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Kirill Visnap shares photos, documents from the IYPT 1996 in an interview with Nikita Shanin

Kirill Visnap comments on the 9th IYPT (1996) and shares documents, in an interview with Nikita Shanin.

K. V. owns Novgorod-based company ARDIO.ru and supplies tools and equipment for car diagnosis and auto repair.

N. S.: You took part at the IYPT 1996. May I ask you a few questions about the event?

K. V.: Thank you for your interest. Yes, for sure. The IYPT 1996 was held in Georgia, Kutaisi, but our accommodation was in a resort facility called Tsqaltubo and located nearby Kutaisi. The setting during the tournament was excellent. Furthermore, it was the first my trip to a foreign country, so enjoyed it a lot.

N. S.: Georgia was a scene of military operations just two years ahead of the 9th IYPT. Did you feel any of consequences?

K. V.: Well, yes. Actually, we did not see any military hardware in the city (Kutaisi). But at the place of the accommodation (Tsqaltubo), the teams were protected by military personnel, Russian soldiers if I remember correctly. Besides that, each time we went somewhere (daily trips to Kutaisi one tour to the Black Sea), we saw military hardware. But we did not face any emergencies.

N. S.: A source told us that personnel with assault rifles accompanied the teams.

K. V.: No, this is not correct. There were guys with assault rifles only at the resort facility where lived. However this is true that they guarded 24 h. It was not recommended to go out the facility (though it was not forbidden.)

N. S.: What were your general impressions about the situation?

K. V.: We were met very warmly anywhere, despite quite troubled financial situation in Georgia. One consequence of this situation was that we could pay anywhere (at markets, in any shops) with any foreign currency: Georgian lari, Russian rubles, US dollars etc.

N. S.: By 1996, the working language of the tournament was midway from Russian to English. Were the language regulations strict? Was possible to choose the language for the report?

K. V.: Actually, we prepared our reports in both Russian and English. Some fights were in Russian, if the jurors were mostly Russian-speaking and consented to a Russian-language fight.

N. S.: Could you then choose the language for a presentation, or this was decided by the jury?

K. V.: Teams and jurors were trying to arrive to a coordinated decision just before a fight. As far as I remember, during some fights a report was made in English, but further discussion in Russian. Also, a few foreign teams were displeased to have a number of fights in Russian.

N. S.: According to your impressions, what was the ratio between Russian-speaking and English-speaking teams?

K. V.: It is hard to say. The Russian teams were clearly the most fluent in Russian, the Georgians ranked second, the Poles possibly ranked third in their fluency. Others did not understand much Russian.

N.S.: Thank you for your input into the 9th IYPT. Did you preserve any materials related to the tournament?

K. V.: Yes, I surely have some photos, the program of the tournament, the regulations, the problems, and the results.

N. S.: Do you have any contact details of other members of your team?

K. V.: Unfortunately, no. They were older than me and we have not been interacting since then.

N. S.: Thank you.

K. V.: Nice to hear that it could be useful to you. Thank you for your interest.

Kirill Visnap.

Team of Russia-Veliky Novgorod (Gymnasium Evrika.)

Team of Russia-Veliky Novgorod (Gymnasium Evrika.)

Team of Russia-Veliky Novgorod, team leaders.

Entrance to Tskhaltubo resort, the accommodation facility for the participants.

Report by Alexei Popov (Russia-Novgorod) and the opposition by the team of Poland.

Team of Poland (right) and an unidentified team (left.)

Team of Czech Republic (left) and Russia-Moscow (right.)

Jurors at a Physics Fight.

Schedule of the 9th International Young Physicists’ Tournament.

Problems as scanned sheets: *.pdf file, 2 pages.

Problems as individual pages: [1] [2]

Regulations as scanned sheets: *.pdf file, 8 pages.

Regulations as individual pages: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8].

Results of the Physics Fights (not sure whether final or intermediate.)

