The twelfth annual Vancouver Estival Trivia Open (VETO) was held on Saturday, July 17, 2010, at the Harbour Centre Campus of Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver, B.C.
This was a guerrilla-style tournament, meaning that all questions were written by members of the participating teams, and there was no central editing. Question packets were shared with a mirror tournament (VETO's Eastern Trivia Open) being held the same day at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
All of the question packets are available for free download! (saved on the Stanford Packet Archive)
We were able to run a full round-robin with only one bye in each round, thanks to full-time moderators Alex and Deskin, who came to VETO all the way from Seattle. Thanks also to the SFU Quiz Bowl Club and especially the Zenger family for reserving the rooms. Also thanks to Danica for reading a couple of rounds when we were short-staffed, even though she was new to quiz bowl.
We had nine teams, with a total of 30 players. They came specifically for VETO to Vancouver from three Canadian provinces, four American states, and one country in Europe. Players in the tournament this year included former members of the quiz bowl teams of both SFU and the cross-town University of British Columbia, as well as the University of Victoria, the University of Toronto, Queen's University, the University of Washington, Bellevue College, the University of Oregon, Boise State University, the University of Maryland, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and probably also additional institutions that I am not aware of, since I didn't get a chance to ask everyone where they'd played quiz bowl before.
Team rosters were as follows. If a team is named after an institution of higher education, it does not necessarily mean that all of its members are affiliated with that institution.
We used the schedule below. Each round was played on the packet written by the "bye" team, except for the second round, which was played on a packet written by "MTW - Team Jacob" from the mirror site in Ontario. We made this substitution because the two people who were going to write most of the Oregon team's packet had to cancel a few days before the tournament.
time room 2520 room 2540 room 2945 room 2280 bye ---------------------------------------------------------- 9:30 B2B.-Jnta Blvu-Wash UBCB-UBCZ Oreg-SFQB FrSd 10:00 Jnta-Wash B2B.-UBCZ Blvu-SFQB FrSd-UBCB Oreg 10:30 Wash-UBCZ Jnta-SFQB FrSd-B2B. Oreg-Blvu UBCB 11:00 UBCZ-SFQB FrSd-Wash Oreg-Jnta UBCB-B2B. Blvu ---------------------------------------------------------- Lunch downstairs at the food court ---------------------------------------------------------- 1:00 FrSd-SFQB Oreg-UBCZ UBCB-Wash Blvu-Jnta B2B. 1:30 FrSd-Oreg UBCB-SFQB Blvu-UBCZ B2B.-Wash Jnta 2:00 Oreg-UBCB FrSd-Blvu B2B.-SFQB Jnta-UBCZ Wash 2:30 UBCB-Blvu Oreg-B2B. FrSd-Jnta Wash-SFQB UBCZ 3:00 Blvu-B2B. UBCB-Jnta Oreg-Wash FrSd-UBCZ SFQB
Here are the standings for the round-robin
(full SQBS tables are available).
Teams were ranked by win-loss record, with the following tie-breaking criteria:
|8||SFU Quiz Bowl Club||1||7||0||0.125||148.1||204.4||-56.2||54||8||160||7.41||6.75||54||685||12.69|
For leading in the individual stats, Peter retains the title of West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge.
The top two teams from the round-robin, Bellevue College and UBC Zarya, faced off in a single-elimination final. Results:
|winning team||score||score||losing team||question authors|
|UBC Zarya||290||180||Bellevue College||Rochester Institute of Technology|
Congratulations to UBC Zarya for winning the twelfth Vancouver Estival Trivia Open!
Here are individual tossup results (+10/-5) and team bonus averages for the
UBC Zarya: Fred 6/1 (55 PPG), Zarya 3/1 (25 PPG), Quin 1/1 (5 PPG), Becca 0/0 (0 PPG); Bonus average 20.5.
Bentley College: Mike 5/1 (45 PPG), Alejandro 2/2 (10 PPG), Chris 1/1 (5 PPG), Colin 0/0 (0 PPG); Bonus average 15.0.
Some players received prizes. Unless otherwise indicated, honourees were selected by the sponsor of each prize. There were other prizes awarded that I didn't write down; contact me if you remember them!
|Mike of Bellevue with the broken record his team was awarded for the worst repeat that they forgot to remove from their packet.||Alejandro of Bellevue with the toy pistol he won for having the fastest trigger finger.||Peter of FARSIDE with the turtle book he was awarded for having written the best science question.||Zarya with the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack she won for having written the best music question.|
|West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge||Peter||scoring 80.62 points per game||handcuffs||Peter, but selection determined by stats alone|
|Best music question||Zarya||bonus on the Polaris Prize||Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack||Mike of Bellevue|
|Best science question||Peter||tossup on floating point||book, The Proper Care of Turtles||Mike of Bellevue|
|Worst repeat||Bellevue team||tossup on Charlottetown that referred to the 1864 conference, two rounds after another packet that had a tossup about that conference||a broken record||Peter|
|Fastest trigger finger||Alejandro||gave correct answer of "Heart of Darkness" after hearing only "Criticized by Chinua Achebe"||toy pistol||Peter|
|Highest individual score in a game on the Junta's packet||Peter, Mike of UBC Brendan, Mike of Bellevue, and Bruce||getting 130, 80, 45, and 40 points, respectively||a polar bear magnet (Peter), mini compasses (Mike, Mike, and Bruce)||the Junta team|
"Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!" famous last words
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