Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Mahaquizzer (solo event) starts at 9:30 am, AsiaSweep (team event) at 2:30 pm.
Prior registration is a must for both events to allow proctors a chance to get the correct number of sheets.
Links to register: http://kqaquizzes.org/asiasweep/ and http://kqaquizzes.org/mahaquizzer/
Pune venue: COEP Academic Complex, COEP, Shivajinagar, Pune.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
On October 24, a quiz for COEP students was held at COEP, aimed at introducing them to quizzing and to the BCQC. The quiz was set by Chinmay Tadwalkar and Mustafa Abbas (SE students) with Rohan's guidance. 20-25 teams of two members participated in the elims, from which 6 teams + 3 draft picks were selected for the finals. (Rohan says: around 15-20 people said they were interested in quizzing and would like to attend more quizzes in the future.)
1st place: Omkar Borate, Anubhav Tiwari, Swapnil Ahire
2nd place: Atharva Deshpande, Darshan Jaware, Animesh Bora
3rd place: Mruganayani Nagur, Ipshita Paul, Devyani Salokhe
The other finalists were:
4) Nishant Bhumare, Vibhav Tungar, Kaustubh Shakkarwar
5) Divyansh Saxena, Rohan Manatkar, Urvi Purohit
6) Devashree Ragde, Sanket Gurikar, Simran Batra
More such events are being planned for COEP quizzers, including the finals of Abhimanyu in the coming months.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Conducted by: J Ramanand
Attended by ~30 teams
Format: Written elims of 25 questions. Finals (2*10 questions on IR (with One-finite Pounce per half) and one written round on sobriquets (5 qns)
1st: Saikat Sarkar and Kshitij Jyoti (AFMC): 120 pts (19/6* in prelims)
2nd: Suraj Prabhu (FC) and Aniketh Rallabhandi (SCOE): 95 pts (19/4*)
Jt 3rd: Rohan Danait and Vibhav Bhave (COEP): 70 pts (17)
Jt 3rd: Nirmoho Banerjee and Samridh Kapur (AIT): 70 pts (16)
5th: Debopriyo Moulik (ILS) and Pranav Pawar (MESCOE): 50 pts (16)
Five teams were included in the finals instead of the four previously advertised because of a almost-dead tie between the 4th and 5th teams to qualify.
The One-finite Pounce system: teams are allowed to 'pounce' on questions in a half for +10 and no negatives. But if they get a pounce attempt wrong, they forfeit the chance to pounce for the rest of the round.
The top two teams will now go through directly to the Conundrums semi finals at Mood Indigo in Dec. 2013.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Monday, October 07, 2013
Attended by: about 10 teams
Format: Elims 30 qs, Finals 15 (IR + infinite pounce) + 6 (Mind of a quizzer round) + 15 (IR + infinite pounce) = 36 qs
Elims highest: J. Ramanand & Samridh Kapur - 19.5
Elims cut-off : 9 (7 for draft)
1st: J. Ramanand, Samridh Kapur, Avaneendra Bhargava (draft) - 140
2nd: Kunal Sawardekar (left halfway), Suraj Prabhu, Dinesh (draft) & Mayuri (draft) - 120
3rd: Anurakshat Gupta & Kshitij Jyoti - 115
4th: Aditya Pawar, Ayush Agrawal, Anubhav Chatterjee (draft) - 90
5th: Alok Singh, Daipayan Roy, Neil Sarkar (draft) - 60
6th: Saahil Singh, Kiran Sai(?), Vivek Dubey + 1 - 40
Despite the lack of glaciers, this was an excellent quiz. I particularly enjoyed the prelims: wide variety of topics, interestingly framed, and trademark good-bad-useful puns from Abhishek. Once again, given the number of participants, everybody was pooled into the finals. The finals too had several interesting questions and topics (there is an embargo on discussing specifics as Abhishek may run this quiz at KQA later).
