Today, Josh Makarov became UNB Mathematics Society's first ever two-time chess champion. Second and third place winners were Md Mohitul Haque (Evan) and Alex Marmura, respectively. Co-President Zahra Rangipour interviewed Josh after his win.
My name is Joshua Makarov, a third year economics student at UNBF. With the virus restricting us to our homes, I have been keeping busy by working with the Public Health Agency of Canada to maintain our quarantine site and by being on the board of the NB Chess and Math Association. I also love to read; I am currently reading the Game of Thrones series!
At what age did you start playing chess?
I started playing chess at the age of five.
How did you get so good at chess?
I got good at chess through playing with my brother and father, as well as spending my years in high school deeply involved in chess and studying it all the time.
Who inspires you?
It would have to be one of the all-time greats: Mikhail Tal.
For those of you who do not know, Mikhail Tal was a Latvian chess player and the eighth World Chess Champion. He had a peak rating of 2705 in January 1980. He is pictured below.
How much time do you dedicate to chess?
I play occasionally, maybe a few hours a week on Chess.com.
What would be your advice to beginner chess players?
My advice for beginners is pretty much to stick with it. Just like everything in life: practice makes perfect. Also, try to play OTB (over the board) rather than online, the game is much more exciting when you see your opponent.
Congratulations Josh! We hope to see you competing at our future chess events!