Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A tight result in Arvind and Kartik's quiz

Arvind Krishnaswamy and Kartik Srivatsa conducted an excellent quiz at the Pinstorm office in Bandra last Sunday, which was decided on the last question. It was superbly tight until the end, and with one theme question to go, split up into three connects with four visuals each, two teams were tied on 13 points, with another team lurking behind on 12, and another on 11. There was a four-pointer bonanza at stake, and Sumant Srivathsan's team duly picked that up to catapult from third to first, with 16 points. Terrific excitement.

The results:

1st with 16 points
Sumanth Srivathsan
Amit Pandeya
Tanmay Sharma

Joint 2nd with 13 points
Amit Varma
Shambhu Shankar
Ajay Ravindran

AP Alagarsamy
Anand Sivasankar
Kartik R

4rd with 12.5 points
Rishi Iyengar
Francis Rodrigues
Siddharth Tata

5th with 8 points
Mahesh Murthy
Naveen Unni
Govind Grewal
Mukund Krishnan

6th with 7 points
Vibhendu Tiwari
Ravi Venkatesh
Souvik Basu

And now, the league standings:

BQC Aggregate Points Table (top ten as of February 21, 2007

Amit Varma: 41 from 7 quizzes

AP Alagarsamy: 36.5 from 5

Sumant Srivathsam: 31 from 4

Ravi Venkatesh: 29 from 6

Anand Sivasankar: 27.5 from 4

Vibhendu Tiwari: 26 from 5

Nandan Krishnaswamy: 22.5 from 5

Rishi Iyengar: 22 from 6

Naveen Unni: 21 from 4

Rajiv Rai: 21 from 3

The winner of the Bombay Quiz Club League, of course, will not be decided on aggregate standings, but from results from the top 60% of the total quizzes held. With eight quizzes so far this season, everyone's best five quizzes count. The effective leaderboard is below:

BQC Effective Leaderboard (top five as of February 21, 2007)

AP Alagarsamy: 36.5

Amit Varma: 35

Sumant Srivathsan: 31

Anand Sivasankar: 27.5

Ravi Venkatesh: 27

Now it gets exciting. The next quiz will be conducted on March 4, further details on this blog. Look out for it!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Enjoyment explodes at the Naveen Unni quiz

The BQC resumed quizzing after quite a while with a quiz by Naveen Unni, conducted at the Pinstorm office in Bandra, a venue generously provided by Pinstorm boss Mahesh Murthy. Twenty-five people turned up and got divided into six teams. The quiz was excellent, with most questions being eminently workoutable. Immense enjoyment was had, and Naveen was duly given joyous bumps later on, as is the tradition for our quizmasters.

The results:

1st with 21 points
Rajiv Rai
Brian D'souza
Francis Rodrigues
AP Alagarsamy

2nd with 18.5 points
Arvind Krishnaswamy
Ravi Venkatesh
Govind Grewal
Souvik Basu

3rd with 17 points
Sumant Srivathsan
Nandan Krishnaswamy
Ajay Ravindran

Other finalists
Kaustubh Chakraborty
Arun Srinivas
Aswin Palanivel
Kartik R

Vibhendu Tiwari
Kartik Srivatsa
Venkatesh Raghavan
Shambhu Shankar

Eva Joshi
Raghu Gopalan
Tanmay Sharma
Amit Varma

And now for the league standings:

BQC Aggregate Points Table (as of February 4, 2007)

Amit Varma: 35.5 from 6 quizzes

AP Alagarsamy: 31 from 4

Ravi Venkatesh: 27 from 5

Vibhendu Tiwari: 24 from 4

Nandan Krishnaswamy: 22.5 from 5

Anand Sivasankar: 22 from 3

Rajiv Rai: 21 from 3
Sumant Srivathsan: 21 from 3

Arvind Krishnaswamy: 20.5 from 5

Rishi: 20 from 5

Naveen Unni: 19 from 3

Prasann: 16 from 3

Souvik Basu: 12.5 from 2

Aadisht Khanna: 12 from 2
Kaushtubh Chakraborty: 12 from 2
Arun Srinivas: 12 from 2
Shiju Thomas: 12 from 2*

Amit Pandeya: 10 from 1
Rohan Khanna: 10 from 1

Govind Grewal: 9 from 2

I haven't compiled the entire standings yet, but there are many people who attended a quiz or two and got points in the single figures. For how the points system works, see here (scroll to the last third of the post).

One thing to note is that when the season ends, we will not take aggregate points, but results from the top 60% of total quizzes. This season, we've had seven quizzes so far, so everyone's best four results count. By that reckoning, here's a virtual leadership chart, listing everyone with more than 20 points:

BQC Effective Leaderboard (as of February 4, 2007)

AP Alagarsamy: 31 from 4

Amit Varma: 29.5

Ravi Venkatesh: 25

Vibhendu Tiwari: 24

Anand Sivasankar: 22

Rajiv Rai: 21
Sumant Srivathsan: 21

Nandan Krishnaswamy: 20.5

Thus, the effective lead of the BQC standings deservedly shifted to AP Alagarsamy with today's quiz, and much fun will surely happen at the top of the table in coming weeks, when quizzing will be more regular. Joy.

*In the last league standings I'd listed Shiju as 10 from 1, but had missed out an earlier quiz where he was a finalist. I've added that to this list.

In case I've made any computing error while compiling the current league table, do let me know.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Quiz on February 4

The BQC resumes quizzing with a quiz on Sunday, February 4, at 2.15 pm. The venue is the Pinstorm office in Bandra. The directions, as given by the kind Pinstorm people:

"Pinstorm is at 402, the 4th floor, Dheeraj Swapna (the building between Hotel Pali Presidency and 5 Spice Restaurant), Pali Naka, Bandra West.

Enter the place just to the left of 5 Spice, turn left, take an elevator to the 4th floor, ring the bell on the green door."

Do land up. Naveen Unni will be the quizmaster, and fun threatens to result.

(Reports of the last quiz, and the league standings, are here.)