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Onsite Semifinal and Championship Rounds

The sixteen (16) advancers from Online Round #4 will travel to Mohegan Sun on Thursday, November 21st to compete in the Semifinal round of the tournament being held on Friday, November 22nd. All contestants must arrive at Mohegan Sun no later than 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 21st. If a contestant is unable to attend the onsite rounds, he/she will forfeit his/her eligibility to receive a prize, and his/her spot in the tournament will be given to the next highest overall scorer from Online Round #4.

TopCoder will provide travel arrangements for each competitor and a guest of his/her choice, up to a cost of $1,000 per person. (That is, if a contestant's airfare is greater than $1,000, the contestant will be responsible for the difference between the cost of the airfare and $1,000.) In addition, TopCoder will also provide travel arrangements to and from the airport to the Mohegan Sun Casino and accommodations and certain meals for each contestant and his/her guest. All other expenses are the responsibility of the contestant and his/her guest.

TopCoder will determine the room assignments for the Semifinal rooms prior to the start of each Semifinal round, in a manner such that the average competitor rating (as of October 1st) for each room will be similar. The dates and times of the onsite Semifinal and Championship rounds are as follows:

Round of Competition

Date and Time

Semifinal Room #1

Friday, November 22nd, 8:00 AM

Semifinal Room #2

Friday, November 22nd, 11:00 AM

Semifinal Room #3

Friday, November 22nd, 3:00 PM

Semifinal Room #4

Friday, November 22nd, 6:00 PM

Championship RoundSaturday, November 23rd, 11:00 AM

The Semifinal Round will consist of four (4) rooms of four (4) coders each. The winner in each room will advance to the Championship Round.

The Championship Round will be a single round of four (4) coders. First, second, third and fourth place in the Championship round are determined by comparing the total points of each coder, with the highest point value placing first. The winner of the Championship Round will be the coder with the highest point total for the round. In the event of a tie in the Semifinal and/or Championship rounds, the tie will be resolved in the following manner (in order):

  • Total points acquired (higher is better) during the 2002 TopCoder Invitational to date
  • If a tie still remains, then by rating (higher is better) as of October 1st
    • If a tie still remains in the Semifinal round, then all tied coders will advance to the Championship Round
    • If a tie still remains in the Championship round, then the prize money will be distributed equally amongst the tied coders