Gennady Korotkevich

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Gennady Korotkevich
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Korotkevich in Thailand in 2011
Born (1994-09-25) 25 September 1994 (age 22)
Gomel, Belarus
Residence Saint Petersburg, Russia
Other names "Tourist" (handle); Gena (diminutive)
Citizenship Belarusian
Education ITMO University
Years active 2005–
Known for Programming prodigy; highly ranked sport programmer since a very young age

Gennady Vladimirovich Korotkevich (Belarusian: Генадзь Уладзіміравіч Караткевіч, Hienadź Uladzimiravič Karatkievič, Russian: Геннадий Владимирович Короткевич; born 25 September 1994), is a Belarusian sport programmer who has won major international competitions since age 11, as well as numerous national competitions. His top accomplishments include six consecutive gold medals in the International Olympiad in Informatics[1] as well as the world championship in the 2013 and 2015 International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals. As of July 2016, Korotkevich is currently the highest-rated programmer at Codeforces,[2] and the second highest rated algorithm competitor at TopCoder.[3]


Korotkevich was born in Gomel (Homiel), southeastern Belarus. His parents, Vladimir and Lyudmila Korotkevich, are programmers in the mathematics department at Francysk Skaryna Homiel State University. At age 6, he became interested in his parent's work. When he was 8, his father designed a children's game he could use to learn programming.[4]

His mother consulted departmental colleague Mikhail Dolinsky, who gave the boy a small book to read. Dolinsky, one of the top computer science teachers in Belarus, recalled, "A month went by, and then another one ... No news from Gena. Then suddenly Lyudmila comes by and brings me a programming notebook: when summer and football were over, her son sat at the computer. As a second grader at a national competition, he took second place, which gained him automatic entry in a technical university without taking any entrance exams. Somehow he solved the problem of a body immersed in water. At that time, Gena didn't even know about Archimedes' principle of buoyancy."[4]

Korotkevich first grabbed global attention when he qualified for the 2006 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) at the age of 11, which itself is a world record by a large margin.[5]

He took the silver medal at his first IOI event, and received gold medals 2007 to 2012. To date he is the most successful competitor in IOI's history.[6]

At the 2009 IOI in Plovdiv, the then 14-year-old Korotkevich said of his success, "I try various [strategies], and one of them is the right one. I am no genius. I am simply good at it." He said he spent no more than three to four hours each day at the computer, and his preferred hobbies are football and table tennis.[7]

In the fall of 2012, he moved to Russia to attend ITMO University. In the summer of 2013, he helped ITMO defeat Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Tokyo to win the 37th International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals, held in Saint Petersburg.[8] He also won the Google Code Jam in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In a 2014 interview, Korotkevich said he was unsure of his career plans after graduation. "What happens next is yet to be decided," he said. "I don't have any concrete or long-term plans. I've only finished my sophomore year at university. For me it's important to get an education first and then decide about working. Maybe I'll go into science. But again, I really have not decided yet."[5]

Career achievements[edit]

Codeforces powered tournaments
  • Rockethon — 2014, 2015 winner[15]
  • ZeptoCodeRush - 2014 third place,[15] 2015 winner[47]
  • Looksery Cup — 2015 winner[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile: Gennady Korotkevich". International Olympiad in Informatics. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ratings". Codeforces. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Top Ranked Algorithm Competitors". TopCoder. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Violetta Dralyuk (1 September 2011). Геннадий Короткевич – белорусский гений спортивного программирования [Gennady Korotkevich: Belarusian sport programming genius] (in Russian). Tut.By. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Yelena Safronova (24 August 2014). Самый юный и известный программист Беларуси Геннадий Короткевич рассказал о своих победах, планах и мечтах [Youngest, most famous programmer in Belarus Gennady Korotkevich talks about his victories, plans and dreams] (in Russian). BELTA. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "IOI Hall of Fame - Gennady Korotkevich". International Olympiad in Informatics. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "I am no genius, I am simply good at it" (PDF). International Olympiad in Informatics. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Standings". ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Роман Савкив (2014-08-01). "Белорусский вундеркинд Короткевич второй год кряду стал сильнейшим программистом на "Яндекс.Алгоритм"" (in Russian). TUT.BY. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  10. ^ "Gennady Korotkevich, third-year student, is twice Facebook Hacker Cup champion". ITMO University. 2015-03-08. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  11. ^ Algorithm Final Results
  12. ^ Google Code Jam 2014: Final Standings
  13. ^ Google Code Jam 2015: Final Standings
  14. ^ Google Code Jam 2016: Final Standings
  15. ^ a b c d "Profile Gennady Korotkevich (Belarus)" (in Russian). SnarkNews. 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-13. 
  16. ^ Yandex.Algorithm 2013: Final Standings
  17. ^ Yandex.Algorithm 2014: Final Standings
  18. ^ Яндекс.Алгоритм: финал в Берлине
  19. ^ Yandex.Algorithm-2015 final round
  20. ^ Final RCC 2015
  21. ^ The world best programmers are in St. Petersburg
  22. ^ Winner of the Russian Code Cup 2013 became a programmer Petr Mitrichev from M
  23. ^ Андрей Анненков (2015-05-25). "Российские программисты на чемпионате мира: привычка побеждать" (in Russian). RIA Novosti. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  24. ^ Kotlin Challenge, final standings
  25. ^ "IOI2010 Final Results". International Olympiad in Informatics. 2010. Retrieved 2015-07-13. 
  26. ^ Наталья Старченко (2009-08-20). "Загреб брал, Каир брал, Пловдив… взял!" (in Russian). True Gomel. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  27. ^ "Российские школьники завоевали золото за решение задач про Леонардо да Винчи" (in Russian). 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  28. ^ "Gennady Korotkevich - Statistics" (in Russian). International Olimpiad in Infirmatics. Retrieved 2015-07-13. 
  29. ^ "Belarus prodigy Karatkevich again won the international competition of programmers" (in Russian). 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  30. ^ Archive All-Russian command Olympiad programming
  31. ^ [1]
  32. ^ VK Cup 2012
  33. ^ VK Cup 2015 - Finals
  34. ^ VK Cup 2016
  35. ^ Итоги Всероссийского Открытого Чемпионата КРОК по программированию
  36. ^ КРОК 2016 — Финальный Раунд и Codeforces Round #347
  37. ^ Cormen Medal Laureates 2010
  38. ^ Cormen Medal Laureates 2011
  39. ^ Cormen Medal Laureates 2012
  40. ^ Challenge 24 2013 Results
  41. ^ Challenge 24 2014 Results
  42. ^ Marathon24 2015 Global Standings
  43. ^ Deadline24 2016 Results of the finals
  44. ^ Google Code Jam 2012 Round 1B
  45. ^ IMC 2015 Individual Results
  46. ^ IMC 2015 Team Results
  47. ^ Виктор Корсун (2015-04-15). "ZeptoLab Code Rush 2015: итоги чемпионата по спортивному программированию" (in Russian). Retrieved 2015-06-07. 

External links[edit]

Online coding profiles