And yes, there's been talk of Thomas Snyder, the top US guy, currently leading the competition (update 9:30am: he's dropped to #3!); Sax's boy Phillip Weiß; Mehmet Sevim, the pre-tournament favorite; and Peter Hudák, my dark-horse candidate.
But there's another, far much more compelling, individual matchup: Slovakia's Ivana Štiptová vs Croatia's Zrinka Kokot.
Ivana is the only full-time female on Slovakia's National Puzzle Team. But... Zrinka was the first ever female to make Croatia's National Puzzle Team. And so far, through five rounds*, they're pretty evenly matched. Zrinka currently stands at #57 out of 105 competitors with 343 points, and Ivana at #60 with 319 points:
Full results here
And...on the off-chance that you're wondering what these two Puzzlers look like, well here's Ivana, from her facebook page:
Slovakian National Team Member
And here's Zrinka, from the Croatian National Team Photo:
Whoa. Ivana, you're a cute girl, and I love how you proudly wear your nation's colors. But Zrinka, whoa...ti si lijepa. Marry me Zrinka!
P.S. to Sax: Do you hear the footsteps? Hudák has closed to within 2 places of Weiß...
*strangely, the first five rounds are numbered 1, 2, 3, 5, 6. Part of a puzzle perhaps?