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12 August 2020, 19:57

Belarusian wins Google Code Jam once again

Gennady Korotkevich. Photo courtesy of the ITMO University
Gennady Korotkevich. Photo courtesy of the ITMO University

GOMEL, 12 August (BelTA) – Gennady Korotkevich, a post-graduate student of the St Petersburg-based ITMO University, has been winning Google Code Jam since 2014, BelTA has learned.

Google Code Jam gathers over 50,000 participants from all over the world every year. It is one of the most popular and prestigious programming championships. According to the organizers, this year's Google Code Jam gathered 96,000 people.

Anyone can enter Google Code Jam. After a series of rounds the top 25 participants compete in the finals. The winner is determined over the course of four hours. Traditionally all the rounds are held online except for the finals. Due to the pandemic all the rounds were online this year. In the course of Google Code Jam participants have to deal with a number of algorithmic problems that have to be solved within a specified period of time. Finalists had to solve five problems this year.

Representing Belarus, Gennady Korotkevich scored 173 points and spent less time on solving the problems than other participants. It is the seventh time in a row he has become the winner of Google Code Jam. He is also the only finalist to solve the Hexacoin Jam problem.

Kevin Sun representing Canada and Andrew He representing the USA came second and third respectively. They both scored 131 points but Kevin Sun managed to solve his problems faster.

The winner of Google Code Jam 2020 will receive $15,000. Runner-ups will get $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.

Gennady Korotkevich graduated from a Gomel gymnasium. He has won multiple awards at Russian programming competitions and international ones, including Google Code Jam, Yandex.Algorithm, VK Cup, Russian Code Cup, Facebook Hacker Cup.

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