Monday, September 30, 2013

ITZ Group Stage Matches 1 and 2 – report and results

The ITZ championship began with two scintillating matches, and promises to be a high-energy event as it goes on. Neither of the matches saw any team take such a decisive lead that they can be ensured of going through to the finals.

In the first match, for the Blue Zone at Margao, a two-Don Dona Paula team put up a brave fight and – with a last-ditch effort that brought them 20 points on the last question – finished 5 points behind the second-placed team, to keep them in the reckoning for a final placing in the group that might yet see them through to the next stage.

In a startlingly symmetrical result in match 2, in which the Red Zone teams faced off at the Xavier Centre in Porvorim, the 'home' team was languishing as the two Panjim teams tossed the lead back and forth. But in the final round, they surged back with two 20-pointers in the last two questions to edge out the Pastafarians by 5 points, with the other Panjim team not all that far ahead.

Both the Groups are wide open, and it's everything to play for when all these teams next meet on September 13 at ICG, Dona Paula.


Match 1 (Blue Group)
Held at UHC, Margao on Sat Sep 28
QM: Annie Sen Gupta
1st: Mad-Gaonkars (Lynn Barreto Miranda*, Abhijeet Virgincar, Ira Almeida, Julian D'Costa, Suraj Kamat, Viola Rodrigues) – 115 points
2nd: Ponda Ponderers (Ameya Mardolkar*, Abhimanyu Bhandarkar, Anirudh Shirsat, Ashwin Mysore, M.S. Raghunandan, Shaunak Bhangui) – 105 points
3rd: Dons of Dona Paula (Conrad Fernandes*, Samyak Rajanala) – 100 points

Match 2 (Red Group)
Held at XCHR, Porvorim on Sat Sep 28
QM: Annie Sen Gupta
1st: Panjim Procrastinators (Amit Shet*, Anant Prabhu, Nitish Fatarpekar, Raunaq Rao, Sunil Sardessai, Tallulah D'Silva, Yash Latkar) – 140 points
2nd: Porvorim Patraos (Paul Gatward*, Gauri Gharpure, Kanchan Gatward, Sachin Chatte, Srijit Kumar) – 125 points
3rd: Panjim Pastafarians (Kunal Naik*, Adish Talwadker, Pranav Khadpe, Ujjwal Tripathi) – 120 points

ITZ Group Match 2 – photos

Sadly, no photos were taken during the first match of the ITZ, but here are some from Match 2.

Le fearsome QM and ze fearful teamz

The bench hams, the scorer tracks, the audience looks good

The best thing about SEQC is how nattily turned out and well-behaved everyone is!

ITZ Group Stage Matches 1 and 2 – content

Match 1

Match 2

Thursday, September 26, 2013

ITZ Group Stage Match 3

The third match of the ITZ group stage will be held in Aldona on October 5. Participating will be the three teams of the Green Group.

QM: Rajiv D'Silva
Date: Saturday October 5
Time: 5pm
Venue: Dr Carlos Medicos / Rendeep Cyber Cafe Hall, Aldona
Participation: Green Group teams – Aldona Ambotik, Panjim Psmartypants, South Goa Leftovers
Flavour: General, with rounds as described in 'All about ITZ' post

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

German Open quiz

Deutschland, Deutschland is uber-alling its way into the quiz arena, with the first German Open being held this year, organised by the German Quizzing Association (DQV). Structured along the lines of the World Quizzing Championship, the German Open will be a solo written quiz (so if you're coming for it, make sure you bring your own pen and backing board). The quiz consists of 240 questions in six categories (Art and Culture; Civilisation; Entertainment; Lifestyle; Physical World; Sport and Leisure). More info about the German Open and the DKV are on

Panjim is one of the host cities for the quiz – the competition is going to be held in a number of cities in more than 20 countries. We will hold the quiz here immediately prior to the Panjim October monthly on Sunday October 6. All interested in participating, please register for the quiz by emailing by midnight on Friday the 4th.

UPDATE: Participants, please report by 2pm. We will begin briefing at 2.10 and the quiz will start precisely at 2.30pm. 

Proctor: Ira Almeida
Date: Sunday October 6, 2013
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula
Flavour: General, in the categories mentioned above
Participation: Solo written quiz. Open to all, entry free.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

ITZ team logos (set 2)

The rest of the teams have also decided their names and logos. Here they are:

Venue for ITZ Group Stage Match 2

The venue for Match 2 of the Group Stage of ITZ, the one involving the Red Group, has been finalised as Xavier Centre of Historical Research (XCHR) in Porvorim. So that would make this Porvorim's home match. Trust they will be able to roust up some local support. All other details remain as in the original post.

