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Andrei Gavrilyuk - a schoolboy, had conquered the world

July 28 2005

Undisputed world champion held on to the Mexican city of Merida, from 11 to 19 July the International Mathematical Olympiad, a graduate of Physics and Mathematics School № 5 Dolgoprudny Moscow region Andrei Gavrilyuk. Champion scored maximum points.

The competition was far from humorous - 513 participants from 92 destinations of the world.
Traditionally, Russian students are favorites of international competitions. Each year, the Russians brought in about 30 medals of different denominations, but such success the first time a Russian schoolboy seeks.

On arrival in Russia, superchempion agreed to answer a few questions.

Andrew, can you briefly tell us about yourself?

I was born in the town of Mirny Arkhangelsk region, it is located near the Plesetsk launch site. Naturally the parents in my military. Upon completion of the MAI their distribution to the launch site, but immediately after my birth, they moved to Dolgoprudny. Up to 12 years old I was, and special mathematical talents I have not been observed. But then I came to school № 5 (mathematics and physics), there were a number of electives. I began attending math. The choice of this done because of what I've always liked the sciences. In the 7-8 classes the Olympics - I was their regular participant. But competition was not very high level - district, city. Major competitions up to grade 9 is not carried out.

And already, as ninth-graders, at the National Olympics I got to the finals and got a diploma. With the victory came, and "appetite" - and wanted to reach a new level. For this, I was deliberately prepared, worked with teachers, went to summer camp, to pack.

Some specialized, preparatory?

Yes, go get the people who received their diplomas at national competitions. Here's ninth-there simply are eyeing as a preparation for the Olympics are only allowed students the tenth grade. Of these people are selected to the National Olympics, where our compete with their peers - a sort of baptism by fire. Depending on what the results were shown in a dispute with traditional rival - the Chinese, is the most important selection for the Olympics.

According to the results of intermediate stages you've always been a leader?

No, not always, but in a 6-ku got steadily.

Where you did after school?

At MSU. Naturally, the Mechanics and Mathematics.

Describe your experience of international competition.

Honestly, at first I was a little surprised. Was a delight. But what happened the last 2,5 years: I'm consistently getting ready for this tournament, sought specifically to this purpose. Sort of like got hit - could only successfully address it lived up to expectations. The past few months, after it became known that he was in the national team, has been actively working on them, so the excitement has passed quickly. Jim-jams were lost in an airplane.

But perhaps the most serious shock I experienced when I saw that one half of the participants - the Russian-speaking, and another - Asians. It was, in fact, the Russian-Chinese Olympics. Next began working Olympic routine. These days I am disconnected from everything around, my mind was occupied only in mathematics.

Andrew, what a great sports Olympics, I imagine, and that such competition on the exact sciences - hardly ...

Usually given time - 4,5-5 hours at a time calculated a certain number of problems - there they were 3.
Next party sits and writes, the problem is that his thoughts out on paper, have understood the judge.Further, the jury examines the work and trying to understand what he meant party. Sometimes it is not easy. As a result of the meeting of the committee members put score. Standard, the maximum score for the task 7 points - points are not split up, not the pros and cons.

What the plan were the task?

It was necessary to prove a claim.

When you say you absolute champion of what you experienced? Surely it is you guess?

Naturally I was delighted, and was a little shocked. But on the other hand, I had high hopes for it.

Tell me, did you except mathematics something interests, hobbies, hobbies?

In fact, the subject takes a huge amount of time. So there is no permanent attachments. Well, well, the rest as usual. I love football errands, play volleyball, basketball, walk, listen to music.

And for that you win something other than moral satisfaction that something was?

There is such a fund, Vladimir Potanin, it helps to winners of international competitions, and students about 70 universities across the country. Here, in educational institutions is a contest, which played a significant premium, receive it within a year. The winners of international competitions receive scholarships during the period of study in high school on a monthly basis.

Maria Pavlikova

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