British Mathematical Olympiad

Welcome to the British Mathematical Olympiad

(20 July 2024)

The IMO 2024 papers were sat on 16 and 17 July in Bath. The results of the UK team members are shown below. We obtained two gold, three silver and one bronze medals and a score of 162 out of 252, coming equal 6th out of 108 participating countries. The medal boundaries were 29 for Gold, 22 for Silver and 16 for Bronze.

Name Q1Q2Q3Q4Q5Q6TotalMedal
Alex Chui 7 7 2 7 7 535Gold Medal
Sam Griffiths 7 7 0 7 7 028Silver Medal
Isaac King 7 7 4 7 0 025Silver Medal
Mikaeel Shah 7 2 0 7 3 019Bronze Medal
Samuel Sturge 7 7 2 7 7 131Gold Medal
Haolin Zhao 7 3 0 7 7 024Silver Medal

(17 July 2024)

The IMO 2024 papers were sat on 16 and 17 July in Bath. The problems were submitted by Colombia, Indonesia, Australia, Poland, Hong Kong and Japan, respectively.

(13 July 2024)

The UK has won the 17th Mathematics Ashes competition, decided on the results of today’s practice exam at the joint pre-IMO training camp; the results for the two teams were as follows, with the UK scoring a total of 104 and Australia scoring a total of 81:

CodeName Q1Q2Q3Total
UNK1Alex Chui 77721
UNK2Sam Griffiths77115
UNK3Isaac King 77721
UNK4Mikaeel Shah 77519
UNK5Samuel Sturge76114
UNK6Haolin Zhao 77014
AUS1William Cheah77721
AUS2Amber Li 261 9
AUS3Laura Nan 76013
AUS4Alex Qiu 77721
AUS5Cloris Xu 77014
AUS6Iris Xu 210 3

(27 May 2024)

The following six students have been selected as the UK team for IMO 2024, to be held in Bath, 11–22 July.

NameSchool
Alex ChuiTonbridge School
Sam GriffithsKingswinford Academy
Isaac KingTonbridge School
Mikaeel ShahIsleworth and Syon School
Samuel SturgeKingston Grammar School
Haolin ZhaoSt Paul’s School

The Team Leader is Dominic Yeo (King’s College London) and the Deputy Leader is Vesna Kadelburg (The Perse School). The first reserve is Zijie Guan (The Glasgow Academy).

(30 April 2024)

The UK team at the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad in Varna, Bulgaria have achieved the following scores (each question marked out of 10). The medal cut-offs were 33 for gold, 23 for silver and 12 for bronze.

Name Q1Q2Q3Q4TotalMedal
Aanya Goyal 10 0 0 010Honourable Mention
Adavya Goyal 1010 3 023Silver Medal
Zijie Guan 8 0 2 010
Ed Hart 10 0 7 017Bronze Medal
William Harwood10 0 0 010Honourable Mention
Samuel Sturge 1010 7 330Silver Medal

The problems were proposed by the UK (Tom Hillman), Romania, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan.

(15 April 2024)

The UK team in the 13th European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad have achieved the following results, coming 16th out of 54 participating teams (9th out of 37 official European teams). The medal boundaries are 33 for gold, 22 for silver and 13 for bronze.

Name Q1Q2Q3Q4Q5Q6TotalMedal
Aanya Goyal 2 7 7 7 7 2 32Silver Medal
Keisha Kwok 2 2 0 0 1 0 5
Elsa Lin 7 7 0 7 7 1 29Silver Medal
Julia Volovich 1 6 6 0 3 1 17Bronze Medal
Huyen Ngoc Pham (remote participant) 2 7 6 7 2 1 25

(14 April 2024)

The problems from the second paper at the 13th European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad, sat today in Tskaltubo, Georgia, are now available. The problems were submitted by Ukraine, Croatia and Luxembourg + Belgium, respectively.

