Winter perhaps is the most beautiful time of the year. It makes the environs alluring, and us, lazy. Thus, the delay in putting up the blog posts for our recent contests. Our November Lunchtime was set up in a mildly chilly Sunday morning, and despite the falling temperature, there was no drop in the warmth of the contest.
The young minds from different part of the globe were up and ready to feast upon the problem set of Sergey Kulik, who was the editorialist and Russian translator for the contest. And a fantastic one in all three departments. His problem set were tested by Roman Rubanenko, who has been a part of 5 Lunchtimes out of the 6 that we had till now, making him a well-liked name in the programming community. Accompanying them on the panel was Minako Kojima, with her Mandarin translation of the problem statements. With everything in place, we were all set for an engaging contest, on a beautiful Sunday morning.
The November Lunchtime had a rather calm opening, with the first submission coming in the 15th minute of the contest. However, that can also be because the initial technical glitch which forced us to go offline for some time. Although we came back quickly, we are still sorry for it. To make up for the initial hiccup we extended the contest to give everyone a fair shot at the problems. As soon as we came back, the submissions came pouring in and kept coming all through the contest. Our winner zeulb, announced his arrival in the 15th minute by cracking NUMBERS in his first submission. It was soon followed by another successful submission on LMA1. With two in two, zeulb made his intentions very clear. However, yutaka1999 seemed unperturbed, with that and made it tough for him to get away with the contest. While zeulb made 6 submission to emerge as a winner, yutaka1999 took the first runner up spot in 4. All that indicates the development of a healthy competition in coming Lunchtime contests and we shall keep a close watch on it.
As the battle at the top of the table, the fight among the other participants also kept on growing, keeping everybody interested in the contest until the very end. To see who ranked where, let us meet and greet our top ten winners from the rank table. These are names of some of the brightest budding programmers among us, and we will be seeing a lot of them in coming time.
All budding programmers along with many others who took part in our Lunchtime contest have already announced their arrival on the big stage and are set to take on the big guns soon. So, let us put our hands together and congratulate all these talented individuals.
The total stats for the November Lunchtime 2013 were as below:
With that, we would wrap up the tale of the November Lunchtime, which despite the few hiccups, turned out to be a fun contest for everyone associated with it. We hope you are enjoying the dropping temperatures as much as we are, and on yet another fine chilly Sunday morning we will see you all with our December Lunchtime 213. It will be the final contest of the year, so in anticipation of ending the year on a high, we invite you all to take part in it.
For all the love, you can always reach us at email@example.com. We love receiving both from you all.
Till next Lunchtime, adios from everyone here at CodeChef.
For a lot of us, the November Cook-Off 2013 was yet another reason to celebrate. While the problems added to the flavors of the month, the competition among the participants dropped the mercury for everyone taking part in the contest. The numbers, in comparison to some other high-participation-cook-offs, were not soaring high, but despite that, the contest was convivial.
The responsibility to make November Cook-Off fun for us all was well handled by our problem-setting panel. While, the flavors of the contest in the problems came from Vineet Paliwal, to test them of taste we had Roman Rubanenko, who also added a pinch of Russian flavor with the translations. The Mandarin translation came from Minako Kojima. Completing the joy of the contest, the editorials came from Shang Jingbo. The participants liked what they saw and as soon as the problems were unveiled, they starting munching on them.
While everybody enjoyed the contest, the race to the top of the rank table was heating up with every passing minute into the contest. mikhailOK was the first one to make the mark on the contest with his accepted submission on AMIFIB inside the first two minutes into the contest. However, it was uwi, who sealed the contest with a score of perfect 5, with 0 penalties. The only other participant to have a score of 5 with 0 penalties was gerald, who stood 4th in the rank tables. Amid all that, we found a sight of sheer pleasure in anudeep2011’s 5th position. To have an Indian among the top 10 in a Cook-Off is a rare sight, but we would want you all to change that, just like Anudeep. Big congratulations to all the winners and participants.
Now, let us move towards the rank tables.
Now the Indian top 5:
The final stats for the contest were as follows:
Congratulations to all the participants and winners for taking part in November Cook-Off 2013 and making it fun.
