A quick look back at September Challenge 2014

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Highlights are too light. They can never capture the pure essence of the event. No matter how elaborate, or how well they are being arranged. But due to the recent delay in putting up the blog posts, we will be doing highlights, for some of our past contests. We deeply apologize for the significant delay in putting up all these blog posts separately and will try and bring it back on track. We are not a huge fan of highlights too. But call us lackluster or lazy, we need to compile the complete report of contest into one small report card. We will try and cover each and every aspect of the contest, but if we miss any kindly do excuse us and do let us know. We will update it. So, with lots of apologies for the delay in putting up this blog post, let’s get started.

The September Challenge 2014 started with problem set of Devendra Agarwal, Dmytro Berezin, Minako Kojima, Roman Furko, Sergey Nagin, and Zheye Deng, with Zheye making his debut on CodeChef. The testing for the problem set was done by Sergey Kulik, who also did the Russian translations for the problems and the editorials for the problems came from Lalit Kundu. The Mandarin translations for the problem set came from Minako Kojima and Gedi Zheng.

With ACM ICPC Asia regionals fast approaching, the participants had started to up final touch on their preparations and the September Challenge became their playground. The enjoyed playing with every problem and while some were easy to crack, for some others even ten days were not enough. However, with such an incredible pool of talent that takes part in our contests we knew that you will find a way to crack maximum number of problems in the given time.

So, congratulations to you all, and now let us take you to our rank tables to meet all the winners of our contests.

We start with our non-Indian top ten:

And our Indian top 20:

We now move towards our special achievers category, starting with the top three Indian and non-Indian users with highest score for the challenge problem FACTORIZ:

The non-Indian top 3 outside winners:

And the Indian top 3 outside winners:

And finally, our little programmers –

The top 5 non-Indian school students:

And the Indian top 5:

Congratulations to all the winners. Hope you all had fun in the contest.

Now, the final stats for the contest:

  • Total Users: 6428
  • Total Submissions: 112548
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 4918
  • Total users from India: 5569
  • Total users not from India: 859

The September Challenge 2014 gave some healthy practice to all the ACM ICPC aspirants and 10 exciting days of competitive programming to everyone who joined the contest. Now, before we move away from the September Challenge 2014 and close to September Cook-Off 2014, let us give you the final topping on the cake in the editorials for the contest. We are sure you would have already enjoyed them, but still if you have missed them by any chance here they are for you.

That’s all from our side, for September Challenge, if we have missed anything, which we eventually would have, feel free to write to us at: feedback@codechef.com

You can also call us at: (022) – 30797709

That will be all for now from CodeChef’s kitchen. We will come again with more spicy and fresh updates. But till then, enjoy the winters and keep writing to us.

See you at the contest.

Team CodeChef

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