By MikeMirzayanov2 years ago, translation, In English,

Hello!

You may find the photos from the VK Cup 2012 on http://vk.com/vkcup

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By I_love_ilona2 years ago, translation, In English,

Translated by Delinur.

The VK Cup 2012 Big Day has come. The main tour day. The participants have had a good rest and were slowly getting out of their gorgeous apartments and were getting themselves comfortable in the hall, talking, laughing.

We came out early enough, so the guys had half an hour more left before the contest. Everybody found their seats, turned the computers on, prepared themselves physically and morally. There was no limit like ''Don't touch the keyboard!!1'', so the start began a little nervously but smoothly.

Now then, what can a blogger do to while away the time? I did not plan to interfere with the contest so I was taking photos of the Griboyedov canal embankment and was watching the contest being monitored. The dynamic evaluation system of the problems’ complexity shifted the table in a quite amusing manner. Oh I wouldn't like to be in a participant's shoes there! Komaki made a dramatic advance as he made the first D problem submit; top 10 jumped here and there due to the constantly changing complexities of problems B and C. Judging by the submits, E was probably the easiest, B and C had approximately the same average difficulty, D was a more difficult problem, and A was as hard as the hell's bottom. tourist filled us with pleasant hope as he was the only person who submitted problem A, 15 minutes to the end, and got to the first place before the final tests.

Closer to the end of the contest the acm-icpc executive editor Bill Poucher arrived. I can't speak for the others but I personally wasn't particularly surprised by his presence: the codeforcers had blabbed about it. Right after the finish the participants started sharing impressions, running towards each other with happy and not exactly happy faces. The lunch time was approaching.

Lunch? Nah, that's boring. We can eat some other time, but the open question is — will we ever visit the Vkontakte office again. Encouraged by -XraY-'s stories, anton.bannykh and I climbed dangerous spiral stairs up, to the dome. The view was splendid from up there. We got our dose of adrenaline and descended from the heavens to the earth.

A little later dzhulgakov, his girlfriend and I did our best and something more to get a precious pass card and rushed along the conference rooms of the second floor. The couple got carried away in a small cozy dimly lit room, but the potential softcore porn was reduced to filming series of kisses. By the way, I've discovered the talent on an adult movie operator in me!

The rumor has it that in the next conference room efficient communication with equipment suppliers took place. A skeleton, tortured on an iron frame by the wall, smiled through all its thirty two teeth, a nice spiky platform hung above. The torture chair amused me greatly with its perverse complexity and the many ways to injure a victim. Cool!

We got to the lunch in time; we had it in the same place as yesterday — on the sixth floor, in Terrassa. The dinner transformed to a walking excursion along St. Petersburg centre. The female tour guide took the initiative and checked the participants' profound knowledge in the city's history. Enriching our minds was difficult due to the noise, the absence of a loudspeaker, stgatilov's trumpet (respect to you, Stepan!). Judging by the photos, the guys even visited some cathedrals, but I escaped on the first turn and returned to the hotel, so I can't tell you anything about it.

In the evening a festive dinner begun. The event's host was a KOTEHOK, it turned out an unusually good toastmaster. ''Do you like VK Cup?'' — ''Yeeeees!'', chanted the participants. Bill Poucher delivered an emotional speech and a show began. Frankly speaking, I was waiting for some problem to get expensive ALL OF A SUDDEN and the table to have lots and lots of swaps. But that was out of the question; too many solutions passed the final tests.

All contest participants were awarded with hp laptops, certificates, and somebody got large (literally large) checks. My congratulations to the winners: sevenkplus, s-quark and tourist, who got the first three places.

Here the official part was over and the time has come for a photo riot, uncontrolled communication and simply good mood. Charismatic Pavel Durov gathered two dozens of participants, together they examined the laptops and watched the photos of Vkontakte data centre. MikeMirzayanov was looking for potential authors of future Codeforces contests, using free T-shirts as bait.

Despite the late hour, we did not want to lose the festive feeling. Our loud company sat in the hall, visited the restaurant on the ninth floor, watched the views of the evening St. Petersburg.

That's how the VK Cup 2012 event ended. Waiting for the next year, huh? ;)

Don't be shy and watch the photos!

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By MikeMirzayanov2 years ago, translation, In English,

Today is the main VK Cup event: VK Cup 2012 Finals! Good luck to all participants. And to those who don't participate — enjoy the interesting competition. VK CEO Pavel Durov announced the upgrade of a prize fund in the greeting speech at the finals' opening! I'm starting to really regret that I am not a participant.

