By graknlabs, history, 10 days ago, In English

“Codeforces… assemble!”


We are thrilled to announce Grakn Forces 2020; hosted by Codeforces and sponsored by Grakn Labs. Thank you to Codeforces for providing a world-class competition structure to partner with. We can’t wait to see what you all are capable of. This international competition consists of 1 round, lasting 2.5 hours. The contest will comprise 7-9 problems and will be in accordance with classic Codeforces rules.


  • 1st place = 500 euros
  • 2nd place = 250 euros
  • 3rd place = 100 euros

Additional Prizes:

Top 50 receive:

Grakn Labs swag pack:

  • Stickers
  • Grakn Labs t-shirt

Random 50 from 51-250 receive:

Grakn Labs swag pack:

  • Stickers
  • Grakn Labs t-shirt

About Grakn Labs

Grakn Labs is a team of people driven by a purpose: to solve the world's most complex problems, through knowledge engineering. We are the inventors of the Grakn knowledge graph and the Graql query language. Our technology helps organizations in various industries, including Life Sciences, Defence & Security, Financial Services, and Robotics, to build intelligent systems that will change the world. From financial analytics to drug discovery, cyber threat detection to robotics disaster recovery, our technology empowers engineers around the world to tackle a higher order of complexity in knowledge and solve the world's most complex problems.

Based in London, UK, and founded in 2016, Grakn Labs is a team of people driven by a purpose: to solve the world's most complex problems, through knowledge engineering. In 2017, we were awarded Product of the Year by the University of Cambridge. After only a few years, our pioneering community has grown to 6K+ engineers, spread across 10+ countries around the globe -- and we're still growing. To continue pursuing this vision, we need to build a team of individuals who are not just the best and brightest in what they do, but also driven by a strong sense of purpose and compassion for the world.

What is Grakn and Graql?

Grakn is a distributed knowledge graph: a logical database to organize large and complex networks of data as one body of knowledge. Grakn provides knowledge engineering tools for developers to easily leverage the power of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning when building complex systems. Ultimately, Grakn serves as the knowledge-base foundation for cognitive and intelligent systems.

Graql is Grakn's query language. It provides an expressive knowledge schema language through an enhanced entity-relationship model, transactional queries that perform deductive reasoning in real-time, and analytical queries with native distributed Pregel and MapReduce algorithms. Graql provides a strong abstraction over low-level data constructs and complex relationships.

Graql is distributed as an open-source technology, while Grakn comes in two forms: Grakn Core — which is also open-source, and Grakn KGMS — our enterprise Knowledge Graph Management Service, available through Google Cloud and Amazon AWS.


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By vovuh, history, 43 hours ago, In English

Notice the unusual start time.


Codeforces Round #674 (Div. 3) will start at Sep/28/2020 11:05 (Moscow time). You will be offered 6 or 7 problems (or 8) 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 rating 1600 or higher, can register for the round unofficially.

This round consists mostly of the problems of the first stage of All-Russian Olympiad of School Students in Saratov and will be hosted during the real competition time. The problems were invented and prepared by Ivan BledDest Androsov, Alexander fcspartakm Frolov and me.

The round will be hosted by rules of educational rounds (extended ACM-ICPC). Thus, during the round, solutions will be judged on preliminary tests, and after the round it will be a 12-hour phase of open hacks. I tried to make strong tests — just like you will be upset if many solutions fail after the contest is over.

You will be given 6 or 7 (or 8) problems and 2 hours to solve them.

Note that the penalty for the wrong submission in this round (and the following Div. 3 rounds) 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 participants of the third division, you must:

  • take part in at least two 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.

Thanks to MikeMirzayanov for the platform, help with ideas for problems and for coordination of my work. Thanks to my good friends Daria ZeroAmbition Stepanova, Mikhail pikmike Piklyaev, Maksim Ne0n25 Mescheryakov and Ivan BledDest Androsov for help in round preparation and testing the round. Also thanks to Artem Rox Plotkin and Dmitrii _overrated_ Umnov for the discussion of ideas and testing the round!

Good luck!

UPD: Thanks to Ivan MrReDoX Ushakov, Ivan Ivan19981305 Georgiev and Dmitry sladkayaKlubnichka Kadomtsev for testing the round!

UPD2: Editorial is published!

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By graknlabs, 3 days ago, In English

My name is Vlad and I want to tell a story about how I ended up in the Grakn Labs. Before joining, I already worked for a couple of years in Kyiv and right after the graduation from Polytechnic Institute I moved to London to my current position, but it was a long path.

