Moscow school students win blitz tournament of 3rd International Olympiad of Metropolises

Moscow school students win blitz tournament of 3rd International Olympiad of Metropolises
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Denis Grishkin
Moscow team scores 72 out of 80 points.

A team of Moscow school students has won the interdisciplinary blitz tournament of the 3rd International Olympiad of Metropolises held on 3 September at school No 1253. The top three included teams from Hong Kong and Shanghai. Muscovites scored 72 out of 80 points, while contenders from Hong Kong gained 70 points and the Shanghai team chalked up 68 points. The other national teams that made it into the top ten were Belgrade, Sofia, Jakarta, St Petersburg, Minsk, Istanbul and Budapest.  

The tournament lasted two hours and involved 80 assignments in maths, information technology (computer science), chemistry and physics.

The Baku team came top in chemistry, successfully completing all the tasks. The Shanghai team excelled in maths, getting full marks (20 out of 20). Muscovites took first place in physics, whereas Hong Kong, Shanghai and St Petersburg led in information technology.

This year, for the first time ever, school students worldwide were able to do the assignments online. Running parallel with the main competition, there was an unofficial contest in which blitz tournament participants from Moscow and other Russian cities could take part.

The blitz tournament serves as an intellectual warm-up for the main contests and is an opportunity to try out assignments set for school students from all over the world. The results aren’t added to the final score and don’t affect the overall ranking.

The 3rd International Olympiad of Metropolises is held from 2 to 7 September with teams from over 30 world cities taking part including: Almaty, Astana, Baku, Banja Luka, Belgrade, Berlin, Bishkek, Boston, Bratislava, Budapest, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Dushanbe, Dusseldorf, Yerevan, Zagreb, Jerusalem, Innsbruck, Leipzig, Lima, Milan, Minsk, Moscow, St Petersburg, Sofia, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Helsinki and Shanghai. This year, Madrid, Frankfurt am Main and Ulan Bator have joined in. The first Olympiad of metropolises took place in 2016 with 22 cities taking part.

The main tournaments will be held from 4 to 5 September. There will be eight people in each team and they will face tasks set by an international jury. The competition has been recognised as one of the world’s best in terms of the complexity and scale of its assignments.

The event will be held at four venues: School No 1253 will run the chemistry contest, school No 2030, physics, school No 1241, mathematics and the information technology tests are at an IT company.

The Award Ceremony will take place on 7 September at the World Trade Centre.