Q. CodeChef: When did you start coding and how did you learn?
Pavel Mavrin: In school
Egor Kulikov: About 1993, a lot of practice
Q. CodeChef: Could you name and share your first programming contest experience?
Pavel Mavrin: school olympiade in 3th grade
Egor Kulikov: We solved only 2 problems in our university selection contest.
Q. CodeChef: How often do you code on any given day & weekend?
Pavel Mavrin: About 1 problem a day
Egor Kulikov: This is my work besides hobby, so a lot.
Q. CodeChef: What was the biggest hurdle on your road to where you are today?
Pavel Mavrin: moving to St. Petersburg
Egor Kulikov: Believing in myself.
Q. CodeChef: What do you think biggest mistake competitive programmers make?
Pavel Mavrin: Don’t read the statement carefully
Egor Kulikov: Thinking that task is unsolvable
Q. CodeChef: What programming language do you use and why?
Pavel Mavrin: Java. It’s comfortable to write big programs
Egor Kulikov: Java, it is most convenient to use and a lot of useful tools are made for competitive programming.
Q. CodeChef: What advice do you have for other competitive programmers?
Pavel Mavrin: Don’t give up
Egor Kulikov: Practice.
Q. CodeChef: What do you like the most about CodeChef? and what would you don’t like in it?
Pavel Mavrin: –
Egor Kulikov: I like long contest as they are change of pace from the more traditional contests. I would prefer more robust infrastructure and some API.
Q. CodeChef: What factors do you believe help you win?
Pavel Mavrin: I’m lucky.
Egor Kulikov: Fantastic teammate.
Q. CodeChef: What motivates you to compete?
Pavel Mavrin: It’s cool to compete with the best coders.
Egor Kulikov: It is fun
Q. CodeChef: Where do you see yourself 5 years down the line?
Pavel Mavrin: I don’t make such long plans.
Egor Kulikov: Doing great things.
That, ladies & gentlemen is Team Havka for you. We thoroughly enjoyed their responses and hope you did too.
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