World Quizzing Championship

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Banner publicising the championship in Bangalore, one of a number of cities simultaneously holding the July 2005 event

The World Quizzing Championship is an individual quiz contest organised by the International Quizzing Association (the umbrella organisation of various quizzing organisations from more than 25 countries around the world). The competition has been staged annually since 2003 (since 2004 in more than one country simultaneously) with an increasing number of contestants from an increasing number of nations. In 2014, Vikram Joshi from India became the first non-Englishman to win the title.

List of WQC winners[edit]

Countries participating in the 2014 World Quizzing Championship
Year Winner Runner-up Third place
2014[1] India Vikram Joshi United States Steve Perry England Kevin Ashman
2013[2] England Pat Gibson Finland Tero Kalliolevo England Kevin Ashman
2012[3] England Jesse Honey England Pat Gibson United States Steve Perry
2011[4] England Pat Gibson England Kevin Ashman Finland Tero Kalliolevo
2010[5] England Pat Gibson England Kevin Ashman Belgium Ronny Swiggers
2009[6] England Kevin Ashman Belgium Ronny Swiggers England Mark Bytheway
2008[7] England Mark Bytheway Belgium Ronny Swiggers Finland Tero Kalliolevo
2007[8] England Pat Gibson England Kevin Ashman England Mark Bytheway
2006[9] England Kevin Ashman England Pat Gibson Belgium Nico Pattyn
2005[10] England Kevin Ashman England Pat Gibson Belgium Nico Pattyn
2004[11] England Kevin Ashman England Pat Gibson India Ashish
2003 England Olav Bjortomt England Pat Gibson England Alan Gibbs

Competition history[edit]

2003[edit]

A fledgling event was first staged by Quizzing.co.uk in 2003 at Villa Park football stadium, Birmingham, England. This saw 50 quizzers representing a handful of nations compete in a written test of quiz knowledge. The event has full official status but only took place in one country and is sometimes erroneously omitted in statistics.[12]

2004[edit]

In 2004, following the foundation of the International Quizzing Association (IQA), the event was held simultaneously in 5 countries: the United Kingdom (joined by quizzers from elsewhere, including Ireland), Belgium (joined by quizzers from The Netherlands), Estonia, India and Malaysia. Over 300 quizzers took part. The UK leg was staged at Manchester United's Old Trafford football stadium. The winner this year was Kevin Ashman.[11]

  1. England Kevin Ashman - 154[11]
  2. England Pat Gibson - 135
  3. India Ashish - 128
  4. Belgium Nico Pattyn - 126
  5. Belgium Frank Van Nieuwenhove - 124
  6. England Ian Bayley - 118
  7. England David Stainer - 117
  8. India Arul Mani - 116
  9. England Stephen Pearson - 115
  10. Estonia Lauri Naber - 115

2005[edit]

The 2005 championship on July 2, saw further significant growth with the event benefiting from the sponsorship of MSN Search. Countries joining the original five competing nations included Australia, Finland, Indonesia, Norway and Singapore. Quizzers sat eight papers of 30 questions each, covering different subject matters: 'Culture', 'Entertainment', 'History', 'Lifestyle', 'Media', 'Sciences', 'Sport and Games', and 'World', with the lowest score from the eight genres being dropped - although these did come into play to settle tie-break situations. The eight genres were won outright or shared by quizzers from seven different countries (Belgium, England, Estonia, Finland, India, Ireland, and Norway).

Efforts to encourage the participation of women in the contest (competitive quizzing has hitherto been something of a male-dominated pastime) were rewarded in 2005 with a win for Trine Aalborg of Norway in the 'Lifestyle' category and a sixth place overall for Dorjana Širola of Croatia (who also finished 3rd among those competitors who had gathered at Silverstone motor racing circuit for the UK leg of the competition). In India, another woman, Debashree Mitra of Bangalore took 3rd place overall also.[10]

  1. England Kevin Ashman - 161[10]
  2. England Pat Gibson - 154
  3. Belgium Nico Pattyn - 151
  4. Belgium Mark Van Springel - 144
  5. India Arul Mani - 144
  6. Croatia Dorjana Širola - 139 (first woman)
  7. Estonia Ove Põder - 138
  8. Estonia Lauri Naber - 138
  9. Belgium Erik Derycke - 138
  10. England Ian Bayley - 138