Britto's Quiz Quest 5

Quizzing in Goa is reaching torrential proportions. The Britto's Old Boys' Association is organising Quiz Quest 5, the Inter-School General Knowledge Quiz Competition for the BOB Valerio Carvalho Memorial Trophy in the St. Britto High School hall, Mapusa, on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Schools have been requested to send teams of 3 members plus 1 stand-by, along with one accompanying teacher or parent.

QM: Aniruddha Sen Gupta
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Reporting time: 9.45am
Venue: St. Britto High School hall, Mapusa
Participation: For school students, in teams of 3 (up to Std X only)
Flavour: General
There will be four semi-finals, with the top teams in each semi, plus the two top-scoring second-placed teams across the semis going through to the finals. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Navhind Times School Quiz 2013

QM: Rajiv D'Silva
Flavour: General
Who can participate: Students of Standard X and below, in teams of two each. Teams can participate only from the Taluka their school is located in.

Zone 1 Taluka Finals Bardez, Pernem, Bicholim 26 September 2013 Dempo House, Panjim 9.30 am - 1.00 pm
Zone 2 Taluka Finals Tiswadi, Sattari, Ponda 28 September 2013 Dempo House, Panjim 9.30 am - 1.00 pm
Zone 3 Taluka Finals Salcete, Sanguem, Canacona 07 October 2013 Ravindra Bhavan, Margao 9.30 am - 1.00 pm
Zone 4 Taluka Finals Mormugao, Dharbandora, Quepem 08 October 2013 Ravindra Bhavan, Margao 9.30 am - 1.00 pm
Zonal Finals 1 Zone 1 & Zone 2 10 October 2013 Dempo House, Panjim 10.30 am - 1.00 pm
Zonal Finals 2 Zone 3 & Zone 4 12 October 2013 Dempo House, Panjim 10.30 am - 1.00 pm
Final All Goa 26 October 2013 Dempo House, Panjim To be confirmed

For more details, visit the official website, call 6651118 or follow @NTSchoolQuiz on Twitter, and nt.schoolquiz on Facebook.

Tata Crucible 2013 - Goa Round

Date: 25th September 2013
Time: 5.30 pm
QM: Giri 'Pickbrain' Balasubramanium
Flavour: Business
Venue: Taj Vivanta, Panjim
Who can participate: Teams of two, representing their company/organization.
Prizes: Rs 1,00,000 for the winners, 50,000 for the runners-up
More details at the official site.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

ITZ Group Stage Match 2

The second match of the ITZ group stage will be held at the Xavier Centre of Historical Research in Porvorim on September 29. Participating will be the three teams of the Red Group.

QM: Aniruddha Sen Gupta
Date: Sunday September 29
Time: 5pm
Venue: Xavier Centre of Historical Research (XCHR), Porvorim
Participation: Red Group teams – Panjim Procrastinators, Porvorim Patraos, Panjim (West)
Flavour: General, with rounds as described in 'All about ITZ' post

ITZ Group Stage Match 1

The first match of ITZ will be held at the Urban Health Centre in Margao. Participating will be the three teams of the Blue Group.

QM: Aniruddha Sen Gupta
Date: Saturday September 28
Time: 5pm
Venue: Urban Health Centre, opp Hospicio Hospital, Margao
Participation: Blue Group teams – MAD-Gaonkars, Ponda Ponderers and Dons of Donapaul
Flavour: General, with rounds as described in 'All about ITZ' post

ITZ team logos

Here are the team logos of those teams that have so far come up with them. As more get done, I'll keep adding them to this post.

All about 'In The Zone'

In The Zone: the SEQC all-Goa Regional Championship was launched to the sound of cheers and jeers and some trash talking at the ICG on Sunday September 15. After an initial presentation of the competition format by Annie, and some discussion to finalise the finer points, a draw was held to decide the composition of the groups for the first stage. Here are all the details:

1. Aldona Ambotik -- captain Annie Sen Gupta
2. Dons of Donapaul -- Veenu Vas
3. Margao -- Lynn Barreto Miranda
4. Panjim (East) -- Nitish Wagle
5. Panjim Procrastinators -- Rajiv D'SIlva
6. Panjim (West) -- Kunal Naik
7. Ponda Ponderers -- Ameya Mardolkar
8. Porvorim Patraos -- Paul Gatward
9. South Goa -- Mahesh Prabhu
Details of all the teams can be seen here. Some of the teams have come up with their names and logos; a few have to still do that.

