The First Ever CodeChef Starters Has Left Us With An Appetite For More

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The first ever monthly rated contest exclusively for Division 3, CodeChef Starters hit the platform last Sunday, and it was a treat to see the newbie coders showing some serious skills. Dominated mostly by Indian programmers, the first edition of CodeChef Starters witnessed beginner-level coders climb up the ratings ladder, and have their presence felt in the world of competitive programming. The contest saw 46,950 submissions, and the lion’s share of it obviously came from the Div 3 coders. Let’s have a look at the match report starting with the problems. 

Problems – the most loved and the most hated. 

Among the scorable problems in Division 3, Chef and Coupon seemed to be the most attempted one with 4787 submissions and an accuracy rate of 35.23. On the other hand, the least solved problem in Division 3 was Chef and Divisors with just 3 successful submissions and an accuracy rate of a mere 0.85. Division 2 players seemed to have also liked Chef and Coupon the most, with 467 successful submissions and an accuracy rate of 66.66. The pattern appeared pretty much the same as Chef and Divisors continued to remain the least popular problem in Div 2 as well, with just 4 submissions, and accuracy rate of 2.67. You’d imagine Division 1 players would easily solve problems that the rest would find tough, but not in this case. Chef and Divisors remained the least solved problem once again, with just 7 successful submissions, and a 14.29 accuracy rate. No prizes for guessing which one has been the most attempted – it was Chef and Coupon with 20 submissions, and an accuracy of 68.97. Another problem that received a lot of love from players across all three Divisions was College Life 2. With 20, 387, and 2926 successful submissions from Div 1,2, and 3 respectively, the problem proved to be the most popular after Chef and Coupon. 

Division 3 –  stars are born. 

The Div 3 rank list was painted in the Indian tricolours as the only non-Indian coder who could barely make it to the top 10, was Brazllian programmer iduleba. At the very top of the list is kbcoder from Karnataka, India. The Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering student was recently seen in the February Long Challenge 2021. With an outstanding performance in the February Starters, the coder managed to jump ratings from 1574 to 1767. Sbpagire965 from Maharashtra, India claimed the second position with a total score of 500, a 100 less than the topper. The Walchand College of Engineering student also graduated to the 3-star league with the contest, claiming a current rating of 1738, a sharp increase of 200 points. In the third position was jeaf_dean from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee Uttarakhand, India. Also seen last at the February Long Challenge, the coder has now joined the 3-star club, with a rating of 1777, adding 192 points to his previous rating of 1585. 

The unrated game highlights 

Coming on to Division 1 and 2 players, Indians seem to have dominated the game here as well. In Division 1, the top rank was held by anshugarg12, who hails from the capital city of India, Delhi, and goes to Indian Institute of Technology BHU Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. The 6-star coder claimed the top spot with a perfect score of 600. Following him closely was embiway, a student of Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. On the third spot was 6-star gaddopur from Indian Institute of Technology BHU Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, who had also finished with a score of 600 but had to settle with a second runner up spot. In case you’re wondering why you can’t recognize the Div 1 and 2 winners, it’s because the contest wasn’t rated for them, and most big players weren’t participating. 

Aayush_84719 from Assam, India heads the scoreboard in Division 2 with a score of 600. The 4-star coder was last seen in Cook-Off May 2020, and has broken his CodeChef hiatus with quite a performance. Not too far from the topper, the second rank-holder in Div 2 is sameer_mann, studying at the Delhi Technological University New Delhi, India. At number 3 is Bangladeshi coder, alif_cse_ju – the only non-Indian to make it to the top 3 across the three Divisions in the February Starters 2021. 

That was CodeChef Starters, the very first of the many to come, and we loved every moment of it. Hope to see you get onboard next month again. Until then, keep coding.  

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