The participants compete for:

  • 1st place — $30000
  • 2nd place — $20000
  • 3rd place — $10000
  • 4-5 places — $2000
  • 6-10 places — $1000

Good luck! Wish you only positive emotions. Ready! Steady!...

UPD: The contest is over! I believe will write about the contest and the closing ceremony soon. Thank you for participation and your interest. Here are the complete standings.

Congrats to the winners. The top-3 is:

UPD: As you have already noticed, the 16th July at 19:00 will start an unofficial online-version of the VK Cup 2012 Finals. Anyone can participate and feel himself as a finalist. Round will be unrated. If you already took part in the Finals or familiar with the problems, please refrain from participation. All problems will appear in the archive and will be available to everyone.

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By I_love_ilona2 years ago, translation, In English,

Translated by Delinur.

...and we slowly move on to the next VK Cup day — the day dedicated to CodeGame and the trial tour.

Strange as it is, the morning began with breakfast in the hotel. Fresh grapefruit juice and still hot buns raised our mood perfectly. By eleven o’clock the participants gathered in the hall to transport to the Vkontakte office.

The clouds hung in the sky threateningly, however, there was no rain. Everybody coped with a short walk, quickly got to the seventh floor and took their working seats waiting for the trial tour. The actual trial tour, consisting of three problems and conducted by the Codeforces rules with dynamic assessment of costs, began a little late. The results are available by this link.

tourist took the bull by the horns immediately. He hacked severely the solutions sent for problem C. At some point the situation reached its climax: it was clear that even if Gennady fails all problems on the final contest, he won’t be able to fall lower than the second place.

The participants rushed to have lunch, discussing the problems vivaciously. The meal was organized in a restaurant on the sixth floor with a beautiful view on Kazan Cathedral. The waitresses did their best but our hungry crowd exceeded all their expectations. On the plus side, we had plenty of free time to conduct photo sessions! So the new album, dedicated to the second day of VK Cup, will have photos made by dzhulgakov, -XraY- and, traditionally, me. :)

And then, according to the timetable, began the stage of writing artificial intellect for the CodeGame cars. In a nutshell, the rules are like that: four cars pick flags, have a go at each other now and then, sometimes spit out a BelAz wheel. If they manage to get to the base in time, they are fixed; if the number of lives drops below zero, they burn in a hellfire. Correct me if I’m wrong but for some reason all CG, connected with Saratov in this or that way, turn out surprisingly like each other. Five years ago our tank called ‘‘Pedalny’’ (Rus. ‘’Pedalled’’) won the honorous last place in absolutely identical tank races, but that’s a whole different story.

In the evening the dinner was followed by the CodeGame Show, predicted by the good old schedule. The cars rushed to earn points, accompanied by cheerful Mortal Kombat OST music. I think that the most powerful bots were created by rudradevbasak and iwiwi. ilyakor was a real laugh, he called his can ‘’SheremetyevoTaxi’’ (Sheremetyevo is an airport in Moscow). Everybody watched the event interestedly and applauded to the leaders.

tourist, iwiwi, yeputons and rudradevbasak got to the finals. iwiwi chose the most aggressive tactics for his car, this decision earned him some heavy hits in his car hood. It’s easy to judge somebody when you aren’t in this person’s shoes but I would say that he suffered from his own lack of caution: he let himself get killed in two of three final battles, while other players tactfully and cautiously retreated to the base when they had few lives left. rudradevbasak endowed his car with predicting talent and picked a flag only if he managed to get to it in time, tourist dazzled us with his car’s maneuverability, and yeputons successfully shot the opponents with the wheel, one by one.

The four finalists played three games with each other and got the following places:

  1. rudradevbasak (rudradevbasak), 462

  2. luckerH4 (tourist), 453

  3. YeputonsPlayer06 (yeputons), 391

  4. iwiwiwiwiwiwi (iwiwi), 380

The first three places were awarded with brand new ipads and photo cameras. And we are about to face the most important day of VK Cup — the day of the final round.

The link to the photo album of the second day is here.

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By I_love_ilona2 years ago, translation, In English,

Translated by Delinur.

Hi everybody! I’m going to leave a really short post while our last guests are checking in the hotel.

