Sub50

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Sub50 is when a player completes Expert with a score of less than 50 seconds (decimal times being rounded up to the next integer second). This page will rank players on their total of sub50 games, provide a list of all sub50 players and discuss the history of this milestone.

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[edit] History

When the first minesweeper sites were created no one talked about Sub50. It was simply not possible. Instead, everyone talked about a mystical group of people who claimed they could break the Minute Barrier. The first ever ranking, by Wacharin Wichiramala, was cancelled because he believed such scores were fake. When the Authoritative Minesweeper rankings began in 2000, there were only 3 players with Sub60 scores. They were Lasse Nyholm (Denmark) with 55, David Barry (Australia) with 59 and Scott Kenics (USA) with 59. Close behind them was a wave of talented Sub75 players.

Sub50 became a possibility when Lasse set a world record of 50 on 9 June 2000. It was no surprise when Lasse became the 1st Sub50 player with a 47 on 15 Jan 2001.

The minesweeper community went crazy over the news! Authoritative Minesweeper announced:

"Yes, the world record has finally and utterly been broken. On Jan 15, 20 year-old Lasse Nyholm of Denmark played the perfect game."

Lasse posted in the Guestbook:

"Oh my ... So the 50s-barrier has been defeated. I just took a 5 kilometre bikeride in minus 3º celsius at 2 a.m. to find a computer with internet access to tell you and everybody else that I've got a 47 on expert. I could see it was a good board just a few clicks into the game, a lot of small areas opened as I went along from the left to the right side of the board. I took a short look on the clock and saw that I was somewhere in the 20s and then my heart started jumping wildly in my chest. I took as few chances as I could and the white window popped up with 47 on the clock. Amazing!!!! I'm sure I can't sleep after this."

The race to be the next Sub50 player began immediately. A poll was started in Minesweeper Addicts. Favourites were David Barry (51), Damien Moore (53), and Dan Cerveny (57). However, the community was stunned just two months later when an unknown player from India, Sriram Sridharan, announced a 49 on 13 Mar 2001. Six months later David (50), Dan (50) and Damien (52) were still struggling to be next. Dan joined the club with a 49 on 23 Dec 2001 and Damien made it with a 48 on 1 Mar 2002. David retired on 50.

Since those early days, Sub50 has become a standard goal for all serious players. In 2009 a new player joined the club every few weeks. The awe and respect once given to Sub50 players is now given to the modern superstars in the Sub40 club.

