The December Challenge 2013 was set in close quarters with the onsite ACM ICPC India regionals, which made it a practice ground for everyone participating in the onsite rounds. Users who were visiting the onsite regionals geared up to put themselves through a final test; while those who were not, ensured that, they had a tough one. With everybody in the mood of playing, we were all ready to have glimpses of the potential world finalists from the Indian regionals.
The play for the December Challenge 2013 was created by Bruno Oliveira, Iaroslav Tverdokhlib, Ivan Zdomsky, Constantin Sokol, Minako Kojima, Roman Rubanenko, Sergey Kulik, Vitalij Kozhukhivskij, Vivek Hamirwasia, and Tuan Anh. Gerald Agapovand Md Mahbubul Hasan tested the problems while the editorials came from Balakrishnan Varadarajan and Shangjingbo. With that star-studded problem-setting panel and the impending ACM ICPC regionals, we just had the perfect setting for the final long challenge of the year.
The fact that the span of December Challenge was covering the two onsite ACM ICPC India regional contest, meant that everyone taking part there had a healthy practice arena, featuring some of the finest programmers from around the world, set up for them. We were sure that the participants would rejoice in the contest, and that become evident with the first accepted submission of the contest coming inside the first five minutes of the contest. We have witnessed it before, but somehow, it never fails to enliven us.
With the progress of the contest increased the number of submissions and users alike. The first weekend of the contest saw plenty of action with over 37K submissions from 3.7K users. The initial bang of the contest assured of a steady contest and that it was. There were plenty of changes in the rank tables, as everyone wanted to put their names on the final long rank table of 2013. Who stood where, let us see:
Firstly, the global top ten:
Now, the Indian top 20:
Now let us move on to the special achievers category:
Firstly, the global users with top scores for the Challenge Problem SMPAINT:
Now the Indian users:
Now, our little geniuses from schools:
Global top five:
- dhh1995 from Shaoxing No.1 High School
- ivan100sic from Gimnazija Svetozar Markovic Nis
- zeulb from SMAK 3 BPK Penabur, Gunung Sahari, Jakarta, Indonesia
- zcc598066456 from Zhenhai High School, China
- acmonster from Nanjing Foreign Language School, Jiangsu
Indian top five:
- yashkumar18 from Delhi Public School, Gandhinagar
- pushkarmishra from Delhi Public School R.K. Puram
- winhsa from DAV Boys Senior Secondary School Mogappair, Chennai
- kewljerk from Dav Public School, North West Delhi
- polingy from Delhi Public School R.K. Puram
It is worth mentioning that our little friend ivan100sic from Gimnazija Svetozar Markovic Nis, is also among the top ten global winners for the December Challenge 2013. A big round of applause for him and his special feat. It is now your turn to make your school proud and feature among the big league of programmers.
With all those fond memories, we bid adieu to our final long challenge. Like always, it has been a sheer pleasure to witness you all genius in action. In 2013, we saw some new names carving their place among the winners, and some old ones reinventing themselves. All that and many more made 2013 a year to be remembered. Thanks to you all.
We know it has been a tad late to put up this post, and we are sorry for that.
We have already embarked upon our journey in 2014 and hope to see you all with us all through it. So, keep sending your hugs, bugs, and wishes firstname.lastname@example.org. We love hearing from you all. We always have, and we always will.
We hope you are enjoying the ongoing January Challenge 2014. All the best for the contest.
Till next time, goodbye.
See you at the contests.