I was never sure if this whole experience is useful in any way for the real world, as a software engineer, up until joining Grakn Labs. ... a lot of attention during the recruitment process is paid to problem solving skills. We have algorithmic problems as part of our interview process and now we want to find our next engineer here on Сodeforces ...

— When did you start competitive coding?

When I was in the ~7-8 grade, my teacher showed us a website with problems and we got very competitive about it. After that, I was participating in math and informatics competitions up until the end of university


— What did you learn/ how did participating in coding competitions impact your skills?

The main impact is boosting logic and STEM-related skills in general. For example, I was not preparing for math or physics competitions explicitly, I didn't 'train' for them in any way, but just from participating in coding competitions, as a bonus, I was taking places in math and physics.

— What's it like working at Grakn Labs as an engineer?

There is a huge difference compared to the rest of the places I worked. I've been a part of 3 different companies in Kyiv and none of them comes close to the level of the community's involvement and interest in Grakn. The majority of engineers I know have a 'job' job and the only goal is to get paid and go home, here we have different attitudes and priorities. We are a team driven by a purpose: to solve the world's most complex problems through, knowledge engineering.

- What type of problems are your working on?

Enterprise programming is significantly different from competitions, it is much more 'slow is smooth, smooth is fast' oriented, but I do have interesting challenges. The project I work on is a tool to test the performance of Grakn (a database). We have to generate data, insert it into the database, make a lot of different queries, measure their speed, correctness and visualize the results in a bunch of charts. It involves a lot of optimizations both on the server and client-side.

We're always looking for the best to round out our team, if you think this sounds like an interesting chance to work on an innovative technology; we'd love to hear from you.


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By DimmyT, 2 months ago, translation, In English

As-salamu alaykum, Codeforces! (Peace, Codeforces!)

We are glad to invite you to Codeforces Round #673 (Div. 1) and Codeforces Round #673 (Div. 2), which will take place at Sep/27/2020 18:05 (Moscow time) (notice later time than usual). The round is rated for both divisions. Each division will be given 6 problems to solve in 2 hours.

Problems were prepared by RedDreamer, BThero and me DimmyT.

We are very grateful and would like to sincerely thank the following people for their assistance in preparing the round:

This is our first round, we hope that the problems will be interesting and that the round will pass without issues.

Score distribution:

Div2: 500-1000-1500-2000-2500-3000

Div1: 500-1000-1250-2000-2250-2750

Wish everyone good luck and high rating!!!

UPD: problem ideas

UPD: Editorial Out

Congratulations to everyone, contest passed without issues!!!


  1. tourist

  2. ksun48

  3. maroonrk

  4. 300iq

  5. Aidos


  1. poorboy

  2. kaisel

  3. immortalhunt

  4. hieu_2004

  5. _dg_

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By hiddentesla, 4 days ago, In English

Hello Codeforces Community. I would like to invite you all for ICPC Indonesia COMPFEST 12 Multi-Provincial Contest Online Mirror. I am the Person In Charge of the event.


I want to thank:

The online mirror will be held on , 3 hours after the official contest starts. Teams are allowed. The duration of the contest is 5 hours. For the official contestants, please refrain from joining this mirror contest.

Our problems are relatively easier than ICPC regional contests. However, we promise an interesting and diverse problem set. I'd say the overall difficulty is slightly more challenging than div two rounds. There might be an interactive problem. So make sure to familiarize yourself

About COMPFEST: COMPFEST is an annual event hosted by the University of Indonesia. It is the largest student-run IT event in Indonesia, and Competitive Programming Contest (CPC COMPFEST) is one of the competitions hosted.

Our contest on regional finder

Note: this contest is unrated.

UPD1: Editorial and contest review will be posted in a few hours, after we finish the official contest duty.

UPD2: Editorial is avaible here

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By Wind_Eagle, 7 days ago, translation, In English

Hello, Codeforces!

I am very glad to invite you to the Codeforces Round #672 (Div. 2), which will take place in Sep/24/2020 17:35 (Moscow time). This round will be rated for the participants with rating lower than 2100.

All tasks were made by me, but gepardo helped me a lot with the last two tasks, probably these tasks wouldn't have appeared if he didn't help me.

My thanks to:

  • antontrygubO_o for coordinating this round. With this great coordination only good tasks remained in the contest.

