## 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.

## Archive |

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

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7 July 2002

Last updated/corrected 7 Jan 03