IQA World Quizzing Championships 2007 (WQC)                Join us now!


Pat Gibson takes the crown. Three times champ Kevin Ashman settles for second place.

The fourth WCQ was again much bigger than the 3nd, with locations in England, New York, Oslo, Helsinki, the Netherlands, Tallinn, Vilnius, Liberia, Madras, Bangalore, Calcutta, Mumbai, Calicutt, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur, Buenos Aires, Budapest, Cologne and many others. Apart from that there were also people from Croatia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand... participating.

 

The top-25 are shown below. The complete results can be downloaded here:  International 

Name

Country

Culture

Enter

Sports

Scie

Life

Media

Hist

World

Total

1

Pat Gibson

Ireland

22

28

27

28

25

19

24

25

179

2

Kevin Ashman

United Kingdom

27

26

25

24

20

25

27

22

176

3

Mark Bytheway

United Kingdom

24

24

27

25

22

21

27

22

171

4

Olav Bjortomt

United Kingdom

22

24

24

24

23

22

25

17

164

5

Jesse Honey

United Kingdom

21

24

20

23

24

15

25

22

159

6

Ronny Swiggers

Belgium

25

24

23

20

21

17

26

19

158

7

Ian Bayley

United Kingdom

19

23

18

25

21

18

24

21

151

8

Mark Grant

United Kingdom

18

22

10

22

19

21

24

25

151

9

Nico Pattyn

Belgium

24

19

22

19

18

19

24

23

150

10

Arul Mani

India

22

18

13

23

21

25

20

21

150

11

William De'Ath

United Kingdom

20

21

23

21

20

19

22

22

149

12

Dorjana Sirola

Croatia

22

21

14

17

20

24

25

18

147

13

Barry Simmons

United Kingdom

19

16

18

23

18

17

24

23

142

14

Ole Martin Halck

Norway

20

26

22

19

18

13

20

17

142

15

Jussi Suvantu

Finland

18

27

16

8

17

23

23

17

141

16

Tero Kalliolevo

Finland

21

20

19

20

20

18

21

19

140

17

Tore Dahl

Norway

15

23

22

22

19

19

20

14

140

18

Paul Paquet

Canada

17

22

11

19

18

20

24

19

139

19

Stephen Pearson

United Kingdom

18

24

21

17

20

21

18

10

139

20

Chris Quinn

United Kingdom

16

19

14

27

24

15

17

20

138

21

Nick Mills

United Kingdom

17

14

20

26

20

15

19

20

137

22

David Stainer

United Kingdom

15

19

19

18

22

18

19

21

136

23

Eric Kilby

United Kingdom

17

19

24

14

21

16

21

18

136

24

Dag Fjeldstad

Norway

16

22

17

18

24

18

20

16

135

25

Mark Labett

United Kingdom

12

20

24

20

18

14

23

15

134

 

 

Category Champions:

Categorie Winner International Pts
Culture Kevin Ashman (UK) 27
Sports Pat Gibson (Ire)
Mark Bytheway (UK)
Tim Westcott (UK)
27
Sciences Pat Gibson (Ire) 28
Entertainment Pat Gibson (Ire)
Lars Van Moer (B)
28
Lifestyle Pat Gibson (Ire) 25
Media Kevin Ashman (UK)
Arul Mani (Ind)
25
World Pat Gibson (Ire)
Mark Grant (UK)
25
History Kevin Ashman (UK)
Mark Bytheway (UK)
27

 

 

If you like more information on this event send an e-mail to me:  Steven at iqa.be

 

Wikipedia has also found out about the success and relevance of the WQC. Visit their article World Quizzing Championships

 

If you are interested in taking part in the WQC, contact me. If you reside in a country where there's a venue (see bottom of this page), then you can take part there. If not, and there is a group of you that want to attend, a venue near you can be set up. Read more about it in the explanation below.

 

 

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How does it all work? Read it here:

 

Practical Information:

1. WORLD QUIZZING CHAMPIONSHIPS (WQC)

1a. What is the WQC?

The WQC is an inidividual written quiz that is organised around the globe at the same time. In Western Europe the time is 3pm to 5pm on June 3rd (which means it will be morning in Canada, evening in India, late evening in Malaysia; for countries like Australia where this would be past midnight, a difference of max 2 hours is allowed).

