Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Rajiv Rao Begins the Beguine

Seeing Rajiv Rai in action at BQC quizzes, you'd think the Singularity had arrived. The winner of the 2007-08 season took his first win of this season a Sunday ago at an enthralling quiz conducted by Sireesh and Sarat Rao. The Raos asked a series of interesting and workoutable questions, and Rajiv's team won easily. Of course, it was abnormally strong to begin with, and when lots were drawn at the start of the quiz, groans went up across the room. Rajiv's partners were Sumant Srivathsan and Govind Grewal, the first a veteran of conducting infant sacrifices, the second the only infant to survive such a sacrifice. Together with the Rai, they were unbeatable.

The battle for second place was insanely close, with four teams finishing within a point of each other, and two other teams close behind. That testifies to the growing quality of the BQC, with most quizzes being close battles between evenly matched teams. Much fun -- and frustration for those left behind.

The results:

1st with 26 points
Rajiv Rai
Sumant Srivathsan
Govind Grewal

Tied 2nd-3rd with 18 points
Rishi Iyengar
Amit Pandeya
Leo Mirani
Janardhan R

Prasann Potdar
Pradeep Ramarathnam
Ananya Deb
Nrupal Choudhari

Tied 4th-5th with 17 points
Amit Varma
Kedar Sastry
Mukund Krishnan
Brian D'Souza

Anand Sivasankar
Dhananjay Shettigar
Sandeep Rajpurohit
Amogh Bhole

6th with 15 points
Udatta Duarah
Srivathsa B
Bikash M
Vikas Munipalle

7th with 13 points
Ajith Prabhakar
Devang Ghia
Souvik Basu
Sushan Shetty

8th with 8 points
Francis Rodrigues
Rahul Bhaskar
Phani Prasad
Kaushik Saha

And now for the league table.

BQC Season three Standings (from four quizzes, as of May 25, 2008)

27 points

Sumant Srivathsan (from 4 quizzes)

25.5 points

Rishi Iyengar (4)

20 points
Govind Grewal (4)

17 points

Amit Varma (4)
Avinash Mudaliar (3)
Mahesh Murthy (2)
Rajiv Rai (2)

14 points
Kedar Sastry (4)

12.5 points
Pradeep Ramarathnam (3)

10 points
Mitul Kodali (2)
Sandeep Rajpurohit (4)
Sandip Sen (1)
Shrikant Narasimhan (1)

9.5 points
Amit Pandeya (4)

8 Points
S Balakrishnan (3)
Sireesh Talluri Rao (2)

7 points
Ajay Ravindran (2)
Raamesh Gowri Raghavan (2)
Rahul Bhaskar (2)
Udatta Duarah (3)
V Sreeharsha (1)

5.5 points
Ananya Deb (2)
Janardhan R (1)
Leo Mirani (1)
Nrupal Choudhari (1)
Prasann Potdar (1)

4 points
Ajith Prabhakar (4)
Ameya Samant (2)
Anand Sivasankar (3)
Brian D'Souza (3)
Vibhendu Tiwari (3)

The next BQC quiz will be conducted by Abhishek Nagraj on Sunday, June 8. More details will follow on this blog.

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