ICYMI: Here’s our Recap of CodeChef’s May CookOff

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After our heated and long-drawn May Challenge, we’re back with our highly contested May CookOff. So, without further ado let’s just dive right into it.

In Div A, the top spot was secured by the 7-star progmatic from Belarus. Presently ranked 21 globally, Progmatic has shown an awe-inspiring improvement over time. In the past 3 months alone, he has increased his overall rating by over 250 points and jumped from the orange to the red band. A huge accomplishment by any metric, and not to mention, a motivation for many. Further, progmatic is only 6 points behind the globally ranked 20, hzhz.

Apart from progmatic, there were 4 other participants in Div A who managed to score a perfect 5 in the CookOff — sam__2, mnbvmar, tautsjasiunsas, and farhod_farmon. For sam__2 and mnbvmar, the top 5 rank should hold greater importance since it was their first ever CookOff. Hats-off to them! Unfortunately, one of CodeChef’s regulars and a 7-star, uwi, didn’t fare as well as one would have hoped. Nevertheless, he ranked 8 in May’s CookOff; and overall holds the CodeChef’s global rank of 32 at the moment.

Now, over in Div B: A surprising 12 participants managed to attain a perfect 5, with CodeChef debutant geothermal leading the pack. geothermal is a student from the United States studying in Pennsylvania and is currently a 3-star. Closer home, one_more_fake, another debutant (although, with a slightly unusual handle), was the only Indian who got a score of 5 in Div B.

Moreover, school students have gradually upped the game, and have begun to pose a serious competition to our experienced coders. And this CookOff was no different. Though Div A featured only one school student in top 20, Div B had a whopping 7 school contenders listed in top 20. A great feat! We’re eagerly looking forward to the next few months to see whether the scale of balance tilts towards our young programmers.

As with all our contests, May CookOff, too, was an opportunity for many to increase their ratings. A startlingly 89 participants seized that chance, having climbed from Div B to the elusive Div A. Five of these participants happened to be school students. This follows the past trend: May Challenge saw over 150 participants graduate from Div B to Div A. These figures suggest that the stage in Div A is set for fiery battles, even more than they already are.

As we conclude this recap, we express our immense gratitude to our problem setting panel:

  • Setters: Mohammad Solaiman (solaimanope), Pritom Kundu (anchor)

  • Tester and Editorialist: Teja Vardhan Reddy (teja349)

  • Statement Verifier: Jakub Safin (xellos0)

  • Translators:

    • Mandarin Translator: Hu Zecong (huzecong)

    • Vietnamese Translator: Team VNOI (songuku95)

    • Russian Translator: Fedor Korobeinikov (gomelfk)

    • Bengali Translator: Mohammad Solaiman (solaimanope)

    • Hindi Translator: Akash Srivastava (devils_code)

And as always, many thanks to our problem panel admin Hasan Jaddouh (kingofnumbers) whose hard work helped us execute the contest effortlessly.

Do let us know in the comments your thoughts on the May CookOff. Until next time, keep practicing!

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