On a warm and humid Saturday evening, the quizzing fraternity of Chennai were treated to a high quality Tata Crucible which a few regular teams described as ‘tougher than last year’ quickly adding ‘we prefer it this way, though!’. The finalists who qualified from the prelim were
Tata Track Finalists
Non Tata Track Finalists
The Tata track of the quiz was swept by Jayakanthan and Sreekanth who dominated the quiz from word go to thunder their way into the national final while the non Tata track was a very tentative cautious battle which seemed to have teams foxed in repeated catch 22 situations on whether to take risks given the high quality of questions that Pickbrain hurled at them.
While in the beginning it looked like a close fight between the teams, as the quiz progressed the duo from Caterpillar accumulated a good lead and then played a very prudent and calculative game without letting any room for the other teams to gain ground. There were moment of brilliance from Infosys, Wipro and Sanmar but they could not accelerate enough to catch up with Caterpillar.
An unforced error by Sanmar cost them the runner up title as Caterpillar coupled good quizzing with a lot of maturity to win their first Crucible title.
Results (Tata Track)
Results (Non Tata Track)