The Summer Break Long Challenge

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The May Challenge 2016 opened to a huge announcement – start of registrations for SnackDown 2016. The start of summer vacations, just fueled up the excitement, as the students can now solely focus on the job in hand. In May Challenge, we were presenting the participants with their first practice arena before the qualifier. However, we knew that it is the start of summer vacations and not many will want to put their minds to work immediately after the prolonged exam period. But some of them did, so, let’s see how it went.

A familiar problem setting bench featuring Sergey Nagin, Misha Chorniy, Andrii Omelianenko, Vasya Antoniuk, Maksym Bevza, Prateek Gupta, Sergey Kulik, Dmytro Berezin, and Praveen Dhinwa prepared the problems for the contest, which were tested and later had their solutions explained through editorials by Kevin. The translations in Russian, Mandarin, and Vietnamese came from Sergey Kulik, Hu Zecong, and Team VNOI respectively.

The May Challenge 2016 had a rather strong start with anta0 cracking LADDU inside the first 10 minutes of the contest. It made us think that we might be wrong about the impact of summer vacations on the contest. Among the problems that saw early submissions, CHBLLS and LADDU were the easiest of them all, and hence saw the highest submissions into the contest. The rest of the eight problems did not see too many AC submissions against them. It could have been the summer vacations, or it could be the difficulty level of the problems, behind the low number of submissions on the problems. We believe it was the summer vacation, what do you think it was? Do let us know in the comment section.

From the slow and low submission numbers, let us move towards an interesting looking rank table. In our overall rank list of May Challenge 2016, we had five different nations occupying the top five slot. And to tell you who all occupied all the important slots, let us take have a look at all the rank lists.

The prize for women once again remains unclaimed in absence of any women participants in the top 100. So, we move straight towards the men.

The Global Top 10:

The Indian Top 20:

The Global Top 5 School Students:






The Indian Top 5 School Students:

The Global Top 3 Challenge Problem Solvers:

The Indian Top 3 Challenge Problem Solvers:

Let’s give a big round of applause for all our winners.

Now, let’s have a look at the final numbers from the May Challenge 2016.

  • Total Users: 4374
  • Total Submissions: 79179
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 4022
  • Total users from India: 1905
  • Total users not from India: 2469

We hope you all enjoyed the contest, and had a wonderful summer vacations.

Now, before we part ways, it’s customary to give you the editorials from the contest. So, if you have not already gone through them, here are the editorials from MAY16.

That will be all from us for now. We have a lot of catching up to do in our blog department, so we will wrap this post here and will move towards the May Cook-Off 2016. So, while we prepare that, you enjoy this delayed post, share it, and let us know your thoughts on it.

Till next time, adios.

See you at the contests.

Team CodeChef

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