  • gepardo made a lot, there wouldn't have been this contest if he didn't help me. He not only helped me with making last two tasks, but also helped me to understand how to make tasks for Codeforces rounds. Thanks!

  • EIK this is the person who teached me competitive programming — my Informatics teacher. Thanks!

  • programmer228, Hacktafly, K1ppy inspired me to make this round, listened for the every task idea, provided feedback and testing. Thanks!

  • Osama_Alkhodairy, vamaddur, thenymphsofdelphi, Devil, Ari, SleepyShashwat, csani, Monogon, guptapratham42, Kavit_Kheni for testing the round and the tasks. Thanks!

  • MikeMirzayanov for Codeforces and Polygon platforms. Thanks!

  • You for participating in this round. Thanks!

You will have 2 hours for solving 5 tasks, one of which will be divided into easy and hard verions. I hope you will enjoy the round, I tried to make short statements and strong pretests interesting tasks.

Score distribution: 500 — 1000 — (1000 + 1250) — 2000 — 3000

UPD: The editorial is available. English version will be ready after the system testing is over.

UPD2: The english version of the editorial is ready.

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By shishin, history, 11 days ago, translation, In English

Hello, Codeforces!

Artyom123, Kotehok3 and I are happy to invite you to Codeforces Round #671 (Div. 2), which will be held on Sep/19/2020 17:35 (Moscow time). This round will be rated for all participants, whose rating is lower than 2100 (We really hope so).

We would like to thank:

You will be given 6 problems and 2 hours to solve them (or to play Valorant, because the contest is related to it for some reason). One problem has an easy version and a hard version.

You will have to help the agents from the game to grind that rating. Try your best as if you are playing ranked and they are your teammates!

gl hf

Here is the score distribution:

5007501250(750 + 1000)22503000

UPD: Editorial

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

Hello Codeforces!

On Sep/14/2020 17:35 (Moscow time) Educational Codeforces Round 95 (Rated for Div. 2) will start.

Series of Educational Rounds continue being held as Harbour.Space University initiative! You can read the details about the cooperation between Harbour.Space University and Codeforces in the blog post.

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 Roman Roms Glazov, Adilbek adedalic Dalabaev, Vladimir vovuh Petrov, Ivan BledDest Androsov, Maksim Ne0n25 Mescheryakov and me. Also huge thanks to Mike MikeMirzayanov Mirzayanov for great systems Polygon and Codeforces.

Good luck to all the participants!

Congratulations to the winners:

Rank Competitor Problems Solved Penalty
1 dzh_loves_mjy 7 204
2 neal 7 231
3 WZYYN 7 250
4 noimi 7 357
5 Um_nik 7 384

And finally people who were the first to solve each problem:

Problem Competitor Penalty
A Kirill22 0:01
B dzh_loves_mjy 0:04
C SSerxhs 0:05
D gleb.astashkin 0:17
E Pigbrain 0:19
F WZYYN 0:54
G OnlyG 0:16

UPD: Due to the issues with problems A and B the round is unrated.

UPD: Editorial is out

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By tianbu, history, 3 weeks ago, In English

Hello Codeforces!

gyh20 and I are glad to invite you to Codeforces Round #670 (Div. 2) which will start on Sep/12/2020 16:45 (Moscow time). Note the unusual start time of the round.

The contest will last for two hours, and you will have five tasks to solve. The tasks are prepared by me and gyh20. This round is rated for participants whose rating is not higher than 2099. You can see that my current rating is exactly 2099 :)

There might be an interactive problem. You can learn about them here.

We would like to thank:

We tried our best to make the statements short and clear, pretests strong and problems interesting. We hope you like the problems!

Score distribution will be announced shortly before the round.

Good luck and have fun!

Upd: Score distribution is 500-750-1250-1750-2500.

Upd: For problem reasons, the contest is delayed for 10 minutes. We are very sorry to keep you waiting, sorry again.

Upd: Score distribution is changed to 500-1000-1500-2000-2750.

Upd: The round is finished. We're really sorry for B being well-known (none of the testers knew the harder version of this problem in ABC173E). Still, congrarulations to the winners!

Div1 (unofficial):

  1. WZYYN
  2. Geothermal
  3. kort0n
  4. neal
  5. kotatsugame


  1. JSoap
  2. DemolitionLovers
  3. killyou
  4. gmh77
  5. WaterCrysital

Upd: Editorial is out here.

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