Hotel Kempinski, that is offered to the VK Cup coders, is very young: it opened as much as five years ago. According to the official letter, it has 197 rooms and suits, a restaurant on the ninth floor with a gorgeous view, a room for tea ceremonies and a fitness center with a sauna. Some unofficial sources regard this hotel one of the best in the city! I don’t know whether it is true or not but the impression is absolutely positive.

I was lucky to come to St. Petersburg rather early, that is, yesterday, so I witnessed the arrival of the Japanese and the Chinese, rather exhausted after the journey. Having seen the timetable, they laughed much as iwiwi associated rafting with cold bubbling water. That’s where an unruly raft sent him the day they had a rest at the Petrozavodsk Training Camp.

At night I had a small walk about the building with a camera. The guards turned out rather nice and good-natured people; they insisted on having a look at my photos and demanded to delete any that had hotel staff on them. So I lost some fruit of my toil and had to escape to the restaurant and calmly walk to my room from there.

Next day Ra16bit and rizar talked excitedly about a VIP bus that rode to the plane, got them to the VIP zone right from the passenger boarding stairs. There they waited for a VIP porter with the luggage, got in a VIP taxi and rode to a VIP hotel. On the other hand, during the breakfast homo_sapiens told Gerald and me, how much he hates all this mock antique design and all this antique furniture, bought on auctions for a fortune. =)

But as we say in Russia, it’s better to see something once than to hear about it a hundred times. There aren’t many photos, bad luck :) The opening ceremony will start soon and according to the timetable, it will smoothly transform itself into a festive dinner and boating. I’ll try to keep you up to date!

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By MikeMirzayanov2 years ago, translation, In English,

Hi everybody!

The VK Cup 2012 programming championship finals is going to take place very soon. The organizing committee and jury are working around the clock to set up the event that the participants will like.

Let us remind you that the finals will take place from July, 13 to July, 16. We will choose the best 50 participants by the results of VK Cup 2012 Round 3. As soon as we are absolutely sure about who can come to the finals, we will publish the list of the finalists.

We’d like to share some information from the organizing committee headquarters. The finals’ participants will be accommodated in the beautiful Kempinski hotel in the centre of St. Petersburg, on the bank of the Moika. The hotel is located within a walking distance from the Vkontakte office, so there won’t be any exhausting buses and coming across the city’s traffic jams! Please note the roof restaurant with the view on the Palace Square when you take a look at the photos of the hotel.

There is no exact timetable yet, something depends on the time when the participants will arrive and the complexity of the problems (that’s right, the final round may not have the usual timing). The general plan is as follows:

  • July, 13: Checking in, having dinner, meeting each other and having fun.
  • July, 14: Most of the day will be dedicated to an unofficial entertaining event called Code Game Challenge (special for VK Cup 2012). Also a short testing tour is planned on that day. In the evening the great dinner will be topped with Code Game Challenge Show – watching the strategy tournament on a large screen.
  • July, 15: The main day of the competitions (good luck!). In the evening we’ll reward the winners and celebrate all finalists (I am sure that everyone will be pleased :));
  • July, 16: Going home.

Vkontakte and Codeforces are very glad to see the students’ interest in VK Cup 2012. Despite us inviting only young coders to the championship (the age limit should not exceed 23 years), nearly 6000 participants registered there. They geographically cover practically all countries of the world! We are very glad to see that almost all coders who advanced to the finals could make it to St. Petersburg. The winners will get worthy awards, and at this point we are happy to announce that the championship prize fund has been increased! You’ve got an aim to fight for and do your best to win!

  • 1st place — $20000
  • 2nd place — $10000
  • 3rd place — $5000
  • 4-5th place — $2000;
  • 6-10th place — $1000.

Easy journey to the finalists,
The VK Cup 2012 jury and organizing committee.

Questions and Answers

  • What will be the rules of the Final Round? The round will be held by the rules of Codeforces, it will be 2 or 2.5 hours long. The dynamic problems' scoring is likely to be used.
  • Will we use the PCs that you will give us, or our own PCs? The participants will use special workstations prepared by the VK Cup Team. It is not allowed to use one's own laptops. You may bring a USB-keyboard, but it should not have superior features.
  • What operation system will be used? We hope to give the oppotunity to boot Ubuntu 12.04 or Windows at the participant's choice. We are working on it now. We will install a wide list of free software on both OS.
  • Is it possible to use a prewritten code? Basically no, it is only allowed to use the code written on the competition. But you may use the code written on the practice session or on the CodeGame coding phase.

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By Burunduk12 years ago, In English,

Hello everyone!

