European Quizzing Championships

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The European Quizzing Championships (EQC) are an annual multi-disciplinary quiz event, in which representatives from various countries compete as individuals, in pairs, and/or in teams (club or national).

As most of the top players in the world are Europeans,[1] the EQC are almost on a par with the WQC.[citation needed] The playing environment differs drastically, though, as the EQC is played in one place only, in English only (WQC is played in the language of each country) and has several competitions with more than one player (pairs, national teams - for four players, and clubs - also four players). In 2016 the EQC will be part of the 2016 Quiz Olympiad.:[2]

The 2010 event attracted media attention from BBC Radio Derby [3] and was the subject also of a BBC Radio 4 documentary presented by the comedian, and quiz enthusiast, Paul Sinha.[4] The 2006 event in Paris was also the subject of a well received Channel 4 documentary 'Quizzers' by the director Paul Whittaker, shown in the UK as part of the series 'New Shoots'.[5][6]

Individual champions[edit]

England's Kevin Ashman and Olav Bjortomt are the most successful candidates with six and four individual European titles, respectively. Belgian Nico Pattyn [7] upset all the locals in 2007 in Blackpool, to become the first Belgian to win the trophy. In 2012, Germany's Holger Waldenberger won with the last question on musician Dr. John, while trailing by one point from Igor Habal. Ronny Swiggers took another Belgian victory in 2013.

Year Venue Winner Runner Up Third Place
2004 Belgium Ghent England Kevin Ashman Belgium Nico Pattyn England Pat Gibson
2005 Estonia Tallinn England Kevin Ashman Estonia Indrek Salis England Pat Gibson
2006 France Paris England Kevin Ashman England Mark Bytheway Belgium Lieven Van den Brande
2007 England Blackpool Belgium Nico Pattyn Belgium Lieven Van den Brande England Pat Gibson
2008 Norway Oslo England Kevin Ashman England Pat Gibson England Olav Bjortomt
2009 Netherlands Dordrecht England Kevin Ashman England Olav Bjortomt England Pat Gibson
2010 England Derby England Olav Bjortomt Finland Tero Kalliolevo England Pat Gibson
2011 Belgium Bruges England Kevin Ashman England Pat Gibson England Olav Bjortomt
2012 Estonia Tartu Germany Holger Waldenberger Estonia Igor Habal England Olav Bjortomt
2013 England Liverpool Belgium Ronny Swiggers Belgium Nico Pattyn England Jesse Honey
2014 Romania Bucharest England Olav Bjortomt England Kevin Ashman Finland Tero Kalliolevo
2015 Netherlands Rotterdam England Olav Bjortomt Belgium Ronny Swiggers England Pat Gibson
2016 Greece Athens England Olav Bjortomt England Kevin Ashman England Pat Gibson
2017 Croatia Zagreb

Pairs champions[edit]

Introduced in 2005, Belgian and English or Anglo-Irish pairs have dominated this event.

Year Venue Winners Runners Up Third Place
2005 Estonia Tallinn England Ian Bayley/Pat Gibson Belgium Marnix Baes/Bart Permentier Belgium Nico Pattyn/Paul Arts
2006 France Paris Belgium Paul Arts/Marc Van Springel England Mark Bytheway/Kevin Ashman England Keith Andrew/Wales Sean O'Neill
2007 England Blackpool Belgium Erik Derycke/Tom Trogh Belgium Albert November/Ronny Swiggers and
Finland Jussi Suvanto/Tero Kalliolevo
2008 Norway Oslo Belgium Albert November/Ronny Swiggers England David Stainer/Olav Bjortomt England Mark Bytheway/Kevin Ashman
2009 Netherlands Dordrecht England David Stainer/Olav Bjortomt England Ian Bayley/Pat Gibson England Mark Bytheway/Kevin Ashman
2010 England Derby England Kevin Ashman/Pat Gibson Finland Tero Kalliolevo/Jussi Suvanto England David Stainer/Olav Bjortomt
2011 Belgium Bruges England Kevin Ashman/Pat Gibson Belgium Erik Derycke/Tom Trogh England David Stainer/Olav Bjortomt
2012 Estonia Tartu England Kevin Ashman/Pat Gibson Finland Tero Kalliolevo/Jussi Suvanto Germany Holger Waldenberger/Croatia Dorjana Širola
2013 England Liverpool England Kevin Ashman/Pat Gibson England Olav Bjortomt/David Stainer Finland Tero Kalliolevo/Jussi Suvanto
2014 Romania Bucharest Finland Tero Kalliolevo/Belgium Ronny Swiggers England Kevin Ashman/Pat Gibson England Olav Bjortomt/David Stainer
2015 Netherlands Rotterdam England Kevin Ashman/Pat Gibson England Olav Bjortomt/David Stainer France Didier Bruyere/England Ian Bayley
2016 Greece Athens England Kevin Ashman/Pat Gibson England Olav Bjortomt/David Stainer France Didier Bruyere/England Ian Bayley [8]
2017 Croatia Zagreb