The middle specialities round was a bit of an inconsistent set, and clearly betrayed its 4 am origins. There was the odd confusion at some points of the quiz. But overall, the quiz gets a "laal salaam". The only issue: the absence of VCat from most of the finals, which left many in the audience disappointed.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
30 written questions on Music, the Military and some other topics whose names begin with the thirteenth letter of the alphabet.
1st: Abhishek Upadhya and Kunal Sawardekar - 23.5 pts
Jt. 2nd: Samridh Kapur and Aditya Pawar - 17 pts
Jt. 2nd: Anurakshat Gupta and Kshitij Jyoti - 17 pts
A very enjoyable start to the quizzing day. I especially liked the military section of the quiz (as much of a shock that may be to many of you) which, in spite of an audience with quite a bit of exposure to the military milieu, educated as well as entertained us. The other "M"s were a teensy-weensy bit on the easy side but also enjoyable and workable. My one crib was with the multiple-answer questions - but those seem to have become a cultural phenomenon as ubiquitous and irrepressible (no matter how much one tries to repress it) as twerking.
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Saturday, September 28, 2013
Set by Vibhav Bhave, Rohan Danait and others
Conducted by: Vibhav Bhave
Attended by ~100 teams
Format: Written elims of 30 questions. Finals comprising 36 questions on IR (with 3 pounces per half) and one LVC
1st: Meghashaym Shirodkar and Amit Garde: 150 pts
2nd: Kunal Sawardekar and Avaneendra Bhargav: 145 pts
3rd: J Ramanand and BV Harish Kumar: 135 pts
4th: Aditya Gadre and Aniket Khasgiwale: 115 pts
5th: Shrirang Raddi and Ankush: 105 pts
6th: Abhishek Upadhya and Debanjan Bose: 100 pts
This edition of Chakravyuh was certainly more "quizzer friendly" than last year with more mainstream (perhaps some would say "normal") questions.
The elims were largely simple and very high scoring with the top score being 27.5/30 and the cut off being 22. Vcat & Rohan and Saikat & Kshitij were unlucky to miss out on the tie break. The elims were quite good with a reasonable range of topics covered and accessible answers. A few cribs about the elims were more in terms of execution than the question themselves - there were questions which were incomplete on the slide and needed supplementary information from the QM which led to a lot of confusion. Also the star marked questions weren't, well, actually marked in the ppt leading to unnecessary attention from the QM being devoted to informing the star questions.
Coming to the finals, one consistent crib was that the quiz was far too simple. The questions themselves may not have been all that simple, but the fact that there were a lot of peters certainly made them easy. And given the easiness of the questions, only 3 pounces meant that seating position had something to do with your final score. While there were some good questions but the same spread seen in the elims was not replicated in the finals - the first half was almost 50% a business quiz. The biggest crib I have about the content however is the sheer number peters - with so many of them the passing round becomes a game of luck especially with all finalists being established quizzers.
The other major crib was in terms of execution - there was an occasion where a question had to be scrapped because it was not complete on the slide and one occasion where the dreaded finger of god made its appearance and effectively cost Kunal and Avaneendra the quiz.
A lot of these cribs can be attributed to inexperience with Vibhav conducting his first quiz at this level. Perhaps going forward, college quiz setters should be more proactive in reaching out to BC alumni in ensuring that at least the repeats are kept to a minimum.
Coming to other aspects, the quiz was fun with the teams indulging in typical BC banter and occasional goodnatured trolling. By pure history, this was one of the strongest fields ever with 7 of the 12 finalists on stage being former Chakravyuh winners. The quiz also saw the return to the circuit for one of BCQC's founders Shrirang Raddi (and he made it seem like he had never left).
Meghashyam and Amit went into the last question of the quiz trailing by 5 points and answered it to pull off a dramatic victory.
Congrats are especially due to Amit as this victory now makes him a three-time Chakravyuh winner - more than anyone else.
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