Tournament of Towns: Mission |
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History of the Tournament:
The International Tournament of the Towns was established in the late 1970s
in the USSR. It was organized by the jury of the All-Union Olympiads. The
best traditions of these Olympiads are used in the Tournament of the Towns.
At the same time, the Tournament assumed some distinctive character of its
The main goal of this Tournament is to provide an opportunity for an enlarged
circle of students to participate in competitions of world standards. This is
impossible under the multistage selection system of the All-Union Olympiads.
Another goal is to provide teachers and local organizers with problems of the
highest quality, and other related material.
Professor N. Konstantinov, the inspirational leader and organizer of the
Tournament, is also the Chairman of the Central Committee in Moscow. An
important role was played by the late N. Vasiliev, an author of many
excellent problems and the long-time editor of the mathematics problem corner
The first Tournament, known as the Olympiad of Three Towns, was held in
1979-1980. Participation grew quickly and in the following year the name was
changed to the Tournament of the Towns. At the beginning, the Tournament did
not receive official recognition, but its acceptance was growing little by
little. Eventually, the Tournament became a subcommittee of the USSR Academy
of Sciences and its merits were universally recognized. This fact drew
entries from many towns in Eastern Europe, in particular Bulgaria where a
national committee was formed. In 1988 Canberra participated in the 10th
Tournament becoming the first Western and English speaking city to take part.
The number of Tournament participants continued to grow fast. About 100,000
students from 120 towns and 25 countries participated in the 21th Tournament
(1999-2000), with 1500 students winning Diplomas. The total population of
all participating towns has reached 80 million. Countries such as Russia,
the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia and other republics of former Yugoslavia are
the most active participants in the Tournament. Participating countries from
outside the former USSR and eastem Europe now include Australia, Canada,
Columbia, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, Luxembourg,
lsrael, New Zeland, the USA and Taiwan.
Long before their graduation, most of the best students from many countries
have met in the Tournament of the Towns and Summer mathematical schools.
Moreover, their possible future professors meet them. The Tournament has
become a system connecting the local activists of many countries.
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