National Team champions (four players each)[edit]

The English and Belgian teams have contested in most finals, England has won the most titles, nine. The foursome of Kevin Ashman, Mark Bytheway, Pat Gibson and Olav Bjortomt failed to retain the title in 2008 in Oslo, the winning Belgian team composed of Ronny Swiggers, Nico Pattyn, Erik Derycke, and Tom Trogh, but rebounded in 2009. In 2011 Finland became the third team to win the title, beating Norway in the final. Ironically the deciding question after the long and even match with tough questions was about a very common Nordic plant Hepatica. Both teams failed to answer correctly and Finland won. So far five countries have won medals: England, Belgium, Finland, Norway and Estonia.

Year Venue Winner Runner Up Third Place
2004 Belgium Ghent  England (Kevin Ashman, Ian Bayley, Pat Gibson, David Stainer)  Belgium Belgium (Erik Derycke, Nico Pattyn, Leo De Haes, Jean Marivoet)
2005 Estonia Tallinn  Belgium (Patrick Andries, Erik Derycke, Nico Pattyn, Jo Vandenbroucke)  England (Kevin Ashman, Pat Gibson, Barry Simmons, David Stainer)
2006 France Paris  Belgium (Erik Derycke, Nico Pattyn, Tom Trogh, Marc Van Springel)  England (Kevin Ashman, Ian Bayley, Olav Bjortomt, Pat Gibson)  Norway (Trine Aalborg, Harald Aastorp, Dag Fjeldstad, Marie Haavik)
2007 England Blackpool  England (Kevin Ashman, Mark Bytheway, Pat Gibson, David Stainer)  Belgium (Erik Derycke, Nico Pattyn, Ronny Swiggers, Tom Trogh)  Norway (Trine Aalborg, Tore Dahl, Thomas Kolåsæter, Ole Martin Halck) and  Finland (Tero Kalliolevo, Jussi Suvanto, Tuomas Tumi)
2008 Norway Oslo  Belgium (Erik Derycke, Nico Pattyn, Ronny Swiggers, Tom Trogh)  England (Kevin Ashman, Olav Bjortomt, Mark Bytheway, Pat Gibson)  Finland (Tero Kalliolevo, Jussi Suvanto, Tuomas Tumi)
2009 Netherlands Dordrecht  England (Kevin Ashman, Olav Bjortomt, Mark Bytheway, Pat Gibson)  Belgium (Erik Derycke, Nico Pattyn, Ronny Swiggers, Tom Trogh)  Norway (Harald Aastorp, Ole Martin Halck, Lars Heggland, Thomas Kolåsæter)
2010 England Derby  England (Kevin Ashman, Olav Bjortomt, Pat Gibson, Jesse Honey)  Belgium (Erik Derycke, Nico Pattyn, Ronny Swiggers, Tom Trogh)  Finland (Tero Kalliolevo, Jussi Suvanto, Timo Toivonen, Tuomas Tumi)
2011 Belgium Bruges  Finland (Tero Kalliolevo, Jussi Suvanto, Timo Toivonen, Tuomas Tumi)  Norway (Tore Dahl, Ole Martin Halck, Lars Heggland, Thomas Kolåsæter)  Belgium (Erik Derycke, Nico Pattyn, Ronny Swiggers, Tom Trogh)
2012 Estonia Tartu  England (Kevin Ashman, Olav Bjortomt, Pat Gibson, Jesse Honey)  Finland (Tero Kalliolevo, Jussi Suvanto, Ilkka Tiensuu, Timo Toivonen)  Belgium (Bernard Kreps, Nico Pattyn, Ronny Swiggers, Tom Trogh)
2013 England Liverpool  England (Kevin Ashman, Olav Bjortomt, Pat Gibson, Jesse Honey)  Belgium (Erik Derycke, Nico Pattyn, Ronny Swiggers, Tom Trogh)  Norway (Harald Aastorp, Tore Dahl, Ole Martin Halck, Thomas Kolåsæter)
2014 Romania Bucharest  England (Kevin Ashman, Ian Bayley, Olav Bjortomt, Pat Gibson)  Belgium (Nico Pattyn, Gerben Smit, Ronny Swiggers, Lars Van Moer)  Norway (Harald Aastorp, Ole Martin Halck, Thomas Kolåsæter, Geir Kristiansen)
2015 Netherlands Rotterdam  England (Kevin Ashman, Ian Bayley, Olav Bjortomt, Pat Gibson)  Belgium (Erik Derycke, Nico Pattyn, Ronny Swiggers, Tom Trogh)  Estonia (Ove Põder, Igor Habal, Illar Tõnisson, Tauno Vahter)
2016 Greece Athens  England (Kevin Ashman, Ian Bayley, Olav Bjortomt, Pat Gibson)  Belgium (Gerben Smit, Stijn Gyselinckx, Nico Pattyn, Ronny Swiggers)  Norway (Tore Dahl, Ole Martin Halck, Thomas Kolåsæter, Geir Kristiansen)
2017 Croatia Zagreb