Individual ranking of participants.

The interview was taken on March 18, 2012. The archived documents and images were shared on March 27, 2012.

Sergei Denisov shares names, documents from IYPTs 1993-1997

Sergei Denisov comments on the IYPTs 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997, and shares names, photographs and many authentic documents, including detailed results, regulations, diplomas, and manuscripts.

S. D. works at LESTER, an IT company based in Moscow.

Names. Here are the team members from SUNC MGU at a few IYPTs:

IYPT 1993, Protvino: Boris Rozentul (captain), Maxim Andreeev, Oleg Golubitsky, Sergei Denisov, Natalya Ratnikova, Sergei Varlamov (leader.)

IYPT 1994, Groningen: Sergei Denisov (captain), Maxim Andreeev, Oleg Golubitsky, Boris Rozentul, Alexey Tarasov, Sergei Varlamov (leader.)

IYPT 1996, Tskhaltubo: Maxim Sidorov (captain), Dmitry Levkov, Irina Rezvyakova, Olga Belovolova, Leonid Gusev, Sergei Denisov (leader), Maxim Andreeev (leader.)

IYPT 1997, Cheb: Anatoly Dymarsky (captain), Dmitry Melnikov, Semjon Kuzin, Petr Mikheev, Michail Zagoruyko, Sergei Denisov (leader), Maxim Andreeev (leader.)

Documents from the IYPT 1993.

Team diploma for SUNC MGU [pdf]

Documents from the IYPT 1994.

Regulations of the IYPT in Russian [txt]

Team diploma for SUNC MGU [pdf]

Personal diploma for Sergei Denisov [pdf]

Program [pdf]

Rules and Regulations [pdf]

Problems in Russian language, partially [pdf]

Probably an anthem (I am not familiar with the Dutch language) [pdf]

Team and individual ranking before the Semi-Finals [pdf]

Team and individual ranking after the Semi-Finals [pdf]

A photograph of the team in the Netherlands.

Documents from the IYPT 1996.

I have very little materials from this IYPT in Tskhaltubo, Georgia.

Regulations of the IYPT in English dated October 1994 [txt]

Team and individual ranking after the selective fights, i.e. before the Semi-Finals [pdf]

Individual ranking after the Finals [pdf]

Documents from the IYPT 1997.

Problems from the Russian YPT (that normally matched the respective IYPT problems [doc] [pdf]

Team and individual ranking before the Semi-Finals [pdf]

Team and individual ranking after the Semi-Finals [pdf]

Team and individual ranking after the Finals [pdf]

A photograph of the team on the way to Prague (in Warsaw, if I am not mistaken.)

Badge. And I just happened to find the following badge from an YPT.

The details and documents were shared between March 19 and April 24, 2012.

Belarusian solutions for the 15th IYPT (2002)

2002, Historical IYPT documents — ilyamartch @ 8:38 pm

The solutions, prepared by silver-winning Belarusian team for the IYPT 2002, were shared by team member Alexander Shugaev via Maxim Sheinin, collected, an indexed for permanent safekeeping in autumn 2002. They are now released online.

[+] 2. Spider’s web (Belarus, IYPT slides, 2002) [ppt] [pdf]

[+] 3. Flying colours (Dmitry Martynov, Belarus, IYPT slides, 2002) [ppt] [pdf] [avi 1] [avi 2] [avi 3] [avi 4] [avi 5]

[+] 7. Ohm’s law for a liquid (Belarus, IYPT slides, 2002) [ppt] [pdf]

[+] 14. Torn sail (Belarus, IYPT slides, 2002) [swf]

[+] 17. Bottle battle (Alexander Shugaev, Belarus, IYPT slides, 2002) [ppt] [ppt] [doc] [pdf] [doc] [pdf] [doc] [pdf]

14th IYPT (2001): names, records from Matti Rajamaki

2001, Historical IYPT documents — ilyamartch @ 4:04 pm

Matti Rajamaki contributes original documents from the 14th IYPT (2001) to the IYPT Archive.

