Asia-Pacific Quiz Championships
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The Asia-Pacific Quiz Championships (AQC) is the premier team quiz event in the Asia-Pacific region. The 2020 event was not held due to COVID but an online Asian Quiz League was started instead, with the current Pro and Novice league champions (2020) being Sign of Four (India) and ABBA (Malaysia) respectively. Singapore emerged champions of the most recent 2019 AQC held in Kuala Lumpur.
The tournament began in 2012 as the ASEAN Quizzing Championships, an annual quiz competition held among quizzers from ASEAN, primarily those living in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. In 2015 the competition expanded to include participants from India and a number of off-site chapters and became the Asian Quizzing Championships (AQC). After teams from the wider Asia-Pacific region such as Australia (from 2017) and New Zealand (from 2018) began participating, the event was renamed the Asia-Pacific Quiz Championships to reflect this wider geographical participation.
The event was founded by Caleb Liu from Singapore and Movin Miranda from India (and a long time resident of Malaysia) with the goal of fostering friendly competition and growing interest in quizzing in the region. The teams are selected by the National Quiz Associations of the respective member countries.
The 2020 event was originally supposed to be hosted by Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the core organising team inaugurated an Asian Quiz League separated into a "Pro" competition and a "Novice" competition. This format also allowed wider participation in competitive quizzing. In the inaugural season of the Quiz League, 18 teams participated in Pro (separated into 4 groups) and 10 teams participated in Novice (separated into 2 groups) with teams from the following countries: Malaysia (11), Singapore (3), India (14), Philippines (1), the UAE (1), and the USA (1). ABBA (Malaysia) from Universiti Malaysia Sabah Faculty of Medicine emerged as Novice champions, beating Aakhir Q (Singapore) in the finals on 20 Dec 2020. Third place was secured by The Goal Diggers, also from Malaysia. The 2020 Pro finals were played over the weekend of 2-3 January 2021. The Sign of Four (India) defeated Men are Trash (India) in the finals, with third place going to Singapore and Zulfiqar-e-Fidel (India).
Teams of four compete in three separate rounds, with the highest cumulative score being crowned champions.
- Round 1 - Individual written round, modelled after the World Quizzing Championships. Participants answer 200 questions worth 1 point each, with 25 questions drawn from each of eight categories:
The contribution to the overall team score which will be the cumulative total of the top three individual scores in each of the eight categories (with the lowest score for each category dropped). For example, if the four members of a team scored 15, 15, 15, 7 for Sport, the team score for Sport will be 45. Maximum score = 600 points.
- Round 2 - Individual Response Round. Participants are asked questions individually in turn. They may answer themselves, or pass the question to a teammate. There is a maximum of three passes per player, once to each teammate. 40 questions (10 per team member), 4 points each. Maximum score = 160 points.
- Round 3 - Team Discussion Round. Participants work as a team to answer 50 questions worth 5 points each. Maximum score = 250 points.
The maximum team score is therefore 1010 points though in practice teams do not approach that limit.
The current scoring format was adopted in 2017. Up to 2016 there were only 20 questions for each category in the written paper instead of 25. From 2017 onwards, 4 points were awarded in the Individual Response round instead of 5. From 2018 onwards, teams could be awarded half points (i.e. 2 points) in the team round alongside a full point score of 5 points.
Asian Quiz League 2020
These are the rankings of the Asian Quiz League 2020, that was held in the absence of the formal AQC 2020:
Highest Individual Scorers
While a team event, the AQC also acknowledges the highest scorers in the first (individual) round.
|2019||Movin Miranda||Michael Logue, Pradeep Ramanathan, Mukund Sridhar [tie]||Caleb Liu|
|2018||Ross Evans||Kelvin Lange||Rick Bakker|
|2017||Arun Hiregange||Thejaswi Udupa||Ravi Avva|
|2016||Movin Miranda||G. Krishnamurti||Pradeep Ramanathan, Mukund Sridhar (tie)|
|2015||Rajesh Kannan||Sunny Chu||Leonardo Gapol|
|2014||Movin Miranda||Leonardo Gapol||Caleb Liu|
|2013||Leonardo Gapol||Movin Miranda||Caleb Liu|
|2012||Movin Miranda||Caleb Liu||Leonardo Gapol|
- Largest Winning Margins
- India by 73 points (2017)
- Australia by 51 points (2018)
- Malaysia by 47 points (2012)
- Singapore by 41 points (2014)
- Narrowest Winning Margins
- Malaysia by 1 point (2016)
- Singapore by 11 points (2019)
- India by 11 points (2015)
- Singapore by 18 points (2013)
Results last updated: 12 August 2019
- "Results of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Quiz Championships" (PDF). 25 December 2018.
- "Results of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Quiz Championships" (PDF). 26 December 2018.
- minyichua (5 December 2016). "Results and Proceedings of AQC 2016".
- "Results of the 2014 Asia-Pacific Quiz Championships" (PDF). 13 January 2019.
- "Results of the 2013 Asia-Pacific Quiz Championships" (PDF). 28 March 2019.
- "Quizzing Australia". Quizzing Australia. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2018.