By adamant, history, 23 hours ago, In English

Hi everyone!

Sponsored by

We are happy to announce that Osijek camp will be returning this Autumn, on August 31-September 8 2024, right before the ICPC World Finals 2024 on 15-20 September 2024 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The camp is hosted by the School of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Osijek and is brought to you by the organizing team of adamant and -is-this-fft-.

The camp is inspired by various competitive programming camps that we attended during our active years in ICPC, and is aimed to help college students prepare for ICPC regional contests and finals. The camp will consist of 7 ICPC-style contests and 2 days off.

Details

Participation fee for onsite participants is 150€ per person. It does not include regular meals, travel or accommodation. Some further details about location, travel and food options can be found on the website.

If you want to participate, but are unable to come onsite, we offer a reduced fee of 100€ per person for online participation. It is also possible to reduce fees individually if you are unable to attend some of the contests. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

We support and empathize with those affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine, therefore we offer a 100€ discount for affected individuals and teams affiliated with Ukrainian institutions. In other words, the fees would be 50€ and 0€ per person for onsite and online participation correspondingly.

The expected starting time for the contests is 10am CET. For online participants, it is still a preferred starting time, but we will make accommodations for virtual participation at a later time, whe really necessary.

Most of our contests are originally developed for the camp. A small number of contests may be based on previous contests that have not been released to the general public. If you have seen some problems of a contest before, you can't participate on that day. We will privately contact participants who might be affected.

After the camp, we will have a silence period during which camp materials will not be released to the public. We ask participants not to discuss the problems in public unless they obtained an explicit permission from contest authors.

Participants

If you are interested in participating, please fill the form here.

We ask you to register before August 23 if you want to participate online and before August 16 if you want to participate onsite.

Also, if your university or organization has a lively ICPC community that may be interested in attending the camp, and you have some contacts of people in charge (e.g. coaches) we would highly appreciate if you could share some details in a direct message to me (adamant) or Tähvend (-is-this-fft-). Thanks!

Problemsetters

We'd like to thank and praise the authors of the contests in the camp:

... And others. We would also like to thank Arpa, two times ICPC World Finalist and former Codeforces Contest Coordinator, for his help with reviewing problem proposals. You can find more details about contest rules and technical setup on the website.

Special thanks

Finally, we say special thanks to

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By vaaven, history, 4 days ago, In English

Hello, Codeforces! We're glad to invite you to take part in Codeforces Round 953 (Div. 2), which will start on Jun/16/2024 12:05 (Moscow time). Note the unusual start time of the round. You will be given 6 problems and 2 hours to solve them.

This round will be rated for participants whose rating is below 2100. Participants with higher rating can participate unofficially.

The problems were authored and prepared by Artyom123, IzhtskiyTimofey, bashkort, TheEvilBird, 127.0.0.1, Tikhon228 and me.

The round is based on All-Russian olympiad in the name of Keldysh.

We would like to thank

Score distribution: $$$500 - 750 - 1250 - 1500 - 2000 - 2500$$$

UPD: Editorial

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By cry, 3 months ago, In English

Hellowo Codeforcers :3

sum and I are very delighted, ecstatic, enchanted, euphoric, excited, exultant, jubilant, overjoyed, and proud to invite you to participate in Codeforces Round 952 (Div. 4), which will start on Jun/11/2024 17:35 (Moscow time). There will be $$$8$$$ problems, with one split into two subtasks, to be solved in $$$2.5$$$ hours.

As usual, I have to copy and paste the following...

The format of the event will be identical to Div. 3 rounds:

  • 5-8 tasks;
  • ICPC rules with a penalty of 10 minutes for an incorrect submission;
  • 12-hour phase of open hacks after the end of the round (hacks do not give additional points)
  • after the end of the open hacking phase, all solutions will be tested on the updated set of tests, and the ratings recalculated
  • by default, only "trusted" participants are shown in the results table (but the rating will be recalculated for all with initial ratings less than 1400 or you are an unrated participant/newcomer).

We urge participants whose rating is 1400+ not to register new accounts for the purpose of narcissism but to take part unofficially. Please do not spoil the contest for the official participants.

Only trusted participants of the fourth division will be included in the official standings table. This is a forced measure for combating unsporting behavior. To qualify as a trusted participant of the fourth division, you must:

  • take part in at least five rated rounds (and solve at least one problem in each of them),
  • do not have a point of 1400 or higher in the rating.

Regardless of whether you are a trusted participant of the fourth division or not, if your rating is less than 1400 (or you are a newcomer/unrated), then the round will be rated for you.

We want to express overwhelming gratitude to the following individuals for making the contest possible:

Vladosiya and mesanu for coordinating the contest and reviewing the problems.

