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What is the Tournament of the Towns?
The Tournament of the Towns (ToT) is one of the most open and at the same time most prestigious mathematical contests with participants from over 100 cities in different countries. This tournament differs from other math competitions in that the problems require ingenuity rather than any kind of special knowledge or technical skills. The problems are mostly combinatorial, with an occasional geometry, number theory or algebra problem. They have a different flavor from problems seen in other mathematics competitions, and are usually quite challenging but fun. Some of the problems have become classics, in particular two from the Autumn 1984 paper.
The International Tournament of the Towns was established in the late 1970s in Russia. Professor N. Konstantinov, the inspirational leader and organizer of the Tournament, is also the Chairman of the Central Committee in Moscow. About 100,000 students from 120+ towns and 25 countries participate every year.
ToT in Irvine
While popular in Europe, Tournament of the Towns is slow to make its way in the US. Irvine is only the second US city (after Berkeley) to take part and is noted as one of very few worldwide where it was started by students' initiative.
Yelena Mandelshtam learned of this competition from friends she made at a Summer Math Camp in Russia. While most were accomplished participants of the All-Russian math olympiad, they all kept mentioning ToT as the most interesting contest. She then got an idea to organize it in Irvine, so that Orange County's students could enjoy this type of competition. While not yet on par with some big cities, Irvine has done amazingly well in its very first season.
The Tournament of the Towns is especially good for the students who think deeply but require a lot of time to solve a problem. In this competition, students have 4-5 hours to solve any 3 out of 5-7 problems. Also, scores are multiplied by a certain coefficient which increases as grade level decreases, up to a maximum of 2 for 7 graders and under. Thus, younger students have a strong advantage in this competition. There are two levels of difficulty in the Tournament of the Towns: A and O. Some problems of Level A are as challenging as problems of the International Mathematical Olympiad. The main purpose of Level O is to attract every student interested in mathematics. However, Level O is still very challenging. There are also two levels of participation: Senior (grade 11-12) and Junior(grades 8-10). The competition is best for students in grades 8-12 but exceptionally strong younger students may also participate.
There are four competitions every year: O and A level, each in the Fall and in the Spring. Everyone can participate in one or more, up to all four. Everyone's score is the highest of the four. Irvine's score is the sum of the top five participants' scores.
Diplomas will be awarded by the Central Committee to students who have achieved high scores (after their papers have been rechecked by the Central Jury). The highest scorers at the Senior level will be invited to the annual international ToT summer conference where they will participate in team research projects.
Other International Winner Diplomas:
- Senior: Andrei Mandelshtam (Gr. 9, University High), 32.5 (A level)
- Junior: Neel Basu (Gr. 9, University High), 17.33 (O level)
Other 5+ scorers:
- Artyom Lisitsyn (Gr. 11, Oxford Academy) (A level)
- Michael Diao (Gr. 11, University High) (A level)
- Surya Subbarao (Gr. 8, Sierra Vista) (A level)
- Luyang Zhang, 11th grade, University High School
- Mirabel Hu, 10th grade, University High School
- Henry Ding, 7th grade, Jeffrey Trail Middle School
- Imaad Rana, 8th grade
- Yifeng Lin, 9th grade, University High School
- Selene Huang, 9th grade
- Senior: Artyom Lisitzyn (Gr. 10, Oxford Academy), 22.5 (Fall A-level)
- Junior: Andrei Mandelshtam (Gr 8, Vista Verde): 40.5 (Spring A-level)
As a result of his high score at the Senior level, Artyom was an invited participant of the 29th summer conference of the International Mathematical Tournament of the Towns. See here
Andrei had the highest score at the Jr. level, worldwide!
International 18+ Certificate Winner
10-20 Certificate Winners
- Eric Lee, (Gr 7, Corona Del Mar), 22 (Spring O-level)
- Neel Basu, (Gr. 8, Rancho), 21 (O-level)
- Surya Subbarao (Gr. 7, Sierra Vista), 18 (Spring O-level)
- Dhruba Basu (Gr 10, University High)
- Doyoon Kim (Gr. 8, Orchard Hills)
International 15-20 Certificate Winner
- Senior: Dillon Kanne (Gr. 11, Sage), 18.75 ( A-level)
- Junior: Andrei Mandelshtam (Gr 7, Vista Verde): 24 ( A-level)
International 10-15 Certificate Winners
- Artyom Lisitsyn (Gr. 9, Oxford Academy)17.5 ( A-level)
5-10 Certificate Winners
- Junior: Eric Lee (Gr. 5), Neel Basu (Gr. 7, Rancho)
- Junior: Dhruba Basu (Gr 9, University High)
Additional international 15+ Certificate Winners:
- Samuel Reinehr (Gr. 12, Homeschool): 30 (Perfect score on A-level!)
- Junior: Andrei Mandelshtam (Gr 6, Vista Verde): 24
10-15 Certificate Winners
- Senior: Jack Sun (Gr. 10, University High), Yelena Mandelshtam (Gr. 12, University High)
- Junior: Artyom Lisitzyn (Gr. 8, Oxford Academy)
5-10 Certificate Winners
- Senior: Jamie Gu (Gr. 11, University High), Dillon Kanne (Gr. 10, Sage)
- Junior: Anthon Than (Gr. 8, Fulton), Eric Lee (Gr. 5), Kieth Bauer (Gr. 5)
- Junior: Jimin Kim (Gr 7, Jeffrey Trail)
Artyom Lisitzyn (Gr 7, Oxford Academy) is the overall winner of the Fall 2013 tournament, with 24 points at Jr A level!
Perfect scorers O-level
Additional 15+ certificate winners:
- Jason Ye (Gr 9, University High, Jr)
- Yelena Mandelshtam (Gr 11, University High, Sr)
10-15 Certificate Winner
- Yunyang Sun (Gr 9, University High, Sr)
- Haoqin Gu (Gr 10, University High, Sr)
- Jerry Park (Gr 11, University High, Sr)
- Dillon Kanne (Gr 9, Sage Hill, Jr)
- Andrei Mandelshtam (Gr 5, Vista Verde, Jr)
- Angela Dong (Gr 9, University High, Jr)
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