[edit] List of Sub50 Players

[edit] Confirmed

[edit] 2001
  • Lasse Nyholm, 47 on 15 Jan 2001, Denmark #1
  • Sriram Sridharan, 49 on 13 Mar 2001, India #1
  • Dan Cerveny, 49 on 23 Dec 2001, USA #1
[edit] 2002
  • Damien Moore, 48 on 1 Mar 2002, Canada #1
  • Sorin Manea, 49 on 12 Jul 2002, Romania #1
  • Lukasz Malinowski, 49 on 6 Aug 2002, Poland #1
  • Marc Schouten, 47 on 25 Dec 2002, Netherlands #1
[edit] 2003
  • Reid Sinclair, 49 between 28 Mar and 18 Jul 2003, USA #2 1
  • Dion Tiu, Australia, 49 on 25 Nov 2003, Australia #1
[edit] 2004
  • Oliver Scheer, 47 (46.79) on 9 Jun 2004, Germany #1
  • Roman Gammel, 49 (48.20) on 7 Nov 2004, Russia #1
  • Takemasa Aoki, 49 (48.06) on 15 Dec 2004, Japan #1
[edit] 2005
  • Pap Gyula, 47 (46.28) on 31 Jan 2005, Hungary #1 2
  • Elmar Zimmermann, 48 (47.92) on 17 May 2005, Germany #2
  • Gabriel de Tarragon, 48 (47.87) on 28 Nov 2005, France #1
[edit] 2006
  • Brian Cornell, 49 (48.71) on 18 Feb 2006, USA #3
  • Manuel Heider, 49 (48.40) on 4 Mar 2006, Germany #3
  • Nicolas Senger, 49 (48.43) on 29 Apr 2006, France #2
  • Alain Rousseau, 49 (48.81) on 30 May 2006, France #3
  • Grégoire Duffez, 47 (46.99) on 22 Jun 2006, France #4
  • David Greer, 49 (48.29) on 1 Jul 2006, England #1
  • Thomas Kolar, 47 (46.12) on 14 Nov 2006, Austria #1
  • Charles Jacquet, 49 (48.55) on 15 Nov 2006, France #5
  • Shen-Jia Zhang, 49 (48.17) on 13 Dec 2006, China #1 3
[edit] 2007
  • Tam Minh Bui, 48 (47.66) on 5 Feb 2007, USA #4
  • Martin Toft Madsen, 49 (48.42) on 7 Mar 2007, Denmark #2
  • Jerry Hsieh, 49 (48.17) on 15 May 2007, USA #5
  • Feng Li, 48 (47.18) on 26 May 2007, China #2
  • Ian Fraser, 46 (45.33) on 12 Jun 2007, England #2
  • Hong Zhang, 48 (47.99) on 23 Aug 2007, China #3
  • Arsen Balishyan, 49 (48.43) on 6 Oct 2007, Russia #2
  • Kyle Frederic, 49 (48.09) on 21 Oct 2007, USA #6
  • Kamil Murański, 47 (46.65) on 19 Dec 2007, Poland #2
[edit] 2008
  • Tao-Jin E, 49 (48.59) on 20 Apr 2008, China #4 (Female #1)
  • Guang Shao, 47 (46.42) on 14 May 2008, China #5
  • name removed, 49 (48.13) on 5 Jun 2008, Germany #4
  • Chong Li, 49 (48.97) on 29 Jul 2008, China #6
  • Jon Simonsen, 49 (48.97) on 9 Aug 2008, Norway #1
  • Xiao-Lei Su, 48 (47.07) on 2 Sep 2008, China #7 (Female #2)
  • Bertie Seyffert, 46 (45.81) on 3 Sep 2008, South Africa #1
  • Fan Deng, 49 (48.49) on 16 Oct 2008, China #8
  • Pavel Mishin, 49 (48.52) on 24 Dec 2008, Russia #3
  • Yeong-Ju Ko, 48 (47.99) on 28 Dec 2008, South Korea #1
  • Xiao-Yang Yang, 49 (48.28) on 13 Jan 2009, China #9
[edit] 2009
  • Stanislav Derechennik, 48 (47.24) on 18 Jan 2009, Belarus #1
  • Xian-Bin You, 49 (48.24) on 2 Feb 2009, China #10
  • Yi-Fang Tian, 49 (48.74) on 13 Feb 2009, China #11
  • Zun-Ming Lin, 48 (47.53) on 13 Mar 2009, China #12
  • Jian-Xun Zhou, 49 (48.42) on 5 Apr 2009, China #13
  • Zhang-Wen Mao, 47 (46.62) on 8 May 2009, China #14
  • Xiang Hu, 49 (48.70) on 11 May 2009, China #15
  • Ting Huang, 49 (48.34) on 24 May 2009, China #16
  • Jason Kriegel, 48 (47.34) on 29 May 2009, USA #7
  • Ha-Neul Kim, 47 (46.19) on 3 Jun 2009, South Korea #2
  • Yuuki Nakagiri, 46 (45.51) on 4 Jul 2009, Japan #2
  • Aryeh Draeger, 46 (45.55) on 10 Jul 2009, USA #8
  • Jing Ma, 49 (48.79) on 19 Jul 2009, China #17 (Female #3)
  • Dan Shen, 45 (44.53) on 23 Sep 2009, China #18 (Female #4)
[edit] 2010
  • Qian Huang, 48 (47.73) on 13 Jan 2010, China #19
  • Jin-Fan Lin, 47 (46.70) on 15 Jan 2010, China #20
  • Dayan Marchezi, 49 (48.11) on 14 Feb 2010, Brazil #1
  • Ziv Zalzstein, 49 (48.49) on 15 Feb 2010, Israel #1