Dominater069, omeganot, Phi-001, flamestorm, nskybytskyi, willy108, ScarletS, mark, yuan-shen, vgoofficial, htetgm, buffering, yash_9a3b, haochenkang, ETL, natalina, MatthewC3297, and lcsc0 for testing the round.

MikeMirzayanov for the usual.

We suggest reading all of the problems as we have put mucho effort into all of them. Best of luck, mis amigos!

UPD: Editorial

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By buffering, history, 11 days ago, In English

Hello, Codeforces!

We are pleased to announce Codeforces Global Round 26! Thanks to XTX Markets for supporting the initiative! In 2024, we are holding 4 such rounds. The series results will take into account the best 3 participations out of 4.

On Jun/09/2024 17:35 (Moscow time) we will host Codeforces Global Round 26.

Codeforces Global Round 26 marks the second round in the 2024 series of Codeforces Global Rounds. These rounds are open and rated for everyone.

The prizes for this round are as follows:

  • The top 30 participants will receive a t-shirt.
  • 20 t-shirts will be randomly distributed among participants ranked between 31 and 500, inclusive.

The prizes for the 4-round series in 2024:

  • In each round, the top-100 participants get points according to the table.
  • A participant's final score will be the sum of the points they earned in their 3 highest-placing rounds.
  • The top 20 participants across the series will receive sweatshirts and placement certificates.

We extend our gratitude to XTX Markets for supporting the global rounds initiative in 2024!

The problems were written and prepared by null_awe, flamestorm, le0n, and buffering.

We would also like to thank:

Round Information:

  • Duration: $$$3$$$ hours
  • Number of problems: $$$8$$$ problems
  • Score distribution:
    $$$500 - 750 - (750 + 1250) - 2500 - 3000 - 3000 - 4000 - 5000$$$

We eagerly anticipate your participation!

UPD: Editorial! https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/130252

UPD2:

Winners!
1. tourist
2. jiangly
3. Benq
4. jqdai0815
5. Nachia

First Solves
A: Benq
B: Thienu
C1: nwn
C2: Benq
D: Be_dos
E: Tom66
F: kiwihadron
G: tourist
H: rainboy

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By iNNNo, history, 13 days ago, In English

Hello, Codeforces!

I am glad to invite you to participate in Codeforces Round 951 (Div. 2), which will take place at Jun/06/2024 17:35 (Moscow time).

This round will be rated for participants with a rating below 2100. Participants with a higher rating can take part out of competition.

You will be offered 6 problems and 2 hours to solve them! Interactive tasks may occur in the round. Please read this blog to get familiar with this type of problems.

All tasks are authored and prepared by me. However, I'd like to thank Greg908 for discussing ideas about problems and useful feedback!

I would like to thank:

The goal was to create problems interesting to solve. Hope you'll enjoy them all!

Score distribution: $$$500 - 1000 - 1500 - 2000 - 2500 - 3000$$$;

Good luck!

UPD: Congratulations to the winners!

Div. 2:

  1. Tanikaze_Amane

  2. olmrgcsi

  3. PMPuns

  4. MegalovaniaJ

  5. Sylphrena

Div. 1 + Div 2:

  1. turmax

  2. jiangly

  3. kotatsugame

  4. peti1234

  5. BurnedChicken

Editorial is out!

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By Vladosiya, history, 2 weeks ago, translation, In English

Hello! Codeforces Round 950 (Div. 3) will start at Jun/03/2024 17:35 (Moscow time). You will be offered 6-8 problems with expected difficulties to compose an interesting competition for participants with ratings up to 1600. However, all of you who wish to take part and have a rating of 1600 or higher, can register for the round unofficially.

The round will be hosted by rules of educational rounds (extended ICPC). Thus, solutions will be judged on preliminary tests during the round, and after the round, it will be a 12-hour phase of open hacks. After open hacks all accepted solutions will be rejudged on successful hacks.

You will be given 6-8 problems and 2 hours and 15 minutes to solve them.

Note that the penalty for the wrong submission in this round is 10 minutes.

Remember that only the trusted participants of the third division will be included in the official standings table. As it is written by link, this is a compulsory measure for combating unsporting behavior. To qualify as a trusted participant of the third division, you must:

  • take part in at least five rated rounds (and solve at least one problem in each of them)
  • do not have a point of 1900 or higher in the rating.

Regardless of whether you are a trusted participant of the third division or not, if your rating is less than 1600, then the round will be rated for you.

Problems have been created and written by our team: myav, Gornak40, senjougaharin and Vladosiya.