The nine teams have been divided into three Groups.
Green Group -- Aldona Ambotik, South Goa Left-Overs, Panjim (East)
Red Group -- Panjim Procrastinators, Porvorim Patraos, Panjim (West)
Blue Group -- MAD-Gaonkars, Ponda Ponderers, Dons of Donapaul

-- There will be one QM from each of the three groups: Annie, Rajiv and Lynn.
-- Each group will play two matches in two different venues, hosted by the QMs from the other groups. All the teams in the group will participate in these matches. The scores of both matches will be taken cumulatively to decide group standings.
-- The top team in each group will qualify directly for the finals.
-- The three second-placed teams will meet in a play-off match to decide the fourth finalist.
-- The finals will be a four-team affair, conducted by an external QM.

The tentative match dates are as follows:
* Group matches: Saturday September 28, Sunday September 29, Saturday October 19, Sunday October 20, Saturday November 9, Sunday November 10
* Play-off match for 4th Semi-final slot: Saturday November 16
* Finals: Saturday December 7 or Sunday December 8

The attempt will be to host the matches at various different venues. Besides ICG, Dona Paula, and the Urban Health Centre in Margao, members are urged to help swing other venues. XCHR in Porvorim has been more or less confirmed, as has Arco Iris in Curtorim, which will serve as the home base for the South Goa team. A venue in Aldona seems very likely.

If we can manage one more venue, say in Panjim, we can have each group match at a different venue. Teams will be urged to bring in local supporters to view the proceedings and provide 'home advantage'.

At some of the venues, we may have to arrange separately for infrastructure such as projector and screen, sound system, etc.

We should try and round up sponsorships through individuals or organisations to cover the following expenses:
-- Publicity material, such as posters, leaflets, etc
-- Snacks and beverages for all matches
-- Projector + sound hire charges for venues that do not have the facility
-- Prizes and trophies
-- External QM expenses

Other support
We should also try hard for some press support for the event. Perhaps a few of us can go and meet some head honchos in the papers and TV channels and ask them to support the event.

Besides that, we should urge the teams themselves to spread the word in their communities, so that some people beyond just the participating teams turn up for the matches. We can provide people with attractively designed material to help them do that. Specific avenues could include local schools and colleges, hang-outs, village institutions, social clubs, etc.

Anyone who is willing to chip in with help on any of these fronts, please email Annie on

-- All the teams of a group will participate in each of the matches for that group.
-- For any given match, a team will be represented by four members.
-- However, they are welcome to land up with more than four members. In such a situation, the team captain will decide the starting four, while the others will be 'on the bench'.
-- The captain has to make sure that all team members who are present for a quiz get to play at least one round.
-- The substitution decisions can be strategic, based on individual strengths and the content of rounds.

Each quiz at the group level will follow the same content format:
-- Round 1. Target Practice: Normal passing rounds, with a twist, 6 clockwise, 6 anti-clockwise, 10 points per question, no negatives
-- Round 2. Aim and Shoot: 9 India-specific questions from a grid of topics (each team to choose three), on the buzzer, +10/-5 points per question, expect another twist
-- Round 3. Home and Away: 4 questions each on three subjects, as provided by each team (teams will be asked in advance to provide subject areas). Answers to be written down by all teams. 5 points per correct answer, with a bonus of 10 points for getting all 4 right. Applies to both Home and Away teams. -5 points to the Home team for getting any answer wrong that any of the Away teams answers correctly.
-- Round 4. Bull's Eye: 4 questions with four clues to each, on the buzzer. +40/20/10/5 for getting it correct; half the points as negatives at each stage, except at the end, when it subsides to 0.

The format for the finals will differ, and will be decided at a later stage.

Friday, September 13, 2013

SEQCm August 2013 redux

Annie Sen Gupta will be doing a rerun of the Margao August quiz at 3pm at ICG on Sunday the 15th, before the ITZ launch programme. Anyone who wishes to land up for it is welcome to do so. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In The Zone -- here we go!

'In The Zone' is on the road! This Sunday, at the ICG in Dona Paula, Annie Sen Gupta, who is coordinating the event, will present the format of the competition, following which a draw will be held to determine the Groups and the schedule for the matches. A quiz, not directly connected with the ITZ competition, will be held after the draw.

Those who have registered, and anyone else wanting to take part in the competition, are urged to attend this inaugural.

