Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The BC Cup 2016 - Announcement

The BC Cup is the BCQC's annual solo, open, loooooooong quiz to crown the Best Sports Quizzer in Pune, perhaps Maharshtra (probably India). This is the eight edition. 
Format:   
First, a 30 question prelim determines 8 qualifiers (or Quarter Finalists). These 8 people take part in a 60 question quarter final. The top four go through to the semi final. The semi-final will consist of 36 questions with scoring reset to zero. The top two then go to the Final where they face off one-on one for a 24 question final. 
The top college finisher (UG only, we may ask for ID cards) will get a prize in addition to all the top eight open finishers
Administrivia  
QMs: Yash Marathe, Aniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre
Theme: Sports
Teams: Individual
Restrictions: (or the lack of one) Open quiz. Everyone is welcome
When? 12:45 pmSaturday, 7th May, 2016
Where? The Boat Club, College of Engineering Pune
Prizes: The top 8 in the Open category and the top two College participant get cash prizes. The total prize money will be INR 6500

Monday, February 15, 2016

Shyam Bhatt Open Quiz 2016 - Report

Shyam Bhatt Open Quiz 2016

Set by J Ramanand, BV Harish Kumar and the Choose to Thinq team

Conducted by J Ramanand (with a little help from Deven Deshpande)


Results: 
1st: Shrirang Raddi and Aditya Gadre :185 pts
2nd: Abhinav Dasgupta and Shubhankar Gokhale: 145 pts
3rd: Balakrishnan satyam and Rahul Kottalgi: 140 pts
4th: Omkar Dhakephalkar and Pranav Pawar: 100 pts
5th: Meghashyam Shirodkar and Varun Suresh: 75 pts
6th: Anurakshat Gupta and Kaushik Chatterji: 65 pts
7th: Rohan Danait and Anand: 60 pts
8th: Aman Sheikh and Divij Ghosh: 40 pts

Report:
The 30th edition of the oldest quiz in Pune, started with a 30 question elim, divided into three sections of quicks (short questions), deliberates (longer questions) and two pointers (well, two parts per question for a point each). Overall I liked the elim for the fundaes it covered, but felt it was a bit too tough. The cut off was 14/35 and the top score was 22/35. On the content, my general feeling was that a lot of the questions had a good hook, but gave one clue too less and the teams were left with too many legit guesses (not a good situation to be in for an elims IMO)

The finals were a very crisp set of 30 questions on Infinite Rebounds with JR's now-standard Chetan pounce system - 3 mistakes and you're out. The double deterrent of a minus 10 for a wrong answer + losing a pounce, coupled with typically complex but well framed questions and BDFL* using a firm consistent approach in dealing with split points as well as vague answers meant we saw almost no pounces in the final. I particularly liked the written round with their little gimmicks - especially the magic square and not-so-obvious theme at the end.

On the content of the finals - the questions were well framed - crisp and clear on what was expected as an answer. The quiz covered a lot of accessible areas for the audience which is always desirable.

A couple of negatives for me were the undue importance given to social media - with 2 questions in the elims and a whole round on emojis in the final. Also the general lack of balance in the finals - almost no sports questions for example. Like the elims - a few questions had a good hook, but gave too few clues and thus became completely know-it-or-you-dont.

Overall, it was a fine quiz, and BDFL was a masterclass in keeping control of a quiz  without resorting to rudeness or shouting. Teams trying to do maaz were comfortably out-maaz'd by BDFL

Team E (Shrirang and Gadre) topped the elims and led from start to finish in the finals. Team G (Meghashyam and Varun) started strongly but fell away after the written round. Team H (Bala and RSK) seemed to be well on course for second place - but Team C (Shubhankar and Abhinav) pulled off a remarkable late surge to leapfrog both Team B(Omkar and Pranav) and Team H into second place.

A shoutout to Omkar, Pranav, Aman and Divij - the all college teams on stage for a great performance. One hopes to see them qualify and win opens in the future.

