The story of a meteoric rise

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Our Lunchtime programming series has been a global platform for young programmers to proclaim their advent among the best in the business. Some have already done that in the small span of 10 months of Lunchtimes existence, and many others are in pursuit of it. The likes of acmonster, sy2006, etc. have already become a force to reckon, even in our Long Challenge and Cook-Offs. And while, there is a long way ahead of these young programmers before they establish themselves in the elite club, we think if they carry on in this pace, it should not be long before they reach their destination.

The March Lunchtime 2014 brought to us yet another shinning start, which caught everybody’s attention since the beginning of the series, and perhaps was patiently waiting in the milieu to announce her arrival. Although we knew that eventually it will happen, we just did not knew when. So, there we were waiting for the clock to ring 2:00 PM IST and present to us our first Indian victor in our Lunchtime contests in meteroa. We have done it already, but let us once again join hands to congratulate her on this astonishing feat.

We were, and are still awestruck with the performance of meteroa, and we have all the reasons to be so. Firstly, she is a girl, and although we have had some tremendous girl programmers in our contests, to have one from school is very special. Then, she is home schooled at Chashak Gurukul, which is just mind blowing considering the fact that we get participants from almost all the elite schools around the glove. Finally, the fact that she is there in the IOI Training camp preparing to represent India at the IOI World Finals. It is just too much of excitement to handle. Nevertheless, we like such thrill and would not mind receiving them more often. Therefore, way to go meteora, we are proud of you, and wish you all the best for all the future competitions you will be competing in.

That meteoric performance was not without any competition to slow it down. We saw some nerve wrecking competition in the final hour of the contest. Huzecong, of High School Attached to Hunan Normal University Hunan Province, China and labib666, of BAF Shaheen College Jessore, Bangladesh were trying their best to secure the top spot in the rank table. No one was ready to let go without a solid fight. However, in the end meteora triumphed them all and painted her name all over the rank tables, when the contest ended. And we all had big smile and cheer on our faces.

Despite such a tremendous performance, it is not meteora, who currently tops the March Lunchtime 2014 rank tables. We have tehnar of Saint Petersburg Lyceum 239 Saint Petersburg, Russia with total score of 340 topping meteora’s score of 317. That is because tehnar updated his institution name after the contest. It would have been interesting to see how meteora would have combated had he been there on the rank tables during the contest. However, we are sure that we will get plenty of chances to experience many such contests in coming Lunchtime contest. Moreover, to be sure that you are there on the rank tables, right from the beginning make sure that you have updated your school name in your profile.

Now, let us meet our top performing candidates for March Lunchtime 2014:

Firstly, the non-Indian top 10:

  • tehnar of Saint Petersburg Lyceum 239 Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • huzecong of High School Attached to Hunan Normal University Hunan Province, China
  • labib666 of BAF Shaheen College Jessore, Bangladesh
  • haosoul of Fuzhou No.1 High School China
  • kaizero of Seoul Science High School South Korea
  • bristy11 of Chittagong Grammar School
  • liuminghua of High School Attached to Hunan Normal University Hunan Province, China
  • mayukuner of Tai’an No.1 Middle School Shandong, China
  • akatorihasi180 of Kaisei Junior High School and Senior High School, Japan
  • scipianus of Stefan Procopiu High School Vaslui Romania

Now, our Indian Top 10:

  • meteora of Chashak Gurukul (Homeschooling) Mumbai
  • niweshgupta22 of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, South Park
  • tamsil1amani3_ of The Frank Anthony Public School Lajpat Nagar Delhi
  • s1a7_ces of Dayanand Anglo Vaidic Public School Nerul, Navi Mumbai,
  • nix07 of Dav Public School, Bandhabahal MCL Township, Bandhabahal, Jharsuguda, Odisha, India
  • bradley of Lucknow Public School Uttar Pradesh
  • hephaestus of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy School Kolkata,West Bengal,India
  • neo1tech9_7 of Bharti Public School, New Delhi
  • NA

Congratulations to all the winners for their tremendous performance!

Now, let us see the numbers that matters for our March Lunchtime:

  • Total Users: 543
  • Total Submissions: 2260
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 357
  • Total users from India: 461
  • Total users not from India: 82

With so many students, enjoying the lip-smacking problem set of our lunchtime, let us meet, and thank our amazing problem-setting panel responsible for it. Multi-tasking Sergey Kulik, who once again was the Russian translator for the contest, prepared the problem set and to add more to his duties for the contest, he was the editorialist for the contest. Phew, that is a lot of hats on a single head. Nevertheless, we must say he donned them all to perfection. Roman Rubanenko tested the problem set, while Minako Kojima provided the Mandarin translation for the problem set. It is always gratifying to be in such esteemed company and we hope to remain so in the coming contests as well.

With all that, we conclude this already-delayed March Lunchtime 2014 blog post and move towards the April contests.

The summers are here and we are sure you already have a beautiful summer vacation plan in place. So, enjoy your vacations, but do not miss all the fun here at CodeChef contests.

If you have any feedback, suggestions, or a vacation card, feel free to send them to us at

That will be all from us. Till next time TA-TA

See you at the contests.

Team CodeChef

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