Today, 8-th of April, the third round of the VK Cup 2012 will take place. It's the last selection round. Let me remind you that the registration for this round is also required and it’s closed five minutes before the start.

It's rated round. It's allowed to participate out of competiotion. For all such participators it's also rated round. If you participate out of competition, you may play in the second division.

The problemset has been developed by various authors from VK, Codeforces and Saratov State University.

We worked hard to make problems more hard than usually but solvable in two hours. We hope, participation in the round will be interesting for you and only best of the best will pass to the Final Round.

This round will be run according to Codeforces rules: with room assignments, hacks and usual score decrease. It will be rated for you either if you participate in VK Cup or just solve it as a normal round.

Top 50 competitors will advance to the Final Round. VK Cup Final will occur in July in Saint-Petersburg.

Please, to make the round even more interesting for you, read the statements of ALL problems.

Good luck and try to win!

UPD1:

In Div. 2 Edition it will be used dynamic problem costs http://codeforces.com/blog/entry/4172. The problems will be ordered by increasing of expected difficulties, but their max scores will be determined according to the number of participants solved them.

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By MikeMirzayanov2 years ago, translation, In English,

Hello!

Welcome to the VK Cup 2012 Wild-card Round 2!

It will be a week-long contest with the only problem. It seems the problem doesn't have an exact solution. So as better answer your solution finds as more points you'll get! Of course, it is not all the details. Full text of conditions and the rules of scoring you will be able to read immediately after the round starts.

If you was an official VK Cup 2012 Round 2 participant but didn't advance to the Round 3, you have the last chance to do it! Take part in VK Cup 2012 Wild-card Round 2 and be in the top 25 to advance to the Round 3. All others are members of the community can take part in the round out-of-competition, just for fun. Anyway, it will be unrated round to any of you.

Remember that after the contest ends your last attempt which passes at least one test will be judged on the main testset. You may try to solve problem as many times as you want.

Good luck! Let the best man win!

P.S. I must leave it here. During the contest is strictly forbidden to post/discuss algorithms/approaches for the problem, share any conclusions about the problem. You can not share the results (including just report score points) of the solutions on any tests. It is prohibited to publish tools to simplify and automate the process of solving the problem.

Thanks Nickolas, for the great problem!

UPD: The contest is over, the testing is completed. Congratulations to the first 25 finishers — standings, you are in the VK Cup 2012 Round 3!

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By Burunduk12 years ago, translation, In English,

Hello everyone!

It’s time for the second round of the VK Cup 2012. Let me remind you that the registration for this round is also required and it’s closed five minutes before the start.

The problemset has been developed by various authors from VK, Codeforces and Saratov State University. We worked hard to make this time interesting for competitors and to have the best ones in the next round.

This round will be run according to Codeforces rules: with room assignments, hacks and usual score decrease. It will be rated for you either if you participate in VK Cup or just solve it as a normal round.

Top 175 competitors will advance to the second round immediately. 25 more competitors will advance to the second round via the second unusual rules wildcard round on March 28. This round will consist of only one problem with inexact solution.

Please, to make the round even more interesting for you, read the statements of ALL problems.

Good luck and try to win!

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By Nickolas2 years ago, translation, In English,

The contest is over. My sincere respect to the winner in overall run nab who solved all 10 problems in 1h 25m, and congratulations to the winner in the official contest winger who repeated this heroic deed in 1h 52m.

Here is the editorial.


The language of this round is Factor — a stack-based functional language with a sophisticated system of built-in libraries (dictionaries).

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By Burunduk22 years ago, translation, In English,

Hello everyone!

It's time for the first round of the VK Cup 2012. Let me remind you that the registration for this round is also required and it's closed five minutes before the start.

The problemset has been developed by various authors from VK, Codeforces and Saratov State University. We worked hard to make this time interesting for competitors and to have the best ones in the next round.

This round will be run according to Codeforces rules: with room assignments, hacks and usual score decrease. It will be rated for you either if you participate in VK Cup or just solve it as a normal round.

Top 700 competitors will advance to the second round immediately. 50 more competitors will advance to the second round via the first unusual rules wildcard round on March 18.

There's one wish for everyone from Burunduk1: “Please, to make the round even more interesting for you, read the statements of ALL problems.”

Good luck and try to win!

Update: congratulations to all competitors with 1712 or higher score: you advance to the second round!