(13 April 2024)

The problems from the first paper at the 13th European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad, sat today in Tskaltubo, Georgia, are now available. The problems were submitted by Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, respectively.

(8 April 2024)

The UK has been invited as a guest nation to send a team to the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad, to be held in Varna, Bulgaria, 27 April–2 May. The team will be accompanied by Jamie Bell (University College, London) as Leader, Dominic Yeo (King’s College London) as Observer with Leader and Ina Hughes as Observer with Contestants. After the training camp held at Trinity College, Cambridge, the team has been selected as follows.

NameSchool
Aanya GoyalAlleyn’s School
Adavya GoyalSt Paul’s School
Zijie GuanThe Glasgow Academy
Ed HartPate’s Grammar School
William HarwoodNottingham High School
Samuel SturgeKingston Grammar School

(8 April 2024)

At the training camp held at Trinity College, Cambridge, the following IMO squad of eleven was selected. These students will participate in further training and selection tests before the IMO team of six and the first reserve for the IMO in the UK are chosen.

NameSchool
Alex ChuiTonbridge School
Aanya GoyalAlleyn’s School
Sam GriffithsKingswinford Academy
Zijie GuanThe Glasgow Academy
William HarwoodNottingham High School
Isaac KingTonbridge School
Elsa LinWestminster School
Neil PrabhuSt Paul’s School
Mikaeel ShahIsleworth and Syon School
Samuel SturgeKingston Grammar School
Haolin ZhaoSt Paul’s School

The Team Leader is Dominic Yeo (King’s College London) and the Deputy Leader is Vesna Kadelburg (The Perse School). The IMO will take place in Bath, 11–22 July.

(1 March 2024)

The UK participants in the Romanian Master of Mathematics competition have achieved the following results, coming 7th out of 14 teams in the team competition. The medal boundaries are 30 for gold, 25 for silver and 21 for bronze. The problems (day 1, day 2) are available, and were proposed by Israel, the United Kingdom (Will Steinberg), Russia, Iran, Denmark, and Iran, respectively.

Name Q1Q2Q3Q4Q5Q6TotalMedal
Alex Chui (online participant) 7 7 7 7 7 0 35Gold Medal
Aanya Goyal 7 7 0 0 7 0 21Bronze Medal
Sam Griffiths 7 0 7 3 1 0 18Honourable Mention
Zijie Guan 7 2 0 7 2 0 18Honourable Mention
Isaac King 7 7 2 7 1 0 24Bronze Medal
Samuel Sturge 3 7 1 7 3 0 21Bronze Medal
Haolin Zhao 7 7 6 7 1 0 28Silver Medal

(13 February 2024)

The following BMO2 candidates scored 28 or more out of 40.

Alex Chui40
Aanya Goyal34
Huyen Ngoc Pham34
Isaac King32
Alex Rowe32
Mikaeel Shah32
Miron Yurkevich32
Volodymyr Chub31
Adavya Goyal30
Hanks Chong Hon Tsun28

(13 February 2024)

The 13th European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad will be held 11–17 April in Tskaltubo, Georgia. The UK team will be:

NameSchool
Aanya GoyalAlleyn’s School
Elsa LinWestminster School
Huyen Ngoc PhamWestbourne School
Julia VolovichHills Road Sixth Form College

The reserve is Keisha Kwok (The Sacred Heart Language College). The Team Leader is Kasia Warburton and the Deputy Leader is Emily Beatty; Ava Yeo will be Observer with Contestants.

(26 January 2024)

This year’s BMO Round 2 paper was taken on Wednesday 24 January; video solutions are available online. Production facilities for the video were donated by the University of Bath Audio Visual Unit. The problems were by Richard Freeland, Sam Bealing, Gerry Leversha, and Ben Handley, respectively.

