboard or foam trays, or other type of material up to a maximum size of A2 as an aid when assembling the jigsaw puzzles.

All teams that finish the 2 chosen jigsaw puzzles in the classification round within 3 hours, regardless of whether or not they qualify for the final, will receive the two 1500-piece jigsaw puzzles used in the final. (To be handed over after the final has taken place).

The organization recommends the use of the same shirt design for all team members, with the names and country of origin.

The registration fee in this category is €90 and includes four 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles (+ two 1,500-pieces jigsaw puzzles from the 2022 catalogue and two 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles from the classification round are completed within the 3-hour time limit).

Classification round Teams: The participating teams will be divided into 3 groups (A, B and C) of a maximum of 50 teams, with the 15 best classified teams going to the final from each group according to the following criteria:

  • 5 best European teams
  • 5 best teams in the American continent
  • 3 best Asian teams
  • Best teams in oceania
  • Best African team

In case of not covering the quotas by continents, the vacant places will be filled keeping the following criteria:

  • Best teams from unclassified countries within the group
  • Best place

The distribution of the groups will be carried out maintaining proportionality according to the number of countries classified by continent.

The tests will be held on Thursday afternoon (group A) and Saturday morning (group B and C). Each qualifying event will have 4 different models.

Final Teams: The World Champion team will be the one that manages to assemble in the best possible time 2 unpublished jigsaw puzzles of 1,500 pieces (Catalog 2022) in the order they prefer, or in the case of not finish no team within a maximum period of 3 hours, the winning team will be the one with the most pieces correctly placed. The final will be held on Sunday 26 at 10:00 a.m. and will be broadcast live through social networks and the YouTube channel of the WJPF.

Category Pairs

In the preliminary phase the pairs will have to build a jigsaw puzzle of 500 pieces with a time limit of 75 minutes. In the final they will have to build an unpublished 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle (catalog 2022) in a maximum period of 90 minutes.

Pairs that fail to finish the jigsaw puzzle within the maximum period will take into account the number of pieces placed to establish the classification.

Each pair can be provided, if desired, with up to 2 trays of cardboard, foam or other type of material of a maximum size of A3 as an aid during the assembly of the jigsaw puzzles.

When a pair is about to finish the jigsaw puzzle, they will raise their hand to warn a judge to take note of the time at the time of completion. The judge, after correcting the set-up, will record the time employee in the minutes and will proceed to deliver it to the table of the main judge.

All pairs who finish the jigsaw puzzle before the maximum time allowed, must leave the competition area.

The registration fee in pairs is € 25 and includes the 500-piece jigsaw puzzle of the preliminary phase (+ 1,000 jigsaw puzzle pieces catalog 2022 if it goes to the final).

Classification round Pairs: The participating teams will be divided into 3 groups (A, B and C) of up to 100 pairs as maximum, with the 20 best pairs classified to the final of each group according to the following criteria:

  • 8 best European pairs
  • 7 best pairs in the American continent
  • 3 best Asian pairs
  • Best pair in oceania
  • Best African pair

In case of not covering the quotas by continents, the vacant places will be filled keeping the following criteria:

  • Best pairs from unclassified countries within the group
  • Best place

The distribution of the groups will be carried out maintaining proportionality according to the number of countries classified by continent.

The tests will be held consecutively on Friday afternoon from 4:15 p.m. Each qualifying event will have a different model of 500 pieces.

Pairs Final: The World Champion pair will be the one that manages to complete an unpublished 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle (Catalog 2022) in the shortest possible time, or in the case of not finishing any pair in the deadline 90 minutes for the one with the most pieces correctly placed. The final will be held on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live through social networks and the YouTube channel of the WJPF.

Individual Category

In the preliminary phase the players must build a jigsaw puzzle of 500 pieces with a time limit of 90 minutes. In the final they will have to build an unpublished jigsaw puzzle of 500 pieces (catalog 2022) within a maximum period of 90 minutes. In the event that no one finishes before the maximum period, the winner will be the one who has placed correctly the largest number of pieces, only the groups of 3 or more pieces joined correctly will add up.

Each participant can provide, if they wish, up to 2 trays of cardboard, foam or another type of material of a maximum size of A3 to help them assemble the jigsaw puzzles.

When a participant is about to finish the jigsaw puzzle, he will raise his hand to warn a judge to take note of the time at the time of completion. The judge, after correcting the set-up, will score the time spent on the record and will proceed to deliver it to the table of the main judge.

All participants who finish the jigsaw puzzle before the maximum time allowed, must leave the competition area.