Club champions (four players each)[edit]

After the first years the event was dominated by two British teams. Since 2007 the questions have been set by a team of quizmasters from different nationalities, in order to eliminate too much local flavour. Milhous Warriors (2006 line-up Kevin Ashman, Mark Bytheway, Tim Westcott, Sean O'Neill) who won in Paris in 2006. Broken Hearts (Olav Bjortomt, Ian Bayley, Mark Grant, David Stainer) made it three straight 2007-2009, then it was Milhous again with Pat Gibson replacing the late Mark Bytheway. 2012 winner JFGI is the first champion to have quizzers from several countries: Tero Kalliolevo and Jussi Suvanto from Finland, Ove Põder and Tauno Vahter from Estonia. In 2012 all top three teams included several nationalities.

Year Venue Winner Runner Up Third place
2003 England Bromley Café Den Hemel (Bel: Paul Arts, Eric Moereels, Nico Pattyn, Marc Roels) Clockwork (Bel: Marnix Baes, Erik Derycke, Bart Permentier, Goele Van Roy) Beunhazen (Bel: Patrick Begaux, Yvo Gheyskens, Eric Hemelaers, )
2004 Belgium Ghent Martine Van Camp (Bel) Here Jezus (Bel) Beunhazen (Bel)
2005 Estonia Tallinn Duubel (Est: Ove Põder, Tauno Vahter, Rein Põder, Peeter-Erik Kubo) Turvas (Est: Jaan Allik, Leino Pahtma, Matis Song, Alar Särgava) Kalamaja Tsirkus (Est: Anne-Malle Hallik, Madis Replik, Tenno Sivadi, Alar Tiidt)
2006 France Paris Milhous Warriors (Eng: Kevin Ashman, Mark Bytheway, Tim Westcott, Sean O'Neill) Geeks (Eng) Les Coeurs blessés (Eng)
2007 England Blackpool Broken Hearts (Eng: Ian Bayley, Olav Bjortomt, Mark Grant, David Stainer) Clockwork (Bel: Marnix Baes, Erik Derycke, Bart Permentier, Tom Trogh) Café Den Hemel (Bel: Paul Arts, Chris Braxel, Eric Hemelaers, Nico Pattyn)
2008 Norway Oslo Broken Hearts (Eng: Ian Bayley, Olav Bjortomt, Mark Grant, David Stainer) It's Grim Oop North (Eng: Pat Gibson, Barry Simmons, Rob Hannah, David Edwards) JFGI (Est/Fin: Tero Kalliolevo, Ove Põder, Jussi Suvanto, Tauno Vahter)
