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Falling to the fallacies of laziness is a recurring occurrence in our lives. However, somehow we overcame it once again, got our act together, and wrote this blog post summarizing the two February contests. Now that you have seen the meteor shower in Russia, and gone through what is going on in Vatican City, let us take you through all that has happened in and during the two CodeChef contests!
Let us begin with the February 2013 Long Challenge. With the problem set from Khadar Basha, David Stolp, Vinayak Garg, Vitaliy Herasymiv, Roman Rubanenko, Sergey Kulik, Tasnim Imran Sunny, Shanjingbo, Bruno Oliveira, and Kaushik Iska, problem testing by Hiroto Sekido and editorials by Pradeep Mathias the February Challenge had all the ingredients of a mouthwatering contest. And the response did speak for its deliciousness.
Being the first contest to begin on “First Friday” of the month (read ‘Fab’ruary) the February Challenge offered two weekends to the participants. This included the “Valentine week.” Oh yeah, apparently it is a thing. Nevertheless, we saw submissions pouring like the cute & cuddly gifts that pour in at this time of the year. Beginning with nine problems in the offering (we did work hard and we are still trying to improve on that) the February challenge did not took too long to take off. And as the contest progressed, it just got better.
The rank tables, both Indian and global, saw some new visitors in anudeep2011, sakuag333, Alfonso2 Peterssen and Di Wang at different instances. Although, their stay at the top was not prolonged, as the almighty ACRush claimed his position in the last leg. All this was happening alongside the continually mounting submissions that continued even at the very last moment of the contest. By the time the February challenge ended, we had viewed a contest with highest participation and maximum submissions! The relentlessly changing rank-list only added to our enticing experience.
Now, to share some of that joy and excitement with you, let us take you through the rank tables of February Challenge 2013.
The top ten international winners are:
The top twenty Indian winners are:
And, as we promised, here are the 3 Indian and global participants, having the highest score for the “Challenge” problem in February Challenge 2013, who will also receive goodies.
Kudos to them for taking on the challenge of cracking the Challenge problem!
Some other vital stats for the contest were:
Riding high on the love we received for our February 2013 Challenge, we were all geared up for the impending February Cook-Off 2013. The preparations for the contest were all in place, so we were contented with ourselves. The Cook-Off kicked off on time with problem set from Anton Lunyov. The problem testing and editorials were handled by Hiroto Sekido and Ashar Fuadi respectively.
The February Cook-Off had a lot riding on it after the huge participation in the February challenge. Hence, we were all excited from the very start of the contest. Sadly though, the excitement was short lived, as the initial load on the servers again caused connectivity issues, which many of you faced and reported. Putting all the excitement to rest, the team got working again and tried resolving the issue which took a while before things were restored to normal. By the time things calmed down, some damage was done, as many users got time penalties that they did not deserve by making repeated submissions of the same solution. After the initial bumps, the contest was back on track as the seamless submissions and participation continued.
In addition to the initial hiccups, there was an additional hurdle in the form of MINWDSUM, which no one could got over. Only this time, we were slightly less worried about the severity of problem. After all, what is a contest without any test? The MINWDSUM problem remained unsolved until the end of the contest. Even though we saw programming pros like Gennady Korotkevich paving their way into the top after being last seen in November. The sudden return of Gennady Korotkevich at the top was soon overshadowed by xcwgf666 and that pulled us all to the edge of our seats. The last leg of the competition saw a lot of toppling and tumbling at the top of the rank table, as fhlasek and uwi snatched first & second runner up spots respectively, after xcwgf666 cemented his place at the top. Despite the initial glitches and one unsolved problem in the end, the February Cook-Off 2013 was a decent contest.
The technical glitch at the beginning of the contest resulted in several unintentional submissions causing incorrect penalties. This time we have taken additional effort to invalidate all such submissions so that they do not affect the calculation of ratings. The rankings have been updated too.
So, let us have a look at the rank list of February Cook-Off.
Now, let us have a look at the stats for the February Cook-Off.