Matti Rajamaki, teacher of physics at Tapiola Upper Secondary School, Finland, was the head of the LOC of 14th IYPT (2001.)

Download: IYPT 2001, table with names and times of participants arrival, from the collection of the LOC 2001 [pdf]

Download: IYPT 2001, names of observers, jurors and team leaders and members, from the collection of the LOC 2001 [pdf]

I. M. Do you, by chance, still have a record of the names of participants and jurors at the IYPT 2001 in Tapiola? Is it possible that you kept electronic version of the nice blue A5-size booklet given to the participants at the IYPT 2001?

M. R. In pdf-files there are two kind of lists. One is table with names and times of participants arrival and the other is table containing names of observers, jurors and team leaders and members. There are overlaps same name in two lists, but everyone whose name is at least on one table participated IYPT 2001. Czech team participated too, but names are lacing. Booklet file I can’t find.

Roman Stepanyan comments on a few early IYPTs, clarifies details

Roman Stepanyan, Ukrainian team member and team leader at several IYPTs since 1993, comes back with substantial feedback about the early IYPTs, new details, and important corrections for the IYPT Archive.

Roman Stepanyan earned a PhD from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and is currently a researcher at DSM Ahead in Geleen, Netherlands, focusing on the rheology of complex fluids.

R. S. Accidentally I found your blog about IYPT. In a number of interviews, you ask about the members of the Ukrainian team in 1993. Unfortunately, the information provided by Yaroslav Chinski is somewhat incomplete. The
members were (not sure about the Latin spelling of the names, except my own.)

  • Dimitri Galayko (school 117, Odessa)
  • Alexander Nikitin (school 117, Odessa)
  • Alexander Morozov (Richelieu Lyceum, Odessa)
  • Yaroslav Chinski (Richelieu Lyceum, Odessa)
  • and myself: Roman Stepanyan (school 117, Odessa)

In your list, Dimitry Galayko is absent, which is the main reason I am writing this e-mail: he was one of the key players and certainly deserves to be mentioned. If necessary, you can contact him personally.

Some more details:

The problem reported by us in the final (Ukrainian team) was “Recharge” where we were given a charged capacitor and had to transfer its charge (as much as possible) to another capacitor. It was reported by Dimitry Galayko with Georgian team as opponent.

We were opponents of the Hungarian team. I was representing the opposition. The Georgian team was reporting “Domino”, opposed by Georgians. Our team was represented by A. Morozov.

There were actually three Ukrainian teams:

  • the official one (ours, based on School 117 team who won the All-Ukrainian YPT that year, trained by Sergey Kolos; see above for the names),
  • Odessa (Richelieu Lyceum) and
  • Lugansk.

So, some statements about the teams in your paper are not quite right.

During the Tournament in Fryazino (a kind of Post-Soviet tournament) the same year, our team had all the same members except A.Morozov. Dmitri Neselovskiy was “playing” together with us that time. We won that
tournament but I do not recall the details.

I. M. Many thanks again for your kind and so helpful input. If possible, can I please check with you the names of the Ukrainian team members and leaders at the IYPTs that you attended either as a leader or as a member?

R. S. I’ve put the info I remember below. [...] I also asked Vladimir Kulinskii about the names, etc.

1992 : Alexander Morozov, Igor Zozulya, Valentin Topelkin; this is all available data about the team.

> Leader Igor Altman, Zozulya was the captain.

1993 (with your recent correction) : Ukraine-National — Roman Stepanyan (captain), Alexander Morozov, Dimitri Galayko, Alexander Nikitin, Yaroslav Chinskiy, Sergey Kolos (leader.)

> There was also “Ukraine-Odessa” (led by Kulinskii, the same team as in 1994)

1994 : I don’t have any data on the Ukrainian team, but Vladimir Kulinskii was probably the leader or one of the two leaders.