The quiz consists of 240 questions, to be answered in a maximum allowed time of 120 minutes. The questions are divided over 8 categories of 30 questions each, as listed below:

Entertainment Pop music, Classical music, Opera, Jazz/World music, Television, Radio, Ballet, Film music
Lifestyle Human body, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Costume, Fashion, Design, Handicrafts, Tourism
World Geography, Cities, Space, Inventions, Technology, Transport
Sciences Exact sciences, Social sciences, Fauna, Flora
History History, Current Affairs, Exploration, Famous people, Civilisations
Culture Fine art, Architecture, World Cultures, Philiosophy, Museums, Religion, Mythology
Sports Sports, Games, Hobbies & Passtimes, Records
Media (or other name) Film, Literature, Language, Comics

The total score of an individual is the sum of the best 7 categories. So the worst category can be dropped (this was originally done to attract more women to the competition so they could drop 'Sports' and now it is part of the rules). The result on the worst category however will be taken into account in case of an ex aequo.

To assure fairness, the knowledge of English (or any other language) should not be a deciding factor. That's why for the WQC all questions will be translated to the native language of the participants. In Belgium most people get the questions in Dutch, in Finland in Finnish etc. They will all be allowed to answer in there native language too. 

1b. How is the local organisation done?

The people participating in the event, will have to be assembled in one venue to ensure there is no foul play (like working in groups, taking more than the alloted time, using reference works or the internet). We are also thinking of way in which we can assure this with people participating from home (especially in large countries), but we have not yet reached concensus on that point.

The first thing to do is to designate a country representative. This guy will coordinate things in that country and will normally not participate.

If wanted, he/she can be involved in the voting for the question selection (see 1c).

Obviously it is handy (or perhaps even necessary) if we could talk to this person beforehand. That can be done through Skype or in a personal meeting.

So what then needs to be done, is renting a venue, advertise the event among the country's quiz players and get the inscriptions going. If you are able to get a cheap venue at the university for instance that would be great. If likely only a couple of players will attend, the venue can be someone's living room at no cost at all.

In that venue, you'd need a PC to be able to e-mail the results as soon as possible after the completion of the quiz. We also use a computer projector to make it a bit nicer, but that is not a necessity.

Obviously, a big country can have multiple venues (India will have at least 4 this year: Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and Calcutta), but in every venue we need a trustworthy person to oversee the event and send the scores.

The idea is that within 1-2 hours after the end of the event the complete scores are e-mailed to some central location (normally in the UK) where they are all processed and the results are then re-distributed to the various venues so everywhere the result can be announced.

What we do in Belgium is we organise a team quiz that starts at 8pm and the results are then announced during a break at 10pm. That way people of something else to do except wait for the results. But that's the choice of every country of course.

1c. Where do the questions come from?

The set of 240 questions, divided over 8 different categories, is made by an international team of professional or semi-professional question setters. At the last WQC the team comprised of one person from the UK, one from Estonia, one from India, a group from the US and one from Belgium. The team makes sure that every subject is represented and also that the questions are fairly spread geographically (for instance special precautions are made that not too much emphasis is laid on Anglo-American culture, but that also questions on for instance French, German, Spanish but also African and Asian subjects are fairly evenly represented).

The questions that were set, are then sent to the country responsibles who can vote what questions actually will make the quiz (we normally make 3x too many questions) and in some cases can veto questions which they deem would give an unfair advantage to any given country.

All the questions are originally set in English, but are translated to the native language of the quiz players (Except in India, where because of the multitude of languages English is used as lingua franca).

For this year's event we are already far in the making of the questions. The voting will probably take place around April.

 

1d. Previous events

In 2004, 2005 and 2006 the WQC took place in venues ranging from the Manchester United Stadion, the Silverstone Formula-1 circuit to a living room in Kuala Lumpur. Follow the link tyo learn more:

 

WQC 2004 WQC 2005 WQC 2006 WQC 2007 (June 2.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2007 WQC will take place at following locations (still some changes possible):

 

- the UK

- Estonia (Tartu)

- India (Bangalore, Calcutta, Delhi, Pune)

- USA (probably New York and Atlanta)

- Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

- Lithuania (Vilnius)

- Germany (Kassel, Wurzburg or Ulm)

- Sri Lanka (Colombo)

- Norway (Oslo)

- Finland (Helsinki)

- Liberia (Freetown)

- the Netherlands (Zetten, Gelderland)

- Hungary (Budapest)

- Switzerland (Génève)

- possibly Pakistan, South Korea, China, South Africa, Sweden, Israel, France, Italy, New-Zealand, Canada, UAE

- Belgium