
Tournament of Towns: Mission
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Regulations of the Tournament:
The Tournament is held each year in two rounds  Spring and Fall. Students
and their towns can take part in either round or both, taking local
conditions into consideration. Thus Moscow organizers conduct only the Fall
round because there are too many Olympiads in the spring. If a certain town
participates in both rounds, a student in this town has the right of choosing
to take part in only one of them. This does not prevent the student from
achieving a good result because the student's score for the Tournament is the
maximum (and not the sum) of the scores in the two rounds.
Each round has two levels  OLevel (training) and ALevel (main). They are
scheduled approximately one week apart. Here, students have the right of
choice as well. They may attempt either level or both. The score for the
round is the maximum (not the sum) of the scores in the two levels. The
questions in the Olevel are less complicated and are accessible to the
beginners. However, students are awarded less points for solving these
questions. Nevertheless students can get enough points to win Diplomas if
they solve the hardest three problems of the Olevel. Questions in the
Alevel are more complicated. The most difficult of them are often solved
only by a few participants. A beginner probably has no chance of obtaining any
points from these questions. On the other hand, an exceptional student is
sometimes awarded for them two or three times as many points as the questions
in the Olevel.
Students who exceed a certain minimum score are awarded a Diploma from the
Russian Academy of Sciences. A town's score is based on the average of their
best N students where N is the quotient when the town population is
divided by one hundred thousand (rounded up). If a town's population is less
than 500,000, N is then taken to be 5, but the town score is multiplied by a
handicap factor.
 
  