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


R Samyak said...

I was thinking, won't the relative difficulty of each quiz come into the picture? exampla gratia If one quiz has a high score of 70, and another 200, don't we have some method to equalise them before you sum them up?

Anniesen said...

Yes, the thought did occur to me, but I think that's over-thinking it, and eventually it doesn't matter all that much anyway. We'll let it go the way it currently is. I doubt the scores will fluctuate that wildly, and if they do, well, luck of the draw. Teams should just focus on doing as well as they can, and hope for the best.