2006[edit]

On June 3, 2006 the World Quizzing Championships were held at more than 15 locations. First time organisers were Lithuania, Germany, Switzerland, Liberia and Sri Lanka. People of a multitude of nationalities took part, including representatives from the USA, Australia, Russia, Singapore, Hungary and France. The title was, for the 3rd year running, won by Kevin Ashman.[9]

  1. England Kevin Ashman - 166[9]
  2. England Pat Gibson - 163
  3. Belgium Nico Pattyn - 155
  4. Belgium Marc Van Springel - 146
  5. England Olav Bjortomt - 142
  6. Belgium Ronny Swiggers - 140
  7. Croatia Dorjana Širola - 140 (highest placed woman)
  8. England Mark Bytheway - 136
  9. Belgium Erik Derycke - 136
  10. England Ian Bayley - 133

2007[edit]

On June 2, 2007 the World Quizzing Championships was held at locations including the Netherlands, the USA and Hungary for the first time. Pat Gibson took the crown from three-time winner Kevin Ashman.[8]

  1. England Pat Gibson - 179[8]
  2. England Kevin Ashman - 176
  3. England Mark Bytheway - 171
  4. England Olav Bjortomt - 164
  5. England Jesse Honey - 159
  6. Belgium Ronny Swiggers - 158
  7. England Ian Bayley - 151
  8. Wales Mark Grant - 151
  9. Belgium Nico Pattyn - 150
  10. India Arul Mani - 150

Dorjana Širola of Croatia was the highest placed woman in 12th position. Paul Paquet from Canada placed highest in the New York City leg, the first time the WQC was held in North America.

2008[edit]

The 2008 World Quizzing Championships were held on June 7, 2008 at more than 30 locations, including for the first time Australia, the Philippines, Canada, China, Bangladesh and Latvia. Mark Bytheway took the world title in a close race with Belgium's Ronny Swiggers and Finland's Tero Kalliolevo.[7]

  1. England Mark Bytheway – 173[7]
  2. Belgium Ronny Swiggers – 172
  3. Finland Tero Kalliolevo – 170
  4. England Kevin Ashman – 167
  5. England Pat Gibson – 165
  6. Belgium Nico Pattyn – 163
  7. England Olav Bjortomt – 155
  8. England Ian Bayley – 154
  9. England Jesse Honey – 152
  10. Croatia Dorjana Širola – 150 (best performing woman)

2009[edit]

The 2009 World Quizzing Championships were held on June 6, 2009 at more than 45 locations, including 10 venues in the US, 9 in India and 4 in Russia. Kevin Ashman regained his title and became the first ever to win 4 World Quizzing Championships. Second again was Ronny Swiggers from Belgium. Third was last year's champion Mark Bytheway. Jeopardy! legend Jerome Vered, whose all-time single-day winnings record lasted 10 or 12 years (depending on whether adjustment for the doubling of the clue values is used), placed eighth.[6]

  1. England Kevin Ashman – 177[6]
  2. Belgium Ronny Swiggers – 174
  3. England Mark Bytheway – 166
  4. England Olav Bjortomt – 165
  5. Belgium Nico Pattyn – 165
  6. England Pat Gibson – 164
  7. Finland Tero Kalliolevo – 156
  8. United States Jerome Vered – 155
  9. England Jesse Honey – 152
  10. Norway Thomas Kolåsæter – 148

Dorjana Širola of Croatia was the highest placed woman in 22nd position with 135 points.

2010[edit]

The 2010 World Quizzing Championships were held on June 5, 2010 at almost seventy locations, adding Armenia, Bulgaria, Morocco and the Republic of Ireland for the first time. Over 1200 people participated. Five nations were represented among the competitors placed in the top 10 overall. The overall winner was Pat Gibson.[5] [13][14]