2009 Netherlands Dordrecht Broken Hearts (Eng: Ian Bayley, Olav Bjortomt, Mark Grant, David Stainer) JFGI (Est/Fin: Tero Kalliolevo, Ove Põder, Jussi Suvanto, Tauno Vahter) Vatican City (Bel/Eng/Nor: Gerben Smit, Bart ???, Nick Mills, Dag Fjeldstad)
2010 England Derby Milhous Warriors (Eng: Kevin Ashman, Pat Gibson, Sean O’Neill, Tim Westcott) Broken Hearts (Eng: Ian Bayley, Olav Bjortomt, Mark Grant, David Stainer) Clockwork (Bel: Marnix Baes, Erik Derycke, Bart Permentier, Tom Trogh)
2011 Belgium Bruges Broken Hearts (Eng: Ian Bayley, Olav Bjortomt, Mark Grant, Jesse Honey) Europalia (Nld, Nor, Hrv, Deu: Derk De Graaf, Thomas Kolåsæter, Dorjana Širola, Holger Waldenberger) JFGI (Est/Fin: Tero Kalliolevo, Ove Põder, Jussi Suvanto, Tauno Vahter)
2012 Estonia Tartu JFGI (Est/Fin: Tero Kalliolevo, Ove Põder, Jussi Suvanto, Tauno Vahter) Europalia (Nld, Nor, Hrv, Deu: Derk De Graaf, Thomas Kolåsæter, Dorjana Širola, Holger Waldenberger) Alzheimer (Bel, USA: Ronny Swiggers, Bernard Kreps, Staf Dujardin, Ed Toutant)
2013 England Liverpool Milhous Warriors (Eng: Kevin Ashman, Pat Gibson, Sean O’Neill, Tim Westcott) JFGI (Est/Fin: Tero Kalliolevo, Ove Põder, Jussi Suvanto, Tauno Vahter) Clockwork (Bel: Marnix Baes, Erik Derycke, Bart Permentier, Tom Trogh)
2014 Romania Bucharest Broken Hearts (Eng/Fra: Ian Bayley, Olav Bjortomt, Mark Grant, Didier Bruyere) JFBI (Est/Fin: Tero Kalliolevo, Ove Põder, Igor Habal, Tauno Vahter) Europalia (Nld, Nor, Hrv, Deu: Derk De Graaf, Thomas Kolåsæter, Dorjana Širola, Holger Waldenberger)
2015 Netherlands Rotterdam Broken Hearts (Eng/Fra: Ian Bayley, Olav Bjortomt, Mark Grant, Didier Bruyere) Clockwork (Bel: Tom Trogh, Bart Permentier, Erik Derycke, Marnix Baes) Europalia (Nld, Nor, Hrv, Deu: Derk De Graaf, Thomas Kolåsæter, Dorjana Širola, Holger Waldenberger)
2016 Greece Athens Café Den Hemel (Bel: Paul Arts, Chris Braxel, Nico Pattyn, Ronny Swiggers) Broken Hearts (Eng/Fra: Ian Bayley, Olav Bjortomt, Mark Grant, Didier Bruyere) Milhous Warriors (Eng: Kevin Ashman, Pat Gibson, Sean O’Neill, Tim Westcott)
2017 Croatia Zagreb

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