The Vadodara edition of Tata Crucible was an interesting battle for colleges from the city and beyond with teams from Surat, Anand and many neighbouring towns taking part. Pickbrain started proceedings with a crisp 20 question prelim, and the finalists who made it were:
IRMA, Anand: Mrinmoy and Ranadeep
SEMCOM, Anand: Bhushan Patel and Stanny Davis
IRMA, Anand: Harsh Thakur and Pratiyush J
GH Patel COE, Anand: Digant and Dehit
SVNIT Surat: Abhijeet Singh and Sai Kartik
IRMA, Anand: Kaustubh Kumar and Sumeet Sourav
Champions, SEMCOM, Anand: Bhushan Patel and Stanny Davis
The business quiz concept which is relatively new to this city had some teams getting the feel of it for the first time. The final seemed a one sided affair with all IRMA teams racing off to a lead in the early stages. Seasoned quizmaster Pickbrain was at his best as he kept encouraging the teams to crack his posers and learn new things.
The GH Patel duo gave some quality answers but took too many negatives to be able to sustain the score line. It was just past the mid-way that the duo from SEMCOM came up with a series of outstanding answers that stumped everyone and silenced the IRMA teams who wondered what was happening.
As the excitement mounted as the quiz inched to the final round, with SEMCOM still powering their way and with one question remaining, they were on the verge of a great victory having caught up with IRMA in style. As Pickbrain fired the final salvo, the SEMCOM team took the initiative and went for the buzzer bravely and got the answer right to the delight of the audience.
The guest of honour Dr. J. D. Jadeja, Dean & Head FMS, M. S. University of Baroda, applauded the sharpness and knowledge of the teams while giving away the prizes.
Runner Up, IRMA, Anand: Mrinmoy and Ranadeep
WINNER : SEMCOM, Anand - Bhushan Patel and Stanny Davis