Date/time: Sunday September 15, 5pm
Venue: International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula
Coordinator/QM: Aniruddha Sen Gupta
Anticipated schedule: 
5-5.30pm: Presentation of competition format
5.30-5.45pm: Doubts and clarifications
5.45-6pm: ITZ draw
6-6.15pm: Snack break
6.15-8pm: Quiz

Thursday, September 5, 2013

SEQC September - Results

QM: Dr. Chandra Shekhar

1st: Aniruddha Sankoli, Aniruddha Sen Gupta, Fatima Kumar, Gaurav Pednekar, Paola Mambro, Ramesh Kumar, Samyak Rajanala, Soham Kamat, Terrence D'Costa - 221
2nd: Ameya Mardolkar, Genevieve De Souza, Madhura Niphadkar, Nilima Chatterji, Parind Phadte, Rajiv D'Silva, Ruchir Desai, Sahil Garud, Yash Latkar, Yogesh Garud, Vikram D'Silva - 177
3rd: Adish Talwadker, Ashwin Mysore, Ashwini Patil, Conrad Fernandes, Nitish Wagle, Raghunandan Mysore, Sadhika Buddaseth, Saurabh Kamat, Siya Dukle, Viola Rodrigues, Yash Pathak - 137
4th: Ameeta Mascarenhas, Anjali Sengupta, Ashwin Mascarenhas, Chaitanya Naik, Ira Almeida, Lynn Barretto Miranda, Mohnish Sardessai, Nandita de Souza, Nisha Oli, Pranav Khadpe, Sachin Chatte, Shrijana K. C., Tanmay Naik, Vijay Oli - 131
5th: Amit Shet, Anant Prabhu, C. N. Prabhakar, Julian D'Costa, Leroy Veloso, Mahesh Prabhu, Sapana K. C., Sunil Sardessai - 127
6th: Ajey Patil, Ashwin Kumar, Astrid Vas, Mohandas Kamat, Neema Kamat, Tallulah D'Silva, Wilma Alvares, Veenu Vas - 126

The next Panjim Monthly will be held on the 6th of October, to be hosted by Aniruddha Sen Gupta.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Do you know what it's like to be 'In The Zone'?

Every year, the SEQC calendar includes at least one 'series' – a quiz competition that is played out over several weekends spread out over a few months. This year, we're doing something we're calling 'In The Zone – The SEQC all-Goa Regional Championship'.

The idea is to form teams which are city- or region-specific, and have them battle it out against each other in quiz 'matches' held at different locations in the state.

The immediate need is to get a fix on the participants. Once we know who all are participating, we will divide them into teams based on geographical locations.

The teams will be finalised by an SEQC core group, but we will as far as possible try and keep friends and family together. Our intention in forming the teams will be limited to ensuring that skill levels are fairly balanced across squads, to the extent possible.

So all those who are keen to participate, please send a mail to, with the subject 'Registration for In The Zone', mentioning the name(s), age(s), address and contact number(s) of the participant(s).

Registration requests must be received by midnight on Friday, September 6. The team compositions and tournament format will be decided over the weekend. The first matches will be held on the next weekend (September 14-15). 

The Bombay Boys are coming – again!

The BQC brigade, 11 strong this time around, is planning another quizzing trip to Goa like they did last year. They will be here on September 7, 8 and 9, carrying with them six quizzes.

Here's the planned schedule:

Saturday September 7

(at Annie-Anjali's Carona, Aldona house)
4pm-7pm: Daal Bahadur Shastri Quiz (content is a secret) -- Aditya Gadre and Shubhankar Gokhale
7pm-10pm: General Quiz with tilt towards pop culture from the 80s (60 questions) -- Anannya Deb
Tea and snacks will be served midway through the first quiz; drinks between the two quizzes, and dinner afterwards.

Sunday September 8

(at Sea 'n' Sand beach shack, Bambolim)
11am-2pm: India quiz -- Vikram Joshi

(at ICG, Dona Paula)
3pm-9pm: (sequence and duration of quizzes to be decided on the spot)
* Bollywood -- Vibhendu and Yasho
* Pop Culture, 21st century -- Abhinav Dasgupta and Aniket Khasgiwale
* Sports -- Venkat
Tea and snacks will be served at about 5pm.

Everyone is welcome to participate, but for the quizzes on Saturday, we will need to know the numbers in advance so as to plan for snacks, drinks and food requirements. So if you plan to come for those quizzes, please e-mail Aniruddha 'Annie' Sen Gupta at and let him know. He will give you directions, Google Maps coordinates and possible car pooling options when you do. 