> The names of the 1994th Ukrainian team (also present at 1993th YPT as Ukraine-Odessa) as I’ve got them from Kulinskii: Sergey Koleboshin, Vladimir Tolpekin, Igor Orlovich, Dimitri Popov,  Andrey Lugunov. Leader: Vladimir Kulinskii.

1997 : Kirill Belokurov, Igor Vorokhaev, Grigoriy Zavorothny, Denis Murakhovskiy, Elisaveta Ovdeenko as team members; no direct data on the team leaders.

> Pavel Viktor was the leader. Vorokhaev was the captain, I guess.

I. M. Thank you. I will make all these corrections at archive.iypt.org and in my preprints. If you do not have objections, I will also bring your commentaries into a short news release, so that we have a public primary source for these essential updates and corrections.

R. S. I do not have any objections. [...] Your archive looks really impressive!

UPD R. S. I found some diplomas from Fryazino, Protvino and Vienna. It’s a pity I don’t have our team’s diplomas from Fryazino and Protvino, only the personal ones.

The discussion and fact checking held between December 7 and December 15, 2011. Updated with documents, corrected on August 27, 2012.

Victor Isaev comments on IYPT 1997, shares documents, in an interview with Nikita Shanin

A collection of documents, diplomas, manuscripts, and newspaper cuttings related to the 10th IYPT (1997) has been preserved by Victor Isaev, Russian team member in 1997. In an interview with Nikita Shanin, he comments on the experiences at the IYPT 1997 and shares the archived materials.

Victor Isaev was born in 1980 and now resides in Alabama. “Little had such a strong impact on my life as had the participation at the Young Physicists’ Tournament in 1997″, he concluded in a LJ entry dated Dec. 3, 2011.

Download: 7. Vodianaja struja: handwritten solution for the problem No. 7 Water jet, 10th IYPT, in Russian [pdf]

Download: Turnir Junyh Fizikov, handwritten essay on the experiences at the 10th IYPT (1997), in Russian [pdf]

Download: Nadezhda rossijskoj nauki by T. Pahomova, Vechernij Ekaterinburg, Summer 1997, in Russian [png]

Download: Third prize diploma for the team of Russia, Ekaterinburg, at the 10th IYPT (1997) [pdf] [pdf]

Download: Certificate of participation for Victor Issaev, 10th IYPT (1997) [pdf]

Download: Personal diplomas for Victor Isaev at the national Russian YPT, 1997 [pdf] [pdf]

V. I.: Participation in the 10th IYPT was a really fantastic experience for me. I suppose the event had a strongest influence on my further life. Actually, physics is not my chief occupation now, but I am sure something has been changed after that trip. My memories about the tournament are full of warmth.

N. S.: May I ask you about some details of your participation in the IYPT that could be interesting for participants of the future tournaments.

V. I.: Yes, for sure.

N. S.: Were the rules strict for choosing the language for your report? Did jury assist in translating Russian into English? Do you remember reports or discussions in Russian?

V. I.: According to the rules you might make a report in Russian if all participants in the room were Russian speakers. In this case a Russian-speaking juror would translate for other jurors who did not speak Russian. Once I had such a situation. However, as I have had prepared my report in English, I preferred not to alter the language for my speech.

N. S.: For how long have you prepared to the tournament? Where the national YPT was held?

V. I.: We began to prepare in 3 months before the national tournament, during the winter. Besides that we had an extra month for the preparation to the international one.

N. S.: As far as I know you participated in the national YPT. Could you remember any different problems in the tournament that you did not face in the IYPT?

V. I.: Certainly not. The problems were absolutely similar. As far as I remember there were only 10 problems in the regional tournament due to lack of time for preparation but they were identical to the respective IYPT problems.