(5 January 2024, staff added 9 January 2024)

Following the annual IMO Winter School held in Hungary, 27 December to 4 January, the students to represent the UK at the Romanian Master of Mathematics competition have been selected as:

NameSchool
Aanya GoyalAlleyn’s School
Sam GriffithsKingswinford Academy
Zijie GuanThe Glasgow Academy
Isaac KingTonbridge School
Samuel SturgeKingston Grammar School
Haolin ZhaoSt Paul’s School

The leaders are Andjela Sarkovic (King’s College, Cambridge) and Harvey Yau (DPMMS, Cambridge). Mary Teresa Fyfe (formerly of Hutchesons’ Grammar School) is Observer with Contestants. The RMM will take place in Bucharest, 26 February to 2 March.

(19 December 2023, New Zealand results added 22 January 2024)

The following BMO Round 1 candidates scored 57 or more out of 60. The markers’ report on BMO1, with discussions of different approaches to the problems, is also now available.

Hanks Chong60
Alex Chui60
Aanya Goyal60
Sam Griffiths60
Isaac King60
Mikaeel Shah60
Samuel Sturge60
Haolin Zhao60
Justin Leung59
Eason Shao59
Ryan Bhaskar58
Samuel Cates58
Zijie Guan58
Andy Li58
Vadym Pashkovskyi58
Alex Rowe58
Zach Thompson58
Sam Trajtenberg58
Volodymyr Chub57
Adavya Goyal57
Kelvin Lam57
Narein Mohan57
Michael Sydorenko57
Haotian Wang (NZ)57

(17 November 2023)

This year’s BMO Round 1 paper was taken on 15 November; video solutions are available online. Production facilities for the video were donated by the University of Bath Audio Visual Unit. The problems were by Geoff Smith, Geoff Smith, Sam Bealing, Dominic Yeo, Richard Freeland, and Ben Handley, respectively.

(24 October 2023)

The markers’ report for the 2023 UK Mathematical Olympiad for Girls paper, with statistics of results, is now available. The following participants scored 43 or more out of 50 and have been awarded book prizes.

Rebecca Bazlov50
Maria Kaportseva50
Aanya Goyal50
Julia Volovich50
Soumya Satish50
Yevheniia Frankevych50
Elizabeth Finn49
Nanako Ueda49
Ema Kobayashi49
Sofia Hametsina48
Hana Park47
Thorpe Thorpe47
Kate Sydorenko46
Anusha Selva-Radov45
Mabel Symes45
Xiaowen Yang45
Evie Taylor45
Aurelia Walker45
Bryony Thornton45
Orla Kelly45
Rachel Ahn44
Cosima Semple44
Marta Studenikina44
Sara Tanase44
Paige Mitchinson44
Ellie Rashkova44
Heather McCaughan43
Sophia Chen43
Lelana Legere43
Seyedeh Elissa Talaee43
Rebecca Xia43

(29 September 2023)

The UK Mathematical Olympiad for Girls (UK MOG) paper was taken on Wednesday. Solutions are also available.

(24 September 2023)

The Balkan Mathematical Olympiad information now includes Jamie Bell’s report on the 2023 olympiad.

(8 August 2023)

BMO EC is pleased that the Olympiad Mentoring Schemes are restarting for the academic year 2023/24.

  • Students aiming to improve towards BMO2 level are welcome to sign up for the Olympiad Mentoring Scheme (OMS). All students will receive the monthly material but, depending on numbers, it may not be possible to offer all students a mentor. The form should be completed by a teacher at the applicant’s school.
  • The Advanced Olympiad Mentoring Scheme (AOMS) is by invitation only, to students who attended the Hungary camp or the Cambridge camp in 2022/23 or who achieved a high score of at least 50/60 in BMO1 or 25/40 in BMO2. The form should be completed by the student.

The schemes will start in early September. Applications received after Monday 28th August may not be prioritised for mentor allocation.

We will be contacting former A/OMS mentors shortly, as well as any volunteers who have expressed an interest in joining this programme. Further expressions of interest are welcome via UKMT’s volunteering manager [volunteering@ukmt.org.uk].

