Lisgar Novice was the first tournament of the 2015-16 season. Aidan Ryan directed, and a lot of (ineligible) senior players showed up to staff. I went so I could insist that the staff all wear nametags, and I did some coverage — here is what I saw from every team.
Merivale C was Daniel, Claire, and Hao Hao when I saw them. They took a bad loss to Colin (Lisgar C), but they still got a nice power on an opera clue.
|Lisgar B enjoying themselves.|
Lisgar B was Nadia, Olive, Katriona, and Patrick. They went 5-3 with strong stats. Nadia seemed very strong on lit questions, and Patrick got some nice buzzes on history. Olive had an early buzz on my Cape Breton tossup, and she caught that it was asking “Cape Breton” instead of just “Nova Scotia.”
Merivale A was Amiya, Zarak, and Ivan when I saw them. They seemed very good at at science (with a power and a 30), and they 20’ed a tricky bonus on U.S. sports.
Lisgar A was Justin, Kieran, Matthew, and Felipe. They went 6-2 and led the tournament in PPB. Felipe was the second-highest scorer in the tournament, and I saw him power two science questions. I was also impressed with Justin powering current events.
Colonel By B was Kevin, Victor, and David. They seemed very good at lit and classics. I saw them lose a close, high-scoring match, largely because they got -5 on a scrambly pop music tossup.
Colonel By C was Sam, Kevin, Conor, and Farid. They looked like a team of senior students, and they were definitely the rowdiest team in the tournament — they cracked a lot of jokes. Conor knew some lit and Farid knew some U.S. politics. At one point they buzzed “Edmonton” for a city in Manitoba, but they still won their round when Kevin got a chemistry tossup at the end.
Merivale B was Alan, Megharaj, and Wahaj. I saw them lose to a strong team, but they seemed to know current events, and they 30’ed a physics bonus. They made a heartbreaking bad buzz by naming a book title on a tossup that asked for the author.
|Colonel By A with important moderators.|
Colonel By A was Denis, Jon, Emily, and Kevin. They came second in the tournament, going 1-2 against Colin and 7-0 against all other teams. They led the field in powers — Emily got a lot of lit, and Kevin got a lot of history.
Lisgar C was one player — Colin — and he won the tournament! He swept 8-0 in the round robin, and then he split the finals 1-1 with Colonel By A, which clinched first place.
|Lisgar C (artist’s rendering).|
The finals was Lisgar Colin (8-0) against Colonel By A (7-1). Colin had a one-game advantage, so he would take the tournament with a win. If Colonel By won the finals, it would just force a second game of the finals.
Finals game 1 was very close — Colonel By got more powers, but it looked like Colin would win 280-225.
However, there was a protest to resolve. In mid-game, Denis had buzzed a tossup and changed his guess mid-word. Moderator Ben had called -5, but after the game, we checked the rules and it turned out that Dennis’s buzz was allowed. That caused a 60-point swing and changed the game to a win for Colonel By.
Finals game 2 was less close. Colin beat the Colonel By team 13-7 on tossups. The one-player team, Lisgar C, won the tournament, 390-235.
A grade 10 Lisgar student won today’s tournament playing solo. A surprise start to the Ottawa season.
— Ben Smith (@smith_ben) 17 Octobre 2015
Throughout the day, Colin had scored early buzzes and 30s on a ton of history, geography, and art questions. He seemed generally to just be a curious learner and to be aware of the world. In an early round, he had a funny exchange with a moderator over pronouncing a weird European name.
Here’s my category breakdown for the two finals games:
Colonel By D was four more Kevins. They were unable to compete in this tournament.