N. S.: Were you preparing any visual aids for your reports, like paper posters or transparencies?

V. I.: Sure, for each of my reports I’ve had lots of transparencies prepared with all necessary formulas and graphs. Truth to be told, there was a lot of complicated mathematics in my reports (specifically – for the “Water jet” and “Roget’s Spiral” problems), so there was no other way to properly present these solution but to provide lots of visual materials.

N. S.: According to your impressions, most reports at the national YPT were theoretical or there were many teams performing good experiments?

V. I.: It’s hard to talk in terms of “most reports”, but, definitely, most of really interesting reports were based on good experiments. We’ve been trying to provide good experimental base for all our problems.

N. S.: Could you recall the problems reported by finalists (Hungary, Czech Republic and the Republic of Belarus)?

V. I.: I am sorry, but I don’t remember.

N. S.: Could you clarify the name of your team leaders?

V. I.: I do not have any present contact details of the team leaders but Google may help:

  • Team leader and scientific adviser: Tatyana Georigievna Babmurova (new last name, Shtina);
  • Scientific adviser: Andrei Konstantinovich Zhuravlev (PhD)

N. S.: Did you preserve some interesting materials connected with the 10th IYPT that you could consign to the archive?

V. I.: I am sure I have something interesting for you. Definitely I have an item about team and certificates for our participation. Perhaps I preserved my solution of the problem “Roget’s Spiral”.

N. S.: Thank you for your effort. I hope materials you have consigned will be interesting for guests of the archive.

V. I.: Nice to hear that it could be useful to you. Thank you for your interest.

The interview was primarily taken in August and September 2011 with extra archived material collected in March 2012.

New archived articles by Valentin Lobyshev, Svetlana Kutuzova

Uncategorized — ilyamartch @ 6:47 pm

Two YPT-themed articles are scanned were collected and scanned by Alexei Krotov for the IYPT Archive.

[+] S. N. Kutuzova. Issledovatelskaja rabota pri podgotovke k “Turniru junyh fizikov” // Fizika v shkole, no. 1, 2006, str. 37-42 ISSN 0130-5522 [pdf]

[+] V. I. Lobyshev. TUF-96: zadachi rossijskogo i mezhdunarodnogo TUFov-96 // FPS, no. 5, 1996, str. 3 ISSN 2077-6578 [jpg]

Georgian team shares their solutions for the 23rd IYPT (2010)

2010 — ilyamartch @ 1:21 pm

A collection of IYPT projects is being shared by the Georgian team members in 2010. The collection of slides and videos is indexed to be included into the IYPT Archive.

Indexed solutions

[+] 13. Shrieking rod (Alexander Barnaveli, Georgia, IYPT slides, 2010) [pptx] [pdf] [avi 1] [wmv 2] [wmv 3] [wav 4] [wav 5] [wav 6] [wav 7] [wav 8] [wav 9] [wav 10] [wav 11] [wav 12]

[+] 17. Kelvin’s dropper (Alexander Barnaveli, Georgia, IYPT slides, 2010) [pptx] [pdf] [wmv 1] [wmv 2] [wmv 3] [wmv 4] [wmv 5]

Kit attracts int’l attention, extracts re-published, translated

2011, 2012 — ilyamartch @ 8:29 pm

The IYPT Reference Kit attracts international attention and has been successfully used to complete regional conference proceedings and to prepare supporting materials for jurors and students. Extracts from the Kit are now translated into further languages by regional activists.

  • 2011 Victorian Young Physicists’ Tournament. Stage One Problems: Possible methods and questions (“Electro-oscillator”, Kit 2009; “Bouncing drop”, Kit 2009) [doc]
  • 2011 Victorian Young Physicists’ Tournament. Topics for Stage 2 (“Moving cylinder”, Kit 2011; “Astroblaster”, Kit 2008) [doc]
  • Konferencja “Ogolnopolski Turniej Mlodych Fizykow 2011 – Katowice” (“Requirements for a successful IYPT report”, Kit 2011) [pdf]

We appreciate that the outreach of the Kit grows and welcome new applications for this material. We kindly remind, however, that the Kit is not distributed under GNU Free Documentation License. We kindly ask you to credit the source and, where appropriate, contact us before re-publishing the Kit’s contents under a new name or with a new edition notice.