Individual (Top 10)[5]
Pos Name Country Score
1 Pat Gibson  England 180
2 Kevin Ashman  England 169
3 Ronny Swiggers  Belgium 169
4 Tero Kalliolevo  Finland 166
5 Olav Bjortomt  England 165
6 Nico Pattyn  Belgium 151
7 Mark Grant  Wales 149
8 Thomas Kolåsæter  Norway 147
9 Erik Derycke  Belgium 147
10 David Beck  Belgium 146
Nation (Ranked by highest placed team member, Top 10)
Pos Country Highest placed team member Score
1  England 1 - Pat Gibson 180
2  Belgium 3 - Ronny Swiggers 169
3  Finland 4 - Tero Kalliolevo 166
4  Wales 7 - Mark Grant 149
5  Norway 8 - Thomas Kolåsæter 147
6  Estonia 12 - Ove Põder 144
7  Croatia 17 - Dorjana Širola 140
8  United States 19 - Steve Perry 139
9  Scotland 23 - Barry Simmons 135
10  Germany 24 - Holger Waldenberger 135

Dorjana Širola of Croatia was the highest placed woman in 17th position with 140 points.

2011[edit]

The 2011 World Quizzing Championships took place on Saturday June 4 with the planned addition of venues in Denmark, Gibraltar and Madagascar. Reigning champion Pat Gibson achieved the highest score in England with 186 and retained his title. Four times champion Kevin Ashman made 176. Tero Kalliolevo achieved the highest score in Finland with 176. Ronny Swiggers achieved the highest score in Belgium with 168. Steve Perry achieved the highest score in USA with 164. Mark Grant achieved the highest score in Wales with 163. Thomas Kolåsæter achieved the highest score in Norway with 158.[4][15]

Individual (Top 10)[4]
Pos Name Country Score
1 Pat Gibson  England 186
2 Kevin Ashman  England 176
3 Tero Kalliolevo  Finland 176
4 Jesse Honey  England 172
5 Ronny Swiggers  Belgium 168
6 Olav Bjortomt  England 168
7 Nico Pattyn  Belgium 167
8 Steve Perry  USA 164
9 Mark Grant  Wales 163
10 Tom Trogh  Belgium 159
Genre Winners (Top Score = 30)
Genre Winner Country Score
Entertainment Scott Dawson  England 28
Culture Pat Gibson  England 29
Lifestyle Pat Gibson  England 27
Sciences Pat Gibson  England 28
History Nico Pattyn  Belgium 28
Media Jussi Suvanto  Finland 29
Sport Tom Trogh  Belgium 26
World Pat Gibson
Paul Lujan
 England
  Switzerland
26

2012[edit]

The 2012 event was held on June 2, 2012, with over 1,700 participants competing at 88 locations in 35 countries. Defending champion Pat Gibson was beaten into second place by Jesse Honey with a score of 186. For the first time ever, someone scored full marks in one genre with Ishaan Chugh, a quizzer from India, scoring 30/30 in the Media section.

Individual (Top 10)[3]
Pos Name Country Score
1 Jesse Honey  England 186
2 Pat Gibson  England 177
3 Steve Perry  USA 174
4 Kevin Ashman  England 172
5 Olav Bjortomt  England 170
6 Mark Grant  Wales 170
7 Sean Carey  England 169
8 Ronny Swiggers  Belgium 166
9 David Stainer  England 164
10 Tero Kalliolevo  Finland 164
Genre Winners (Max. Score = 30)
Genre Winner Country Score
Entertainment Holger Waldenberger  Germany 27
Culture Ove Põder  Estonia 28
Lifestyle Sean Carey  England 29
Sciences Pat Gibson  England 26
History Jesse Honey
Tero Kalliolevo
Mark Grant
 England
 Finland
 Wales
28
Media Ishaan Chugh  India 30
Sport Tom Trogh  Belgium 27
World Jesse Honey  England 27

2013[edit]

The 2013 World Quizzing Championship took place on the 1st of June. A record 1,992 participants competed with India being the most represented country.[2]

Individual (Top 10)[2]
Pos Name Country Score
1 Pat Gibson  England 172
2 Tero Kalliolevo  Finland 168
3 Kevin Ashman  England 163
4 Olav Bjortomt  England 161
5 Ove Põder  Estonia 158
6 Steve Perry  USA 156
7 Mark Grant  Wales 156
8 Ronny Swiggers  Belgium 155
9 Vikram Joshi  India 153
10 Didier Bruyere  France 152
Genre Winners (Max. Score = 30)
Genre Winner Country Score
Entertainment Pat Gibson  England 26
Culture Vikram Joshi  India 27
Lifestyle Steven Perry  USA 23
Sciences Pat Gibson  England 26
History Ove Põder  Estonia 28
Media Olav Bjortomt
Yogesh Raut
 England
 USA
28
Sport Tom Trogh
Igor Habal
 Belgium
 Estonia
27
World Tero Kalliolevo  Finland 27

