Masters format

Format Masters:

Changes to the format may be made after a number of practice games.


Games structure

In each games two players face each other face to face.

They have cards on which to write the answers (or alternatively iPads).

A quizmaster reads out a question. Both players write down their answer and show it to the presenter / audience / camera.

When you got it right you get 1 point.

However, each player also gets a silver and a gold star. When he attaches the silver star to his card after having heard the question, he gets 2 points (instead of 1) if he gets it right and his opponent gets it wrong. Same with the gold star but then 3 points for him. That way a 5 point deficit can potentially be overtaken in 2 questions.

The game ends when one (or both) players get 11 points (or more) or after 16 questions are read. In the group phase a tie is possible, in the elimination phase we go to ‘penalty kicks’.

In quarter finals, semifinals or finals the concept will be expanded by going to 15 or 21 points and giving more stars.

The maximum of 16 means there are 2 questions in each set from each of the IQA categories.


  • The questions will be read in English, therefore the questions will be:
    • Quite short and snappy
    • Composed in simple English, especially grammar-wise

The answers will only be accepted in English or, when applicable, the original language (eg in case of a movie or a book title).



Tournament structure

With 24 competitors we adopt the tournament structure that is close to the FIFA World Cup structure when there were still 24 countries taking part.

This means that the players are split into 6 groups of 4. In each group each player plays all others once, so that’s 6 games per group. These games will be held concurrently in 6 rooms. For each victory a player gets 3 points, for a tie 1 point and for a loss 0 points.

After the elimination phase we narrow the player field down to 15/16 people.

The selected players would be the top2 players from each group (first based on points and then on ‘goal’ difference) plus the 3 or 4 best 3rd placed people. That way a game loss in the group phase would not mean elimination. Even after 2 losses, a victory in the third game may lead to a best 3rd place.

15/16 is because we want a wildcard for the EQC individual champion. If that champion is already in the selected 15, then the 4th best 3rd placer is also selected. If not, he gets that 16th spot in the elimination phase.

From then on direct elimination will take the playing field back to 8, to 4 and finally to 2.