  • Yun-Tian Wu, 49 (48.56) on 20 Feb 2010, China #21
  • Gilles Regniers, 49 (48.58) on 27 Feb 2010, Belgium #1
  • Aristeidis Kokkidis, 48 (47.93) on 10 May 2010, Greece #1
  • Jun Hua, 47 (46.14) on 26 May 2010, China #22
  • Jia-Hao Zhang, 49 (48.29) on 7 Jul 2010, China #23
  • Konstantin Forofontov, 46 (45.50) on 21 Aug 2010, Russia #4
  • Bao-Yue Zhang, 48 (47.53) on 20 Nov 2010, China #24
  • Yun-Shui Qi, 43 (42.53) on 9 Dec 2010, China #25
  • Sankar Nair, 47 (46.55) on 16 Dec 2010, India #2
[edit] 2011
  • Luke Sullivan, 47 (46.57) on 6 Jan 2011, USA #9
  • Michael Gottlieb, 49 (48.68) on 19 Jan 2011, USA #10
  • Robert Royals, 49 (48.53) on 27 Feb 2011, England #3
  • Zi-Jiang Yang, 49 (48.35) on 17 Mar 2011, China #26
  • Hong-Chao Li, 49 (48.23) on 20 Mar 2011, China #27
  • Mihály Koncz, 49 (48.90) on 6 May 2011, Hungary #2
  • Michael Dunlop, 49 (48.68) on 1 Jun 2011, England #4
  • Ke Zhou, 49 (48.71) on 13 Jun 2011, China #28
  • Jun Tao, 48 (47.88) on 21 Jul 2011, China #29
  • Mohamed Bardouh, 49 (48.94) on 23 Jul 2011, Australia #24
  • Dan Zhou, 49 (48.79) on 23 Aug 2011, China #30
  • Harryck Repse, 47 (46.86) on 6 Nov 2011, Latvia #1
  • Ivan Zybin, 49 (48.93) on 29 Nov 2011, Russia #5
[edit] 2012
  • Kelvin Yang, 49 (48.70) on 11 Mar 2012, USA #11
  • Wen-Kai Xu, 45 (44.88) on 16 Nov 2011, China #31
  • Peng-Yun Ni, 48 (47.65) on 6 Apr 2012, China #32
  • Ramil Gafiyatov, 47 (46.38) on 10 Jul 2012, Russia #6
  • Wei-Jia Guo, 48 (47.40) on 17 Jul 2012, China #33
  • Hong-Guang Wu, 49 (48.14) on 26 Aug 2012, China #34
  • Chen Zhang, 49 (48.37) on 29 Aug 2012, China #35
[edit] 2013
  • Mei-Yeh Chiu, 49 (48.06) on 4 Jan 2013, Taiwan #1
  • Han Lin, 47 (46.90) on 25 Apr 2013, China #36
  • Kai Sun, 48 (47.71) on 2 May 2013, China #37
  • Lucas Pena, 48 (47.09) on 6 May 2013, Brasil #2
  • Stephen Feehan, 46 (45.78) on 28 May 2013, USA #12, NF
  • Ji-Yun Wang, 48 (47.27) on 10 June 2013, China #38 (Female #4), NF
  • Aaro Länsman, 49 (48.44) on 15 Jun 2013, Finland #1
  • Victor Suglobov, 48 (47.66) on 1 Jul 2013, Russia #7, NF
  • Shan-Shan Lao, 49 (48.26) on 3 Aug 2013, China #39, NF
  • Rui-Rong Cai, 46 (45.98) on 22 Sept 2013, China #40
  • Xian-Yao Zhang, 46 (45.34) on 12 Oct 2013, China #41
  • Xiao-Yang Jin, 49 (48.94) on 31 Oct 2013, China #42, NF
  • Mao Igarashi, 45 (44.72) on 15 Dec 2013, Japan #3
  • Alex Niswander, 49 (48.22) on 26 Dec 2013, USA #13, NF
[edit] 2014
  • Goran Zivkovic, 49 (48.83) on 22 Feb 2014, Serbia #1, NF
  • Jin-Yang Guo, 49 (48.93) on 29 Mar 2014, China #43, NF
  • Kyle Barkman, 49 (48.91) on 6 May 2014, USA #14, NF
  • Gu Ping, 49 (48.55) on 15 Sept 2014, China #44
  • Yun-Cheng Zhang, 49 (48.92) on 24 Nov 2014, China #45
[edit] 2015
  • Jing-Yi Wang, 49 (48.74) on 07 Feb 2015, China #46
  • Shi-Ying Lin, 49 (48.30) on 08 Feb 2015, China #47
  • Hideki Hirai, 46 (45.45) on 27 Apr 2015, Japan #4
  • Zhi-Jie Lai, 47 (46.10) on 04 Jul 2015, China #48
  • Fan Yang, 47 (46.77) on 04 July 2015, China #49
  • Li Ming-Xuan, 48 (47.20) on 27 Jul 2015, China #50
  • Shao-Wu Zhang, 49 (48.23) on 08 Aug 2015, China #51
  • Qi Huang, 49 (48.96) on 12 Oct 2015, China #52
  • Si-Yuan Rao, 49 (48.29) on 22 Nov 2015, China #53
[edit] 2016
  • Dmitriy Lukinov, 47 (46.72) on 15 Mar 2016, Ukraine #1
  • Zhu Yao Yu, 46 (45.13) on 24 Jul 2016, China #54
  • Li Hao Yu, 47 (46.70) on 27 Aug 2016, China #55
  • Yuma Komata, 46 (45.93) on 19 Sept 2016, Japan #4
[edit] 2017
  • En Bin Hu, 49 (48.85) on 15 Mar 2017, China #56
  • Su Xiao Dong, 49 (48.22) on 17 Mar 2017, China #57
  • Ashur Aorahim, 49 (48.66) on 10 Jul 2017, Sweden #1