Update2: editorial is available: http://codeforces.ru/blog/entry/4097

Update3: Several cheaters have been removed, the results now slightly differ. All participants with 1684 or higher score advance now to Round 2. Everyone else is invited now to the first wildcard round, the last chance to advance.

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By MikeMirzayanov2 years ago, translation, In English,

Hi everybody!

Let me remind you that on the 9th of March, at 08:00 the second qualification round of the VK Cup 2012 championship will start.

It is the last chance to advance to the Round 1. Contestants who gain a score equal to the 800-th place finisher score or greater will advance to the Round 1.

You will find a few simple problems, roughly ordered by the increasing complexity. During the qualification rounds the problems are judged only on pretests and system testing will take place after the end of the qualification round (round continues for 24 hours). The pretests do not cover all possible cases of input data, test your programs carefully! The qualification rounds have no hacks or decreasing values of the problems.

The round will last for 24 hours, but it does not mean that we encourage you to spend all this time solving of problems. We hope that most participants will cope with the problems (or with most problems) in a shorter period of time. This duration of the round is chosen so that each participant could find a convenient time to participate.

Before the end of the round it is strictly forbidden to publish the problem statements/solutions/any thoughts and ideas about them elsewhere. It is forbidden to talk about the problems, discuss the statements and so on. Be honest and let the best men make it into Round 1. When the Qualification Round is over, you can discuss the problems and solutions.

You can register for the round at any time up to its end. The results of the round will not affect the rating, non-competitive participation in the round is not allowed. However, all tasks will go to the archive after the end of the round.

Best of luck and enjoy solving the problems!

UPD: System testing completed, score to advance to Round 1 is 3500 3450. Congratulations to all advancers!

UPD 2: We've removed cheaters and score to advance decreased to 3450!

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By MikeMirzayanov3 years ago, translation, In English,

Hi everybody!

Let me remind you that on the 3rd of March, at 20:00 the first qualification round of the VK Cup 2012 championship will start.

You need to participate in at least one qualification round to make it to Round 1. Contestants who gain a score equal to the 800-th place finisher score or greater will advance to the Round 1. If you won't participate in the Qualification Round 1 or if you failed to advance to Round 1 by its results, than that's not a problem — you can have a try at the Qualification Round 2 on March, 9.

At each qualification round you will find a few simple problems, roughly ordered by the increasing complexity. During the qualification rounds the problems are judged only on pretests and system testing will take place after the end of the qualification round (round continues for 24 hours). The pretests do not cover all possible cases of input data, test your programs carefully! The qualification rounds have no hacks or decreasing values of the problems.

The round will last for 24 hours, but it does not mean that we encourage you to spend all this time solving of problems. We hope that most participants will cope with the problems (or with most problems) in a shorter period of time. This duration of the round is chosen so that each participant could find a convenient time to participate.

Before the end of the round it is strictly forbidden to publish the problem statements/solutions/any thoughts and ideas about them elsewhere. It is forbidden to talk about the problems, discuss the statements and so on. Be honest and let the best men make it into Round 1. When the Qualification Round is over, you can discuss the problems and solutions.

You can register for the round at any time up to its end. Yes, we had a false start with registration of the qualification. We haven't switched on the Championship participant registration check function. If someone managed to register to the round on the 2nd of March, please do it again.

The results of the round will not affect the rating, non-competitive participation in the round is not allowed. However, all tasks will go to the archive after the end of the round.

Best of luck and enjoy solving the problems!

UPD: The round is over. 12907 submissions to be judged on system tests!

UPD 2: System testing completed, the final results are available.

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By MikeMirzayanov3 years ago, translation, In English,

Overview

The VK Cup Championship is an open computer programming competition that is held by VK, Codeforces and Saratov State University. VK is the largest European social network with more than a 100 million active users. The Championship Final Round will be held in July in St. Petersburg. Top 50 contestants of the Round 3 will be invited to the Finals, with trip expenses covered by the organizing committee.

Eligibility

You are young and you like to solve programming problems? Then this championship is for you! Anyone meeting the following criteria is eligible to compete in the VK Cup:

  • must be at least 14 years and at most 23 complete years of age (by the moment of registration);
  • current employees of VK and/or members of organizing committee/jury are ineligible to participate in the VK Cup;
  • must be eligible for participation in Codeforces contests.

Thus, the intended audience of the championship are mainly high school and university students. To participate in the championship, you have to register beforehand.

Only individuals are allowed to take part in the Championship. No teams, no joint discussions and etc.

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