Ron Peerlings shares photos, docs from the 2nd IYPT (1989)

A collection of documents and color photographs from the 2nd IYPT has been preserved by Ron Peerlings, a Dutch team member in 1989.

Ron Peerlings is now an Associate Professor in the Materials Technology Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology.

R. P. Vincent told me about your effort. I’m sure I have photographs of the trip and tournament. I’m not so sure about documents etc.

I have fond memories of the trip to Moscow — it was a fantastic experience for an 18 year old!

Included are the program, problems, some pictures and two articles published in a regional newspaper (“De Limburger”) before and after the tournament respectively.

Should you have received any other photographs of the 1989 edition, I would be very interested — I couldn’t find any on the website?

I. M. If new materials appear, I will signal to you immediately. We would be equally indebted if you know other participants who might have preserved extra materials from that time period.

So far, I don’t have any other photos that were clearly made in 1989. There is a collection of photographs from co-organizer Evgeny Yunosov (who is seen as a chairperson at photo07.jpg.) You can find all his photos here. He has a section named “1989″, but there is solid evidence that those photos were actually taken in 1990. The Bulgarian participants shared the scans of badges and diplomas, and a Belarusian participant shared one single photo where little is seen.

R. P. I do not really recognise anyone in the photographs of Dr. Yusonov, which is consistent with your statement that they may be from another year.

I. M. Yes. At the same time, more than a half of those “1989″ pictures show the people recognized by participants of the 3rd IYPT. It looks like this series of pictures were all taken at one single IYPT, but the year was put incorrectly. (Dr. Yunosov himself could neither confirm nor deny this guess, as too much time passed by.)

Can I please ask you for the detailed references to the articles in “De Limburger”? The reason is that the publishers might have their internal index and know about the IYPT-related articles covering the following years (e.g. 1990, 1991.) I tried on several occasions to directly contact publishers of such “irrelevant” newspapers, and a few times it helped to reveal extra sources.

R. P. The two cuttings from “De Limburger” are more about our participation and trip and not so much about the tournament itself. There are no dates on them, but they must have been published in the weeks before (article01) and after (article02) the tournament. “De Limburger” is a regional newspaper and I would be very surprised if they would have written about the tournament on other occasions.

I. M. As for some materials in Russian language that you can find in the Archive, there are only one or two truly relevant papers. There is a single-page newsletter in the Soviet popular physics journal “Kvant”, and one more article giving the problems. Ironically, those problems were published in August 1988 and intended for the 2nd IYPT, but then were replaced (9 out of 17 problems.) An English copy that Hans Jordens has preserved, is matching the Kvant version and is incorrect. When we now have the authentic text, it will be possible to improve my previous “reconstruction” from Russian and Czech sources. Do you have any information when this replacement might have happened?

R. P. I wasn’t aware of the replacement of problems. In fact, as far as I can remember we only received the problems upon arrival in Moscow. I distinctly remember working on them long hours during the first days of the tournament.

[An update:] It seems that I was wrong when I said we received the problems only at the spot. My notes mention that we did some preparation at home, before leaving for Moscow. However, we received the invitation only on March 12th (12 days before leaving), so there wasn’t much time to prepare. And I don’t think it was clear to us which role these problems would play in the tournament — information on the format of the tournament was scarce at the time.