SEQCm August 2013 – results

QM: Aniruddha Sen Gupta

1st: Abhijeet Virginkar, Nitish Wagle, Paola Mambro, Rohit Viegas, Sushant Harite - 125 points
2nd: Ajey Patil, Lynn Barreto Miranda, Shashank Shirwaikar, Sanjay Parab, Suraj Kamat, Viola Rodrigues, Viraj Nayak - 110
3rd: Anjali Sen Gupta, Ashwini Joglekar, Ira Almeida, Sunil Sardessai, Tarun Mascarenhas, Terence D'Costa - 100
4th: Ameya Mardolkar, Akash Arun, Julian D'Costa, Manuel, Ruchir Dessai, Simplicio - 90

NIPM National Business Quiz - Goa Round

Date: 7th September 2013
Venue: Dempo House, Panjim
Time: 10 am
QM: Rajiv D'Silva
Flavour: Business with an HR focus
Participation: Open only to students of Post-graduate management courses, in teams of two. More details on eligibility and the rules here.
Format: The top 2 teams will go through to the Regional Semi-Finals, to be held in Aurangabad on the 14th of September. Winners of that semi-final will join 10 other teams in the National Final, to be held on the 26th of September in Goa. To register, contact Krishnagopal Rajanala on 9823220202 or rkgopal[at]
Prizes: 10k, 6k, 4k for the top 3.

Monday, September 2, 2013

XCHR Goa History Quiz - Questions

XCHR Goa History Quiz - Results

Semi-final 1:
1st: Kaksham Naik, Vishal Kamat, Sachin Chillal (New Educational Institute, Curchorem) - 60
2nd: Bradley Rodrigues, Vinay Mascarenhas, Dinesh Lopez (Vidya Vikas Academy, Margao) - 45
3rd: Alvina Almeida, Anoushka De Souza, Amanda Botelho (Fatima Convent High School, Margao) - 40
4th: Andria D'Souza, Royston D'Silva, Rebecca Ferrao (St Pius X Convent High School, Orlim) - 25
5th: [Laxmish Shetkar, Rishabh Verma, Karishma Naik (Rosary High School, Navelim)] & [Aditya Naik, Anirudh Bhat, Mayuresh Khandeparkar (Bhatiker Model High School, Margao)] - 15

Semi-final 2:
1st: Zibane Paes, Akash Arun, Harsh Hegde (Bhatiker Model High School, Margao) - 85
2nd: Mark Vas, Werner Gomindes, Altamash Panjwany (Loyola High School, Margao) - 40
3rd: Meagen Neves, Michelle De Noronha, Schulen Dias (Fatima Convent High School, Margao) - 25
4th: Lyce Ann Fernandes, Kareen Moraes, Archit Hegde (Vidya Vikas Academy, Margao) - 20
5th: Ashley D'Costa, Aditya Lotlikar, Leo Barros (Loyola High School, Margao) - 10

Semi-final 3:
1st: Raveena Deshpande, Rajvi Lawande, Asmee Prabhu (People's High School, Panjim) - 30
2nd: [Nancy Fernandes, Devesh Warang, Satyam Mahale (St Joseph's High School, Pernem)] & [Nathan D'Souza, Ryan D'Souza, Saiesh Satoskar (St Xavier's High School, Moira)] - 20
4th: Raj Keni, Manthan Naik, Rainer Gomes (Holy Family School, Porvorim) - 15
5th: Pratham Yadahalli, Yash Pathak, YSL Sarath Raja (Mushtifund High School, Panjim) - 0
6th: Siddhant Desai, Eden Heredia, Gagan Priolkar (Holy Family School, Porvorim) - -5

Semi-final 4:
1st: Aditya Gaitonde, Tarush Dhume, Manthan Laad (Mushtifund High School, Panjim) - 30
2nd: [Benedito Ferrao, Anson Dias, Kenan Collaco (Don Bosco High School, Panjim)] & [Kirk Fernandes, Aby Jose, Shubham Phal (Rosary High School, Miramar)] - 20
4th: [Richa Singbal, Isha Gad, Aileen Sequeira (Rosary High School, Miramar)] & [Dhanaraj Naik, Ayush Kanyal, Abhed Suresh (KV INS Mandovi, Verem)] - 15
6th: Ranen D'Souza, Salvius D'Cunha, Ryle Souto (Holy Family School, Porvorim) - 0

1st: Zibane Paes, Akash Arun, Harsh Hegde (Bhatiker Model High School, Margao) - 90
2nd: Bradley Rodrigues, Vinay Mascarenhas, Dinesh Lopez (Vidya Vikas Academy, Margao) - 60
3rd: Kaksham Naik, Vishal Kamat, Sachin Chillal (New Educational Institute, Curchorem) - 45
4th: Mark Vas, Werner Gomindes, Altamash Panjwany (Loyola High School, Margao) - 40
5th:  Raveena Deshpande, Rajvi Lawande, Asmee Prabhu (People's High School, Panjim) - 10
6th:  Aditya Gaitonde, Tarush Dhume, Manthan Laad (Mushtifund High School, Panjim) - -10