It’s a bright sunny day here in Chennai and brighter are the smiles on our young ACM ICPC 2015 – 2016 World Finals aspirants. It’s the final of the three ACM ICPC India regionals here at Hindustan University, Chennai. The blokes look in good spirit after a good night’s sleep and lots of fun activities they partook with team CodeChef last night. If the initial spirit is something to go by, we all are in for a crunchy 5 hour programming battle for that coveted slot for the world finals. The stage is set, and the curtain rises at 10:00 AM IST. So, grab your bowl of cereals and get ready for the live action as we bring it to you straight from Chennai.
9:45 AM: 15 minutes to the contest start. The teams have settled in and are eager to shoot down them problems.
9:50 AM: The gamut of expressions and feels that you get by looking at the participants few minutes before the contest are bemusing. You just don’t know who’s going to come on top after the contest.
10:00 AM: The contest has been delayed by 30 minutes. The contest will now start at 10:30 AM IST.
10:05 AM: The cause for delay is “INCORRECT PROBLEM CODEs” on the printed problem statements. It has been resolved now, and we are looking good.
10:10 AM IST: While we wait for the contest to start, send your predictions on who you think will win here at Chennai. We are running a contest on our Facebook and Twitter streams. The correct prediction wins a cool goodie. So, check that out and send in your guesses.
10:29 AM IST: Just one minute for the contest to start. hold on to your seats folks.
10:30 AM IST: Update: The contest has been further delayed by 30 minutes. We hope this is the final delay.
10:38 AM IST: Update: The contest has been scheduled to start at 11:00 AM IST and will end at 16:00 PM IST.
10:45 AM IST: While we wait for the contest to start, here are few glimpses of the contest arena for you.
10:52 AM IST: The ACM-ICPC Asia-Chennai Onsite Mirror Contest 2015 has been rescheduled for 12:30 PM IST.
10:58 AM IST: 2 minutes to the contest. Are you guys ready?
11:00 AM IST: The final ACM ICPC 2015 – 2016 India Regional is on its way at Hindustan University. Follow the live rank list here.
11:05 AM IST: After 5 mins we have 4 teams with 1 solved problem each.
11:07 AM IST: And we now have 11 teams with 1 problem each.
11:09 AM IST: The problems named after some of the brightest programmers from schools in India will decide which Indian college will go to World Finals. Interesting, it is.
11:15 AM IST: Update: The ACM-ICPC Asia-Chennai Onsite Mirror Contest 2015 has been rescheduled for 11:30 AM IST.
11:25 AM IST: 109 Teams have cracked the at least 1 problem. And only 1 team have got the penalty. Amazing stuff.
11:26 AM IST: Team Instincts of Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai leads the rank table with two solved problems in their kitty.
11:29 AM IST: Team DAFruitSalad of DAIICT, Gandhinagar takes over team Instincts at the top of the table.
11:30 AM IST: The ACM-ICPC Asia-Chennai Onsite Mirror Contest 2015 has been served.
11:35 AM IST: Team shockers of Indian Institute of Technology Madras bags their 3rd. Not so shocking, is it?
11:40 AM IST: Team Instincts of Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai regains the lead atop the rank table.
11:45 AM IST: All top 10 teams have solved three problems.
11:46 AM IST: The absence of some heavy weights in top 10 is kind of amazing. What do you think?
11:54 AM IST: The calmness on the rank table is severely alarming. What’s cooking there Chennai?
12:02 PM IST: Team Tianhe_3 of Birla Institute of Technology & Science Pilani, Pilani Campus solves their 4th and moves at 1st place on rank table.
12:09 PM IST: The problem statements features three familiar names from the programming fraternity. Do you know who they are?
12:12 PM IST: A lot of teams have shown their love for balloons by solving “Malvika is peculiar about color of balloons” first. however, not many are ready to take the voyage to the Sun with King Animesh.
12:20 PM IST: Team Encore of IIT, Bombay moves into top 3 with 4 solved problems. We now have three teams with 4 solved problems. Other than Encore and Tianhe_3, we have team Divide&Conquer of IIT, Delhi enjoying the weather atop the rank table.
