# Cyprus mathematics competitions

Cyprus Mathematical Society organizes Mathematical competition between students all over Cyprus, and takes part in international mathematics competitions (BMO, Junior BMO competition, PMWC, IMO). CMS organize a series of mathematics competitions as part of the selection process of the national teams in the international mathematics competitions and the Cyprus Mathematical Olympiad. The new selection process in described below.

## High School (Lyceum) Competitions

As of 2004, in Cyprus **Four Provincial competitions** are held in November in every district capital. In Lefkosia is called "*Iakovos Patatsos*", in Lemesos is called "*Andreas Vlamis*", in Larnaka and Ammochostos is called "*Petrakis Kyprianou*" and in Pafos is called "*Andreas Hadjitheoris*". Every grade has different problems. Afterwards ten high-school (Lyceum) students from every grade (1st, 2nd and 3rd grade) of every district are selected.

**Total:** 4 districts * 3 grades * 10 students = 120 students.

Then a **National (Pancyprian) Competition** is held in December and is called "*Zenon*". Every grade still has different problems. Afterwards ten students from every grade are selected.

**Total:** 3 grades * 10 students = 30 students.

These student are usually divided into two groups according to the district they come from.

Each group watches about eight to ten four-hour preparation lessons for the Olympiad. During the lessons **Four Team Selection Tests** are held which are considered the four parts of the **Selection Competition above 15.5** and are called *"Michael Georgallas"*. All the student have the same test. In each of the competition five students are eliminated. So after the fourth competition the six member of national team for IMO and BMO and the four runners-up are selected.

- In every competition or test there are four problem usually covering geometry, number theory, algebra, and combinatorics (elementary level) and last four hours each. The Provicial Competitions last 2 hours since 2006.

## Junior high-school (Gymnasium) Competitions

**Four Provincial competitions** are also held in November in every district capital which have the same name as above. Afterwards 10 junior high-school (Gymnasium) students from every grade (1st, 2nd and 3rd grade) of the from every district are selected.

**Total:** 4 districts * 3 grades * 10 students = 120 students.

Then a **National (Pancyprian) Competition** is held in December and is called "*Evagoras Pallikaridis*". Every grade has different problems. Afterwards 10 students from every grade are selected.

**Total:** 3 grades * 10 students = 30 students.

This student are usually divide into two groups according to the district they come from.

Each group watches about ten to twelve-four hour preparing lessons for the olympiad. During the lessons **Four Team Selection Tests** are held which are considered the four parts of the **Selection Competition under 15.5** and are called *"Efklidis"*. All the student have the same test. In each of the competition 5 students are eliminated. So after the 4th test the six member of national team for Junior BMO and the four runners-up are selected.

- In every competition or test there are four problem usually covering geometry, number theory, algebra, and combinatorics (elementary level) and last four hours each. The Provicial Competitions last 2 hours since 2006.