* For infidels who don't know - Ramanand is BDFL


Monday, January 25, 2016

BC InFest 2016 - Report

BC InFest 2016 went off quite smoothly and as usual there were some great quizzes and more importantly a lot of laughs and general merriment. Here is what happened: 

(All reports by Aniket Khasgiwale)

Day 1:

InFestYouUs

InFestYouUs 2016 in its shorter avatar saw 22 people take part on topics of their choice (some even took part in topics not of their choice as some people didn't show up)

This time, InFest took place in a room and not on BC lawns which IMO took away from the "mob effect". None-the-less the quizzes were enjoyable - with no set being inordinately difficult or easy skewing the results.  

Kunal justified his military god tag was on target for 7 of his 10 questions on Fighter Aircraft of the Cold War to finish with the top score.

Results (only scores above 5/10)

Kunal Sawardekar (Fighter Aircraft of the Cold War) - 7 points 
Omkar Yarguddi (Sitar in Hinudstani Classical Music) - 6 points
Sampuran Singh (Flags of the World) - 6 points
Pranav Joshi (Life and Times of Alexander the Great) - 5 points
Arnold D'Souza (Eponymous Etymology) - 5 points
Omkar Borate (Indian Badminton) - 5 points 


Days of the Year Quiz by Omkar Dhakephalkar
Omkar finished his highly anticipated "Days of the year" series of quizzes by asking questions on each day of the year from 1st October to 31st December. The quality of questions varied a bit, but to be fair to the QM this was something he had warned us against. Most of the questions were quite good with a lot of good trivia and only a few peters. Omkar also conducted it quite well and the quiz was quite enjoyable on the whole.
Results:
Winners: Suvajit Chakraborty, Rishwin Jackson, K Chakraborty, Uday Bansal
First runners up (tied): Kunal Sawardekar (sub), Pranav "Floyd" Joshi, Snehashish Panda & Kunal Sawardekar, Anurag Danda, Gokul Panigrahi
Day 2

The Samuel Beckett memorial quiz by Aditya Gadre

This was an experimental quiz where all questions were on the secondary claim to fame of famous personalities, hence the tribute to Samuel Beckett who was a First Class cricketer. The presentation of the quiz was also quite good with a grid being used to go through the questions which made it more interesting. Some questions were peters, but that was expected as the theme itself restricted the content available to the QM. The winners were quite appropriately given the Brian May trophy - named after the famous British Astrophysicist.
Results:
Winners (tied): Suvajit Chakraborty, Sumeet Pai, Pranav "Floyd" Joshi, Omkar Yarguddi & Aniket Khasgiwale, Anurag Danda, Robin and Omkar Borate


Autobiographical Quizzes

The Autobiographical quizzes featured 10 questions based on things that the QMs had personally experienced. The QMs for this year's edition included Avaneendra Bhargav, Navin Sharma, Kunal Sawardekar and VCat. Although the mandate mentioned that they ask questions on event in the last year, many QMs went beyond that, asking questions on everything from their birth to their travels
Avaneendra Bhargav: This was the most offbeat of the four sets, featuring  locations such as Ratnagiri and Khandesh along with very local questions as well. Also kudos to Avaneendra for sticking to the theme of things he has experienced in 2015 and not going beyond.
Navin Sharma: This was the quiz where you felt bad about your life as Navin asked questions from his travels ranging from Melbourne to California and covering exotic places like Brazil on the way. Navin unfortunately couldn't make it to InFest to conduct the quiz in person since he was running the Marathon in Mumbai on that day - something which featured in the quiz as well.
Kunal Sawardekar: Kunal's set made no attempt to stick to events from 2015, in fact his set included questions from 5 million years ago as well. But Kunal covered a wide range of topics by including questions on Food, Business, Education and Travel, thus making for a very interesting quiz.
VCat: VCat also went beyond 2015 to make this set with questions predictably featuring Newcastle, China, Malaysia and Hong Kong but disappointingly not featuring Bhubaneshwar or the Trans Siberian railway. The quiz was also unique in two aspects: it was the only quiz where the QM danced after giving out the answer and it was also the only one to feature a multiple choice question, which somehow still passed two teams. As expected, this was a highly entertaining set by BCQC's QM of the year.