The individual registration fee is € 20 and includes the 500-piece jigsaw puzzle of the preliminary phase (+ 500-piece jigsaw puzzle catalog 2022 if it goes to the final)

Classification round: The participants will be divided into 3 groups (A, B and C) of up to 100 participants as maximum, with the 30 best of each group going to the final according to the following criteria:

  • 10 best European participants
  • 10 best participants from the American continent
  • 6 best Asian participants
  • 2 best participants from Oceania
  • 2 best African participants

In case of not covering the quotas by continents, the vacant places will be filled keeping the following criteria:

  • Best participants from countries not classified within the group
  • Best place

The distribution of the groups will be carried out maintaining proportionality according to the number of countries classified by continent.

The tests will be held consecutively on Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. Each qualifying event will count a different model of 500 pieces.

Individual Final: The individual World Champion will be proclaimed to the participant who manages to complete an unpublished jigsaw puzzle of 500 pieces (Catalog 2022) in the shortest possible time, or in the case of not finishing any participant within a maximum period of 90 minutes, the one that has placed the most pieces correctly. The final will be held on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live through social networks.

Preliminary Phase group draw

The organization will distribute the participants in each of the groups (A, B or C) through a raffle that will take place on Sunday, August 29. This raffle will be announced and broadcast through social networks. The lists of participants can be consulted from the official website of the Championship.

Prizes

The awards ceremony for all categories will take place once the team final count is finished, that is, on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

The prizes by categories are the following:

  • Individual: First classified € 500, 2nd classified € 300 and 3rd classified € 100.
  • Pairs: First pair classified € 700, 2nd classified € 400 and 3rd classified € 200.
  • Teams: First team classified € 1,000, 2nd classified € 500 and 3rd classified € 300

The first three classified in each category will also receive the trophy and a lot of jigsaw puzzles from the sponsor.

Pairs and teams of mixed nationalities

In the case of pairs with people of different nationalities, they must notify the organization with which of the two countries they will represent. Once the championship has started, this condition will be immovable for the purposes of quotas by continents. Likewise, each team must represent a single country and will wear a single flag on posters and classifications. In the case of mixed teams with members of different nationalities, the country he will represent will be the one with the most players of that nationality (including reserves). In case of equality, the team will decide and inform the organization which country it will represent before the start of the WJPC.

People with dual nationality will be able to choose in the registry which country they will represent and the flag with which they will appear on posters and classifications.

General Conditions

Only participants over 16 years old are accepted, unless they are accompanied by an adult as a pair or team.

Until the presenter signals the start of the test and starts the timer, the participants cannot manipulate, unseal or open the jigsaw puzzle boxes that are on the table.

A player cannot be part of 2 different teams or form a pair with two different people, therefore they can only participate once per category .

Participants must report to the Millennium Dome 20 minutes before the start of each test. All the tables will be numbered along with the names, as well as the country of origin.

In the final count of pieces, only groups of 3 or more pieces joined correctly will be added to the final count.

Only participants, judges, and authorized personnel are allowed to enter the competition area.

All the jigsaw puzzles used in the tests are the property of the participant once the test is finished

Participants will only be able to assemble the jigsaw puzzle on their assigned table and within the competition venue. The sign indicating the table number must always be visible to facilitate the work of the judges.

The organization may dispose of the places of the participants who have not taken their place or not presented after 10 minutes from the start of the test, not deriving any compensation or refund to the participant.

It is not allowed to bring extra lighting or use printed or digital templates in which you can see any type of manufacturer's cutting pattern.

Any help during the competition from someone other than the participants may be grounds for disqualification.

In pairs and individually, in case of using shared tables, it is not allowed to invade the area of ​​the adjacent participant or hinder the construction, being able to be disqualified if a participant seriously hinders to another participant.

The applicant accepts that the data of name, nationality and age appear in the list of participants of the World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship (WJPC), rankings and any other related digital or printed publication with the Championship and authorizes WJPF to use his image in Photographs and videos or any other recorded medium during the celebration of the tests in which the applicant appears for Dissemination of the World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship.

All images and videos posted are the intellectual property of WJPF.

The organization is not responsible for objects lost during the championship.

The decisions of the judges during the tests are final.

In the event of cancellation or postponement of the Championship for reasons beyond the control of the organization, the WJPF is not responsible for indirect expenses incurred by participants, except for the registration fees paid.

The fact of participating in the World Championship implies full acceptance of the rules. Any incident that arises not reflected in them will be resolved by the Organization.