All Soviet Union Math Competitions

There are 579 problems in the set. So far I have got up solutions for 1961 thru 1967 and most of 1968 and 1988. Many thanks Vladimir Pertsel who first made the years up to 1987 available on the internet in English many years ago (before the web). His pioneering work has saved me much time. Many thanks also to Arkadii Slinko for providing the years 1988-1992.

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 1st ARMO 1961 2nd ARMO 1962 3rd ARMO 1963 4th ARMO 1964 5th ARMO 1965 6th ARMO 1966 1st ASU 1967 2nd ASU 1968 3rd ASU 1969 4th ASU 1970 5th ASU 1971 6th ASU 1972 7th ASU 1973 8th ASU 1974 9th ASU 1975 10th ASU 1976 11th ASU 1977 12th ASU 1978 13th ASU 1979 14th ASU 1980 15th ASU 1981 16th ASU 1982 17th ASU 1983 18th ASU 1984 19th ASU 1985 20th ASU 1986 21st ASU 1987 22nd ASU 1988 23rd ASU 1989 24th ASU 1990 25th ASU 1991 1st CIS 1992

As I understand it, the history was as follows. The 1st All Russian Mathematical Olympiad was in 1961. In 1967 it was renamed the All Soviet Union Mathematical Olympiad and the numbering restarted, hence 1st ASU 1967. In 1992 it was renamed again as the Commonwealth of Independent States MO and the numbering restarted. But it was not held again. So 1992 was the last year.

The problems were intended for schoolchildren aged 14-17. Each year there were two papers of 3 or 4 questions each at three different levels (according to form, roughly ages, 14, 15, 16), but with some overlap between the levels. I can usually do the the easier questions as fast as I can write down the answer, which is almost never true for modern IMO questions. The hardest questions are comparable to the IMO.

The years up to 1987 are apparently published in Russian with solutions in Vasilev N B, Egorov A A, The problems of the All-Soviet-Union mathematical competitions, Moscow, Nauka 1988. ISBN 5020137308. Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to get hold of a copy. However, Vladimir Pertsel published a large text file many years ago on the internet containing an English translation of the problems only. Unfortunately, some of the problems were rather hard to understand and I have substantially changed the wording here.

The years from 1989 to 1992 were published in English with solutions by Arkadii Slinko, USSR Mathematical Olympiads 1989-1992, Australian Mathematical Trust, 1997, ISBN 0646336185. The AMT publishes a series of olympiad problem books, which can be ordered by email.

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John Scholes
jscholes@kalva.demon.co.uk
7 July 2002
Last updated/corrected 7 Jan 03