Jai Hind Jai Maharashtra by Aniket Khasgiwale:
This was an India quiz with a greater focus on the state of Maharashtra, since the QM felt that the topic was not adequately explored in the usual BCQC quizzes. It started with a written round which checked the participant's awareness about the state of Maharashtra, with most teams doing quite well. This was followed by 42 questions on IR. 4 teams were quite close to each other at the halfway stage before Team 1 pulled away by answering a few Army themed questions and managed to hold on to their lead till the end.


Winners:
Team 1 - Anurag Danda, Omkar Dhakephalkar, Anurakshat Gupta: 126 points

2nd:
Team 5 - Kunal Sawardekar, Vrushabh Gudade, Shantanu G: 96 points

3rd:
Team 3 - Pranav "Floyd" Joshi, Sumeet Pai, Omkar Borate: 95 points



Friday, January 08, 2016

BC InFest 2016 - Schedule announcement

This is the schedule for InFest 2016:
Saturday, January 16th:
10 AM - 1:30 PM: InFestYouUs: the quiz where you take on the mob in your topic of specialty. The participants and topics are as follows: 



1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Lunch break
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM: A quiz by Omkar Dhakephalkar
Sunday, January 17th:
10 AM - 12 PM: An Unreal Quiz by Aditya Gadre
12 PM - 1 PM: Lunch break
1 PM - 3 PM: The autobiographical quiz. QMs Navin Sharma, VCat, Kunal Sawardekar and Avaneendra Bhargav will ask a few questions based on things they have seen or done over the last one year.
3 PM - 5 PM: Jai Hind Jai Maharashtra by Aniket Khasgiwale. An India quiz with a special emphasis on my homeland of Maharashtra.

Other administrivia:
The venue for all quizzes will be the Boat Club at the College of Engineering, Pune.
Teams, if at all, for all quizzes will be made on the spot. All quizzes are open to everyone, so feel free to drop by and attend the quizzes.
In case of any queries, you can reach out to the IOC (InFest Organizing Committee) - Aniket Khasgiwale, Samrat Sengupta and Aditya Gadre by either sending us an email at <thebcqc@gmail.com> or by commenting here





Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BC InFest 2016 - Announcement

Presenting the BCQC's more-or-less annual more-or-less quizzing anti-fest: The BC InFest also known as BCQC.orgy!
InFest 2016 will take place on the 16th and 17th of January at the Boat Club, COEP.
For those who have no clue about InFest (i.e. all but 6 of the people reading this) - its this thing where we organize a lot of fun stuff over one weekend - some great QMs will be conducting interesting quizzes AND we have InFestYouUs

InFestYouUs is one of our main events at InFest.  It is a mastermind style event to crown the person who has the least amount of work to do in real life and can win a quiz in his topic of specialisation against a mob of quizzers. 
This time we will be running a shorter, version of InFestYouUs which will take place on Saturday,16th Jan, 2016 at 10am.
The format is as follows:
Each person chooses a topic of their interest. The taker would be asked 10 questions. The taker will be awarded 1 point for getting a question right. If missed, the question would go to the "Mob" i.e. everyone else present. The Mob is not allowed to discuss among themselves, and must decide who among them would go for the answer if the answer given by the participant is wrong. If the chosen one is right, the taker loses 1/2 a point. If not, the confident chosen one will get beaten up by the rest of the Mob.
So if you are interested, this is the course of action:
- Fill up this form ( http://bit.ly/1y9FfB7 ) and tell us your name and your topics of choice.Please ensure that all fields are filled in - if we can't contact you, your registration does not exist.
- The deadline for registration is 27th November 2015 (We need to give enough time to people to set questions for you)
The largely autocratic BCCI-esque IOC (InFest Organizing Committee) will be picking the best 15 topics. Topics will be judged on:
- Interesting-ness
- Not done-to-death-ness
- Fun-ness (for the general public attending)
- Willingness of someone to set questions for the topic
Indicative list of topics that will certainly be rejected are World Cup Cricket, World Cup football, Asterix, Tintin, Friends, Douglas Adams, Big bang theory, Oscars etc
Topics that have featured before in past editions: Indian Beauty Queens, NSFW, English Monarchy, World Chess Championship, History of Israel, Cultural references in xkcd, Indian train names, Detectives in fiction, Hindustani Classical music, The Discworld series, Indian Women Politicians, Gulzar with Vishal, Indo-Pak wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Life and times of Shivaji etc
If you have any queries, mail us at <thebcqc@gmail.com>

Monday, October 26, 2015

BCQC October Open 2015: The Report

This Sunday (25th) saw the BCQC October Open being conducted at Extentia in Kalyani Nagar.

