The big fat June Challenge 2014

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When we sat for June Challenge 2014, we had no idea what is waiting for us at the other end. We were optimistic, like always, and were hoping for a good contest, with some smiling faces in the end. However, as soon as we learnt that the contest is starting with eight problems, the number of smiling faces that we were expecting reduced. Now, all we wanted was a good, fun filled ten days of healthy competitive programming. And thankfully, we got that, actually we got more than we wanted.

The June Challenge 2014 was set by the experienced problem setting panel comprising Dmytro Berezin, Gedi Zheng, Istvan Nagy, Lalit Kundu, Sergey Kulik, Sergey Nagin, Vitaliy Herasymiv, and Vivek Hamirwasia. The problems were tested contest-ready by Shiplu Hawlader, who ensured that the problem set is well balanced to everybody’s skill level. The explanatory editorials for the problems came from Praveen Dhinwa, and we are sure by now you would have tasted them all. The spices in the form of Mandarin & Russian translations came from Minako Kojima & Gedi Zheng, and Sergey Kulik respectively. When you have such decorated problem-setting panel, a dazzling contest becomes obvious. And we were expectant of that too.

The June challenge might have started with eight problems in the offering, and they all were greeted graciously. The initial bombardment of submission was on CHEFZOT, which became the first problem to have an AC by dream_71 in the sixth minute of the contest. And after that, the submissions just kept on coming. Everyone wanted a piece of Chef and Subarray, and almost everybody got that. While the participants were having fun with Guessing Game, Forgot Password, Chef and Digit Jumps, and Maxim and Progressions our problem setters were busy garnishing the ninth & tenth problems. And soon the Little Elephant and Blocks and DARTS501 were on the table, ready to be munched on.

With all the ten problems in the offering, the game was full on, with everybody firing all their cylinders to top the tables. While the major fight in the Indian table was between triveni, akash4983, and anudeep2011, the international table was all about the triangular battle between mugurelionut, sokian, & kevinsogo. The view at the top of the table in the final days of the contest was rather usual, with not many unexpected names. However, triveni was one surprise package in the contest, and certainly someone to look forward to in the near future. To know who stood where when the contest ended on 16th June 2014, let us take you through the rank tables.

We start with the non-Indian top 10:

The Indian top 20:

We now move on to our special achievers category, and we start with the users who had highest scores for challenge problem DARTS501:

First, the non-Indian top 3:

Now our Indian winners:

Now it is turn to meet our young geniuses from schools.

First, the non-Indians top 5 schools students:

  • wangyisong1996 of Hangzhou Xuejun High School Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • xllend3 of Zhenhai High School, China
  • zcc598066456 of Zhenhai High School, China
  • lsmll of Hangzhou Xuejun High School Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • fancycoder of Hangzhou Xuejun High School Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Now the Indian top 5 school students:

Give a big round of applause for all our June Challenge stars.

Now the final stats for the contest:

  • Total Users: 6745
  • Total Submissions: 112995
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 5846
  • Total users from India: 5696
  • Total users not from India: 1049

Those stats made the June Challenge 2014 the biggest long contest ever, we have had, and all thanks to you guys. You have always been a driving force for us, and will continue to remain so.

With that, we conclude this blog post. We will come back with more stories from the contest. But if you have any story of yours, or a feedback for us feel free to send them to us at:

You can also call us at: 022 – 30797709

That will be all folks.

See you at the contests.

Team CodeChef

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