Now, we move towards the December Challenge 2013, which is the final long challenge of 2013 and a great chance to strengthen your ACM ICPC preparations. So, mark your schedulers and do not forget to be there.
We hope you had a good time through our contests, however, if you have something to say, shoot it straightway at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love hearing from you people.
That is all from everybody here at CodeChef. Until next contest, adios people.
Like a big festival, the build up for the November Challenge 2013, had us all eagerly waiting for it. The contest was starting a day before the ACM-ICPC Asia-Kharagpur Site First Round Online Contest 2013, and two days before Diwali, so, the sparks in the air were perceptible. And, we enjoyed them all through the contest.
Starting on the festive backdrop, the November Challenge 2013 had the same warmth all through its course, which was much needed as the winters had just started peeking through the windows. The delicacies for the contest came from Bruno Oliveira, Divyanshu, Ivan Zdomsky, Sergey Nagin, Sokol Kostya, Tuan Anh, and Utkarsh Lath, and to test them we had Tom Chen and Mahbubul Hasan. The editorials came from Shaleen Sharma, however, not all of them. We tried to get them all, but we could not. You can read all about it here and can take up the responsibility.
Like the festive fireworks, the contest lit up from the very first day, and continued to be so, all through the ten days. The names kept changing in the rank tables, and while there were some familiar names in the rank tables, we saw some new ones too. So, let us introduce you to the final names on the rank tables, as our winners.
Firstly, the Global Winners:
Now the Indian winners:
It’s time for our little geniuses from Schools. First, the Global Top Five School Students:
Now, the Indian Top Five School Students:
Let us move on to our special achiever category, featuring top three Global and Indian users having highest scores for the challenge problem, other than the users.
The Global Top Three (other than winners):
The Indian Top Three (other than winners):
Now, let us have a look at the final stats for the contest:
We love seeing them numbers go up with every contest. And, while they are stunning to look at, they are just telling a part of the story, which here is much more than those numbers. Therefore, let us we all come together and beautify that picture. We have always cherished hearing from you guys, so keep sending your good wishes, feedback, and suggestions at email@example.com.
We hope you are all ready for chills of the impending December Challenge 2013. Hope to see you all there.
Till next time, adios from CodeChef
Before we proceed any further with this post, it is only fair to apologize for the prolonged delay in putting it up (and for some other posts following this one). So, a big Sorry to you all. There are several factors accountable for the delay, but we will not be discussing them. Instead, will come straight to our fifth edition of the Lunchtime, the October Lunchtime 2013. With every passing Lunchtime, we are getting one-step closer to our ultimate goal of having school students take up programming in their early age. That is one of many things that had us look up to the contest on every last Sunday of the month.
Seeing the young programmers from across the globe battle it out against each other, is a sheer sight of pleasure. With October Lunchtime a familiar name from our long challenges, Vineet Paliwal, made his debut as the problem setter and editorialist for CodeChef. Welcome aboard Vineet. Accompanying Vineet on the problem-setting bench was Roman Rubanenko, again a familiar face. And adding extra flavor to the contest was Sergey Kulik, with the Russian translations for the problems. With all that, the only thing missing from our October Lunchtime was the pinch of action, and that was added as soon as the contest started.
The participants started munching on the problems right from the initial stage of the contest. And as we went on with it, the young programmers seemed in a bit of hurry in their quest to the top. With some familiar names atop the rank list, and few others crawling towards the top, we felt warm and contented. As it was the initial signs of a new crop of programmers who will go on to become the pros of tomorrow. We will be alongside you all to see you blossom as great programmers and will provide all necessary guidance and support needed to make that happen.
With that, it is time to introduce you to the next big things through our October Lunchtime 2013 rank list.
If we have to go by the contest stats, the stay atop the rank tables is not going to be a cozy one. You do not believe us; have a look at the contest stats:
A big round of applause for all the participants, who are going to make life tough for them.
A heating up contest is a bright sign of a great outcome, and that is what we are expectant of from our Lunchtime. Therefore, we express our gratification towards each and everyone who contributed for making it a successful contest. We hope to get your constant love, and support for all our future contests.
If you have feedback, suggestions, or anything you want to say do write in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be back with more contests, but for now, it is Good-bye from us all.