Overall, both the February contests brought to us a lot of love in the month of love. And we are thankful to each and every one of you for that. We would also like to thank our panel of problem setter, tester, and editorialist for providing us with the ingredients to cooking great contests. And a round of applause for our team of engineers who ensure smooth (Okay, almost smooth) running of the contest. Come on! Be a sport, they do deserve a small pat on back.
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For now, that is all from CodeChef.
See you all at the contests!
P.S.:- You all are cordially invited to CodeChef’s fourth anniversary challenge on 1st March. Do send in your wishes and presents to wish us Happy B’Day.
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We will be turning 4 by the end of this month and we still feel that we are in an embryonic stage. In our bid to evolve and mature, we bring in new changes that we believe help us to serve you better. We recently introduced some new changes to our long challenge schedule and goodies to be given. They brought smile on your faces. And that made us happy. And now, here we are with another one.
This is one of the many changes that we intend to bring as we step into our fifth year, in our bid to make CodeChef more friendly for all of you. Without making you guess any further, let us talk about it.
In order to clean up our institution database, we have now incorporated a drop down list of institutions for you to choose from at the time of registration. Those of you who are already registered, may also do so by editing your profile. This list comprises of all the institutes across the globe that we have users from until now. Users with proper institute name will be able to avail some really exciting features including the ability to start a CodeChef Campus Chapter on behalf of their institution.
If your institute’s name does not appear in the list, do not frown. You can still register by choosing “Other” in the list, and then entering the full name of your institute. It will come to us for approval and we will try and locate your institution and add it to our database for your classmates. In case we are unable to find it, we may need your help to do so. This will help us clean our database, which becomes essential as we intend to work on some features that will rely heavily on your institutions’ name.
So, we would want you all to use this new feature for getting your institution’s name corrected (if it is already not so).
If you are still frowning or if you want to applaud our new feature, you can always write to us at email@example.com.
We are amongst those few who come up with a million ideas on a single day. We do not know what causes this, but it has worked for us nicely. On an otherwise mundane day of January, we got this fabulous idea of putting ‘fab’ (as in fabulous), for February making it ‘Fab’ruary. And we were serious. However, how shall we be doing it, none of us thought! But, thanks to you guys, our ever growing and responsible community and also the ever-reliable Mr Anton, as a result of the prolonged online discussion we reached at some concord.
Taking all the points into consideration, once again we were in the conference hall hitting each other with ideas (we love to call it brainstorming), discussing ways of accomplishing it. And after a thoroughly intense session ***wink*** we came to some unanimous outcomes, that aptly fulfilled our objective of our having a ‘fab’ruary. What are those outcomes you say? Read on…
Firstly, we decided to start our long Challenges on the first Friday of every month. You will have to wait till April to notice this change. Yippy. Now, you will say “Why on first Friday?” It is because, starting the challenge on the first Friday of every month gives most contestants two weekends of participation. This, we think is fabulous for everyone and the problem setters as well as for us. Isn’t it?
Secondly, we have decided on introducing some more goodies for the participants. This must catch your attention! But wait, the kitty is not completely out of the bag yet. In order to get your hands around these goodies you will have to make yourself eligible for them. Now you must be thinking, “How do I do that?”. It is simple. It has always been simple. Starting February Long Challenge, 3 Indian and 3 non-Indian participants, having the highest score for the “Challenge” problem will be eligible to receive these additional goodies. These 6 participants will be those who are outside the top 10 non-Indian and top 20 Indian participants of the long Challenge. More reasons to give the fabulous challenge problem its due. Don’t you think so?
Now, let’s lift curtains from the final fabulous surprise. From February onwards, top 5 Indian participants in every CookOff will also receive goodies, in addition to the global top 10. This means, from now onwards, Indian masterminds will also get a prize from every CookOff, in addition to immense accolades and bragging rights. So, brush up your CookOff skills and get ready to make an impact on the smaller format of the contest as well.
Combine all the aforementioned beginnings and the month of February marks the beginning of many things fabulous. So, do not wait. There is a lot more to be won. Put on your coding hats and get ready for the imminent contests.
If, you have anything to say about our new beginnings, you can always send them our ways at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop us a line below
Till next time, adios everybody.
See you at the contests.