Monday, July 30, 2007

The Rai and Iyengar juggernaut...

... rolls on. At yesterday's BQC quiz, Rajiv Rai and Rishi Iyengar found themselves in the same team, along with early league leader Prasann Potdar, and won an immensely close quiz on a tiebreaker after being tied for first. Rajiv thus increased his lead in the BQC League standings, shooting up to 44 points. Rishi, with three tentacular wins on the trot, was second on 34.

Salil Bijur came all the way from Pune to conduct the quiz, and did a fabulous job. Half the questions were contributed by his fellow BCQC members, J Ramanand and Sudarshan Purohit. It was a well-balanced quiz -- fluid, fun and mostly workoutable.

Eight teams of four members each took part, and it was close throughout. At one point, when my team was seventh, I told my team-mates that third place was within reach. Young Govind Grewal, the resident sledger of the BQC, garrumphed and informed me that only first would do. He walked his talk as we got onto a hot streak and were in the lead with two questions to go. Then we were second with one question to go. Then we got half points on the last question and ended tied for first.

To avoid the league table being cluttered up with half-points -- the eight of us would have got 8.5 points each -- I insisted on a tiebreak. Me and my big mouth. So there it was, my fourth second position in five quizzes this season. I will come to the next quiz with a battleaxe, and then we will see who dares to stand in the way.

The results below:

1st with 25 points (tiebreak)
Rajiv Rai
Rishi Iyengar
Prasann Potdar

2nd with 25 points (Pah!)
Ravi Venkatesh
Anand Sivasankar
Govind Grewal
Amit Varma

3rd with 22 points
Sumant Srivathsan
Sireesh Talluri Rao
Pradeep Ramarathnam
Ajith Prabhakar

4th with 21 points
Vibhendu Tiwari
Souvik Basu
Sarika Chuni
Parag Lokhande

5th with 18 points
Dhananjay Shettigar
Avinash Mudaliar
Nrupal Choudhari
Shambhu Shankar

6th with 16 points
Amit Pandeya
Rohan Khanna
Devang Ghia
Kedar Shastry

7th with 14 points
AP Alagarsamy
Ameya Samant
Ajay Ravindran

8th with 13 points
Padma Sinha
Arjun Sinha
Francis Rodrigues

Phew. And now for the league standings:

BQC Season Two Standings (as of July 30, 2007)

44 points

Rajiv Rai (from 5 quizzes)

34 points
Rishi Iyengar (5)

31 points
Ashwan Lewis (4)

28 points
Amit Varma (5)

27 points
Prasann Potdar (5)

24 points
Anand Sivasankar (6)
Mahesh Murthy (4)

20 points
AP Alagarsamy (6)
Kartik Srivatsa (2)

19 points
Govind Grewal (6)
Pradeep Ramarathnam (6)

18 points
Ajith Prabhakar (5)
Sumant Srivathsan (4)

17 points
Kedar Shastry (4)

15 points
Vibhendu Tiwari (6)

14 points
Ameya Samant (5)
Amit Pandeya (7)

11 points
Ajay Ravindran (3)
Dhananjay Shettigar (6)

10 points
Aravinda Talluri (1)
Avinash Mudaliar (4)
Neeraj (1)
Nilesh Jain (1)
S Balakrishnan (4)
Tanmay Sharma (2)
Gaurav Singh (1)

8 points
Hanisha Vaswani (5)

7 points
Akshay Mahajan (1)
Meghashyam Shirodkar (1)
Nandan Krishnaswamy (3)
Ravi Venkatesh (3)

4 points
Devang Ghia (5)
Francis Rodrigues (4)
Padma Sinha (3)
Pranav Kukreja (1)
Samrat Sengupta (2)
Sireesh Talluri Rao (2)
Sushant Raut (5)

The next quiz will be conducted by Avinash Mudaliar and Kedar Shastry at 3pm on August 12. Watch this space for more.


Sumeet said...

Do you have the questions and answers put up anywhere?

Salil said...

Sumeet, you could drop me a mail at salilb (at) gmail (dot) com. Will mail it to you.

Anonymous said...

is there a quiz this sunday (12th August)?