Code Your Way in to 2016 with January Challenge

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1st of January, every year, perhaps is the most inspiring day of the year. Everyone is pumped up about the blank slate of 365 days, in front of them. While some want to get in shape “this year”, there are others resolving to read a book every month, start eating healthy, complete their projects, and what not. It’s a strange situation to be in. Simply because, it’s not the first time and it certainly will not be the last time. So, the best way to describe it is “New Year discombobulation”. But it’s long gone now. We are almost 20 days into the New Year and if you still have your resolutions intact “Kudos to you”, if not, “What’s the matter with you?” get your act together.

The good thing is that, you are not alone facing the “New Year discombobulation” we have been there too. This year though we tried to keep our resolutions to ourselves and keep things simple. And with 2016 starting on a Friday, what better way to start the year than the first long challenge of the year, the January Challenge 2016. So, amid the sleepy eyes, and the mildly aching heads we sat down to serve the first course of the year 2016 prepared with lots of love and discipline by Praveen Dhinwa,  Dmytro Berezin, Amit Pandey, Vitalii Kozhukhivskyi, Abhra Dasupta, Sergey Nagin, Maksym Bevza, Pavel Sheftelevich, Ke Bi, and Vasya Antoniuk.

It was a little Christmas gift for all you programming enthusiasts from our problem setting panel, who worked all through the holiday season to make the contest happen. Joining these gentlemen on the panel was our testers Misha Chorniy and Vasya Antoniuk, our translators Sergey Kulik (Russian), Team VNOI (Vietnamese) & Hu Zecong (Mandarin), and the language verifier for the contest Rahul Arora. A Very Happy New Year gentlemen and to you all.

Now, let us take you through the events of the first 10 days of the year. It was 1st of January 2016, the spirits were high. Everyone wanted to start the New Year on a happy note, and it came first for sandeep9, who was the first person to crack CHMKTRPS and thus became registered the first AC for the year 2016 in our first challenge of the year. Now, the long challenges traditionally have always been about slow and sure submission flow on all the problems alike. And the fact that it was 1st of January slowed it further down. Inside the first half an hour of the contest we got only 100 submissions. Although what was interesting here was the fact that 7 out of the 10 problems saw at least 1 submission inside the first 30 mins of the contest. And that clearly was a sign of good things to come in the later stages of the contest.

The first weekend of January Challenge 2016 did not bring too much of action. Thanks to the big New Year’s parties, neither rank table, nor the submission flow saw any major spike. However, the picture started changing from Monday. Although, the big popular and familiar names were missing from the rank table, there were quite a few promising ones occupying their slots and holding on to them. And as the cherry on the top, we had Olesya Golub topping the women rank table. We were longing for the Women rank table to feature few names and to get it in the first long challenge of the year was utterly pleasing. We hope that number to go further up in coming long challenges. Now, without further adieu, let us introduce you to the winners of the January Challenge 2016.

As always, we start with ladies.

Top 10 Women Participants (in top 100 participants of the contest):

Now, the ROW top 10:

The Indian top 20:

Top 3 Scorers for Challenge problem (except the winners):



Now, let’s meet the young brains from Schools.

Top 5 School Students from ROW:

Top 5 School Students from India:

Congratulations to you all on your performances and for a great contest.

Let’s have a look at the final stats for the contest:

  • Total Users: 3735
  • Total Submissions: 74675
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 2599
  • Total users from India: 1993
  • Total users not from India: 1742

Now, for the final segment of the blog we would like to take you to the editorials for January Challenge 2016. Written by Praveen Dhinwa, these editorials will help you get over your doubts or queries regarding the contest problems or any aspect of it. So, do have a look at them.

That brings us to the end of this tale of years’ first long challenge. We hope you enjoyed it. If you have any further queries or concerns feel free to catch us at:

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

That’ll be all from us here at CodeChef.

See you at the contests.


Team CodeChef

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