Varanasi: His mastery over chess taught Adarsh Srivastava all the right moves to crack IIT-JEE Advanced 2017, with AIR 355. He scored 286 out of 366.
“As right moves hold the key to victory in chess tournaments, similarly the use of the right formula holds a solution to each question of mathematics,” Srivastava told HT soon after the declaration of the IIT-JEE Advanced results.
“I like playing chess. It improves my concentration levels and helps me crack mathematical problems. One wrong move in chess can change everything, leading to defeat , so we tend to think seriously before each move. Likewise, I give a serious thought to each formula to solve mathematics questions in the JEE Advanced papers,” Srivastava said.
Mathematics is his favourite subject.
He started playing chess at the tender age of three and in 2005, participated in the Under-7 state chess tournament and won a medal. He also participated in the Under- 9, Under-11 and Under-13 chess championships at the state level. In 2008, he represented India in the Under-8 junior chess Asia championship held in Tehran. He achieved seventh rank.In a game with grandmaster Shyam Sundar, he ended his stint with a draw. Sundar was highly impressed by Srivastava’s skills.
In 2011, Srivastava won gold medal in Under-14 chess CBSE championship. Later , he participated in several other competitions.
Since 2014, however, he focused completely on studies and practised chess at home. The perfect way to celebrate his IIT-JEE Advanced success was by playing chess .
“I like chess and mathematics the most. After taking admission in IIT, I will start participating in chess tournaments, when I have time to spare,” he said.
Srivastava wants to go into research and is inspired by missile man and former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. He credits his parents, Arun Kumar and Reena, and teachers for his success .
Srivastava advises aspirants to keep away from social media while preparing for tough tests such as JEE (Main and Advanced).