Monday, January 09, 2017

BCQC InFest 2017 Results | History-Geography Quiz

Set and conducted by: Omkar Dhakephalkar & Kunal Sawardekar
Scoring by: Pranav Joshi

Winners - Team 2 - Vinoo Sanjay, Pravin Varma and Khagendra Narayan (Draft) - 253 points
Runners up - Team 3 - Ajai Ragde , Sandeep Shankar, Pranav Pawar (Draft) - 186
Runners up - Team 4 - Aniket Khasgiwale, Aditya Gadre, Omkar Yarguddi (Draft) - 186
4th - Team 1 - Avinash Mudaliar, Rahul Kottalgi, Nadeem Ansari (Draft) - 159
5th - Team 5 - Annanya Deb, Krishnamurthi J, Ayush Agrawal (Draft) - 117
6th - Team 6 - Maitreyi Gupta, Abhinav Dasgupta, Vibhendu Tiwari (Draft) - 108

The quiz started with a 25-question written prelims, with the top 6 teams qualifying and the next 3 teams having their members drafted to the others. Team 3 took an early lead in the first third of the quiz, but by the round reversal Team 2 (who had topped the prelims) overtook them and stayed in the first position for the rest of the quiz. Team 1 put in a strong showing to reach the second place by the last third of the quiz, but some negatives on pounce let Teams 3 and 4 move past them into joint runners-up. Teams 5 and 6 also put in some inspired guesses, but lost out due to the high penalties for wrong pounces.


Arnold said...

Nice quiz. I would just make one suggestion - teams should be able to pounce on their own questions. Even though there are no extra points for a pounce answer as opposed to a direct (or even a pass), the point is that a team may choose to pounce on their own direct (at the risk of negatives) in order to try and gain a faster attempt at the next direct.

This is especially important when you have easy/Peter questions where every team pounces. In such a case, if the direct team is also allowed to pounce, they can do so and then get an attempt at the next direct as well after that.

Otherwise, whenever you have an extremely easy question that all teams get (5 teams on the pounce and 1 on the direct), the team whose direct it was has effectively lost a round.

One of the main points of the Arnold Variation of Infinite Rebounds was that "Any question that has no effect on the scores, should also have no effect on the sequence of attempts." In order words, if a question was so hard that no one could answer it, you could effectively scrap the question from the quiz and move on to the next direct to the same team.

The same logic, in effect, also works here: any question so easy that everyone knows the answer, can effectively be scratched from the quiz and move on to the next question to the same team. Otherwise they are losing out through no fault of their own. One can also argue that this can be done without self-pounce if they answer it correctly as a direct instead, but since the other teams had to endure the risk of negatives, they should as well.

In Sunday's quiz, there were about 3-4 questions I think that were pounced by 5 teams (only 1-2 were answered correctly all round though). I think that is large enough a number for this rule to make a difference especially in a tight finish.

Kunal said...

I recall one of the teams was offered the chance to pounce on their own direct to retain the right to answer the next question first - but they did not want to risk the -15.

I think in any case, the ability to pounce restricts the utility of directs - now the only advantage is that you get an assurance of having a shot at a potentially easy answer without taking any risk.

As always, I think the best solution to this is to set a better quiz with a more even distribution of questions.