The event consisted of two quizzes with an impressive contrast in QMs – a short written quiz by post-Aashiqui (post-HAHK even) Pranav “Floyd” Joshi followed by the main Gen quiz by pre-CHOGM Samrat Sengupta.

QUIZ 1:
Name: What's In A Name? Maybe There's Something In a Name
QM: Pranav "Floyd" Joshi
Style: Written (20 questions)
Flavor: General

Results:
1. Aditya Gadre + Arnold D'Souza (16)
2. Omkar Dhakephalkar + Pranav Pawar (12.5)
3. Shivam Sharma + Suraj Prabhu (11.5)
4. Samrat Sengupta + Gokul (10)
5. Vineet Chaurasia + Sampooran Singh (9.5)
6. Divij + Dhananjay (9)

This was originally billed as a quiz with no proper nouns in any of the answers. This is an interesting idea and automatically forces the setter to frame questions in a more "work-out-able" structure. However, for certain reasons unknown to us, the QM decided at the last minute that perhaps strict adherence to this theme wasn't completely necessary and a few proper nouns did slip in here and there.

The quiz had a good spread of topics, but I felt it was a little on the easy side.

QUIZ 2:
Name: The Quiz For October
QM: Samrat Sengupta
Style: Elims + Finals
Flavor: General

Results:
1. [C] Aditya Gadre + Arnold D'Souza + Pranav Joshi (draft) (212)
2. [A] Omkar Dhakephalkar + Pranav Pawar + Sampooran Singh (draft) (191)
3. [F] Venkat "Vcat" Srinivasan + Rohan Jain + Divij (draft) + Dhananjay (draft) (139)
4. [B] Shivam Sharma + Suraj Prabhu  + Suraj Prabhudesai (draft) (98)
5. [E] Omkar Yarguddi + Deven Deshpande + Charles (draft) + Vineet (draft) (75)
6. [D] Gokul + Ankit + Sanath (draft) (62)

As there were only 10 teams in total, it was decided that all teams would be included in the finals. The elims were run in order to decide the allotment of the draft picks, with teams that qualified 5th and 6th being given 2 drafts instead of 1 to squeeze in the extra 10th team. Additionally, the elims scores were carried forward to the finals with 50% weightage.

The elims were 20 questions long (10 points each question) and saw Omkar and Pranav finish on top with a score of 116 (so they would start the finals with 58 points, for example) ahead of Aditya and Arnold with 110.

The finals were divided into two sets of 15 IR questions, separated by a themed written round. The QM was in a generous mood on the Pounce front and gave each team a 3-strike Pounce opportunity per half with +10/-10 points. As it turned out, over the entire quiz of 30 questions, I believe a total of 2 lost strikes (i.e. across all 6 teams in total) were used up. In other words, 2 strikes out of a maximum of 36.

The written themed round involved questions on 10 pairs of people with similar names. The pairs generally consisted of people from the same field, so as to further add the confusion between them. I really enjoyed this round, and so did team F, apparently, as the round saw them leapfrog into an easy third place.

The finals were a little on the difficult side, with quite a few questions going unanswered (especially for an Open). This may have been due to the general lack of open quizzers who turned up. However, even if difficult the questions certainly weren't obscure, and there were many occasions when my teammate and I felt like we really should have known the answer.

I also felt that there was a definite #Kolstylz tinge to some of the questions [1]. One of the reasons for saying is that there was in general a high ratio of pounces to correct answers on IR. There were a few questions, where a team pounced confidently and then no one else came close to the answers.

One good thing about the quiz was that there were almost no sitters/Peters. I think the max pounce on a question was one question with 4 pounces. It's fairly common these days to see at least a couple of questions in a quiz where all teams pounce.

