July LunchTime 2014 – A confluence of new and familiar winners

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The July LunchTime 2014 was set in the glorious backdrop of International Olympiad of Informatics 2014 world finals, which etched a brand new chapter in the Indian programming scene. We got our very first Gold medalist in the world finals, in Akshat Bubna, and the first Indian girl medlaists in Malvika Raj Joshi. If truth be told, the performance of all the four students representing India at the world finals, including Pushkar Mishra & Nihal Pednekar along with the above mentioned two, will be a motivation for many young programmers in coming years.

The anticipation of yet another enthralling contest, we were a tad more excited than should have been. That also could be because we’ve been seeing our young IOI world finalists, with their other counterparts from all over the globe, create their magic time and again in our LunchTime contests. The July LunchTime was another chance to witness that sheer brilliance. So, we stuffed ourselves with just enough breakfast to leave some room for the butterflies in the stomach that we always get, and were all set for the salutation of our youngest programmer friends.

The problem set for the July LunchTime came from Tuan Anh, who has been around long enough to understand the appetite of the budding programmers and to cook up a problem set to satisfy their taste buds. The testing of the problem set was handled by Tasnim Imran Sunny, who tested the problems thoroughly to ensure they are ready to be devoured as soon as they are served. The desert of editorials came from Lalit Kundu, another bright young talent in our problem setting panel. The varied variants of the problem statement as Mandarin translations came from the ubiquitous Minako Kojima and Gedi Zheng, while the Russian translations were provided by Vitalij Kozhukhivskij. With such a decorated problem setting panel, it was now participants’ turn to show up and create their magic. And they did, exactly that as the contest started.

As soon as the problems were unveiled, the submissions started flowing and in the very first minute of the contest, we got our first AC. “Wow! That was fast.” Those were our exact words at that time. We were treated to more surprise when the following two submissions also got accepted. The best thing was that they all came from three different users. But we were most pleased by the third submission. As it was from neo1tech9_7, hailing from Bharti Public School, New Delhi. To see a school student cracking the problem has a thrill of its own. And with that the contest was on.

The July LunchTime 2014 saw a thumping start, with most of the submissions getting accepted. Still, it was too early to predict the future of the contest, so we kept our cool watched the calm and composed moves of the participants. In the first hour of the contest we saw yutaka1999 scamper atop the rank table, closely followed by kaizero & contesant. The scenes on the rank tables remained pretty much unchanged even in the second half of the contest. The story at the bottom half of the table was not all that different either. The likes of labib666, akat, capawesome, and mbrc where fighting their way up the ladder, making it clear that they are equally big threat to the crown holder.

The Indian rank table was equally packed with participants fighting their way up. Some of the popular names were missing from the rank tables, but that did not have any impinge on the nature of the contest. We had some new names in h9k6, darkcoderrises, svineet, and batcrazt making their mark on the big stage. And we were pleased to have them.

Both the rank tables, as always had a mix of new and familiar names, which brings in just the perfect pinch of spice to the contest that keeps us all excited all through it. Who all featured on the rank tables this time around, let us introduce them to you.

We will start with the non-Indian top 10:

  • kaizero of Seoul Science High School Seoul, South Korea
  • yutaka1999 of Kaisei Junior High School and Senior High School, Japan
  • contesant of Samanyolu High School
  • gdisastery1 of Technologisches Gewerbemuseum Wien, Vienna
  • isego1 of XV. Gimnazija, Zagreb Croatia
  • haghani of Allameh Helli High Schools, Tehran
  • labib666 of BAF Shaheen College Jessore, Bangladesh
  • akat of Nancho Popovich Maths and Science High School Shumen, Bulgaria
  • capawesome of Nancho Popovich Maths and Science High School Shumen, Bulgaria
  • anton_chernev of Nancho Popovich Maths and Science High School Shumen, Bulgaria

Now, we move to our Indian top 10:

  • mbrc of South Point High School, New Delhi
  • niweshgupta22 of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, South Park, New Delhi
  • h9k6 of The Frank Anthony Public School Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi
  • neo1tech9_7 of Bharti Public School, New Delhi
  • debjit99 of Hijli High School, IIT, Kharagpur
  • polingy of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram
  • darkcoderrises of Delhi Public School, Mathura Road
  • svineet of J H Tarapore School Jamshedpur
  • batcrazt of The International School Bangalor, Bangalore
  • venusinfurs of Father Agnel Technical High School, Mumbai

A big round of applause to all our winners!

Now, the final stats of the contest:

  • Total Users: 1699
  • Total Submissions: 9218
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 1452
  • Total users from India: 1533
  • Total users not from India: 166

To have such staggering numbers in any contest is a real delight and to have them in LunchTime just elevates the joy. It also became apparent with the number of submissions on all the four problems of the contest. And we hope to have the same in many more coming contests.

With that we would like to conclude the post, by thanking all you wonderful people for making it such a huge success. If you have any feedback or suggestion for us regarding the contest or in general, send them through at: feedback@codechef.com

You can also call us at: (022) – 30797709 (Weekdays 11:00 am to 8:00 pm)

Till next time, adios everybody.

See you at the contests.

Team CodeChef

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