[edit] Unnofficial but Real

  • Jonathan Contos, USA, 49 on Winmine 19 Mar 2006. 3BV was 108 and he has made 52 on Clone. (This would be USA #4).
  • Joel Calahan, USA, 48 on Winmine 17 Nov 2007. 3BV was 105 and he has made 53 on Clone. (This would be USA #9).

[edit] Notes

1. Reid was on the 28 Mar 2003 Bestever ranking with a 50 and the 18 Jul 2003 ranking with a 49. The rankings between (issued once every two weeks) are lost and Reid lost the original picture and date. His first official Sub50 was a 45 (44.99) on 21 Apr 2004.
2. Gyula made his 47 clone video on 31 Jan 2005 but he has undated pics of 47 and 49x2 that were made earlier, sometime after 18 Mar 2003. Retired with 47x2, 49x4.
3. Shen-Jia Zhang submitted a 48 on 3 Nov 2004 and a 45 on 18 Dec 2004 (with Camtasia videos using Winmine) to a China ranking run by Yi Ruan. When asked about this in 2011 (when it was noticed by Damien) he said they were fake and apologized.
4. Mohamed Bardouh made 48 on XP on 17 May 2011, but officially made Sub50 with 49 on MSX on 23 Jul 2011.

[edit] More Info Needed

  • Stevan Gvozdenovic, Montenegro, 48 sometime in 2003
  • Ariel Fixler, Israel, 48 on Winmine 13 Jul 2007. Made a 56 Clone video to prove it but has not replied to any emails since. His brother (also on the site) says Ariel considers 48 as his record.
  • Måns Danneman posted in the Guestbook 21 May 2005 with 2-15-49 and was on the Planete ranking. I had the same name in my database with a 2 but no email or other scores. There is one on Facebook who says he has a 2 but that the other scores must have been a joke on him by someone else.
  • Jake Warner, USA, 48.23 on 26 Apr 2006. He made it all the way to 38 but was taken off the official rankings because he refused to make additional evidence on different versions. Probably was legit but issue never resolved satisfactorily.

[edit] List of NF Sub50 Players

  • Dan Cerveny, 48 (47.35) on 08 Feb 2005, USA #1
  • Roman Gammel, 47 (46.13) on 13 Sep 2005, Russia #1
  • Martin Toft Madsen, 49 (48.42) on 7 Mar 2007, Denmark #1
  • Manuel Heider, 48 (47.33) on 27 Oct 2007, Germany #1
  • Kamil Murański, 49 (48.32) on 16 Jan 2008, Poland #1
  • Jon Simonsen, 49 (48.97) on 09 Aug 2008, Norway #1
  • Huang Ting, 49 (48.34) on 24 May 2009, China #1
  • Shen Dan, 49 (48.60) on 08 Dec 2009, China #2 (Female #1)
  • Fritz [Hidden], 49 (48.16) on 15 May 2010, Germany #2
  • Konstantin Forofontov, 46 (45.50) on 21 Aug 2010, Russia #2
  • Michael Gottlieb, 49 (48.68) on 19 Jan 2010, USA #2
  • Robert Royals, 49 (48.53) on 27 Feb 2011, England #1
  • Pavel Mishin, 49 (48.70) on 27 Apr 2011, Russia #3
  • Mihály Koncz, 49(48.90) on 6 May 2011, Hungary #2
  • Jun Tao, 48 (47.88) on 21 Jul 2011, China #3
  • Thomas Kolar, 47 (46.67) on 5 Oct 2011, Austria #1
  • Ivan Zybin, 49 (48.93) on 29 Nov 2011, Russia #4
  • Jin-Fan Lin, 49 (48.84) on 17 Mar 2012, China #4
  • Wen-Kai Xu, 48 (47.65) on 13 May 2012, China #5
  • Chen Zhang, 49 (48.37) on 29 Aug 2012, China #6
  • Mei-Yeh Chiu, 49 (48.06) on 4 Jan 2013, Taiwan #1
  • Zhou Ke, 49 (48.48) on 8 Feb 2013, China #7
  • Han Lin, 49 (48.29) on 21 May 2013, China #8
  • Stephen Feehan, 46 (45.78) on 28 May 2013, USA #3
  • Dan Zhou, 46 (45.66) on 1 Jun 2013, China #9 (Female #2)
  • Ji-Yun Wang, 48 (47.27) on 10 June 2013, China #10 (Female #3)
  • Victor Suglobov, 48 (47.66) on 1 Jul 2013, Russia #5
  • Shan-Shan Lao, 49 (48.26) on 3 Aug 2013, China #11
  • Xiao-Yang Jin, 49 (48.94) on 31 Oct 2013, China #12
  • Alex Niswander, 49 (48.22) on 26 Dec 2013, USA #4
  • Goran Zivkovic, 49 (48.83) on 22 Feb 2014, Serbia #1
  • Jin-Yang Guo, 49 (48.93) on 29 Mar 2014, China #13
  • Lucas Pena, 47 (46.51) on 1 Apr 2014, Brasil #1
  • Kyle Barkman, 49 (48.91) on 6 May 2014, USA #5
  • Si-Yuan Rao, 49 (48.29) on 22 Nov 2015, China #14
  • Dmitriy Lukinov, 47 (46.72) on 15 Mar 2016, Ukraine #1
  • Li Hao Yu, 47 (46.70) on 27 Aug 2016, China #15
  • Su Xiao Dong, 49 (48.22) on 17 Mar 2017, China #16