As to the program, it seems that some changes were made on the spot, particularly for the foreign teams. We took part in the first round on Monday, but apparently were pardoned for those on Tuesday and Thursday and were admitted directly to the finals (on Friday). We perceived this as a change of rules which was made partially because we had so little time to prepare, but this may have been a wrong impression…

I. M. Thank you for this detail. According to the Hungarian participants, the Dutch team received the problems “on the spot” also in 1990. When compared to the today’s practice, it is a very remarkable historical curiosity (most teams now start the work on the problems well ahead of the IYPT.) One more curious historical highlight with the Dutch teams was in 1992, when they brought a laptop with a transparent LCD panel and made full-scale multimedia presentations by putting the laptop onto the overhead projector.

R. P. I wrote some notes next to the photographs. I will read them again over the next days and let you know if anything useful comes up.

I. M. Is it true that eight teams took part in the finals on Friday? Did all of these eight teams make talks in a single room?

R. P. According to my notes, there were two parallel final sessions, with four teams each. The scores obtained in them were used to construct one final ranking. The other teams on our session were Bulgaria, School 710 and Hungary.

My notes state the final result of the tournament as follows:

1. Bulgaria (score: 31.6)
2. West Germany (31.5)
3. School 710 (USSR; 31.4)
4. Odessa (USSR; 31.3)
5. Netherlands (30.8)
6. Czechoslovakia (30.7)
7. Hungary (29.4)
8. Poland (29.1)

This does not seem to be in complete agreement with the factsheet on the archive webpage. However, I honestly can’t remember how I got hold of these scores, so your sources might well be more accurate.

I. M. There is qualitative agreement with the other sources (Bulgaria, West Germany and School 710 on the top; Finals held with all non-Soviet and two Soviet teams; eight teams in total at the “International Rounds”.) I easily imagine that there were many last-minute changes in the regulations, and that the entire IYPT was in its test phase.

As for the factsheet: that data is not from a single official document released by the organizers. It shows a reconstruction from various accounts and personal recollections. It is open for corrections, if necessary. (When I started the project, there was zero information available within the community about the first few years of the IYPT.)

Many thanks for keeping safe and sharing the ranking! Basically, we now have a direct record made by a first-hand participant at the actual stages of the IYPT. I believe such a record must be more reliable than anything else.

Many thanks for keeping safe and sharing the ranking! Basically, we now have a direct record made by a first-hand participant at the actual stages of the IYPT. I believe such a record must be more reliable than anything else. Can we please ask you to kindly scan your handwritten ranking? This will be a solid “primary source” on the results of the 2nd IYPT. We would be very glad to have it in the collection as an “artifact”, and to rely on it in the future.

R. P. I have attached a scan of my notes of the final ranking of the tournament.

I. M. Can I please also check one more detail with you : was Hans Jordens attending the event, or he just contributed to arranging your trip?

R. P. Hans Jordens did not join us to Moscow; in fact I think I have never met him. He invited our school to participate in the tournament because as a school we obtained the highest scores in the national physics olympiad. So the five (student) members of our team were from one school (Bisschoppelijk College Weert) and were the highest-ranked participants from that school. Two of our physics-teachers accompanied us and their spouses came along as well (at their own cost). You can see all Dutch persons present in photo08.jpg, from left to right: Patrick Veldhuis, Trees Raassens (partner of Willem Bouwman), Gertie Starmans (partner of Ad Molenaars), Wim van Geloven, Ad Molenaars (teacher), Jolanda van Deurzen, Vincent Verouden, Ron Peerlings, Willem Bouwman (teacher).

I. M. Many thanks for your efforts and this great input on the 2nd IYPT These are just incredible materials and recollections.

That IYPT 1989 was the first truly international and properly organized event, as in 1988 there were only two non-Soviet teams who came to Moscow (and it looks like the things were tested ad-hoc in 1988.) Quite surprisingly, the IYPT has evolved now into a very serious event (iypt.org.) Therefore, it is especially interesting and important for us to know the origins.

R. P. Good to hear that my scans are useful to you. I forgot to mention that the text written on the program is a loose translation of it. Hope this is of some use!

R. P. scanned and shared the documents between October 13 and October 30, 2011.

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