IT victories continue for BSU student Gennady

Belarusian programmers continue to lead globally, with Gennady Korotkevich taking first place at prestigious World Championship for Sports Programming, held in St. Petersburg: Yandex Algorithm 2013 
By Anna Barabanova

An impressive 84 countries took part, and more than 3,000 programmers, yet Belarusian Gennady’s main rival seemed to be Pyotr Mitrichev, who works at the Google office in Moscow and is a graduate of Moscow State University. Gennady claimed victory after correctly solving three of six tasks, taking a prize of 300,000 Russian Roubles. The three strongest included Russian Yevgeny Kaptun and Taiwanese Shih Pi-Hsun, while Mitrichev took fourth place.

Mr. Korotkevich, 18, is known in the IT sphere as ‘tourist’, or simply Gena, having won the largest tournament previously, despite his young age. He has just finished his first year at St. Petersburg’s National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. As a Gomel schoolboy, he became the absolute world champion in the individual event three times and helped his team to win the group sports programming nomination also.

This year, Gennady and Belarusian Alexey Ropan — a student at the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio-electronics — reached the top 24 programmers in the TopCoder Open global competition for programming and design. Gennady does not consider himself a programming genius, simply saying that he has good understanding of his field.
It seems incredible to enjoy such global success at a young age but Belarusian IT specialists are in a league of their own: an absolutely new generation of clever and talented people, leading us into the future.
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