[edit] Notes

1. Elmar Zimmermann made 49 (48.62) on 29 Aug 2005 but this was not allowed as he used Elmar Technique.
2. Kamil and Konstantin are the only players with more than 10 NF Sub50 so there will be no totals ranking. (Konstantin retired in Summer 2011 with 28).

  • Update 19 Jul 2012, Michael Gottlieb now has 50 Sub50 NF games.
  • Update 5 Jan 2014, some more players have more than 3 NF Sub50's. A comprehensive list is not available yet.

[edit] Sub50 Total Ranking

This ranking will list all Sweepers who got at least 10 sub50s in their career. It is updated as players update their totals.

Profile: Player: Scores: First sub50: Last sub50: Total: Notes:
Germany.gifFritz [Hidden] 1-10-352008-06-052013-08-276539retired 2013
Poland.gifKamil Muranski 1-8-322007-12-192015-05-072000active
Denmark.gifLasse Nyholm 1-12-412001-01-142004-07-001284retired 2005
Germany.gifManuel Heider 1-10-372006-03-042010-05-001080active
Australia.gifDion Tiu 1-10-372003-11-252008-01-001041active?
Austria.gifThomas Kolar 1-10-372006-11-142013-10-27+840semi-active
China.gifXiao-Yang Yang 1-11-392009-01-172013-12-02+667semi-active
Russia.gifPavel Mishin 1-10-392008-12-242013-03-07604active
China.gifDan Zhou 1-10-372012-08-232013-12-30+513active
Canada.gifDamien Moore 1-11-392002-03-012012-05-31356semi-active
China.gifWen-Kai Xu 1-10-402011-11-162013-08-27+321semi-active
China.gifShen-Jia Zhang 1-11-382006-12-132010-01-00268retired
China.gifJian-Xun Zhou 2-12-442009-04-052012-02-25220semi-active
China.gifZhang-Wen Mao 1-11-402009-08-282013-03-20203retired
UK.gifIan Fraser 1-10-332007-06-122010-05-00194active
Germany.gifOliver Scheer 1-11-392004-06-092007-05-00184retired
USA.gifReid Sinclair 1-13-432004-04-212010-02-00181active
China.gifWei-Jia Guo 1-12-412012-07-172013-12-30+120active
USA.gifMichael Gottlieb 1-10-422011-01-192013-05-03+106active
China.gifJin-Fan Lin 1-11-462010-01-152014-04-0498semi-active
Poland.gifLukasz Malinowski 1-13-442002-08-062007-00-0074retired
China.gifDan Shen 2-12-392009-09-232013-06-10+60semi-active
Russia.gifRoman Gammel 1-10-422004-11-072010-01-0047active
Germany.gifElmar Zimmermann 1-12-422005-05-172007-00-00+40retired
China.gifYi-Fang Tian 1-11-442009-06-092010-09-2134retired
China.gifLi Feng 1-12-432007-05-262008-09-0033retired
Russia.gifKonstantin Forofontov 1-12-432010-08-212011-04-0028retired 2011
Latvia.gifHarryck Repse 1-12-432011-11-062013-04-0123active
USA.gifDan Cerveny 2-11-442001-12-232005-00-0022retired
South%20Africa.gifBertie Seyffert 1-13-442008-09-032013-03-2419active
China.gifXian-Yao Zhang 2-12-442013-08-042013-12-3016active
UK.gifDavid Greer 1-12-462006-07-012010-10-0014active
Russia.gifArsen Balishyan 1-12-44 2007-10-06 2012-04-20 10active
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