Serhiy Grabarchuk is a person whose whole-life interest is puzzles
and puzzling. And so he's active in all possible puzzle fields,
and is living in Puzzling consistently, days and nights. Simply
saying Serhiy is a metagrobologist.
started his puzzling activities 37 years ago when he was 8. Since
then Serhiy continuously invents and creates new, never seen before
puzzles, makes puzzle prototypes and gets his puzzle designs produce,
collects original puzzles and solves hundreds of them every year,
makes puzzle researches and historical studies in many directions,
compiles and publishes his original puzzle books and puzzles, participates
in all main puzzle events and gatherings all over the World and
helps to grow up new puzzle talents.
created several thousands of different puzzles, mostly mechanical,
and developed many advertising and tailor made puzzles. His puzzles
were (and still are) produced by many puzzle companies all around
the World such as Griffioen Design, Haba, Bits & Pieces, Binary
Arts and other, and now these puzzles easy can make a pretty good
and original puzzle collection. He worked on numerous puzzle projects
and continues to collaborate with all most prominent puzzle folks
such as Nob Yoshigahara, Jerry Slocum, Will Shortz, Oskar van Deventer,
Will Strijbos, Sjaak Griffioen, Jean-Claude Constantin, Bill Ritchie,
Alan Segal, Rodolfo Kurchan, Bob Kirkland, Ed Pegg Jr, Anatoli Kalinin,
Scott Kim, John Conway, Andrea Gilbert, Nick Baxter, Andy Liu, Wei-Hwa
Huang, and many other great puzzle designers, mathematicians, and
magicians from all over the World.
has a big collection of puzzles (more than 2000 items), a good collection
of different games, and a comprehensive puzzle library. Serhiy compiled
and published about a dozen of collections of his original puzzles,
and many of his puzzles were published in different books and periodicals
all around the World - Games Magazine, Quark Magazine, CFF of the
Dutch Cubists Club, Quantum Magazine, Charade, Field of Wonders,
and many other.
than two years Serhiy was running the Puzzles.com
and led it to the top position on the Web. Many of Serhiy's puzzles
can be seen and played on numerous websites. Serhiy discovered several
new puzzle principles, and his puzzles always have original mathematical,
physical and visual ideas behind them. He was a winner of several
prestigious puzzle design competitions all across the World; one
of them is the Hikimi Wooden Puzzle Competition. Many of his puzzles
were used as part of different puzzle contests - virtual and real.
likes to make puzzles by himself, and for many years manufactured
in his home workshop several hundreds of different wooden, plastic,
metal and paper puzzles. Serhiy's education as an engineer in Fine
Mechanics. He has five puzzle patents. His favorite creator is Leonardo
da Vinci. Serhiy's big passion is graphic arts in small forms. For
the past years he made thousands of drawings to his puzzles designs,
a comprehensive puzzle and game card index, catalogs and books,
and several dozens of trade marks. Trade marks always were rather
Serhiy's hobby, but there is a big connection between puzzles and
trademarks resulted in advertising and tailor made puzzles. Serhiy's
favorite artist is M.C.Escher.
is a no mean puzzle solver, who many times has taken part in the
World Puzzle Championships, as a participant or team captain. Also
he represents Ukraine's puzzle interests in the Word Puzzle Federation.
From his very young ages Serhiy likes magic; this started almost
simultaneously with Serhiy's puzzling. There is a well known connection
between magic and puzzling. Martin Gardner, Nob
Yoshigahara or Mark Setteducati are an
extremely nice illustration for this connection. Martin Gardner
is Serhiy's Teacher in many directions.
"non-puzzling" interests cover good modern and classic
music, including jazz and blues, photography and cinematograph,
musicals and puppet show. Serhiy's favorite composer is George Gershwin.
Serhiy and his wife Tanya have two sons, Serhiy Jr. (22) and Peter
(17). He with his family lives in a small town in the Western part
of Ukraine. Serhiy's family very actively helps and supports him
in his puzzling.