(3 August 2023)

The reports on past IMOs now include Dominic Yeo’s report on IMO 2023.

(11 July 2023)

The IMO papers were sat on 8 and 9 July in Chiba, Japan. The results of the UK team members are shown below. We obtained two gold, two silver and two bronze medals and a score of 167 out of 252, coming 13th out of 112 participating countries. The medal boundaries were 32 for Gold, 25 for Silver and 18 for Bronze.

Name Q1Q2Q3Q4Q5Q6TotalMedal
Hanks Chong 7 3 0 7 3 020Bronze Medal
Alex Chui 7 7 7 7 7 035Gold Medal
Thomas Kavanagh 7 7 1 7 7 029Silver Medal
Isaac King 7 7 4 7 7 032Gold Medal
Sida Li 7 6 3 4 3 023Bronze Medal
William Thomson 7 0 7 7 7 028Silver Medal

(9 July 2023)

The IMO 2023 papers were sat on 8 and 9 July in Chiba, Japan; the problems are available. The problems were submitted by Colombia, Portugal, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Netherlands and the USA, respectively.

(5 July 2023)

The 16th Mathematics Ashes competition, decided on the results of today’s practice exam at the joint pre-IMO training camp, was tied; the results for the two teams were as follows, with each team scoring a total of 89:

CodeName Q1Q2Q3Total
UNK1Hanks Chong 74011
UNK2Alex Chui 77721
UNK3Thomas Kavanagh 77014
UNK4Isaac King 77115
UNK5Sida Li 77014
UNK6William Thomson 77014
AUS1William Cheah 73717
AUS2Sizhe Pan 77115
AUS3Zian Shang 77014
AUS4Christopher Tran77115
AUS5Cloris Xu 77014
AUS6Iris Xu 77014

(30 May 2023)

The following six students have been selected as the UK team for IMO 2023, to be held in Chiba, Japan, 2–13 July.

NameSchool
Hanks ChongConcord College
Alex ChuiTonbridge School
Thomas KavanaghKing’s College London Maths School
Isaac KingTonbridge School
Sida LiReading School
William ThomsonWinchester College

The Team Leader is Dominic Yeo (King’s College London), the Deputy Leader is Freddie Illingworth (University of Oxford) and Ava Yeo will be Observer with Contestants. The reserves are Neil Prabhu (St Paul’s School) and Mikaeel Shah (Isleworth and Syon School).

(11 May 2023, more information added 12 May 2023)

The UK team at the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad in Antalya, Turkey have achieved the following scores (each question marked out of 10). The medal cut-offs were 32 for gold, 31 for silver and 17 for bronze.

Name Q1Q2Q3Q4TotalMedal
Anthony Goncharov10 7 3 1 21Bronze Medal
Sam Griffiths 10 0 2 8 20Bronze Medal
Elsa Lin 10 1 2 1 14Honourable Mention
Neil Prabhu 1010 2 0 22Bronze Medal
Mikaeel Shah 10 7 0 1 18Bronze Medal
Julia Volovich 8 0 1 1 10

The problems were proposed by North Macedonia, UK (Sam Bealing), Greece and Romania.

(17 April 2023)

The UK team in the 12th European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad have achieved the following results, coming equal 11th out of 55 participating teams (equal 8th out of 38 official European teams). The medal boundaries are 38 for gold, 28 for silver and 16 for bronze.

Name Q1Q2Q3Q4Q5Q6TotalMedal
Aanya Goyal 7 7 7 2 6 3 32Silver Medal
Ema Kobayashi 7 7 7 7 7 0 35Silver Medal
Elsa Lin 6 1 0 7 7 0 21Bronze Medal
Huyen Ngoc Pham 0 7 0 5 3 7 22Bronze Medal

(16 April 2023)

The problems (day 1, day 2) from the 12th European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad, held yesterday and today in Portorož, Slovenia, are now available. The problems were submitted by Croatia, Slovakia, Australia, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Israel, respectively.