The festivities of November Challenge

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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 OliveiraDivyanshuIvan ZdomskySergey NaginSokol KostyaTuan 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:

  • haosoul of Fuzhou No.1 High School
  • yzl427 of Yali Middle School, China
  • zeulb of SMAK 3 BPK Penabur, Gunung Sahari, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • ivan100sic of Gimnazija Svetozar Markovic Nis
  • dimitriwhy of Changjun Middle School, China

Now, the Indian Top Five School Students:

  • mbrc of South Point High School
  • yashkumar18 of Delhi Public School, Gandhinagar
  • bournecoder of Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan
  • xylon97 of St. Columba’s School
  • debjit99 of Hijli High School, IIT, Kharagpur

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:

  • Total Users: 4263
  • Total Submissions: 61556
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 3859
  • Total users from India: 3479
  • Total users not from India: 784

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

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

Team CodeChef

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