12:25 PM IST: Team Divide&Conquer from IIT Delhi is at Rank 3 having solved 4 problems. Leading just ahead is Team Encore at Rank 2.
12:30 PM IST: There are 4 teams with 4 problems solved now as Team One_LastTime of IIIT Delhi has moved up to Rank 3. Things are starting to speed up now!
12:42 PM IST: The elves have spoken as Fractal_Elves of DTU solved their 4th problem and moved to 2nd place in the rank list. Team Tianhe_3 has still not budged from top place!
12:46 PM IST: Rank 1 has been taken over by Encore of IIT Bombay as they solved their 5th problem and are the only team to do so as of now! As the top ranks remain vaguely the same, contendors like TarjanHorse and 11Coders are also inching upwards!
12:59 PM IST: There is a lot that goes behind every single contest we host. And to tell you the story behind the Chennai regionals, here are the sleepy eyes of our Dev team.
01:13 PM IST: As we approach the half way mark into the contest, the action on the rank table is starting to heat up. Team Greed_for_Speed of Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad moves on to second spot with 5 solved problems to their name.
01:47 PM IST: IIT Roorkee Team 11Coders make it to Rank 2 with 5 problems under their belt.
01:53 PM IST: Encore cracks the 6th and strengthens their position atop the rank table.
02:21 PM IST: Team 11Coders of IIT, Roorkee closes in on Team Encore, as they cracks their 6th problem. This is going to be interesting.
02:44 PM IST: WOAH! As we approach towards the final hour of the hugely popular team Heuristics of IIIT, Hyderabad jumps onto second place with 4 consecutive ACs. Now, that’s the pinch of excitement you need just before the ranklist freezes. Put on your thinking hats, will ya?
02:48 PM IST: Within 20 mins Heuristics of IIIT, Hyderabad have jumped 35 positions to reach 2nd place from 37th, where they were.
3:00 PM IST: The curtain has fallen on the Rank List as the last hour of the contest sets in. Nobody knows what the outcome might be and the frozen Rank table looks even more intimidating. We saw steadily improving performances, strong footholds on the top spot and huge leaps from lower ranks into the limelight. Chennai Regionals were a delight to watch for everyone, we are sure. But the final verdict only time will tell if we will be pleasantly surprised or completely shocked! All the best teams, it was an ever entertaining fight. watch this space for more to come.
04:00 PM IST: The ACM ICPC 2015 – 2016 Chennai Regional has concluded. The teams will now have a small break, before gathering for the problem discussion and the closing ceremony, where we will meet the winning teams. So, keep your fingers crossed and keep watching this space.
05:35 PM IST: It’s result time here at Hindustan University Chennai. Drum Rolls!
05:35 PM IST: 2nd Runner Up is team Greed_for_Speed of Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad.
05:40 PM IST: 1st Runner Up is team 11Coders of Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.
05:45 PM IST: And finally, the Winner of ACM ICPC 2015 – 2016 Chennai Regional is team Encore of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
05:46 PM IST: Here are the winning teams posing for the shutterbugs.
05:46 PM IST05:49 PM IST: And that will be all from us here at ACM ICPC 2015 – 2016 Chennai Regionals. A big round of applause for all the teams for their tremendous performance. We wish the teams representing India at the ACM ICPC 2015 – 2016 World Finals at Prince of Songkla University Phuket, Thailand all the Very Best. Go For Gold
05:52 PM IST: Also a big shout out to all the volunteers and committee members for putting up such a great contest. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of the final India regionals. We hope to see you soon, in a different city with a different contest.
05:54 PM IST: It’s time for us to sign off, but before we do that a huge round of applause for our dev team, operations team for their rigorous efforts to ensure a smooth contest.
That’s all for now. It’s me Rudreshwar with my fellow team members Rhuta and Chanukya signing off.
See you at the contests.
P.S: The rank list for the contest is live for everyone, you can check it here.