We would like to thank:

  1. MikeMirzayanov for help with ideas and Polygon and Codeforces platforms.

  2. Be_dos, Dominater069, 74TrAkToR, BucketPotato for red testing.

  3. KseniaShk, cry, tolbi, ScarletS, nskybytskyi, sevlll777 for yellow testing.

  4. mahdi.hasnat, Phantom_Performer, mainyutin for purple testing.

  5. natalina, FBI, Kopite, MADE_IN_HEAVEN, mz1 for blue testing.

  6. Romakolesn for cyan testing.

Good luck!

P.S.: We are aware of the error that occurred while updating the ratings for Educational Codeforces Round 166. It will be fixed before this round. UPD: We fixed it!

UPD: Editorial is out!

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By zltzlt, history, 3 weeks ago, In English

Hello, Codeforces!

We are glad to invite you to participate in Codeforces Round 949 (Div. 2), which will start on May/31/2024 13:05 (Moscow time). Note the unusual start time of the round. You will be given 6 problems and 2 hours to solve them.

This round will be rated for participants whose rating is below 2100. Participants with higher rating can participate unofficially.

The problems were authored and prepared by sinsop90, yinhee and me.

I would like to thank:

Scoring distribution: $$$500 - 1000 - 1500 - 2000 - 2500 - 3500$$$.

Good luck & Have fun!

UPD: Congratulations to the winners!

Div 2:

  1. cyb0101
  2. Feduk_Pro_Spb
  3. whale_0086
  4. graphcity
  5. grass8cos

Div. 1 + Div. 2:

  1. maspy
  2. Savior-of-Cross
  3. Rubikun
  4. femboy-wannabe
  5. turmax

Editorial and also Simplified Chinese Editorial are out.

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By awoo, history, 3 weeks ago, translation, In English

Neapolis University Pafos

Hello Codeforces!

The series of Educational Rounds continues thanks to the support of the Neapolis University Pafos.

On May/30/2024 17:35 (Moscow time) Educational Codeforces Round 166 (Rated for Div. 2) will start.

This round will be rated for the participants with rating lower than 2100. It will be held on extended ICPC rules. The penalty for each incorrect submission until the submission with a full solution is 10 minutes. After the end of the contest, you will have 12 hours to hack any solution you want. You will have access to copy any solution and test it locally.

You will be given 6 or 7 problems and 2 hours to solve them.

The problems were invented and prepared by Adilbek adedalic Dalabaev, Ivan BledDest Androsov, Maksim Neon Mescheryakov, Roman Roms Glazov and me. Also, huge thanks to Mike MikeMirzayanov Mirzayanov for great systems Polygon and Codeforces.

Good luck to all the participants!

UPD: Editorial is out

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By Qingyu, 3 weeks ago, In English

Hello everyone, we are happy to announce that the 3rd Universal Cup has started officially. Universal Cup is an organization dedicated to offering training resources for competitive programming teams. In the previous season, over 900 teams from more than 500 affiliations all over the world, registered and participated in a total of 28 stages, encompassing contests from Asia, Europe, and America. We also want to express our gratitude to our sponsor Huawei.

- Semifinal and Summer Summit

As announced before (Link), we will host the 2nd Universal Cup Semifinal on June 23, 2024. The contest will start at 17:00 (UTC +8) and end at 22:00 (UTC +8).

Any Universal Cup registered team can participate. If you are new here, please register following the instructions on Registration.

Register!

Besides competing to advance to the UCup Finals, sponsored by Huawei, we also prepare prizes for teams in the top 10 (excluding onsite teams in the Summer Summit) . The prize details are as follows (may be replaced by products of similar value when processing):

Online Rank Prize for each team member (at most 3)
Champion (Rank 1) HUAWEI WATCH GT 4 (46mm) Spruce Green
First Prize (Rank 2 — 3) HUAWEI FreeClip
Second Prize (Rank 4 — 10) HUAWEI Band 9

After the online semifinal, we will host a stream of all invited teams competing in the semifinal contest at the Summer Summit event in Cancun, along with problem analysis. The stream will start at 22:00 (UTC +8) and end at 03:00 (UTC +8).

