Monday, September 26, 2016

Chakravyuuh 2016 - Report

Set by Omkar Borate and Aman Shaikh
Conducted by Aman Shaikh

Format: 25 question elims followed by a 32 question final on IR

Attended by ~ 100 teams

1st: Aniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre : 85 pts
2nd: Anannya Deb and Maitreyi Gupta: 75 pts
3rd: Vibhendu Tewari and Avaneendra Bhargav : 70 pts
4th: Abhinav Dasgupta and Shubhankar Gokhale: 65 pts
5th: Venkat Srinivasan and Samrat Sengupta: 60 pts
6th: Omkar Dhakephalkar and Pranav Pawar: 40 pts

The quiz started with a 25 question elim. The questions were a bit long and while workable, they could have been crisper. Some questions in the elims were totally know it or you don't. Overall the set was competent. The highest score was 19 while the cut off was 13.5 with one star

The finals had 32 questions on Infinite rebounds with half passing clockwise and the other half anti clockwise. The questions themselves were good and one notable point that the QMs should be proud of is that there were almost no Gawd awful peters. One major issue for me was that the quiz had only 32 questions in the final. Would have been nice if a couple of written rounds would have been added.

The finals had a good balance of questions (by topic) and were of a good difficulty level that didn't leave much to be desired. However, a general theme in the finals was that the fundas uncovered were great but the QMs tended to ask for the wrong thing - choosing to not ask a nice workoutable funda in favour of asking a tough know-it-or-you-dont . Also several cases of wildly varying difficult levels. Perhaps a function of inexperience more than anything else.

Another issue which may not have been in the QM control is the logistics.The projector died at least 7 times during the quiz requiring a replacement. Perhaps the organizers should have pushed for M13 which is significantly more reliable as a venue than SH2.

Overall the quiz was good - good questions, good time management (elims started *only* 15 minutes late and finished in exactly 45 minutes!) and fairly good questions. Aman conducted the quiz well and save for a few questions where I felt that part points policy (while clear) was arbit and unfair, the quiz was well designed.

Kudos to the QMs for keeping up the standard by not succumbing to pressure to include questions for the heck of it and ensuring only quality, standard questions made the quiz.

As for the performance in the quiz - all teams led the quiz at least at one point in the quiz. Abhinav and Shubhankar started well and built a good lead by the end of the first half. Samrat and Vcat and Dhake and PP too started well but ran out of steam. Anannya and Maitreyi started with multiple negatives but had a stellar a second half to finish second just 10 points behind the winners. Aditya and Aniket started slowly but chugged on and finished strongly to win the quiz for the second consecutive year.

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 

2016: Aniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre 

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