2014[edit]

The 2014 World Quizzing Championship took place on the 7th of June with 1,833 participants.[1]

Individual (Top 10)[1]
Pos Name Country Score
1 Vikram Joshi  India 176
2 Steven Perry  USA 174
3 Kevin Ashman  England 171
4 Aco Brajković  Serbia 162
5 Olav Bjortomt  England 160
6 Pat Gibson  Ireland 157
7 Tero Kalliolevo  Finland 154
8 Ronny Swiggers  Belgium 154
9 Nico Pattyn  Belgium 151
10 Mark Grant  Wales 150
Genre Winners (Max. Score = 30)
Genre Winner Country Score
Entertainment Steve Perry  USA 26
History Vikram Joshi  India 30
Lifestyle Vikram Joshi  India 24
Sciences Joe Trela  USA 26
Culture Kevin Ashman  England 28
Media Kevin Ashman  England 29
Sport Igor Habal  Estonia 27
World Vikram Joshi
Nico Pattyn
Steve Perry
 India
 Belgium
 USA
25

Format[edit]

The World Quizzing Championships are in the form of a written test taken by individuals that is conducted at various points around the globe. Each competitor faces the same questions (translated into their mother tongue in many cases) at approximately the same time. There are 240 questions, divided into eight categories, and two hours in which to answer them (during one hour halves with a break in between). At the end of the allotted time, the papers are marked and each quizzers' top seven category scores will be added together to find the winner.

The categories [and general content areas] are a combination of academic and popular culture topics including:

  • Culture [Architecture, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Museums, Religion, Mythology]
  • Entertainment [Music (Classical, Blues, Film Score, Jazz, Rock, World), Ballet, Musicals and Operas, Radio, Television]
  • History [(<450AD),(450-1492),(1492-1900),(1900-date), Current Affairs, Explorations, Famous People, Civilizations]
  • Lifestyle [Costume, Design, Fashion, Food & Drink, Handicrafts, Health & Fitness,Human Body, New Age Beliefs, Products & Brands, Tourism]
  • Media [Movies [(1900-1980), (1980-2000)], (recent), Literature [(<1900),(1900-1980),(recent)], Poetry, Drama, Comics, Language]
  • Science [Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Social Sciences, Fauna, Flora]
  • Sport [Track and Field, Team Sports, Motor Sports, Winter Sports, Games, Hobbies & Pastimes, Records]
  • World [Geography, Cities, Space, Technology, Transport, Inventions]

2020[edit]

In 2014, the WQC organizers created the daily 2020 online competition. The format was licensed from LearnedLeague.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c International Quizzing Association: World Quizzing Championships 2014 Results
  2. ^ a b c International Quizzing Association: World Quizzing Championships 2013 Results
  3. ^ a b International Quizzing Association: World Quizzing Championships 2012 Results
  4. ^ a b c International Quizzing Association: WQC 2011 official results
  5. ^ a b c International Quizzing Association: WQC 2010 official results
  6. ^ a b c International Quizzing Association: WQC 2009 official results
  7. ^ a b c International Quizzing Association: WQC 2008 official results
  8. ^ a b c International Quizzing Association: WQC 2007 official results
  9. ^ a b c Web site of the Belgian branch of the International Quizzing Association: IQA Wereldkampioenschap Quizzen 2006
  10. ^ a b c Web site of the Belgian branch of the International Quizzing Association: IQA World Quizzing Championships 2005 (WQC)
  11. ^ a b c Web site of the Belgian branch of the International Quizzing Association: IQA World Quizzing Championships 2004 (WQC)
  12. ^ results[dead link]
  13. ^ http://www.iqa.be/iqa_wqc_uk2010.htm
  14. ^ http://magnusatthva.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/2010-world-quizzing-championship-a-quiz-masochists-ultimate-dream/
  15. ^ http://nqf.17.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=1035&start=15

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