My biggest grouse with the quiz, however, was the preponderance of multi-part questions—including a couple of questions with up to 5 parts in the answers! The QM, citing the Law of Conservation of Points, decided that he would announce the parts that were answered correctly in the middle of the passing itself and award part points for those. These parts could no longer be attempted by any further teams. The reason why I abhor this system is because you can in effect have teams (those late in the passing order) that are playing for as little as 2 points. This goes against the very principle of why Infinite Rebounds came into the picture—to award every team an equal number of attempts (as far as possible) and this means attempting at an equal number of points.

The fundas involved with the multi-part questions were definitely interesting and I think they made good questions, but they should be saved for written/elims and not Infinite Rebound rounds!

Overall, the Open was quite enjoyable with both quizzes moving along at a brisk pace and one left the venue far less exhausted than one normally is.

Notes:
[1] I think I should clearly state over here that I do not mean this in a negative way at all. As I have said before, I have started to appreciate good #Kolstylz questions and sincerely believe that they are the best test of knowledge. However, the general quizzing public does not appear to share my sentiments on the matter. Unless, of course, one is in Cal.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Chakravyuh 2015 - Report

Set and Conducted by Chinmay Tadwalkar
Attended by ~100 teams
Format: Written elims of 25 questions. Finals comprising 32 questions on Infinite Rebounds and a 6 question written theme round 
Results:
1st: Aniket Khasgiwale & Aditya Gadre: 185 pts
2nd: Kunal Sawardekar & Arnold D'Souza: 170 pts
3rd: J Ramanand & Debanjan Bose: 130 pts
Jt 4th: Omkar Dhakephalkar & Pranav Pawar: 80 pts
Jt 4th: Suraj Prabhu & Rohan Danait: 80 pts
6th: Uday Bansal & KN Chakraborty: 75 pts
An good solid quiz put up by Chinmay. 
The quiz started with a 25 question written elims. The elims was a close affair with all of the teams that qualified bunched in the 13.5 to 17 bracket. I felt most of the questions were based on nice fundas but were not sufficiently clued - making the elim a bit more "seasoned quizzer friendly" than is ideal.
The finals had 2 rounds of 16 questions each on Infinite bounce - with 5 pounces per half at +10/-10 
The content of the questions was interesting, and the majority of the questions were framed well. There were a few questions where I felt a really nice funda didn't get its due owing to verbose / vague framing.  

The written theme round was excellent - though the individual questions were on the easier side. 

Also Chinmay was a patient QM and conducted the quiz with full control of the proceedings. I also liked that the quiz went along at a leisurely pace. 

A couple of negatives: 
I felt the elims went on for way too long - almost 90 minutes! Also the QM had every question of the elim sheet on the slides instead of just the visuals - so a lot of unnecessary time-wastage happened.
The quiz finals took place in M13 and not in the auditorium which was a bit of a disappointment 
As for the teams, the finals were very close with Team 1 and Team 5 being neck and neck throughout- and for the most part were separated by just 5-10 points. Team 3 started slowly and ended the quiz strongly but could not catch up with Teams 1 and 5. In the end, Team 1 just scraped past Team 5 in the last few questions to win the quiz - for their first Chakravyuuh win in 4 attempts.

Winners list so far:
2001: Shrirang Raddi and Amalesh Mishra
2002: Shrirang Raddi and Amalesh Mishra
2003: Niranjan Pedanekar and Samrat Sengupta
2004: Gaurav Sabnis and Neeraj Sane
2005: Sudarshan Purohit and Amit Garde
2006: Gaurav Sabnis & Shamanth Rao
2007 (Apr): Kunal Sawardekar and Shamanth Rao
2007 (Oct): Avinash Mudaliar and Harikrishnan Menon
2008: J. Ramanand and B.V.Harish Kumar
2009: Anand Sivashankar and Amit Garde
2010: J. Ramanand and B.V.Harish Kumar
2011: Meghashyam Shirodkar and Yash Marathe
2012: Kunal Sawardekar and Avaneendra Bhargav
2013: Meghashyam Shirodkar and Amit Garde
2014: Anannya Deb and Anirudha Sen Gupta
2015: Aniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre