An interview with Um_nik

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How did you get to where you are today in the programming world?

By participating in all competitions I could reach for 5 years.

What is your best strategy for solving tough algorithm problems?

Dissect problem statements and find unusual places – these contain important information. Then try to divide the problem into smaller parts until each part is somehow resembles already known problem.

What are you most looking forward to for the TCO Finals?

To compete with the best.

Tell us what achievement you are the most proud of.

1st in CF rating for one week. It's kinda stupid because it's not really my achievement but whatever. It's OK to be stupid 🙂

If you wrote your own coder profile, what would it say?

Most known for being rude and having a blog with stupid jokes.

Offline, what is your favorite thing to do?

Playing games and watching TV series with my GF.

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