Thursday, May 30, 2013

World Quizzing Championships & 100 Years of Indian Cinema

Two quizzes on Saturday, 1st June 2013
1. 100 years of Indian Cinema, set by Vibhendu Tewari and conducted by Avaneendra.
When: 1:15 PM
Where: Academy Complex, COEP ( Boat Club Side)
Format: Written
Rules: a) Teams of 2
b) No registration required

2. World Quizzing Championship
When: 4 PM
Where: Academy Complex, COEP ( Boat Club Side)
Format: Written
Rules: a) Registration required
b) Solo quiz

Monday, May 20, 2013

The BC Cup 2013 - Report

Set by Aniket Khasgiwale, Yash Marathe and Aditya Gadre

Format: 30 question elim to determine the 8 quarter finalists. Then a 60 question quarter final to determine the top 4 i.e. the semi finalists. A 36 question Semi final to narrow down to the top 2 in the finals. A 28 question Finals played over two legs (home and away) to determine the winner.

The quiz started with a 30 qn elims set - general feedback indicated that the elim was much tougher than in previous years. The elims also threw up some drama when two-time BC Cup Champion, Anannya Deb did not qualify for the Quarter Finals. Subhankar topped the elims with a phenomenal 17pts and Venkatraghavan (referred to as "Venky" hereforth in this report) came second with 13.5 points. The rest of the quarter finalists were mostly bunched in the 8-10 pt mark.

The Quarter Finals:

The Quarter finalists were :
Shubhankar Gokhale, Ramkey, Anand Sivashankar, Samrat Sengupta, Nishant Chaudhary, Venky, Rohit Suresh and Kaushik Koley

Anand started the quarter finals spectacularly and pulled away with a strong 4 pt lead before losing the plot midway as others - particularly Samrat and Ramkey upped the ante. BC Cup debutant Nishant , the ever consistent Kaushik and "young Rohit" gave some great answers and kept things interesting. In the end,  Venky and Shubhankar's overall good performances (especially in areas of their strengths) helped them finish 3rd and 4th to complete the semi final lineup.

The Semi-Final
Ramkey hit top form as he capitalised on a few critical misses from Samrat and threw in a few amazing answers of his own to win comfortably. Venky held a slender 1 pt lead over Shubhankar going into the last question of the semis which was duly cracked by Shubhankar (hardly surprising since the question involved cycling) to force a tie breaker for the final spot. After the 3 question tie breaker the two were still tied and we went into sudden death. Venky correctly answered his question while Shubhankar missed and we had our other finalist.

The Finals 
Ramkey won the toss and went first. In his first home half he scored 2 goals to 2-0 up and followed this up by scoring a crucial away goal in Venky's  first home half. The second half for Ramkey turned out to not live up to the excitement and high scoring nature. Venky went into his second home half training 3-0 on aggregate and 1-0 in his home leg, thus needing 4 goals to win. Venky put in a couple of superb answers to win his home leg 2-1, but could not complete the spectacular comeback to win the tie. In the end, Ramkey won on aggregate 3-2.

BC Cup Champion 2013 : Ramkey 
Runner Up : Venkatraghavan Sahasranaman 

As for the review of the quiz, I request those who attended to share their feedback in the comments section. 

The BCQC May Open - Pop Culture Quiz results

The First Annual APJ Abdul Kalam Quiz for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Excellence

Set and Conducted by Kunal Sawardekar and Dr. Aditya Chandorkar

Format: Due to several changes in venue and time, the quiz had to be shifted to a new location at the last minute. Only 15 people showed up. QMs decided to have everyone in the finals and use the elims as a written round. This was followed by the intended final - 38 Questions on IR (with 8 pounces per team) , one written round and one theme round.

1st: Kaustubh Bhat and Aditya Gadre: 122.5 pts
Jt 2nd: Debanjan Bose and Hari Nair : 115 pts
Jt 2nd: Ranajeet Soman , Rohan Jain (and Avaneendra Bhargav as super sub) : 115 pts
4th: Venkat S (aka Vcat) and Nikhil Motlag: 70 pts
5th: Abhishek Upadhyay M and Rohan Danait: 60 pts
6th: Ananth and Aditya: 50 pts
7th: Tejas and Tanvi: 10 pts


The Quiz was brilliant IMO - great fundaes, popular topics and a lot of fun through production value with memes, references in everything from the very name of the quiz to the safety slides and names of rounds. The extensive usage of AV was particularly impressive - and I mean that not just through the sheer number of videos but the fact that several videos had superb workoutable answers which did not need any particular knowledge of the video per se.

Another huge positive for me was that the quiz was run at a leisurely Pune pace - going on for a good four hours - giving teams enough time to think and workout questions thus justifying the effort the QMs had put in.

A few negatives:
- A few inconsistencies in part points
- A few outliers in terms of difficulty level - several teams did not take guesses because they did not expect that the answer would be that obvious
- Some questions leaned more towards "culture" than "popular" :P

Please give your feedback in the comments section. 
The QMs intend to run the quiz elsewhere, so please do not give out any content of the questions or answers in your feedback. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Change of Venue

Due to last minute venue changes at COEP (again), we have had to change the venue of the Pop-Culture quiz. Our friends at 
Extentia have helped us out, and agreed to stage the quiz there. We shall be starting the quiz strictly at 10.30 am with a view to 
finishing in time.

We deeply regret the inconvenience. The new address is as follows.

Full Address: Extentia Information Technology Extentia Tower, 12A, Kalyani Nagar, Pune - 411006.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The May Open

    Please note the quiz is on Saturday and not Sunday.

Quizmasters : Aditya Chandorkar & Kunal Sawardekar
Flavour : Pop-Culture / Entertainment

Venue : Academic Complex, COEP.
Date : Saturday, 18th May 2013
Timing : 10.30 am to 1.30 pm

Friday, May 10, 2013

KQA Mahaquizzer 2013

The ninth edition of MahaQuizzer will be held on Sunday 26th May 2013.

As usual, the quiz will require takers to answer 150 questions in 90 minutes.Prizes in each city for best School, College, Lady and Open entrant.

You can register for the quiz using this link. List of registered participants is here.

The event starts at 1000 hrs sharp. Participants are requested to report latest by 0930 hrs on 26 May 2013 at the respective locations.

In Pune, the event will be held at the College of Engineering, Pune, Shivajinagar. The room number is yet to be confirmed. Vibhav Bhave will proctor the proceedings.

Monday, May 06, 2013

BC Cup 2013 - Announcement

This is the BCQC's annual solo, open quiz to crown the Best Sports Quizzer. This is the fifth edition. ( Reports for 200920102011 and 2012 editions). 

First, a 30 question elim determines 8 qualifiers (or as 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. This is to keep the 'winning three consecutive matches' concept constant from last year's edition. The top two then go to the final. 
The finalists will then face off one-on one for a 28 question final. The match consists of a home leg and an away leg. Home leg essentially means you get direct questions. If one gets a direct question wrong which the opponent answers, it counts as an away goal and is used for tie breakers (as per UEFA rules ).
So that's a total of 154 questions + tie breakers.


QMs: Yash Marathe, Aniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre
Theme: Sports
Teams: Individual
Restrictions: (or the lack of one) Open quiz. Everyone is welcome
When? 1 pm, Sunday, 19th May, 2013
Where? The Boat Club, College of Engineering Pune
Registration: Free online registration. 
You can register here. Please register before 18th May.
This is required as we need to get elim sheets printed. On the spot registration is not impossible (but not recommended either).