Here is a list of teams that will be competing onsite:

# Team Member 1 Member 2 Member 3
1 USA1 (Andrew He, Kevin Sun, Gennady Korotkevich) ecnerwala ksun48 tourist
2 HoMaMaOvO (Riku Kawasaki, Masaki Nishimoto, Yui Hosaka) maroonrk maspy hos.lyric
3 03 Slimes (Kangyang Zhou, Mingyang Deng, Ziqian Zhong) orzdevinwang Rewinding TLE
4 Polish Mafia (Wojtek Nadara, Mateusz Radecki, Marcin Smulewicz) Swistakk Radewoosh Marcin_smu
5 Mei Dui Yao (Jiyu Shen, Qiuyang Zhang) PubabaOnO froggyzhang
6 Almost Retired Dandelion (Aleksei Daniliuk, Oleg Merkurev, Nikolay Kalinin) Um_nik Merkurev KAN
7 Let it Rot (Yi Qian, Bo Peng, Shiyuan Feng) skip2004 p_b_p_b Warriors_fsy
8 Yolki-palki (Vsevolod Nagibin, Denis Mustafin, Tikhon Evteev) Pechalka Kapt Tikhon228
9 yosupo (Kohei Morita, Takuto Shigemura, Ken Sugimori) yosupo sigma425 sugim48
10 Speed Star (Akihito Yoneyama, Kentaro Matsushita) YoshikaMiyafuji noimi
11 Amstelpark (Pavel Kunyavsky, Alice Sayutina, Mikhail Ipatov) PavelKunyavskiy cdkrot LHiC

We also prepare prizes for this onsite competition:

Onsite Rank Prize for each team member (at most 3)
Champion (Rank 1) HUAWEI MateBook X Pro i7 13th
Silver (Rank 2) HUAWEI WATCH Ultimate
Bronze (Rank 3) HUAWEI WATCH GT 4
Honorable Mention (Rank 4 -11) HUAWEI FreeClip

- 3rd Season Online Stage

As usual, this season's main activity is our online stage, where we hold weekly mirror contests. Please refer to our website https://ucup.ac/ for previous results. If you are interested in participation, please register following the instructions on Registration.

The online stage rule is still the same as last season:

Rules

To provide more convenience, we implement a few more features on the system, including team composition, extra time window application, etc:

System Update

Lastly, we would like to express our gratitude to MikeMirzayanov for letting us advertise Universal Cup in Codeforces and providing the great platform Codeforces and Polygon to help prepare contests. We are also very thankful to all contest stage setters for your support of the Universal Cup. If any setter would like to propose a stage, please feel free to contact us.

Universal Cup Committee:

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By tourist, 4 weeks ago, translation, In English
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Hello everyone!

We, the RGBTeam (qwerty787788, Romka and tourist), are huge fans of heuristic programming competitions and are quite saddened by the fact that they are becoming less and less frequent each year. One day, we decided to organize our own competition :) Despite the fact that such ideas often remain just ideas, this time we have a serious mindset, and now we want to invite you all to participate in the first — and hopefully not last — Code Weekend #1!

The competition will be held in a format quite similar to ICFPC/Google Hashcode — there will be one problem and several dozen tests for it. You will need to submit just an output according to the rules of the problem for each test, which can be obtained using any algorithms, written in any language, and running for any duration of time. Midway through the competition, the problem statement will be expanded, and new tests will be added.

The competition starts on June 7th at 21:00 UTC and will last 48 hours. A day after it begins, on June 8th at 21:00 UTC, a second, expanded version of the problem along with a set of tests for it will be released. The competition ends another day after the release of the second version, on June 9th at 21:00 UTC.

The expanded version of the problem will be a superset of the basic version. For instance, if the problem is "given a chess position, find the best move," the basic version may only include pawns, bishops, and knights, while the expanded version will use rooks and queens.

The competition is team-based, and there is no limit on team size, but we've tried to balance the problem in a way that larger teams don't have a significant advantage over smaller ones. Therefore, the recommended team size is 1-4 people.

Unlike ICFPC, the focus of the competition will be on heuristic algorithms rather than functional programming (although in recent years ICFPC hasn't been focused on FP either).

Attention! The contest will be held on the website https://codeweekend.dev, you need to register there (once per team). All the announcements during the competition will be in the Discord chat, so join it via the link https://discord.gg/M6pG5zp3DF. Be sure to invite your friends, relatives, pets, and anyone else who might find it interesting :)

UPD. Our competition will be generously sponsored by the TON Foundation, for which we are immensely grateful!

As a result, the following prizes will be awarded in the competition:

  • 1st place — 400 TON
  • 2nd place — 300 TON
  • 3rd place — 200 TON
  • 4th place — 100 TON

Additional prizes:

  • 1st place after the first day of the competition — 111 TON.
  • At the end of each minute of the competition, the current leader (provided there is at least one team with a positive score) receives 0.1 TON.
  • 300 TON will be distributed equally for the best solution of each test at the end of the competition. For example, if there are 10 tests, and Team A has the best result in the first three tests while Team B has the best result in the remaining seven, Team A will receive 300/10*3 = 90 TON, and Team B will receive 300/10*7 = 210 TON.

All ties are resolved by time — the team that achieves its result earlier ranks higher.

Thus, the total prize fund for the competition is over $10,000 at the current exchange rate.

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