## Japanese EGMO is published!

I'm happy to thank 日本評論社 and their team (Fuma Hirayama, Yuki Kumagae, Taiyo Kodama, Ayato Shukuta, among others) for making the Japanese translation a reality. As well as tripling the length of the errata PDF :) This marks the second translation of the EGMO textbook (a Chinese translation was published a while ago as well… Continue reading Japanese EGMO is published!

## USEMO Problem Development, Behind the Scenes

In this post I'm hoping to say a bit about the process that's used for the problem selection of the recent USEMO: how one goes from a pool of problem proposals to a six-problem test. (How to write problems is an entirely different story, and deserves its own post.) I choose USEMO for concreteness here,… Continue reading USEMO Problem Development, Behind the Scenes

## USA Special Team Selection Test Series for IMO 2021

A lot of people have been asking me how team selection is going to work for the USA this year. This information was sent out to the contestants a while ago, but I understand that there's a lot of people outside of MOP 2020 who are interested in seeing the TST problems :) so this… Continue reading USA Special Team Selection Test Series for IMO 2021

## USEMO sign-ups are open

I'm happy to announce that sign-ups for my new olympiad style contest, the United States Ersatz Math Olympiad (USEMO), are open now! The webpage for the USEMO is https://web.evanchen.cc/usemo.html (where sign-ups are posted). The US Ersatz Math Olympiad is a proof-based competition open to all US middle and high school students. Like many competitions, its… Continue reading USEMO sign-ups are open

## Circular optimization

This post will mostly be focused on construction-type problems in which you're asked to construct something satisfying property \$latex {P}&fg=000000\$. Minor spoilers for USAMO 2011/4, IMO 2014/5. 1. What is a leap of faith? Usually, a good thing to do whenever you can is to make ``safe moves'' which are implied by the property \$latex… Continue reading Circular optimization

## IMO 2019 Aftermath

Here is my commentary for the 2019 International Math Olympiad, consisting of pictures and some political statements about the problem. Summary This year's USA delegation consisted of leader Po-Shen Loh and deputy leader Yang Liu. The USA scored 227 points, tying for first place with China. For context, that is missing a total of four… Continue reading IMO 2019 Aftermath

## An opening speech for MOP

While making preparations for this year's MOP, I imagined to myself what I would say on orientation night if I was director of the camp, and came up with the following speech. I thought it might be nice to share on this blog. Of course, it represents my own views, not the actual views of… Continue reading An opening speech for MOP

## Undergraduate Math 011: a firsT yeaR coursE in geometrY

tl;dr I parodied my own book, download the new version here. People often complain to me about how olympiad geometry is just about knowing a bunch of configurations or theorems. But it recently occurred to me that when you actually get down to its core, the amount of specific knowledge that you need to do… Continue reading Undergraduate Math 011: a firsT yeaR coursE in geometrY